About the Office of Global Strategies

Mission Statement

The Office of Global Strategies (OGS) is the university-level office that coordinates and supports global activities throughout the campus and abroad including international and transnational research, teaching, and outreach. The OGS is instrumental in mapping internationalization resulting in the implementation of global strategies that represent the interests of our faculty, students, and staff.

The OGS leads efforts for intra-institutional funding opportunities to advance UNL’s global engagement, cultivates relationships with our sponsoring organizations (governmental and non-governmental), oversees all memoranda of understanding, facilitates outgoing and incoming international delegations, collects data to document global engagement throughout the institution, and shares pertinent resources with the campus and abroad.

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Josh Davis Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs,Senior International Officer

Josh Davis serves as the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs and Senior International Officer. He is responsible for all aspects of campus internationalization and leads the university’s cross-campus efforts to strategically expand its global reach and impact.  This includes developing and implementing institutional initiatives for students and faculty; building strategic international partnerships across the higher education, government, and private sectors; and overseeing all global risk management operations. Josh oversees the Office of Global Strategies , the Education Abroad OfficePrograms in English as a Second Language (PIESL), the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO), and the Partnership Degree Program at Zhejiang University City College. He also coordinates with the Confucius Institute to ensure broader integration between the Institute and the University.

Prior to his current appointment, Josh served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Global Engagement in UNL’s Institute of Agriculture & Natural Resources (IANR) for four years.  He continues to provide leadership for IANR’s Office of Global Engagement. Before joining IANR in 2015, Davis served as Assistant Vice President for Global Strategy and International Initiatives for the University of Nebraska system where he worked closely with all four campuses to provide vision and strategic direction to NU’s global engagement efforts and to advance the university’s key relationships in places like China, Brazil, India, and Turkey.

Josh worked for the federal government before coming to Nebraska. He has served in multiple positions at the U.S. Department of State, both domestically and overseas, and has also worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and in the U.S. Senate as a foreign policy advisor and Brookings Institution Legislative Fellow. Josh is a graduate of the University of Akron School of Law and a member of the Ohio Bar Association.

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Maegan Stevens-Liska, M.A. Director of the Office of Global Strategies

As Director, Maegan and her team work on international initiatives across campus, and support faculty, staff, and students on a variety of international projects. The Office oversees and manages all Memoranda of Understanding between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and institutions abroad, and works closely with faculty members, departments, and colleges to develop and manage new and existing partnerships. The Office also serves to host international delegations during visits to UNL’s campus. In 2015, she created the International Student Support Working Group, a campus-wide collaboration open to faculty and staff who work closely with international students. Prior to serving as the Director for the Office of Global  Strategies, she served at UNL as an International Projects Manager, and an Assistant Director in the Office of Education Abroad.  Prior to working at UNL, Maegan lived and worked abroad in Dresden, Germany, where she taught at the Dresden International School, and at the Dresden Volkshochschule, e.V. She also worked as a freelance translator and copy editor for the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Maegan holds a B.A. in History from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and an M.A. in Information Science and Learning Technologies from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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Dave Long Global Safety & Security Director for the Office of Global Strategies

Dave is responsible for the development and implementation of university-wide policies and procedures related to international risk management and mitigation. In his capacity, he supports educational programs that include outbound mobility by assessing risks and ensuring that crisis response plans are put in place. He monitors world events based on institutional exposure and works with travelers to mitigate risk. In concert with Josh Davis, Dave oversees the Executive Memorandum No. 25 Travel Warning Waiver process for UNL students. Dave also supports international students and scholars on campus, working in concert with multiple offices across Nebraska to respond to crises or advise on protocols. Prior to joining Nebraska, Dave lived and worked abroad in the security industry within the Humanitarian NGO community and in private contracting. His first posting was in North Africa, where for three years he supported development agencies in Morocco, Tunisia, and Mauritania. He then moved to East Africa to support the relief agency, Samaritan’s Purse, and conducted critical operations in South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Additionally, Dave was posted in Iraq for two years with the same agency, where he supported relief efforts in Iraq and Syria after the fall of Mosul. Dave has working knowledge of Spanish, Western Arabic, and Sorani Kurdish. He holds a B.A. in International Studies from Georgia Southern University.

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Blayne Sharpe Director of Africa Partnerships in the Office of Global Strategies

Blayne Sharpe has supported UNL’s initiatives in Africa since 2016. Most recently, Blayne coordinated a UNL taskforce that developed curriculum frameworks and an academic program specification to establish the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture (RICA). RICA is an undergraduate Bachelor of Science university that prioritizes experiential learning and science literacy education. In addition to overseeing the accreditation of RICA, Blayne led the taskforce’s efforts to establish a faculty training program that enhanced RICA’s instructional capacity and effectiveness. Before coming to UNL, Blayne lived in Rwanda for 6-years supporting the Ministry of Education in strengthening a number of international partnerships and programs with institutes of Higher Education in the United States.

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Erika Hepburn, M.A. Assistant Director of the Office of Global Strategies

Erika began her work with Global Strategies in 2015 as the Sponsored International Student Coordinator, establishing policies and support structures for sponsored international students at Nebraska. As Assistant Director, Erika continues to work with international sponsors, while also seeking out new partnerships and opportunities for Nebraska. She is also committed to tracking and mapping UNL’s internationalization efforts and supporting global initiatives across campus, in the community, and abroad. Erika is a proud alumna of UNL, where she received her B.A. in Global Studies. While a student at UNL, she was actively involved in international activities, taking time off to intern at the U.S. Embassy in Hungary and to teach English in Spain for the Ministry of Education. She received her M.A. in International Relations from the University of Denver, during which time she also traveled to India to research the Tibetan community in exile and volunteer with local non-profits. After completing her M.A., she was thrilled to return to the place where her love of all things international began, and to join the UNL Global Strategies team in August 2015. Erika speaks French and Spanish fluently, and feels privileged to have visited over 40 countries.

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Courtney Van HoosenGlobal Outreach Officer in the Office of Global Strategies

Courtney is the Office’s primary communications liaison and helps manage internal and external relationships. She manages the @GlobalNebraska social media accounts, maintains the Global Nebraska website, and provides event coordination and programmatic support for the Office’s international visitors and grant programs. Courtney is proud to be an alumna of UNL, where she earned B.S. in Business Administration as an International Business major and studied French and Japanese. During her time as a student, she studied abroad three times, founded the UNL International Business Club, held various student affairs positions on campus, and actively volunteered with international students. In the past, she has also worked at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Belgium, served as team lead on a marketing consulting project for Surama Ecolodge in Guyana, and conducted international sales for French-speaking Canada. Prior to joining the Office in September 2018, Courtney worked as an English teacher on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program in Shizuoka, Japan. 

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