Message from the Dean

These are both challenging and exciting times in higher education and in the world. As countries transition from a manufacturing to a knowledge economy, demand for employees with 21st-century skills continues to accelerate. The jobs and skills of the future are more complex, interdependent, and flexible. To attract and retain global learners and foster international partnerships, college and university leaders are challenged to develop a complex range of skills, abilities, and perspectives.

The Executive Master’s in Global Higher Education combines the academic rigor of a Georgetown University graduate program with unique global learning opportunities. You’ll participate in residencies abroad while engaging with experienced education professionals from around the world. You’ll also learn how to approach the field of education from a global perspective, which will prepare you with the comprehensive knowledge and strategic thinking needed to advance in your career.

Our expert faculty and applied learning approach will help you master the specific academic and professional abilities needed to create, deliver, and grow quality global education programs. Global higher education demands of professionals nuanced, interdisciplinary competencies concerning a range of complex issues, from accreditation requirements, regulatory affairs, and financial management to cultural differences and social justice issues.

Educators with a global perspective are needed to prepare the world’s citizens for a global and interconnected economy. Technology and new educational modalities mean that the world has become smaller with new and exciting opportunities for developing and delivering rigorous, high-quality programs. There has never been a more exciting time to build a career in global higher education.

I invite you to get to know the program and the Georgetown University community as you consider this important step in your professional journey.

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Kelly J. Otter, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Continuing Studies

Dr. Kelly Otter
Dean of School of Continuing Studies

Dr. Kelly Otter is Dean of Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies (SCS). In this role, Dr. Otter oversees professional graduate programs; liberal studies programs at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels; professional certificate programs and custom education; and summer and special programs.

Before coming to Georgetown in 2014, she served in academic dean roles at Northeastern University, the University of Pittsburgh, and the College of New Rochelle, and previously held positions in academic administration at New York University. She also taught at each of these institutions in the fields of media studies and interdisciplinary research. Dr. Otter’s professional portfolio comprises academic program development, the design and management of technology-mediated education infrastructures and programs, veterans support services, international education and partnerships, and adult and workforce education.

Dr. Otter is a member of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), the International Leadership Association (ILA), and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).

Dr. Mona Levine

Dr. Mona Levine has over thirty years of experience in leadership, administration and instruction in both research universities and community colleges.

Mr. Kavanagh was selected by the George Washington Center for Cyber and Homeland Security as a Senior Fellow, a distinguished group of policy experts and practitioners in the areas of counterterrorism, cybersecurity, and homeland security, drawn from the private, government, academia, and the non-profit sectors.

Dr. Michele Mackie
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs and Compliance

Dr. Michele Mackie has worked in higher education administration since 2004 and posses expertise in the areas of Research and data management, Curriculum development, assessment, and faculty support Policy development and implementation, Title IX regulations and implementation, Threat assessment Case management and advising interventions, Academic Misconduct and Orientation and Parent Programs.

Dr. Mackie is currently the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Compliance for the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University. She holds a M.Ed. in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland College, College Park where she completed her dissertation on “Predictors of Sense of Belonging for Students with Psychological Conditions.”

Dr. Sarah Steinberg

Dr. Sarah Steinberg is an award-winning lecturer in the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University. During her 20-year tenure at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Steinberg served as dean of Part-time Graduate Education in two different Schools of the University (Engineering and Arts and Science). During that time, she oversaw the programmatic, marketing and business strategies, as well as the development and implementation of more than a dozen fully online master’s degree programs reaching more than 5000 graduate students per year and generating total annual tuition revenues exceeding $50M.

In 2010, Sarah was named the Vice Provost for Student Affairs and subsequently the Executive Vice Provost of Johns Hopkins University, with responsibility for university-wide strategic initiatives, including online and continuing/professional education. Among many accomplishments during this time, Sarah chaired the Student Services Committee for Information Technology and was the Chair of the University Task Force on distance learning. Sarah was the lead on the initial Johns Hopkins University MOOC partnership with Coursera – now generating nearly $2M in annual revenue for the University.

Sarah has a BS and Master's in Engineering from Cornell University, an MBA from Northwestern University, and an EdD from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Daniel Stoll
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Academic Programs

Dr. Daniel Stoll served for almost eight years at the School of Foreign Service-Qatar (SFS-Q), including as Associate Dean for Academic Programs. Before coming to Georgetown, he held a number of positions at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), including Assistant Vice Provost for International Initiatives. From 1988 until 1998, he was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, with foreign postings in Baghdad, Iraq and Johannesburg, South Africa. He received his Ph.D. from UMKC, his MA from Georgetown University, and his BA from St. Olaf College. His research interests include the role of multilateral institutions in the international system, water resources management and development, as well as U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. He is a contributing author to Higher Education in the Gulf Cooperation Council (forthcoming), a co-author of International Conflict Over Water Resources in Himalayan Asia, contributing author to Africa and the Gulf Region: Blurred Boundaries and Shifting Ties, and co-editor of and contributing author to, The Politics of Scarcity: Water in the Middle East.