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), chaired by E. Daniel Hirleman Jr., Chief Corporate and Global Partnerships Officer, Senior International Officer and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

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

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

Liping A. Cai, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, College of Health and Human Sciences
Phone: (765) 494-9940
Email: liping@purdue.edu

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

Robert F. Cox, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Globalization, Purdue Polytechnic Institute
Phone: (765) 494-7939
Email: rfcox@purdue.edu

Natasha Duncan, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for International Education and Affairs, Honors College
Phone: (765) 494-2822
Email: ntduncan@purdue.edu

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

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

JoAnn Phillion, Ph.D.
Professor of Curriculum Studies, College of Education
Phone: (765) 494-2352
Email: phillion@purdue.edu

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

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
Email: shivelyg@purdue.edu

William Smith, II, M.A.
Director, International Programs, College of Veterinary Medicine
Phone: (765) 496-2930
Email: wsmithi@purdue.edu

Administrative Members

E. Daniel Hirleman, Ph.D.
Chairman of Global Academic Committee and Chief Corporate and Global Partnerships Officer and Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Phone: (765) 494-9095
Email: hirleman@purdue.edu

Heidi Arola, M.S.
Managing Director for Global Partnerships and India Engagement Coordinator, Office of Global Partnerships
Phone: (765) 496-0563
Email: harola@purdue.edu

Michael Brzezinski, Ph.D.
Dean of International Programs and Director of the Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research (CILMAR), OCGP
Phone: (765) 494-9399
Email: mbrzezinski@purdue.edu

Alok Chaturvedi, Ph.D., Emeritus Member
Prof. of Management and Dir., Inst. for Social Empowerment through Entrepreneurship & Knowledge (ISEEK), Krannert, OCGP Global Faculty Fellow Emeritus
Phone: (765) 494-9048
Email: alok@purdue.edu

Diana Hancock, MBA
Director, Purdue Online Corporate and Commercial
Phone: 765-494-0840
Email: hancockd@purdue.edu

David Janes, Ph.D., Emeritus Member
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, OCGP Global Faculty Fellow Emeritus
Phone: (765) 494-9263
Email: janes@purdue.edu

George Kacenga, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Global Engagement at Purdue University Northwest
Phone: (219) 989-1104
Email: gkacenga@purdue.edu

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
Email: clukasik@purdue.edu

Brian Mylrea
Director of International Education at Purdue Fort Wayne
Phone: 1-260-481-6034
Email: mylreab@pfw.edu

Crystal Seibert, MBA
Senior Global Compliance Manager, Managerial Accounting Services
Phone: (765) 494-7921
Email: seibert@purdue.edu

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

Cliff Wojtalewicz, M.S.
Director of Operations and Administration, Discovery Park
Phone: (765) 496-3961
Email: cliffw@purdue.edu

Composition:
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.

Purpose:
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
      programs
    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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