The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. - Ed.S., Higher Education Administration
The Graduate Theological Union - Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, CA - S.T.L. (Licentiate in Sacred Theology),
History and Theology of Christian Ritual
The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. - M.A., Theology
The College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA - B.A., Cum Laude, Psychology
As at other leading private colleges, education abroad is an integral component of the undergraduate academic experience today at Providence College. Across all disciplines, we are striving to help students integrate what they learn on study abroad with their major and courses on campus. In sum, we want to produce graduates who will possess the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they will need to be competent and successful in their careers and personal lives. At the Center for International Studies, we see our mission then as providing all our students with the study abroad opportunities best suited to help them in this transformation.
Providence College, Providence, RI - Dean of International Studies, 2007 - Present
Smith College, Northampton, MA - Associate Dean for International Study, 2000-2007
The George Washington University, Washington, DC - Director for Study Abroad, 1996-2000
The George Washington University - The Elliott School of International Affairs - Director for Academic Advising & Student Services, 1990-1996
Fulbright Award: US-Korea International Education Administrators' Program, June 2000
NAFSA: Association of International Educators Sen. Paul Simon Spotlight Award – Internationalizing the Campus 2012 (along with co-submitter, Dr. Nicholas Longo, Director, Global Studies program), March 2012
Panelist, “Planning Effective Academic Director Visits to US Campuses,” School for International Training, Academic Director Workshop, Brattleboro, VT, August 2012
Presenter, "Current Challenges in Managing an International Education Office," annual conference of the Forum on Education Abroad, Charlotte, NC, March 2010
Round-table Panelist, "The Forum on Education Abroad and the Code of Ethics," annual conference of the Forum on Education Abroad, Charlotte, NC, March 2010
Leadership and Service
China Advisory Committee, The Alliance for Global Education, 2012-14
Chair, Executive Committee, National Advisory Council (NAC), Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University, 2011-14
Board of Trustees, Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University, 2013-16
Study Abroad Partnership Council, the School for International Training, 2011-2014.
The Forum on Education Abroad, Working Group on the Code of Ethics for Education Abroad, 2007-Present
Peer Reviewer, The Forum on Education Abroad Quality Improvement Program (QUIP), 2008-Present
Katherine Jacobs - Assistant Dean of International Studies
Phone: (401) 865-2688
Katherine holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Colby College and an M.A. in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University, and worked in California and the United Kingdom as a study abroad advisor before coming to Providence College. Katherine is responsible for advising students in the School of Arts & Sciences and the School for Professional Studies on study abroad opportunities, as well as both undergraduate and graduate international students and scholars on F-1 and J-1 visa and immigration issues. She was awarded a 2013 Fulbright International Educators Seminar grant to Japan and in 2011 was awarded the NAFSA: Association of International Educators "Rising Professional Award" in recognition of her demonstrated commitment to international education. She has presented at conferences both locally and internationally on issues relevant to both study abroad and international students. Katherine hopes all PC students take the opportunity to learn as much as possible about the world around them to attain global understanding and an appreciation of cultural differences.
Allie Agati - Study Abroad Advisor
Phone: (401) 865-2353
Allie graduated from Providence College with a B.A. in English and a minor in Political Science in 2011 and studied abroad at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, during which time she developed an enthusiasm for international education. Upon return, she began working at the Providence College Center for International Studies as a Peer Advisor, promoting study abroad and advising students. Prior to returning to the CIS, Allie worked as a Travel Operations Coordinator at Education First and as a Study Abroad Coordinator at Northeastern University. Allie is responsible for advising students in the School of Business, as well as advising all students on short-term (summer and winter intersession) study abroad opportunities. She is currently completing her M.A. in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University, and is excited to be back in Providence and working with PC students to explore the vast opportunities available in study abroad.
Denise Miller - Administrative Coordinator
Phone: (401) 865-2114
Prior to coming to the Center for International Studies, Denise worked for six years in the Off-Campus Housing office. With daughters who studied abroad in Australia and Ireland, Denise experienced first-hand what the entire process entails for students, to say nothing of the parental anxiety such an experience often generates. As a result, Denise is well qualified to ease the fears or concerns of students going on study abroad and those of their parents.
Rita Callahan '15 - Peer Advisor
Phone: (401) 865-2114
Rita is a senior at PC, majoring in Art History. She spent her junior year abroad in two locations; studying with CIEE in Paris, France and SITA in Madurai, India. During her time in both countries Rita developed an appreciation and passion for international education. After an incredible experience abroad, she is excited to return to Providence to work with CIS and other prospective study abroad participants as a CIS Peer Advisor.