An ILA Leadership Perspectives Webinar

Possibilities & Pitfalls of Experiential Study Abroad: Principles, Practices & Perspectives from Leadership Educators

Presenters: Josh Armstrong, Chris Cartwright, and Wendy Rowe

Date: 12 September 2019

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As our world becomes increasingly interconnected and interdependent we find the need for leaders who can engage effectively and appropriately across multi-cultural differences in diverse local and international settings. In order to cultivate these new global leaders, campuses and organizations are pressed to adapt curriculum to be more global and especially to include international experiences into their programs. But doing this is complex and takes a lot of preparation. In this session, three faculty share their experiences of the types of instructional design, methodologies, and assessment practices they have used to good effect, as well as the pitfalls to avoid from their more challenging international education experiences.

You will gain:

    • An overview of some best practices in study abroad as an element of global leadership development
    • Tips on instructional design and assessment practices that can support this work
    • Guidelines for preparing participants to be resilient and adaptable
    • Case study samples in;
      • International Service Learning
      • Short-Term Study Abroad
      • Glocal (Global-Local) Experiences

Speaker Information

Josh P. Armstrong, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership and Director of the Comprehensive Leadership Program, a Minor in Leadership Studies program for undergraduate students at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. 

For the past thirteen years, he has directed a faculty-led study abroad program in Zambezi, Zambia. This summer five-week term seeks to develop intercultural competence, understanding of servant-leadership, and the principle of accompaniment through deep immersion and service-learning. Dr. Armstrong’s research interests include servant leadership, experiential education, intercultural competencies, and transformational learning. He recently published the chapter, Accompaniment: Facilitating Transformative Change in the World, in the ILA Building Leadership Bridges book, Leadership & Power in International Development.

Dr. Armstrong holds a Ph.D. in education and leadership from Michigan State University, a master’s degree from the University of Vermont, and an undergraduate degree in psychology from Whitworth University. In addition to teaching, Dr. Armstrong provides leadership training for student leaders at Gonzaga and consulting for organizations and companies. Josh serves on local community and organizational boards, including the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity-Spokane, Pivot Storytelling, and Camp Spalding.

Chris Cartwright

Chris Cartwright, MPA, Ed.D., is a consultant supporting individuals and organizations from around the world in assessing and developing inclusive leadership and behaviors, global leadership, and intercultural competence.

He has over 40 years of experience managing educational and training programs in higher education, business, government, and the nonprofit sectors. He consults, coaches, trains, teaches, and researches regionally, nationally, and internationally in areas of leadership development, intercultural competency, partnership, assessment and evaluation, and intercultural training. He recently completed two book chapters, one on intercultural competence in international service-learning and other on inclusive leadership. He is an associate of the Connective Leadership Institute, Aperian Global, The Intercultural Edge, and the Kozai Group and recently served as the assessment faculty member for the New Diversity Summit.

Dr. Cartwright is the former Director of Intercultural Assessment, as well as the Associate Director of Graduate Programs for the Intercultural Communication Institute, serving as faculty adviser, instructor, and thesis/capstone director. He is an adjunct faculty for the Portland State University, International Studies Department and MBA Programs, Minerva at KGI undergraduate program, as well as Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Intercultural Competence Program, and Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Ph.D. in Global Leadership. Prior to this work, he has served as the Dean of Academic Programs for the International Partnership for Service Learning and Leadership, where he managed undergraduate and graduate level programs of study in 12 different countries.

Wendy Rowe, MBA, PhD, is a professor and scholar practitioner at Royal Roads University, Victoria, Canada. She teaches in the School of Leadership and was the founder of the MA Global Leadership program. 

She is committed to promoting leadership development and enhanced management effectiveness across global systems. She serves as a teacher, mentor, and researcher to promote change that builds strategic partnerships, enhances communication and trust, breaks down institutional barriers, creates a healthier work environment and promotes community social development and economic sustainability. Her areas of research are in social change, system analysis, action research, research methodologies, international development, monitoring and evaluation, and strategic partnership engagement, as well as personal and organizational resiliency, thriving and leadership.

Dr. Rowe has worked extensively across Canada and United States, in addition to various international locations (India, China, New Zealand, Australia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Kenya), supporting leadership development and increased efficacy of programs in the not for profit sector. Dr. Rowe has a BA and MA Degree in Psychology (Simon Fraser University), a MBA (Western Washington University), and a Ph.D. in Organizational and Human Systems (Fielding Graduate University).

In her professional practice, Dr. Rowe has conducted over 150 evaluations of human service, justice system and educational programs; generating numerous NGO and government reports. Additionally, she has published in a variety of academic and practitioner sources. Some relevant publications include:

Rowe, W., Krause, W., Hayes, G., Lisa Corak, L., Wilcox, R.S., Vargas, R. Varela,F., F.,Cordova, F., Boparai, S., Azam, G. (2018). Canadian global leadership students engaged in strategic partnerships in Ecuador. Advances in Global Leadership, 11, 281-311.

Rowe, W., Etmanski, C., & Heykook, C. (2015). A masters degree in global leadership: A Story of development. In F. W. Ngunjiri. and S. Madeson (eds), Developing women as global leaders. International Leadership Association (ILA) & Information Age Publishing, Inc. (IAP).

Piggot-Irvine, E. Rowe, W., & Ferkins, L (2015). Conceptualizing indicator domains for evaluating action research. Educational Action Research, DOI: 10.1080/09650792.2015.1042984.

Rowe, W. E., Graf, M., Agger-Gupta, N., Piggot-Irvine, E., Harris, B. (2013). Action research engagement: Creating the foundations for organizational change [Monograph]. Action Research Action Learning Association, 5, 1-46.

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