We are pleased to announce the formation of a new Global Learning and Assessment team that represents a strategic reinforcement of IFSA’s future-focused approach to education abroad. The full-time Global Learning and Assessment team will oversee the intersection of student learning and IFSA’s commitments to inclusive excellence, individualized learning, intercultural agility, and enduring impact, examining our ability to positively impact students’ education.

Under the supervision of Maritheresa Frain, Ph.D., the Vice President for Academic Programs, and in collaboration with IFSA’s staff, instructors, and critical partners, the Global Learning and Assessment team will operationalize student learning outcomes and their assessment at the organizational, programmatic, curricular, and co-curricular levels.  Furthermore, it will develop and support key strategic initiatives including enhanced learning plan implementation, Community & Culture (C&C) programming, high-impact curricular design, language learning, inclusive pedagogy, and mapping diverse student learning experiences to a holistic vision of reinventing study abroad on the resume.

As part of this team, we are thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr. Andrew “AJ” Young as an ACLS/Mellon Public Fellow, and IFSA’s Assistant Director for Global Learning and Assessment. Dr. Young received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Temple University and has taught at the university level in both Sociology and Women’s/Gender/Sexuality Studies. His academic work centers on gender and sexuality in culture with particular focus on how queer and transgender identities are experienced, represented, and negotiated in popular culture, sports, and organizations.

He also has more than ten years of experience in university student services, with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion and civic engagement work. Dr. Young is committed to asset-based community development and building a world grounded in principles of equity and social justice. Originally from the northwest Chicago suburbs, he moved to Washington, DC to complete his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Philosophy at American University before moving to Philadelphia for his PhD.

Most recently, AJ served as Director of the LGBTQ+ Center at IUPUI. He also serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors for GenderNexus, an Indianapolis organization that supports transgender and non-binary people on their journey to becoming their most authentic selves.