Global engagement through advising seminar now available online

February 26, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Division of Undergraduate Studies recently hosted a scholarly professional development seminar on "Fostering Student Global Engagement through Academic Advising" and video recordings of the Nov. 30 sessions, along with presenter materials and program details, are now available at

The unique seminar highlighted the importance of academic advising in cultivating a global perspective in undergraduate students. Sessions focused on understanding globalization in an educational context, engaging students in global issues, introducing the range of global opportunities — curricular and co-curricular — available at the University and informing the pedagogy of advising for global engagement.

Keynote speaker Robert Crane, professor of geography and director of Penn State Alliance for Education, Science, Engineering and Development in Africa presented "Understanding Globalization and Promoting Student Global Engagement," focusing on the social and educational context in which educators teach and advise students. He addressed various perspectives on globalization, illustrated different forms of student engagement available at Penn State, and suggested ways to promote these programs.

Follow-on sessions by speakers from across the University highlighted key aspects of global education, including resources and institutional channels of support for student global engagement through the University Office of Global Programs and the College of the Liberal Arts; opportunities to engage students with global issues such as sustainability, human rights, democracy building and global health; and the current trends and strategies of global advising.

Closing comments by David Post, professor of comparative and international education, discussed the challenges and possibilities related to enhancing global engagement and competencies in undergraduate education at Penn State.

The Division of Undergraduate Studies and Penn State World Campus partnered with WPSU to live stream the event, which was made possible in part through a grant from the Bringing Theory to Practice Project in cooperation with the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Generous support for the seminar additionally came from Penn State's Center for Global Studies and the World Campus.

For additional details about the seminar, contact Elena Galinova, Division of Undergraduate Studies academic adviser and coordinator of Think Global (, at or 814-865-7576. For more information about the Division of Undergraduate Studies, contact Deborah Oakes, communications director, at or 814-865-7576.

The Division of Undergraduate Studies is a unit within Penn State's Office of Undergraduate Education. The division's mission includes student enrollment, the educational planning session and academic consultation components of New Student Orientation, the University-wide academic information network, and general academic advising for current and prospective students.

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