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UW Education Abroad Office Has New Director, Adviser

November 6, 2017

The University of Wyoming’s newly renamed Education Abroad Office is growing, with the naming of a new director and an additional adviser to help achieve UW’s strategic plan goal of increasing student and faculty participation in programs abroad.

Shelley Jewell and Amanda Poppe began their positions within the Education Abroad Office Oct. 2. Jewell’s position as director is new to UW, and Poppe’s as coordinator of student advising was previously a vacant position.

“I feel very strongly about the impact and change that study abroad can have on students,” Jewell says. “I have been privileged to see, on a daily basis, the benefits that carefully designed programs can have on students. I believe it is our role in education abroad to support and encourage students to participate in programs from all disciplines and backgrounds, as well as to develop innovative programming that meets the needs of an increasingly diverse student body that seeks challenges outside of the traditional abroad models.”

UW’s strategic plan, “Breaking Through: 2017-2022,” targets an increase in the number of students and faculty studying abroad from 425 in the last academic year to 650 within five years. Study abroad numbers at UW have stalled at around 400 for the last several years for a number of reasons, including the availability of only two advisers. With the increase in staff, the Education Abroad Office expects to meet the goals outlined in the strategic plan.

“It is so exciting to see how strong the institutional commitment to international education is here at Wyoming, in addition to the strong foundation of study abroad that already exists,” Jewell says. “I am very excited about the opportunity to work collaboratively with administrators, faculty, staff and students to make these types of experiences a reality.”

Jewell received a bachelor’s degree in international economics and sociology from Emory University in 2003, then a Master of Education in international education policy management from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University in 2007. She is pursuing her doctorate in higher education administration from UW. 

Before coming to UW, she was the director of Study Abroad at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., where she more than doubled the number of faculty-led study-abroad opportunities while increasing the number of students studying abroad from just over 200 to over 650. Before Belmont, she was the assistant director of the Global Education Office at Vanderbilt University, where she focused on increasing abroad opportunities for students through curricular integration as well as expanding a service-learning program to six countries. She also held a position at the Vanderbilt International Office, where she worked with faculty and assisted with the development of the university’s international partnerships and strategy.

Poppe has come to UW from the University of Buffalo, where she worked for three years as an international admissions recruiter, meeting with prospective students and parents in their home countries. She has been to 41 countries throughout Europe, South Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

Poppe received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and adolescent education from Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y., and her master’s degree in higher education and student affairs administration from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y.

Both Poppe and Jewell have received Fulbright grants and are active members of the Fulbright Alumni Association.

The Education Abroad Office, formerly the Office of Study Abroad, is part of the newly established Global Engagement Office, which is home to the International Students and Scholars Office as well as the English Language Center.

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