The Global Liberal Arts Alliance is an international, multilateral partnership of American style liberal arts institutions with the goal of supporting excellence in liberal arts education on a transnational basis. The Great Lakes Colleges Association, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, coordinates the activities and projects of the Alliance and was instrumental in its formation. There are presently 27 institutions representing 15 nations in the Alliance membership. The Alliance was formally founded at a meeting of Presidents in Washington, D.C. in 2009. Since that time, there have been additional leadership meetings in Morocco, Bulgaria, Athens, and most recently in Slovakia. The next leadership meeting will be hosted by Lingnan University, March 23-25, 2015, in Hong Kong.
The Global Liberal Arts Alliance seeks to serve as a beacon for educational leaders, faculty members and administrators. Its purpose is to exchange knowledge, expertise and experience among institutions committed to education in the tradition of the liberal arts and sciences. This initiative was founded and administered by the Great Lakes Colleges Association with the generous support of the Endeavor Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Recent MeetingsGLAA Leadership Convening, March 23-25, 2015, for presidents and chief academic officers, was hosted by Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Planning meeting for the Globalization Studies Major project, November 10-12, 2014, hosted at the American University of Paris, There were 40 participants, including presidents, chief academic officers, and faculty members representing 19 institutions from 11 countries.
This program provides an opportunity for faculty members from all member institutions of the GLAA to add a unique international component to one of their courses. In a GCC project, two college classes , one from a U.S.-based Alliance campus paired with one from a non-U.S. Alliance campus, are connected using technology in a way that enriches both courses with an international perspective.
Over the past two years, thirty-six faculty members on sixteen Alliance campuses were engaged in this innovative program. The participating campuses for the 2013-2014 academic year were: Albion College, Allegheny College, American College of Greece, American University of Beirut, American University in Bulgaria, American University of Nigeria, Bratislava International School for Liberal Arts, Denison University, Earlham College, Effat University, Forman Christian College, and Hope College
During the 2014-2015 year, there have been four connected courses. Faculty members from The American University in Bulgaria, The American University of Cairo, Denison University, Franklin University Switzerland, International Chrisitian University, and Kenyon College were involved in the program.
Recent Staff and Faculty Visits on Alliance Campuses
Theodore Priskomatis, ACG Athletic Director, visited the coaching staffs at Denison University and Ohio Wesleyan University, March 2014.
Gabriele Dillmann, Professor of German at Denison University, visited Dr. Diana Stantcheva, German Language faculty member, at the American University in Bulgaria in April 2014 to work on their Global Course Connections projects and share a presentation at an AUBG research conference.
Umarah Mubeen, Faculty member from Forman Christian College, visited Professor Ola Olapade at Albion College in April 2014. While in Michigan, Umarah also visited faculty members at Kalamazoo and Hope Colleges.
A group of 17 faculty and staff members from Lingnan University visited Albion, Kalamazoo, and Hope Colleges in early June 2014.
A group of 3 visitors from International Christian University, Tokyo, visited Denison University, Ohio Wesleyan University and the College of Wooster in October 2014.
Claudio Piani, Professor of Environmental Sciences at the American University of Paris is presenting lectures and workshops at Allegheny College, March 2-6, 2015.