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Global Academic Committee

The Office of Global Partnerships is focused on strengthening relationships to advance innovation, research, education and commercialization efforts by linking companies, governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, domestic and international universities, and alumni to Purdue. An integral part of that mission is the Global Academic Committee (GAC), co-chaired by Michael Brzezinski, Dean of International Programs and Heidi Arola, Director of Global Partnerships. 

The GAC consists of representatives from each college across campus who are responsible for global programs and initiatives as well as several administrative members who play an active role in international growth at Purdue. Together, the committee members provide the campus with an interdisciplinary and well-rounded approach to global issues, including evaluating:

  • the academic merit, potential impact, and risks and benefits of new and ongoing global partnerships and programs,
  • global trends as they affect Purdue’s worldwide activities and profile, and
  • collaborative development of strategic campus-wide global initiatives.

Academic Members

Elizabeth Barajas, M.A.
Director of Globalization, Purdue Polytechnic Institute
Phone: (765) 496-2297

Stephen Byrn, Ph.D.
Charles B. Jordan Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy
Phone: (765) 714-2808

Liping A. Cai, Ph.D.
Faculty Director of Global Education, College of Health and Human Sciences
Phone: (765) 494-8215

George T. C. Chiu, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean, Office of Global Programs and Partnerships, College of Engineering
Phone: (765) 494-2688

Natasha Duncan, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Academic and International Affairs, Honors College
Phone: (765) 494-2822

Joel Ebarb, M.F.A.
Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and International Programs, College of Liberal Arts
Phone: (765) 494-0934

Kathryn M. Obenchain, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Learning, Engagement and Global Initiatives, College of Education
Phone: (765) 494-0019

Peristera (Perry) Paschou, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Online and Graduate Education, College of Science
Phone: (765) 494-1601

David Schoorman, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Executive Education and Global Programs, Krannert School of Management
Phone: (765) 494-4391

Gerald (Jerry) Shively, Ph.D.
Associate Dean and Director, International Programs in Agriculture, Professor of Agricultural Economics, College of Agriculture, Fellow for Global Affairs, OEVPRP
Phone: (765) 494-4218

Addison Sheldon, M.S.
Director of Global Engagement, College of Veterinary Medicine
Phone: (765) 494-5780

Administrative Members

Michael Brzezinski, Ed.D
Co-Chair of the GAC, Dean of International Programs
Phone: (765) 494-9399

Heidi Arola, M.S.
Co-Chair of the GAC, Director of Global Partnerships and Purdue-India Partnership Director, Office of Global Partnerships
Phone: (765) 496-0563

Christopher J. Lukasik, Ph.D.
Provost’s Fellow, Faculty Fulbright Awards, Associate Professor, English and American Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Phone: (765) 494-6002

Brian Mylrea
Director of International Education at Purdue Fort Wayne
Phone: 1-260-481-6034

Crystal Seibert, MBA
Senior Global Compliance Officer, Managerial Accounting Services
Phone: (765) 494-7921

Juan Velásquez, Ph.D.
Managing Director for Colombia Purdue Partnership, Office of Global Partnerships
Phone: (765) 496-0149

Matthew Wagner, M.S.
Director, Purdue Online Business Partnerships and Commercialization
Phone: (765) 494-7015

The Global Academic Committee (GAC) is comprised of the Assistant/Associate Deans of each College on the WL campus with responsibility for global activities, as well as administrative (ex-officio) representatives from other relevant units and campuses. The current membership is shown here.

The Global Academic Committee (GAC) provides vision, recommendations and/or feedback to Purdue
leadership and the University community on:

  1. Purdue’s Global Strategy
    1. Global trends as they affect Purdue’s worldwide activities and profile
    2. Collaborative development of strategic campus- and university-wide global initiatives
  2. Operational Matters
    1. University regulations and standard operating procedures for international partnerships and
    2. The academic merit, the potential impact, and the academic risks/benefits of new and ongoing
      global partnerships and programs as they enhance learning, discovery, and engagement
      The following activities involving WL faculty and staff require approval by the individual GAC
      member(s) whose college/unit(s) are involved:
      1. Standard international agreements (LOIs, MOUs, articulation agreements etc.)
      2. New study abroad programs
    3. The following activities involving WL faculty and staff require full GAC review and a formal
      recommendation—activities that:
      1. Will establish new Purdue degree programs delivered overseas or will deliver existing
        domestic programs overseas; OR
      2. Will require Purdue faculty to teach Purdue credit-bearing courses overseas, with the
        exception of short-term (less than one semester) study abroad courses; OR
      3. May require the registration of an entity overseas (i.e. Purdue or Purdue International, Inc.
        would be required to establish a legal entity in another country); OR
      4. Are brought to the GAC for review at the discretion of the Senior International Officer.
      5. Note: in the specific instances of international programs/activities that will ultimately require
        academic approval by the Provost and by the Board of Trustees, the GAC makes a formal
        recommendation on such activities in coordination with the Global Resource Committee to
        Purdue leadership according to Figure 1 in the attached document.

The GAC shall work together with its sister committee, the Global Resource Committee (GRC), for policy and
operational guidance regarding compliance, risk, and liability issues related to new and continuing
international activities. The GAC’s charge is to examine the academic issues related to international activities
and ask the “What?” questions related to the potential academic implications of executing a program abroad
(as opposed to within the US), and the “Why?” questions related to the activities’ merit and alignment with
the university’s mission. The GRC’s charge is to answer the “How?” questions to ensure that Purdue complies
with all relevant regulations and minimizes unnecessary risk to the university. See Figure 1 in the attached document.

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