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Philip Altbach To Launch Distinguished Speaker Series  

Philip G. AltbachThe inaugural Higher Education Distinguished Speaker Series begins on Monday, October 31 at 6:00 p.m. in McNulty Hall 101-Science Amphitheatre with special guest, world renowned research professor Philip Altbach, Ph.D. Altbach's lecture on The Global Academic Revolution: What Does It Mean for U.S.? will be followed by a panel and general discussion featuring Rajika Bhandari, Ph.D., Deputy Vice President, Research and Evaluation, Institute of International Education and Dawn Whitehead, Ph.D., Senior Director of Global Initiatives, Association of American Colleges and Universities.

The program is free and open to the general public in addition to the Seton Hall University community. Reservations are recommended and can be made at All who wish to gain a better understanding of how the 21st century global society impacts and influences the changing climate of education here and abroad are highly encouraged to attend.

Philip G. Altbach is Monan Professor Emeritus of Higher Education, Boston College, and Director Emeritus of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College's Lynch School of Education. He was the 2004-2006 Distinguished Scholar Leader for the New Century Scholars initiative of the Fulbright program. He has been a senior associate of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and served as editor of the Review of Higher Education, Comparative Education Review, and as an editor of Educational Policy.

Altbach is the author of more than 20 books including Tradition and Transition: The international imperative in higher education, 2007, Comparative Higher Education (1998), Student Politics in America (1997), and other books. He co-edited the International Handbook of Higher Education.

He holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. He has taught at many of this country's top institutions, and was a post-doctoral fellow and lecturer on education at Harvard University. He is chairperson of the International Advisory Council of the Graduate School of Education at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University and a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia.

Altbach has been a visiting professor at Stanford University, the Institut de Sciences Politique in Paris, and at the University of Bombay in India. He has been a Fulbright scholar in India, and in Malaysia and Singapore. He has had awards from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), has been Onwell Fellow at the University of Hong Kong, and a senior scholar of the Taiwan Government.

Rajika Bhandari is currently Deputy Vice President of Research and Evaluation, Institute of Higher Education. She provides strategic oversight of IIE's research and evaluation activities and leads the Open Doors and Project Atlas projects that measure international higher education mobility. She also directs IIE's Center for Academic Mobility Research. Dr. Bhandari serves on several international advisory groups, is a frequent speaker and widely published author on global student mobility and has written four books on the subject. She also leads program evaluations of international scholarship and fellowship programs in higher education for IIE and for external clients.

Prior to joining IIE in 2006, Bhandari was a Senior Researcher at MPR Associates, an educational research firm in California that provides research and evaluation services to the U.S. Department of Education. She also served as the Assistant Director for Evaluation at the Mathematics and Science Education Network at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds a doctoral degree in psychology from North Carolina State University and a BA (Honors) in psychology from the University of Delhi, India.

Dawn Michele Whitehead is the Senior Director for Global Learning and Curricular Change at the Association of American Colleges and Universities in Washington, DC. She earned her Ph.D. in Education Policy Studies with a doctoral minor in International and Comparative Education and a concentration in African Studies and her master's degree in International and Comparative Education at Indiana University Bloomington. At AAC&U, Whitehead's work focuses on integrative global learning with an emphasis on thematic local and international experiences that provide students with globalized learning opportunities throughout their education to prepare them to function and thrive in the modern world. She has also worked on projects that have integrated high impact practices across general education and the majors to provide students with consistent, high-quality liberal learning and has been engaged in global learning and global service learning program and course development.

This lecture is made possible through the vision and generosity of the College of Education and Human Services and the School of Diplomacy and International Relations. The lecture is the first in the Higher Education program's Distinguished Speaker Series which brings world-class speakers and experts to the Seton Hall University campus to present on vital and current issues facing the higher education community.

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  • Michael Giorgio
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