Meet the Center for International Partnerships and Programs Team
Linda A. Davis, PhD
Dean of International Programs and Partnerships
Dr. Linda Davis began her tenure as Associate Professor and Interim Director of the Center for International Education, Leadership, and Innovation at Wheelock on July 1, 2010. She assumed the post of Dean in the same unit, which has been renamed the Center for International Programs and Partnerships (CIPP), on July 1, 2012.
She is the former Vice President for Research, Graduate Programmes, and International Relations at The College of The Bahamas, where she collaborated with Wheelock to offer a graduate program in early childhood. She has come to Wheelock with a wealth of experience and expertise in research administration, international partnerships, and curriculum design, and is currently working closely with Wheelock's Boston and Singapore-based operations, along with other potential global partnerships in Latin America, The Caribbean, and the Middle East. She and members of the CIPP team also work closely with Wheelock's international students, faculty, staff, and alumni as the Center for International Programs and Partnerships continues to drive Wheelock's internationalization efforts.
Dr. Linda Davis received her BA and Teacher Certification in English with a minor concentration in Political Science from the College of Saint Benedict (Minnesota), her MEd in Psychopedagogy from the University of Ottawa and her PhD in Social and Educational Studies from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada).
Lauren M. Thorman, MPA
Lauren Thorman is Director of the Center for International Programs and Partnerships. She earned a B.S. in Human Service Studies from Cornell University and an M.P.A. from The George Washington University.
She has been involved in international education and child and family policy issues for nine years. Her duties at Wheelock College include researching and developing new international markets, assisting in the launch and administration of current overseas programs (including the Master of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Teaching in The Bahamas) and coordinating the Wheelock College International Visiting Scholar and International Service Learning Programs. Her areas of expertise include international program development, international student recruitment, and project management.
Before coming to Wheelock College in 2007, she worked with a range of programs and services for international students at Suffolk University's Center for International Education and with local government officials involved in supporting children and families at the National League of Cities. She has traveled extensively throughout Asia and is a graduate of the NAFSA Academy, an intensive two-year training program in international education offered by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
Judith A. Ceven
Senior Executive Administrator
Judith Ceven began her career at Wheelock College over 30 years ago. She has been involved with the Center for International Programs and Partnerships since its inception in 1992 (when it was called the Center for International Education, Innovation, and Leadership). She supports the Center with proposal writing, assists faculty and adult learners involved in offshore programs, develops and adapts materials for workshops and courses, and hosts guests who visit the Center on study tours.
In addition, she is involved in implementing and launching new global endeavors in the areas of international education and innovation. She received the Wheelock College President's Service Award in 1999.
Britney Rugman is the Student Opportunities and Social Media Coordinator in the Center for International Programs and Partnerships. In this role, she serves as an advisor for students exploring international opportunities, including faculty-led service learning and travel-learn trips, international internships, and semester and summer abroad programs. In addition to advising students, Britney also works with faculty to coordinate the Presidential International Service Learning programs, manages CIPP's social media accounts and the documentation of CIPP programs and events. Britney also serves on the Colleges of the Fenway Study Abroad Council.
Britney earned her BS and Certificate in Community-Based Human Services from Wheelock College, and is currently pursuing her MS in Organizational Leadership. As part of her undergrad experience, Britney studied abroad with Semester at Sea, and spent a second semester doing an independent study in Tanzania. Since then, Britney has lived, worked in, and traveled independently to nearly 30 countries on five continents. Britney attributes her ever-growing desire to be more culturally and globally aware, and her passion for the field of international education to the time she spent abroad.
International Programs Liaison
Kayla Desnoyers came to Wheelock in September 2013 as an intern and has since transitioned to International Programs Liaison for the Center of International Programs and Partnerships. She received her MA in Middle East & Islamic Studies and International Affairs from the American University of Paris; she brings extensive knowledge of French, Arabic, the history of Islam, and Middle East politics and passion for international education and intercultural work.
While in Paris, she was vice president of a global issues discussion group as well as a participant in an interfaith September 11th memorial and colloquium designed to promote discussion among different religions and cultures. She is presently a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Council at Wheelock.