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).
Executive Director, Wheelock College-Singapore
Prior to coming to Wheelock, Dr. Craig spent a decade as Executive Director of Harvard's Center for European Studies, where she created its undergraduate program, established many international partnerships, worked closely to develop and strengthen the European alumni network and oversaw its vibrant visiting scholars program. She also founded its research group on European higher education. An expert on European and Spanish politics, she addresses those issues in public talks and through social media, and is also a Visiting Faculty member of the Master's program on Public Administration at the Pablo de Olavide University in Seville, Spain.
As an Associate at the Harvard Institute for International Development, Dr. Craig has been a policy advisor on education and health reform, university governance, technology in education and public-private partnerships for social development. In Asia, she carried out in-depth fieldwork in China, India and Thailand that resulted in The Quality of Life in Rural Asia, her co-authored book published by Oxford University Press. Out of that work, she designed and headed a project on rural infrastructure in China, based in the Foreign Capital Management division at the Ministry of Finance.
While at Harvard, Dr. Craig has also taught in the Certificate Program in Educational Technology at the Division of Continuing Education. She has conducted several rounds of institutional research for the Division on its distance learning initiatives and believes strongly in the potential of online education.
Lauren M. Thorman, MPA
Lauren Thorman is Associate 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.
Brendan J. McGowan
International Program Coordinator
Brendan J. McGowan came to Wheelock College in October 2008 as an International Program Coordinator in the Center for International Education, Leadership, and Innovation. His duties include program development, support for international learners, and up-to-date research on relevant issues impacting the Center's international programming.
Brendan, a Dickinson College graduate in Political Science, credits his global perspective to time spent studying abroad in Southern India. He has since traveled extensively throughout the world.