Dr. Ken Curtis has been named Assistant Vice President for International Education and Global Engagement as of April 1.
Curtis has served as interim director for international education and global engagement since January 2007. In that time he played a leadership role in organizing the first President’s Forum on International Human Rights, helped organize the expansion of summer study abroad programs and facilitated new university agreements with Columbia, Brazil and India.
“During his term as Interim Executive Director, Dr. Curtis has demonstrated a strong commitment to international education initiatives and an eagerness to work with faculty, students, and staff to expand opportunities for globally-oriented learning and discovery at CSULB,” said Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Karen L. Gould. “Dr. Curtis is widely respected for his strong academic credentials, broad campus and community connections, collaborative leadership style, and his thoughtful insights in the area of international education. I believe he will be effective in advancing the international mission and global engagement of the university.”
Curtis earned a Ph.D. in African and Comparative World History from the University of Wisconsin and has been a member of the faculty at California State University, Long Beach since 1990. At CSULB, Curtis served as Director of the Liberal Studies Program from 1998 - 2002. He is a long-term member of the Academic Senate, and is a past Chair of the General Education Governing Committee. He is also a long-term member and past Chair of the International Education Committee and is the campus leader for “Shared Futures: General Education for Global Learning,” a program of the American Association of Colleges and Universities.
He has published numerous books and articles. Most recently, Curtis co-authored Voyages in World History (Houghton Mifflin, 2008), an introduction to the field for college undergraduates. Having served as a member of the Executive Committee of the World History Association and as a Faculty Consultant for the College Board, Curtis has been a leading advocate of efforts at both the local and national level to develop a more global understanding of the human past.
As the assistant vice president for international education and global engagement, Curtis provides vision and direction for international education at CSULB. He works with faculty, deans, and the Faculty Center for Professional Development to facilitate interdisciplinary and cross-college collaborations in global learning. He is also charged with increasing study abroad opportunities for CSULB students around the world (e.g. London Semester Program, Summer in Spain Program etc.); providing leadership in the creation of short-term study abroad programs and international initiatives; assisting in the planning and development of CSULB degree programs offered in other countries; and aiding faculty in identifying and obtaining international teaching and research opportunities abroad.
“What I find most interesting and enjoyable about the job is that California State University, Long Beach is already quite strong in international education and already very globally engaged,” Curtis said. “Still, there is tremendous potential to move to the next level with a president and provost very committed to internationalization, we have the opportunity at CSULB to infuse global learning all across the campus not only in the classroom, but in co-curricular activities as well. In the end I hope that global learning becomes signature strength of all of our graduates.”