September 27, 2007

Vice President for Student Affairs Receives Fulbright Grant

James Krivoski will study higher education in Germany

James Krivoski, vice president for student affairs and assistant to the president, will be spending two weeks in Germany studying higher education through the Fulbright International Education Administrators Program.

The Seminar for U.S. Administrators in International Education is a two-week group seminar which focuses on German higher education for American university and college administrators. The program includes briefings, campus visits, and cultural events in Berlin and other cities in Germany. The seminar is Oct. 27 to Nov. 10 and will involve about 25 American administrators.

Krivoski thinks that the seminar will be a valuable experience. “It is crucial that both academic and administrative leaders on campus possess the competencies necessary to facilitate student learning related to global issues.

“To educate students such that they are able to thrive in a global, interconnected world and to offer a globally connected and genuinely diverse campus requires that the leadership of the institution reflect such international qualities.”

Lafayette is currently pursuing many global initiatives. “International education must focus not solely on how our institution recruits, orients, and integrates international students into the fabric of the College. We must also give careful attention to the international education of our American students, both through the curriculum and through structured cocurricular interactions with students of other cultures and nationalities.”

Fulbright scholars are encouraged to enrich the world around them by sharing their experiences. Upon returning from Germany, Krivoski will discuss his seminar participation with members of his divisional staff and with the senior student affairs officers of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges. He will also offer presentations at the annual conferences of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the American College Personnel Association.

Krivoski feels that there will be many benefits from attending the seminar. “This program will provide me with a tremendous opportunity for professional development, significant career enhancement, an opportunity to make important international education contributions at Lafayette, and an opportunity to share with other higher education professionals the critical importance of globalization and international education.”

Krivoski has worked as a member of Student Life since 1985. Previously serving as dean of students, director of Student Life, and director of Residence Life, he now serves as the senior student affairs officer for the College and completes special projects as assigned by the president.

Krivoski has taught courses at James Madison University, Columbia University, and Lafayette. He received his Ed. D. in Higher and Adult Education from Columbia University in 1989, his Ed. S. in Counselor Education from James Madison University in 1984, and his M.S. and B.S. from Shippensburg State College (now Shippensburg University).

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