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Dr. Liesl Smith Ms. Erika Cook Prof. Kathleen Cain
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Dr. Liesl Smith, PhD, Director of Global Education
Before pursuing a doctorate in medieval studies, Smith taught overseas in Nanchang, China, and Ulanbaatar, Mongolia. Those years in Asia confirmed for her the importance of long-term international engagement for students’ academic and personal growth in an evermore interconnected world.

After receiving a Ph.D., Smith taught both medieval British literature and history for several years before returning to the world of global education.

She holds a BA in English language and literature from Virginia Tech University, an MA in literary and cultural theory from Carnegie Mellon University and a PhD in medieval studies from the University of Toronto.

Erika Cook Head ShotErika Cook, MEd, Assistant Director of Global Education
Erika Cook serves as the Assistant Director of Global Education at Merrimack College. Her own commitment to international education arose from an experience volunteering in Tanzania. That experience led to a more general interest in education, and she went on to work in Early Childhood Education. Ultimately, Erika's passion for education coupled with her own international experiences led her to pursue a career in International Education.

She now enjoys challenging Merrimack students--as she was challenged--to commit themselves to developing their understanding of peoples and issues around the world. Erika holds a Master of Education from Merrimack College.    

Kathleen Shine Cain, PhD, Faculty Liaison
KSCDuring her long tenure at Merrimack College, Kathleen Shine Cain, Ph.D., has taught a range of courses in literature and writing, and served as chair of the English department, president of the Faculty Senate and director of the Writing Center.She was a visiting professor at St. Mary’s University College of Queen’s University, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the 2005-06 academic year. Her interest in global education piqued, Cain co-chaired the college-wide Internationalization leadership team, which developed a strategic plan for internationalizing the campus.

The Belfast experience also led to her developing a short-term study-abroad program on the troubles in Northern Ireland. Fifty students have taken the course during the past four years, many calling the in-country component one of the most transformational experiences of their college careers.

Cain is eager to work with other faculty to develop similar courses, offering Merrimack students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a culture different from their own.