Biography

Allison Witt is the Director of International Programs in the College of Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she teaches Global Studies in Education and is the Program Leader for the International Education Administration and Leadership program. Allison is a former Assistant Director of Academic Affairs at the Illinois Board of Higher Education where she contributed to state higher education policy in Illinois. She is the author of Shifting Tides in Global Higher Education (2011) published by Peter Lang. Allison earned a PhD in Education Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked in international education for over 20 years, now with particular interest in internationalizing teacher education.

Research & Service

Witt's research includes state and national education policy related to higher education and teacher preparation. Current research tracks the impact of interventions in teacher preparation designed to prepare globally competent teachers.

Teaching

Courses taught include Globalization and Higher Education, Researching Education in a Global Context, and other courses in the Global Studies in Education graduate program. In addition, Witt has developed and teaches the Education Abroad course that supports students on study abroad.

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Courses

Education Study Abroad (EDUC 299) Spring Semester Study Abroad

Education Abroad (EDUC 499) Fall Study Abroad Trips: China, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia,Jordan, & Greece

Education Abroad (EDUC 499) Fall Study Abroad Trips: China, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia, Jordan, & Greece

Winter Study Abroad Morocco (EDUC 499) GRADUATE Winter Study Abroad Trip: Morocco

Spring Study Abroad France (EDUC 499) GRADUATE Spring Study Abroad Trips: France

Spring Study Abroad Italy (EDUC 499) GRADUATE Spring Study Abroad Trips: Italy

Spring Study Abroad Spain (EDUC 499) GRADUATE Spring Study Abroad Trips: Spain

Spring Study Abroad Italy (EDUC 499) UNDERGRADUATE Spring Study Abroad Trips: Italy

Summer Study Abroad Trips (EDUC 499) Summer Study Abroad Trips: Scandanavia, Greece, China, and Indonesia

Spain Study Abroad (EDUC 499) Spain Tour Dates: March 17 - 25, 2018

China Study Abroad (EDUC 499) China Tour Dates: June 2 - 16, 2018

Education Abroad (EDUC 499) China Tour Dates: June 2 - 16, 2018

France Study Abroad (EDUC 499) France Tour Dates: March 17 - 25, 2018

Italy Study Abroad (EDUC 499) Italy Tour Dates: March 17 - 25, 2018

Fall Study Abroad Trips (EDUC 499) Fall Study Abroad Trips: Indonesia

Spring Study Abroad France (EDUC 499) UNDERGRADUATE Spring Study Abroad Trips: France

Spring Study Abroad Spain (EDUC 499) UNDERGRADUATE Spring Study Abroad Trips: Spain

Semester Abroad Programs (EDUC 499) This course will serve as a foundation for your education abroad experience. The class will center on the experience of travel as it relates to education - your own education, the education systems and policies you encounter, as well as your prospective role as a future educator. This course will introduce comparative education inquiry and provide space to consider the cultural, political, and ethical implications of engaging in education travel and research in cross-cultural, global contexts.

Costa Rica Study Abroad (EDUC 499) Costa Rica Tour Dates: March 17 - 25, 2018

Education Abroad (EDUC 499) Spring Study Abroad Trips: France, Spain, Italy, Costa Rica and Tanzania

Education Abroad (EDUC 499) Summer Study Abroad Trips: Greece, China, New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore and Namibia

Education Abroad (EDUC 499) Spring Study Abroad Trips: Ecuador and Hong Kong/Macau

Education Abroad (EDUC 499) Indonesia Abroad

Spring Study Abroad Costa Rica (EDUC 499) GRADUATE Spring Study Abroad Trips: Costa Rica

Winter Study Abroad Morocco (EDUC 499) UNDERGRADUATE Winter Study Abroad Trip: Morocco

Summer Study Abroad Trips (EDUC 499) Summer Study Abroad Trips: Greece, China, New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore and Namibia

Summer Study Abroad Trips (EDUC 499) Summer Study Abroad Trips: China, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Indonesia

Education Abroad (EDUC 499) This course will serve as a foundation for your education abroad experience. The class will center on the experience of travel as it relates to education - your own education, the education systems and policies you encounter, as well as your prospective role as a future educator. This course will introduce comparative education inquiry and provide space to consider the cultural, political, and ethical implications of engaging in education travel and research in cross-cultural, global contexts.

Spring Study Abroad Costa Rica (EDUC 499) UNDERGRADUATE Spring Study Abroad Trips: Costa Rica

Macau (EPOL 199) This section will meet in room 333 of the Education Building.

General Field Research Seminar (EPOL 586) This course will guide doctoral students as they develop a broad and critical understanding of their general field of doctoral study. Students will conduct a synthesized and critical review of the general field literature, which will become part of their dissertation. This course may meet the doctoral requirement of the General Field Qualifying Examination.

Special Field Research Seminar (EPOL 587) This course will guide doctoral students as they develop a broad and critical understanding of their special field of doctoral study. Students will conduct a synthesized and critical review of the special field literature, which will become part of their dissertation.This course may meet the doctoral requirement of the Special Field Qualifying Examination.

Methodology Research Seminar (EPOL 588) This course will guide EDD doctoral students as they develop a broad and critical understanding of the methodological approaches in their doctoral field. Students will critique methodologies used in educational research and develop a thorough methodological proposal for their research, which will become part of their dissertation.This course may meet the doctoral requirement of the Research Methodology Qualifying Examination.

Thesis Seminar (EPOL 591) Designed to take students through the entire process of proposal development, this course is intended for masters or doctoral students who are ready to prepare a thesis or dissertation proposal. Students will learn to use a systematic and comprehensive approach to develop the research proposal and how each step in the research process is related.

Independent Study (EPOL 595) Offers opportunity and challenge of self-directive, independent study; develops the individual's ability as an independent student and enables the student to pursue needed study in a field in which appropriate courses are not being offered during a given term.

Thesis Research (EPOL 599) Individual direction of research and thesis writing.

Perspectives on Global Studies (EPS 500) Global Studies is an emerging and rapidly changing field. It is well on the way to becoming a new field of study among the major research universities in the United States and abroad. It is also more than a discipline. Today it is increasingly expected that holders of graduate degrees—whether professional degrees in Medicine, Law or Business, Masters or Ph.D.—also acquire an understanding of key global concepts and debates along with training in their primary disciplines. This course provides that much-needed analytical and methodological understanding.

Globalization of Higher Ed (EPS 538) This course will focus on the rapid changes happening in the Higher Education around the world. Using case studies, we will examine a variety of issues that have come about as the Higher Education system responds to rapid changes in the global economy. These include issues of access and equity; accountability; finance; privatization and for-profit institutions; curricular responses to the changing realities of knowledge and knowledge production; and issues of internationalization within these changing contexts. We will also look at future trends in higher education within the US and internationally.

Researching Global Education (EPS 580) The course will introduce education research methodology and consider the cultural, political and ethical implications of engaging in education research in cross-cultural, global contexts. Students will learn to select an appropriate topic for research, effectively navigate and use an academic research library, conduct a literature review, and craft a literature review portion of a larger research project.

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