Erin is the primary faculty contact for off-campus programs in the Americas, Africa and Pacific. She also administers the IQP application process. Erin studied abroad in Aix-En-Provence, France, where she developed her passion for learning about new cultures through travel. Since then she has been fortunate to visit every continent (except Antarctica!) through work, volunteer, and personal travel. She holds a BA in French from Muhlenberg College and an MS in Global and International Education from Drexel University.
Nancy serves as Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the IGSD. In addition to her work for the Dean, she is also responsible for payment processing and financial reporting for IGSD. Nancy also works in an administrative capacity for the Center for Project-Based Learning.
As Program Coordinator, Global Projects Program, Deb is the student contact for IQP, MQP, ISRP, and Humanities Projects in the Americas, Africa and the Pacific regions and is responsible for preparing students for off-campus projects, and collecting and maintaining student and faculty travel information and documentation. She works with the Assistant Director of the Global Projects Program in coordinating the IQP application process. Deb earned a BS in Business Management from Boston College. She previously served as Administrative Assistant and Receptionist in IGSD.
Ruth assists the IGSD faculty with events, program and course development. Ruth also coordinates the IGSD Brown bag lunch series with Prof. Peet, the on campus IQP fair and Presidents’ IQP awards with Prof. Rissmiller. She also serves as the secretary of the Institutional Review Board and processes all of the applications. In her spare time Ruth enjoys the great outdoors and loves spending time at the beach with her family.
Anne Ogilvie oversees operations, risk management, and program administration for the Global Projects Program. Previously, she was the International Director of Field Management at Earthwatch Institute. Anne has expertise overseeing program operations and safety for research and education programs on six continents. She holds a BS in Zoology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MS in Adult and Organizational Learning from Suffolk University.
Prior to becoming the Associate Director for the Center for Project-Based Learning at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Paula worked in the field of education evaluation, focusing primarily in the areas of project-based learning; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); pre-literacy and literacy; student life; learning communities; and professional development. She has worked on projects whose funding sources have included the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences, the U.S. Department of Education, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Davis Educational Foundation. She contributed to a study of WPI alumni and employers of WPI alumni that revealed that project-based learning had substantive and long-term positive impacts on students.
Her work capitalizes on her deep desire to positively impact the field of education, the enjoyment she receives from collaborating with others, and her love of research methods and research design that she developed while earning an M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Clark University and a B.A. in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University.
She believes project-based learning holds significant potential for increasing the diversity of students who succeed in college and who persist in STEM fields, and she views her work with the Center as contributing to education reform from the inside out.
Laura is responsible for marketing, website content, grant writing, and coordinating project sponsors for the Worcester Community Project Center. Prior to joining WPI, she worked in fundraising at various nonprofits in Boston including Year Up, a one-year, intensive training program which provides low-income young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skills development, college credits, and a corporate internship. Laura holds a BS in Social Policy and Planning from the University of Connecticut, a MA in Public Administration and Non Profit Management from Seton Hall University and a MA in Education from Eastern Nazarene College.
Candace is responsible for recruitment, general administration, orientation, and visas for the Global Projects Program. She previously worked for a mid-sized program provider based in Western Massachusetts, where she was responsible for the admissions, advising, pre-departure, and visa process for programs primarily in Italy. She also advised on programs in Costa Rica, Czech Republic, France, Ghana, and South Africa. Candace earned her BS in Interdisciplinary Studies from Fitchburg State College (now Fitchburg State University), and went on to work in Residence Life before moving into Education Abroad. Prior to earning her MA in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University, Candace lived and worked abroad with a group of first year students studying abroad in Florence, Italy.
Julie is the primary faculty contact for off-campus programs in Europe, Asia and the Middle East & Northern Africa. She administers the MQP application process as well as incoming and outgoing exchange programs. Julie spent the fall of her junior year abroad in Perugia, Italy and after graduation spent four months volunteering in South East Asia. She has since returned to Vietnam eight times to volunteer at a local orphanage. Julie holds a BA in Psychology from Stonehill College and a MA in Higher Education Administration from Boston College.