Office of International Programs announces the 2015-16 Academy for Global Engagement

October 13, 2015
GA Group

Eight faculty from the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) have been selected to form the newest cohort of the ACES Academy for Global Engagement (Global Academy).  

The 2015-16 Global Academy, which marks the ten-year anniversary of the program, will focus on “public research institutions and the global food system” and include an immersion trip to Mexico, the Academy’s inaugural destination 10 years ago, to deepen ties with ACES strategic partners.

The Global Academy training program encourages greater internationalization of the College by providing a platform and assistance to ACES faculty who wish to further their global research, teaching, and service engagements.

The scholars selected for the 2015-16 ACES Academy for Global Engagement are:

Dr. Rabin Bhattarai, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Dr. Gail Ferguson, Department of Human Development and Family Studies  

Dr. Juan Loor, Department of Animal Sciences

Dr. Hope Michelson, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics

Dr. Michael Miller, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

Dr. Jennifer McCaffrey, Extension and Outreach

Dr. Maria B. Villamil, Department of Crop Sciences

Dr. Michael Ward, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

Participating in the Global Academy requires an academic year commitment to the program, which focuses on global activities at the college, campus, and national levels, and culminates with an international immersion experience.

For more information about the ACES Global Academy, visit:

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