Colleen Marchwick has been named director of the Center for International Education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire following a national search.
Marchwick has served as interim lead of the Center for International Education since September 2015. She has several years of experience as a study abroad coordinator and advisor, and as an instructor in English as a second language. In addition to her work with international students and study abroad programs, Marchwick was closely involved in establishing the Peace Corps preparation program at UW-Eau Claire.
“UW-Eau Claire has a significant tradition of international activities and achievements," Marchwick said. "I look forward to carrying that tradition forward by working collaboratively with the Center for International Education team and campus stakeholders to further campus internationalization, international partnerships, and student mobility.”
The Center for International Education promotes global learning among UW-Eau Claire students by planning and supervising study abroad programming and international student and scholar services, and cooperating with others on campus to promote internationalization efforts. Each year, between 450 and 500 UW-Eau Claire students participate in study abroad programs around the world. UW-Eau Claire also welcomes between 200 and 250 international students to campus each year.
“In her role as interim lead of CIE, Colleen Marchwick demonstrated her commitment to encouraging and supporting students seeking international immersion experiences and recruiting international students to continue their studies at UW-Eau Claire campus," said Patricia A. Kleine, UW-Eau Claire's provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. "She is well positioned to maintain the momentum generated by the academic master plan to enhance global co-curricular activities such as study abroad as integrated learning in the university’s Liberal Education Core, and to work with faculty and staff to develop immersion programs that offer more students opportunities to participate in a high-impact practice.”
Marchwick holds a bachelor's degree in French and history from St. Catherine University and master's degree in applied linguistics from Ohio University.