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Dr. Linda Davis Accepts Appointment at Wheelock College

Dr. Linda Davis

July 2010

Former Vice President of Research, Graduate Programmes and International Relations, Dr. Linda Davis, has been appointed to an overseas position at Wheelock College in Boston, fresh on the heels of completing a transatlantic sabbatical over a ten month period in six countries spanning three continents.

Dr. Davis was appointed Associate Professor and Interim Director of Wheelock's Center for International Education, Leadership and Innovation, effective July 1st, 2010.

The centre was established in 1992 to develop and deliver globally a range of academic degree programmes, innovative seminars, and professional development programmes. Its mission is to become the preeminent center for training visionary leaders with strong scholarship and experiential knowledge to assume integral roles within a variety of educational settings.

Embracing the yearlong tenure in the new position, Dr. Davis noted that the rapidly evolving higher education landscape means that academics must be more global in their perspectives.

"I look forward to the engagement and the collegiality at Wheelock, where I will serve as Associate Professor and Interim Director of its Center for International Education, Leadership and Innovation, and the wider partnership with other Colleges of the Fenway, including Emmanuel College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Simmons, and Wentworth Institute of Technology," she said.

Dr. Davis' appointment allows her to return to Wheelock, which has a growing collaboration with The College of The Bahamas in the provision of graduate educational programmes. She spent a month of her sabbatical at the College in Boston last year as a Presidential International Visiting Scholar conducting research on the ways in which universities interact on an international scale and how they construct both national and international identities.

Wheelock College is most impressed by Dr. Davis' wealth of experience and expertise in research administration, international partnerships, curriculum design, and a host of other crucial areas, according to a press release issued on the appointment.

Dr. Davis began her career in education as a high school teacher before joining The College of The Bahamas faculty in 1987. At The College, she has served in various administrative roles, taking on her most recent position as a senior administrator in 2006, in which she worked to increase research activity and accessibility to graduate degrees as well as to expand the international opportunities available to the institution's students, faculty, and staff.

Beginning last year, she took a ten month long sabbatical that allowed her to conduct critical research into educational leadership while strengthening and extending strategic international partnerships. During her trans-Atlantic expedition, she was a partial voyager on aboard the MV Explorer, a floating university campus that made ports of call in Canada, Spain and Ghana and a visiting scholar at several colleges and universities in North America and Africa including Wheelock, Kent State University in Ohio and the African University College of Communications [AUCC] at Accra, Ghana.

"From my partial voyage aboard the MV Explorer, Semester at Sea Program and its many fascinating ports of call (Norfolk, Nova Scotia, Spain, Morocco, Ghana) to Boston, Ohio, West Africa, Virginia and the United Kingdom, lessons taken from each experience were truly invaluable, providing interesting and refreshing analytical lens as I continue to be intrigued, both as a higher education scholar and administrator, by the nature and complexity of international partnerships," she said.

"And now my tenure in Greater Boston provides yet another opportunity to further explore these complexities in a context so rich with international education initiatives, specifically, though not exclusively, through Wheelock College's outreach in Latin America and the Caribbean to West Africa, Northern Ireland, Asia and other exciting international contexts."

The College congratulates Dr. Davis on her appointment.

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