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About Program Directors

Program Directors are passionate and dedicated supporters of international education whose commitment and expertise make KIIS study abroad programs possible. Each KIIS study abroad program is led by a Program Director from a KIIS Consortium institution.

ProgramName UniversityDiscipline 
SUMMER
ArgentinaMcKiernan-Gonzalez, Eileen BereaArt HistoryBerea College
ArgentinaSchulenberg, ShawnMarshallPolitical ScienceMarshall University
AustriaGabbard, Jordan UofLGermanUniversity of Louisville
BerlinHenneberg, SylviaMoreheadEnglishMorehead State University
Costa RicaFlaherty-Echeverria, SattyCentreSpanishCentre College
Ecuador & the GalapagosSierra, Luis
Thomas MoreHistoryThomas More College
EgyptCahill, Richard
BereaHistoryBerea College
EgyptCahill, Nashwa
BereaDance & FitnessBerea College
GreeceKing, Richard
BSUClassicsBall State University
GreeceShea, Christine
BSUClassicsBall State University
ItalyLiddell, Erik
EKUEnglish/HonorsEastern Kentucky University
ItalyLiddell, KellyAnn
EKUEnglish/HonorsEastern Kentucky University
JapanHatakeyama, Yoko
MurrayJapaneseMurray State University
Japan-Korea PopRivas, Zeli
MarshallAsian StudiesMarshall University
MoroccoBidaoui, Abdelaadim BSUArabicBall State University
MunichDawson, Rebeccah
UKGermanUniversity of Kentucky
NetherlandsDe Blasio, Greg
NKUPublic Relations/Corporate Comm.Northern Kentucky University
Paris ID'Ambrosio, Christy
MurrayMusicNorthern Kentucky University
Paris IIPeters, Jeff
UKFrenchUniversity of Kentucky
Paris IISauer, Jeorg UKFrenchUniversity of Kentucky
PragueSmetana, Zbynek "ZB"*
MurrayArt History / HonorsMurray State University
SalzburgBuzza, Scot NKUMusicNorthern Kentucky University
Spain IIStewart, Melissa
WKUSpanishWestern Kentucky University
TanzaniaMkanta, William
WKUHealth Care AdministrationWestern Kentucky University
WINTER
Greece WinterKing, Richard
BSUClassicsBall State University
Greece WinterShea, Christine
BSUClassicsBall State University
Italy WinterHagarty, Ian MarshallArtMarshall University
Maya Mexico WinterDizgun, John WKUHonorsWestern Kentucky University
Paris-Munich WinterDomine, David BellarmineGermanBellarmine University
Paris-Munich WinterRich, Charlotte
EKUEnglishEastern Kentucky University
Zanzibar WinterMkanta, William WKUHealth Care Administration/ Public HealthWestern Kentucky University
SEMESTER
Germany SpringWilson, Ian
CentreGermanCentre College, Semester
Spain SpringCanning, MariaKIIS officeWestern Kentucky University, Semester

Program Director Responsibilities

Program Directors are responsible for overseeing both the academic and logistical components of their respective study abroad programs. That includes planning classes and excursions, screening student and faculty applicants, presiding over pre-departure student and faculty orientations, making all transportation and accommodation arrangements in the host country, developing and overseeing program budgets, communicating and collaborating closely with the KIIS office, and managing program crises abroad. Programs Directors also teach one course each during their respective study abroad programs.

“I feel incredibly lucky to be able to show students the incredible culture and life in Munich each summer. There is nothing better than seeing a student grow to love the country that has shaped my life so profoundly.”

– Dr. Bess Dawson, KIIS Munich Director

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