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Global Fellow Program

SUNY Global Fellow Program

In response to campus needs, the Office of Global Affairs has developed the SUNY Global Fellows Program. This program provides an opportunity for campuses and System Administration to share resources in promoting mutually beneficial collaboration among SUNY and international partners. The Global Fellow works closely with the Office of Global Affairs on projects that relate directly to the Fellow’s home campus, as well as a broad framework of responsibilities providing a unique opportunity for professional development.

A pilot program was launched in the spring of 2012, and the formal program was initiated in Academic Year 2013-14 with appointment of the first SUNY Global Fellow Rosemary Ortlieb-Padgett.

Rosemary Ortlieb-Padgett holds the title of Global Fellow for Lebanon through the Office of Global Affairs at System Administration. She is the project director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Higher Education for Development (HED) BMENA initiative with Al-Kafaàt University and the State University of New York (SUNY) Community College Consortium. Over three years, the project has grown in scope through a system to system affiliation between Al-Kafaàt University and SUNY.

Ms. Ortlieb-Padgett has worked at Nassau Community College for over 15 years as an ESL teacher, coordinator of International Student Affairs, and most recently, Associate Dean for International Education. She holds an AA in Liberal Arts from Nassau Community College as well as a BA in Linguistics and MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has worked extensively on curriculum and international policy development related to higher education, with a focus on community colleges.

SUNY Global Fellows Program Goals

The Fellowship has several overarching goals: 

The Fellowship Experience

To achieve the goals of the SUNY Global Fellow program, fellows will work with the Office of Global Affairs on current projects, as well as assist in the planning and procurement of funding for future projects through grants and other funding opportunities. Global Fellows have the opportunity to participate in the development of campus consortia for various international projects, including grant proposal writing, implementation of funded programs, creation and design of system to system collaboration MOUs, and the development of multifaceted academic programming and student services as they relate to comprehensive internationalization.

Length of Appointment and Conditions

The precise terms and conditions of the Fellowship are negotiated individually with the sponsoring campus to accommodate the varying administrative/governance structures across the University.


Office of Global Affairs