Associate Director, Off-Campus Programs
My role: I manage study abroad programs in Germany (Berlin and Heidelberg), Italy (Bologna, Milan, and Rome) and Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Vladimir).
Why I find my work important: International education has the ability to transform both a person's college education and their life. As a study abroad student you have the opportunity to take classes in another location which influences your education in many different ways: culturally, emotionally, linguistically, etc. Furthermore, you have the ability to learn about yourself and how you can and will handle the different and sometimes difficult challenges that living in a foreign place will demand of you. For many, the semester spent abroad is the favorite semester of an entire college career.
Professional background: As an undergrad at Franciscan University of Steubenville I completed overseas study in both Austria and Mexico as well as a service trip at an orphanage in Honduras. Immediately following graduation, I worked in Austria for a study abroad program administered by my alma mater for several years as residence director. While in Austria, I also taught conversational English classes for non-native speakers. Upon returning to the United States, I completed a master’s degree in higher education at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. I am proficient in Spanish, German, and Italian and have travelled extensively in Europe and into Central America and the Middle East.
My favorite place: Scotland; I am a self-confessed literature nerd and Scotland is home to some of my favorites, including children's literature by Beatrix Potter and classics like Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Robert Burns, also a Scot, is a favorite poet of mine. Other favorite locations include Sevilla, Spain and Vienna, Austria.
About me: Keep an eye and ear open; you will find me playing the bagpipes around campus from time to time!
Email David +1 574 631 2807 • 105 Main Building