Dean of IGSD, ad interim
Interdisciplinary & Global Studies
Office: Project Center
Asst Dir, Global Persp Program
Erin is responsible for orientation, housing, and general administration and recruitment for the Global Projects Program. Previously, Erin worked for a small Boston based program provider where she oversaw student advising, recruitment, and marketing for programs in the UK, Ireland, South Africa, and Botswana. She also has experience designing faculty-led programs to destinations all over the world through her work with EF Tours. Erin studied in Aix-En-Provence, France during her junior year where she developed her passion for learning about new cultures through travel. She holds a BA in French from Muhlenberg College and an MS in Global and International Education from Drexel University.
Assistant Teaching Professor
Office: Project Center 210A
Office: 214A Project Center
Associate Teaching Professor
Program Coordinator, GPP
As a Program Coordinator for the IGSD, Blair is involved with health and safety, visas, orientations, re-entry, social media, and off-campus Humanities programs. Blair spent over four years living in various countries across Europe, both as a student and an ESL teacher, and holds a B.A. in Economics with a French minor and a B.A. in Spanish & International Trade from Clemson University, an M.A. in French Studies from New York University, and an M.A. in Political Science from the Institut d’études politiques in Grenoble, France. Prior to joining WPI, Blair managed study abroad programs in France, Belgium, Germany, China, and South Korea for a study abroad provider in Austin, TX.
Office: Project Center 2nd Fl
Administrative Asst Dean IGSD
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.
Administrative Assistant VI
Deb serves as Administrative Assistant and receptionist in the IGSD. She assists faculty and staff in the administration of the IQP. Deb works with the Assistant Director of the Global Projects Program in coordinating the IQP application process. She is responsible for scheduling orientations for students participating in Off-campus project centers, and collecting and maintaining student and faculty travel information and documentation.
Phone: 508-831-5522, 508-831-6444
Office: Project Center, 2nd Fl
Office: Project Center 212
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.
Director of Global Operations
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.
Assoc. Teaching Professor
Office: Salisbury Labs 331
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.
Office: Project Center, 209
Office: Project Center 211A
Director, Center for PBL
Julie facilitates and administers the off campus MQP, ISRP and Exchange application, acceptance and pre-departure processes, as well as the IGSD website. She 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.