International Roles for Wheelock VP

January 27, 2014

Dr. Joan Gallos of Wheelock CollegeAdvancing Wheelock College's strategic goal to promote transformational educational and thought leadership around the world, Dr. Joan V. Gallos, vice president for academic affairs at Wheelock College, has accepted two opportunities to further Wheelock's mission globally. Dr. Gallos has accepted the invitation to be a founding member of the International Advisory Council for the American Community Schools of Athens - ACS Athens, Greece. She will also deliver the keynote address on "Academic Leadership and the Future of Higher Education" at the University of Copenhagen's first leadership conference on higher education leadership.

"I am honored to accept the invitation from ACS Athens Chairman Constantine Stergides and President Stefanos Gialamas to join the ACS Advisory Council," said Dr. Gallos. "I look forward to working with educators and academic leaders from around the world to further ACS's mission, to help forge a Council that probes the meaning of a 21st century global education, and to have another opportunity to bring Wheelock's values and experiences to the world."

The American Community Schools of Athens - ACS Board of Trustees established the International Advisory Council to support its goal of promoting innovation and best practices. The Council will keep the school's trustees and administration connected to current research and issues that impact the school's policies, operations, programs, pedagogy, and learning practices. ACS Athens, Greece selected Advisory Council members using criteria of shared vision and values, as well as experiences and capacities that afford the insights, wisdom, and expertise the school seeks for its goal of continuous improvement.

In January 2014, Wheelock College and ACS Athens, Greece announced a partnership enabling Wheelock to now offer a non-licensure Master's in Educational Studies: International Teaching and Global Learning. This degree program, which can be completed in a little over a year, includes an academic year-long, paid teaching placement at ACS Athens, Greece and mentorship by both Wheelock faculty and ASC Athens, Greece educators. "This is a wonderful opportunity for certified teachers to gain valuable international teaching experiences while earning a master's degree through Wheelock College," notes Dr. Gallos. "In today's increasingly global world, these experiences are invaluable for those hoping to teach abroad or in schools closer to home."

ACS Athens, Greece is widely recognized as a premier international school that embraces American educational philosophy, principles, and values for students in grades K-12. Its emphasis on holistic, harmonious, and arts-infused education is a natural complement to Wheelock's mission of providing transformational education to students from around the globe passionate about making the world a better place, especially for children and families.

As also noted above, Dr. Gallos will travel to the University of Copenhagen's inaugural higher education leadership conference in March. Her keynote address draws from ideas in her most recent book, "Reframing Academic Leadership." Her charge from the University is to provide insights that will guide academic administrators at all levels in their leadership and enable them to understand the unique challenges and opportunities in leading institutions of higher education today. The conference is a part of the University's broader effort to focus on academic leadership as a profession.

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