Mark’s earliest involvement with global learning began during his undergraduate degree, when he spent a year studying at Hebrew University in Israel. His professional experience over the past twenty years includes building academic partnerships and research initiatives in the Caribbean, Mexico, Mongolia, Rwanda, and Spain. Since his arrival at Western in 2013, he has worked closely with IGE and Western faculty and staff on Western’s collaborations with libraries, universities, and NGOs in Mongolia. This has included support for visiting researchers and instructors, faculty research projects, study abroad, and academic exchange; building library collections in Mongolian and Inner Asian Studies; working with the local community on public programming focused on Mongolian arts and culture; and fostering relationships between Western and U.S. and Mongolian government officials. He also has partnered with University Advancement to secure private gifts in excess of $1.5 million to support the university’s Mongolian initiatives. Having served as Dean of Libraries at Western for nine years, Mark brings his administrative experience and established connections with the university’s faculty and staff to his role in IGE. As Director of Faculty Global Engagement, he helps lead a broad range of efforts to grow faculty and staff engagement with Western’s internationalization efforts, including faculty-led study abroad, institutional partnerships, curriculum development, remote and in-person instruction, research initiatives, public programming, and faculty and staff exchanges. He begins his new role on September 16, 2022.
Born and raised in Canada and a graduate of the University of Toronto, Mark also holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Florida and a Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of South Florida. In his spare time, he enjoys the Pacific Northwest’s beauty from the seat of his BMW motorcycle.