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Christine Johnston
Director of Global Engagement

Christine Johnston
Christine Johnston

I grew up in Illinois.  Went to school in Illinois.  When I started working for Monmouth in 1999 I had no idea how much of the world I would see!  I have traveled to recruit students or evaluate off site programs in China, Scotland, Latin and South America.

My excitement about global engagement is fueled by what I learned about other cultures as I traveled.  I did not travel abroad while in college.  I was actually deep into my career in admissions before I even got a passport.  I got that passport because I was going to go to China.  Yup, my first international trip – 7 days in China.  I remember leaving O’Hare, and having only ideas about what awaited me when I got off of that plane – next stop Shanghai!  After that initial trip, I wanted more!  It did not hurt that I got to talk about Monmouth everywhere I went…it was after all it was my job!

I feel that travel, and more specifically studying abroad, is a transformational experience.  You won’t ever look at things the same way again.  You will learn so much about yourself and the world you live in by seeing new things, meeting new people and navigating new places.  I wish I had traveled earlier in life; and I am happy to help our students find a way to do what I have always wished I could have done.  Monmouth makes it easy.  We have short trips.  We have semester long trips.  We even get you a passport!

  

Kristen English
Global Advisory Board Member

Kristen in Paris, Vienna and Paris.
Kristen in Paris, Vienna and Paris.

Kristen English serves as the Associate Vice President for Admission at Monmouth College, overseeing recruitment efforts for domestic, international and exchange students.

Kristen is a Designated School Official (DSO) for Monmouth and has also worked with international students at two other institutions, including at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts where Kristen was the primary recruiter for international students. At Merrimack Kristen also served on an internationalization committee as part of the college’s participation in an Internationalization Lab with the American Council on Education.

Kristen loves to travel and most recently visited Paris, Amsterdam, Budapest, Vienna and Prague. Next on the list: Portugal and Spain and Southeast Asia.

 

James Godde
Global Advisory Board Member

James (with capuchin).
James (with capuchin).

Dr. James Godde earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois and did postdoctoral studies at the National Institutes of Health. He has taught at Monmouth College for the past 17 years, the last dozen of which he has led students on annual trips abroad, including to Costa Rica, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Peru, and Guatemala.

While his primary interests are in the field of molecular biology, he has also be known to have an unquenchable interest in archeological ruins as well as other ancient buildings with religious significance. Therefore, it is not unusual for Dr. Godde's trips to feature long hikes into remote tropical locations.

Dr. Godde has lived abroad for four separate semesters since coming to Monmouth: Japan, Tanzania, Mauritius, and Mexico, either as part of his sabbatical or while leading a semester abroad program. He has served as the Co-Coordinator for Off-Campus Studies in the past.

 

Michelle Damian
Global Advisory Board Member

Michelle by land and by sea.
Michelle by land and by sea.

Michelle Damian (PhD, University of Southern California), began working as an Assistant Professor at Monmouth College (IL) after a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University. Michelle has worked and studied in Japan for over nine years, including eighteen months as a Fulbright fellow. She has visited over 25 countries on five continents so far.

At Monmouth, Michelle teaches classes on Japanese and Chinese history, public history, and maritime archaeology. She is also the primary coordinator of Monmouth’s new Asian Studies minor. She brought a group of students to Japan with Prof. David Wright on a short-term academic trip in May 2018, and with Prof. Robert Hinck is preparing a class for May 2020 to China.

 

Marnie Dugan
Global Advisory Board Member 

 

Keith Schaefer
Global Advisory Board Member

 

Tim Pahel
Global Advisory Board Member

Tim directing choirs (and traffic).
Tim directing choirs (and traffic).

Tim Pahel is Associate Professor of Music, Director of Choral and Vocal Activities, and Chair of the Music Department at Monmouth College. His duties include directing the Monmouth College Chorale and Chamber Choir, teaching private voice, Music Theory, Senior Research Methods, and courses in the Music Education curriculum. Prior to coming to Monmouth, Dr. Pahel served as Assistant Professor and Music Coordinator at Carl Sandburg College and also taught courses and directed ensembles at Knox College.

Dr. Pahel has toured with the Monmouth Chorale both nationally and internationally, including trips to Spain, Italy and to New York City to perform in Carnegie Hall. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in May 2018, conducting the Monmouth Chorale and other high school and college choirs and the New England Symphonic Ensemble in a performance of Vaughan Williams’s Dona nobis pacem.

Besides traveling abroad with choral groups from the college, Dr. Pahel spends time each year in Europe—including living and doing research in France for 6 months in 2016—and has also made recent trips to Central America.

Dr. Pahel holds a bachelor's degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, a master's degree in Piano Performance from the University of Illinois, and a doctorate in Choral Conducting from the University of Iowa, where he studied conducting with Dr. Timothy Stalter.

 

Jessica Johnston
Global Advisory Board Member

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