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Executive Director for the School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach Candidates; Open Sessions Begin March 20

March 20, 2017


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MACOMB, IL - - [UPDATED: Yimin Wang has withdrawn.] Three candidates have been selected to interview for the executive director for the School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach at Western Illinois University.

The candidates include Jeff Hancks, interim director for the WIU School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach (March 20), Joanne Sellen, center director for ONCampus at California State University Monterey Bay (March 23), and Yimin Wang, associate director for the Office of International Studies and Programs at Illinois State University (March 27).

An open session will be held for Hancks at 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 20 in Horrabin Hall, room 001, with videoconferencing to the QC Complex, room 2203. An open session will be held for Sellen at 2:15 p.m. Thursday, March 23 in Horrabin Hall, room 001, with videoconferencing to the QC Complex, room 1420; and an open session will be held for Wang at 2:15 p.m. Monday, March 27 in Horrabin Hall, room 001, with videoconferencing to the QC Complex, room 2203.

Hancks has served as interim director for the WIU School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach since November 2016. Hancks also serves as the Florence and Lillian Baxter Snyder Professor of Regional and Icarian Studies and coordinator of archives and special collections at WIU (since 2005). He has previously held roles as the interim director of development for WIU's University Libraries (2006-07); assistant professor and public services librarian for Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University (2003-05); head librarian for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2002-03) and weekend reference librarian and circulation supervisor at the Wisconsin Historical Society (2002-03).

Hancks earned his Doctor of Education degree in adult higher education from Northern Illinois University in 2011; master's in instructional design and technology from Western in 2010; master's in Scandinavian studies in 2003 and master's in library and information studies in 2002, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; bachelor's degree in business administration and Scandinavian studies in 1999 from North Park University and a certificate in international business from the University of Southern Denmark in 1998.

Sellen has served as the center director for ONCampus at California State University Monterey Bay since March 2016. Previously, she served as the director of Western's English as a Second Language Institute (2011-12); coordinator of the American Language and Culture program at the University of Idaho (2008-11) and curriculum coordinator with the Intensive American Language Center (1993-08) and interim information/outreach coordinator for international programs (2003), both at Washington State University.

Sellen earned her Doctor of Education degree in language, literature and technology from Washington State University in 2011; master's degree in linguistics from the University of Michigan in 1982; bachelor's degree in Spanish literature in 1981 and a teacher education program certificate from the University of Michigan in 1981.

Wang has served as the associate director for the Office of International Studies and Programs at Illinois State University since January 2016. Previously, she has served as the associate director for the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois (2013-15); coordinator for the Australian National University-Indiana University Pan Asia Institute at Indiana University (2009-13) and manager of the cultural immersion program at the National Institute of Education of Singapore (2005-08).

Wang earned her Ph.D. in international and comparative education from Indiana University in 2014; master's in cultural studies and East Asian studies from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore in 2005 and bachelor's degree in English language and literature from Lanzhou University in China in 2002.

A full vita and itinerary can be found at wiu.edu/employment.

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