Alumni Ambassadors

Joellen Coryell

Joellen Coryell
Job title
Professor and Associate Dean, College of Education
Academic year
October 2018 – February 2019
Adult, Professional, and Community Education
Transnational, Cross-Cultural Learning and Instruction: The Investment in the Professional Development of University Educators and Students

I am Associate Dean for Educational Partnerships and Enrollment in the College of Education and Professor of Adult, Professional, and Community Education at Texas State University. I have a passion for travel and cross-cultural learning and for understanding the influences of experience, knowledge, and culture on learning and teaching in adult and higher education. I teach in doctoral and master’s programs and serve on dissertation research committees as chair and member. My research focuses on international cross-cultural adult and higher education and the investment in the professional development of adult educators and leaders.  As Associate Dean, I serve on the College’s leadership team and engage in educational partnerships, enrollment and retention management, strategic planning, and collaborations across three departments with over 5000 students.

As a core scholar to Italy (Università di Roma-LUMSA), I conducted research and teaching activities connected with issues and needs for internationalization of higher education teaching and learning. I conducted collaborative research on faculty development during university internationalization which resulted in 7 peer-reviewed publications in American and Italian journals and several presentations at professional conferences. I taught a doctoral seminar, and I conducted 16 faculty professional development workshops in 8 Italian universities and the Italian Fulbright Commission during my award and since! As the first Fulbrighter to my host institution, we opened the opportunity for future Fulbrighters both to and from the University. At home I also sponsored partnership MOUs and Erasmus project proposals with Italian universities, helping us continue our university’s internationalization goals.

Ask Me About:

  • Life as a foreign professor and expat in Italy
  • Italian higher education systems and how they compare with ours in the U.S.
  • Taking a partner on Fulbright
  • Working closely with the Italian Fulbright commission while on Fulbright
  • Partnership opportunities in Educational fields with Italian institutions of higher education
  • Teaching classes to undergraduates and graduate students in Italy
  • Historical and cultural activities in many parts of the country