Global Practitioner in Residence

Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship
Global Practitioners in Residence

Nomination Deadline: November 15, 2014

Under the guidance of Drake’s highly qualified faculty members, students critically engage with cutting edge scholarship related to global issues and perspectives across virtually all fields of study.  Equally valuable are opportunities for students to learn from recognized leaders and experienced practitioners in such fields as diplomacy, international business, the sciences, humanitarian outreach and international cultural or artistic endeavors. This initiative would seek to attract Global Practitioners (whether still working or retired) from these and other international fields to teach part-time while also serving as mentors to our students and resources for our faculty and the community. These experienced professionals will engage with the campus and community through teaching, public lectures and joint research projects while drawing upon their professional networks to help our faculty, students and the institution as a whole develop new and fruitful external collaborations.

Global Practitioner candidates should be nominated by the academic unit to which they will be attached. Nominations must be accompanied by appropriate supporting materials, including a nomination letter that discusses the qualification of the candidate and the expected contributions that they would make to the life of the university, biographical information about the candidate, a letter of interest from the candidate and a letter of support from the Dean. Nominations should be directed to the Vice Provost for International Programs, who will review nomination packages in consultation with GIPAC. Upon the Vice Provost’s recommendation, the university President will send a letter of invitation to successful candidates. Units considering a nomination are encouraged to consult with PFGCGC Director David Skidmore.

Among the criteria to be considered are the following: 1. A record of recognized international leadership and distinguished professional accomplishment in any field. 2. A documented commitment to international understanding and global citizenship. 3. An ability to bring unique perspectives and experiences to bear in relation to relating to Drake faculty, staff, students and members of the local community. 4. A willingness and ability to offer courses that complement the existing curriculum and meet rigorous academic standards.

In recognition and in support of their contributions, Global Practitioners will receive a stipend, a travel allotment, an appropriate workspace, a computer and access to all university facilities. Financial support for the Global Practitioners program will derive from endowed funds intended to support international initiatives as allocated by the Vice Provost for International Programs. Global Practitioners will be affiliated with an appropriate academic unit for one or two terms or semesters, as the case may be, and will offer at least one course for each term or semester that they are in residence. The office of the Vice Provost for International Programs and the relevant department chair will jointly be responsible for facilitating opportunities for the visiting Global Practitioner to mentor students and engage in other outreach activities or research collaborations with members of the Drake and Central Iowa communities.

Global Practitioners for 2014-2015:

Derek Wilson is a Professor at the University of Nantes, France and a graduate of the LL.B. program at the University of Glasgow. He has worked for multiple law firms in Edinburgh, Scotland. Derek will be affiliated with the Drake Law School fall 2014.  He will teach a course on “Scottish Separatism:  The Referendum of 2014,” engage professors, students and community members affiliated with the Law School, advise Drake International on engaging with Université de Nantes, and offer public lectures.

Fatima Suleman, Head of School of Pharmacy and Pharmocology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), will be affiliated with Drake’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for spring 2015 semester.  She will teach a course about drug policy; collaborate with stakeholders affiliated with the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the Global and Comparative Public Health concentration; advise the Drake International staff on engaging with University Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa, and offer public lectures. Fatima has extensive experience working with the World Health Organization.

Global Practitioner, spring, 2014:

Kavilash Chawla, principal of Nur Advisors, LLC, is an international finance and corporate strategy expert whose career is focused on the productive and ethical deployment of investment capital in growth and emerging markets.  He has lived and worked in five different continents, including working in the Middle East since 2004, where he has been involved in global and local efforts to alleviate poverty through market and enterprise based solutions.  Kavilash earned his BA in Economics, History, and Political Science at Drake University, his Masters in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York, and his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

During the spring of 2014, Kavi was affiliated with the College of Business and Public Administration, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of International Programs. He taught “Leading Organizations for Global Impact”; engaged in collaborative research with professors and students in the College of Business and Public Administration and the College of Arts and Sciences; advised Drake International on opportunities for engagement in the Middle East; and offered public lectures through the PFGCGC and other venues in the Greater Des Moines area.

Global Practitioner, 2012-2013:

Dr. Inés Rojas is Associate Professor of English and International Organizations at the Universidad de Los Andes in Mérida, Venezuela. She received her BA in English Literature and Language and her Masters in Linguistics from Universidad de Los Andes. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship 2002-2004 to attend Georgia State University where she obtained a Master and a PhD in Political Science. Her research interests include regime transition, the impact of democratization on women’s organizing and participation, gender policy reform, and the impact of third-party intervention in conflict resolution. Her main areas of teaching are International Organizations and Human Rights. She is currently a visiting scholar in the World Languages and Cultures Program of Drake University.

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