Melinda McClimans, Assistant Director of the Middle East Studies Center (MESC) at The Ohio State University (OSU) since 2003. The Assistant Director builds partnerships and leverages in-kind support to obtain grant funding increase the impact of the Center's activities. The Center has secured $4.5+ million in grant funds, in addition to tens of thousands in donations since began in her role. She achieves these results by hosting cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary conversations, curating content from academic talks for public consumption, and remaining engaged with students and adult learners through the Center's outreach program. Dr, McClimans oversees the Center’s internship and volunteer programs.
Membership Chair. Middle East Outreach Council, Nov 2009 – Nov 2013
I led efforts to increase membership and related income flows. I re-organized the membership structure and developed a system for recruiting new members according to their role. I developed all the text templates for recruiting and accepting new members.
Melinda lived abroad for six years, including four years residing in Switzerland. Other countries she lived in for substantial periods of time included Saudi Arabia, the U.K., and Thailand. She studied Arabic in Cairo and Tunis. In 1994 she enrolled in Franklin College in the Italian-speaking area of Switzerland and obtained her Bachelor's degree in 1997, worked as an intern at the United Nations in Bangkok after graduating. Most recently, she presented at the World Congress of Middle East Studies in Ankara in 2015. She continues to maintain contacts in Switzerland, Turkey, and Egypt, among others. She hosts scholars from multiple countries around the world (most recently, Turkey, Germany, Canada) online as part of academic conferences and the online learning activities she facilitates. She has led several study tours in Turkey and one in Egypt. In her role at MESC, she has trained individuals and organizations, in multiple sectors (K-12, military, business, others) on how to successfully navigate cultural norms in diverse contexts. She leads the Center's K-16 teacher training program and global education outreach to schools and organizations.
Dr. McClimans holds a doctorate in Global Education and is currently researching the role of knowledge in developing cultural awareness, critical thinking skills, and political literacy. Melinda's dissertation is on the ways in which teachers push student conceptual boundaries of self/Other to enhance cultural learning. She also holds an MA in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, with a concentration on Arabic and the history of Arabic-speaking communities. She teaches about the Middle East in world affairs in most of her public talks and classes. She has 20 years teaching experience at the university level. She has co-taught both in-person and online courses for teachers with Professor of Global Education, Dr. Merry Merryfield who she considers a mentor. She has research ability in Arabic and French and is fluent in Italian.
Her web sites:
Cross Cultural Conversations
Exploring Global Water Contexts
Melinda's Middle East news sources: https://feedly.com/MelindaGlobalEd