SARASOTA, Fla. (Nov. 15, 2017) USF Sarasota-Manatee administrator Amela Malkic and faculty member Dr. Jody McBrien have been named winners of the USF System 2016-17 Global Achievement Award.
Malkic, director of the Global Engagement Office at USFSM, was awarded a USF System Global Achievement Award for an Administrator for her efforts to promote international educational and cultural programs at USFSM while also supporting international students and faculty, including those connected to the Fulbright Program.
Working with administrators and faculty members at USF and USFSM, as well as with officials from the Department of State and Department of Education, Malkic oversaw the establishment and growth of USFSM’s Global Engagement Office.
Since becoming director of the office three years ago, dozens of students and faculty have studied in England, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Peru and other countries. Additionally, the campus has welcomed both a Fulbright student and Fulbright scholar, and each year it hosts a group of international certificate students in hospitality from Taiwan as well as other students from around the world.
Malkic was honored for her continued support and leadership of these and other programs administered by the Global Engagement Office during the 2016-17 academic year. The awards, bull statuettes mounted on a wooden base, were bestowed by USF Provost Ralph Wilcox at the 3rd Annual Global Awards breakfast on the USF campus last Tuesday.
“Of course it feels great to be recognized for all the hard work over the past year, but I must say that I was taken by surprise by this USF System recognition,” said Malkic, who also serves as the designated school official for the F-program and alternate responsible officer for the J1-Exchange program. She is president-elect for Mid-Florida Chapter of the Fulbright Association, as well.
“I am humbled and appreciative to receive this award and look forward to continuing our work and promoting global education at USFSM,” she said.
Dr. McBrien, a professor in USFSM’s School of Education, received a USF System Global Achievement Award for Faculty, recognizing her overall global commitment to teaching, service and research.
Among other accomplishments during the past year, Dr. McBrien organized a panel on refugee resettlement for the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration, and served as editor for a special issue on refugee youth for the International Journal of Intercultural Relations. She also is editing a book on refugee youth policies and recently contributed several journal articles on refugees as well as a chapter to a book.
Earlier this year, she served as a visiting scholar to Soka University in Japan, where she taught classes and conducted research into refugee issues in Japan. Next summer, she travels to Greece to volunteer at a refugee camp.
“I was so honored and was completely surprised,” Dr. McBrien said. “I knew I was nominated, but I did not know I would win. That morning at the breakfast when they announced it I was completely taken aback, but also humbled because some of the research by the other nominees was amazing.”
Both said they appreciate the opportunity to draw attention to global educational issues.
The Global Achievement Awards, started three years ago, celebrate the USF System’s global achievements. They recognize the ongoing work of faculty, staff, administrators and university organizations as together they raise the global reputation of the USF System. The awards also acknowledge the outstanding contributions to USF’s mission to ensure student success in a global environment.
For more information about USF Sarasota-Manatee’s study abroad programs or the Global Engagement Office, visit usfsm.edu/global-engagement-office.