New Vice President of Academic Affairs
We’re pleased to announce that Maritheresa Frain, center director in Seville, Spain, since 2000, has taken on the role of CIEE’s new vice president of academic affairs.
Maritheresa brings strong leadership skills, deep knowledge of both international and higher education and of CIEE, and impressive academic credentials to this role. During her time as center director, she strengthened the academic quality of existing CIEE programs while developing new summer and semester programs; led the renovation of a 300-year-old “palacio” to house a new state-of-the-art study center; and built a team of resident staff who deliver the highest-quality international experience to more than 800 students each and every year.
Maritheresa’s dedication to study abroad doesn’t end at CIEE. She often presents at international education conferences, such as NAFSA and Forum, on numerous topics, spreading her knowledge and passion to others.
Originally from Philadelphia, Maritheresa completed her undergraduate work in international politics at the Pennsylvania State University, and earned her master’s degree and doctorate in international relations at Georgetown University. In addition to Seville, she has lived and worked in Greece, Russia, Switzerland, and Portugal. Maritheresa previously worked for the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C., and was a visiting professor at Georgetown.
Drawing on her passion and experience, Maritheresa will be a dynamic, hands-on, and integral member of CIEE’s Study Abroad leadership team. She will work closely with the program management and development groups, resident staff, and the Academic Consortium Board to have an impact on both CIEE programs and the field at large. In the first year, she’ll work on critical projects focused on CIEE’s approach to intercultural learning and language acquisition, and our commitment to faculty engagement. Maritheresa will also ensure the academic quality of our entire portfolio of study abroad programs.
Resident Director Changes
CIEE congratulates the following resident staff on their new roles at our study centers in Ferrara, Italy, and Madrid and Seville, Spain:
At the end of the fall 2013 semester, Richard Chapman will step down as resident director at the CIEE Study Center in Ferrara. Laura Orsi, Ph.D., will assume this role beginning in spring 2014. Laura brings a strong interdisciplinary, international, and cross-cultural background to this role. She holds a doctorate from The Warburg Institute, University of London, has taught Italian, literature, and other aspects of Italian culture to a wide range of student levels and nationalities, and has led a variety of study trips across Italy.
Beginning in spring 2014, Eero Jesurun, Ph.D., will become center director of the CIEE Study Center in Madrid. He will continue serving as resident director for the Business, Economics, and Culture and Engineering and Society programs, and will oversee the Legal Studies program. Francisco Frisuelos, Ph.D., will continue to report to Eero as the resident director for the Liberal Arts program.
Replacing Maritheresa Frain as center director in Seville is Jaime Ramirez, former resident director for the Business and Society program for nearly 10 years. Jaime holds an MBA and is currently pursuing doctoral studies in human resources. He is also part of a research group at the University of Seville that focuses on intercultural negotiation, gender issues in human resources management, and healthy organizations.
Virgina Neira will now lead the Business and Society program beginning in spring 2014. Virginia previously served as program assistant for the Business and Society program alongside Jaime. Virginia will also continue to lead the Summer Internship program.