About the Office of Global Strategies

Our Mission

The Office of Global Strategies aims to bring together the university community, the local community, and our international partners, to tell the Global Nebraska story and facilitate campus internationalization efforts.

We achieve this mission through our work in four keys areas:

  • International strategy development and implementation
  • Partnership development and management (including Memorandums of Understanding)
  • Communications and storytelling
  • Support of university-wide global programs and initiatives

Meet Our Staff

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Josh Davis, J.D. Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs and 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.

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, MASDirector 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. He earned his Master of Applied Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in December 2020.

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Christopher C. Heselton, Ph.D.Associate Director for East Asian Partnerships for the Office of Global Strategies

Chris is responsible for supporting and managing Nebraska’s East Asian initiatives and programs. He sees his mission as a cultural and academic interlocutor, striving to build engagement with China and East Asia in U.S. education. He received two B.A.s in Chinese history and linguistics from the University of Maryland, College Park (2005), and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Chinese and world history from the University of California, Irvine (2012, 2017). His doctoral dissertation, Saving the People from Fire and Water: Post-war Reconstruction after the Taiping Civil War, 1864-1894, focused on issues of post-war institutions, trauma, war memory and commemoration, refugees and veterans following one of the largest conflicts in human history. Chris is deeply interested in many contemporary Chinese issues, from agricultural and water resources in the North China plain, to teaching Chinese as a second language and Chinese culture and arts. He speaks Chinese, Classical Chinese and Spanish. Prior to UNL, Chris lived in Beijing, China for seven years and travelled through much of East Asia.

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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 our over 30 international sponsors, while also seeking out new partnerships and opportunities for Nebraska. She is committed to tracking and mapping UNL's internationalization efforts, coordinating our international agreements, 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 the Ministry of Education in Spain. She received her M.A. in International Relations from the University of Denver, during which time she traveled to India to research the Tibetan community in exile. 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. Erika speaks French and Spanish, and feels privileged to have visited over 40 countries.

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Courtney Van Hoosen, M.A.Global 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 a two-time alumna of UNL, where she earned her M.A. in integrated media communications and her BSBA in international business with minors in French and Japanese. During her time as a student, she studied abroad three times, founded the UNL International Business Club and actively volunteered with international students. In the past, she has 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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Elizabeth Khalil, M.A.Office Associate for the Office of Global Strategies

Liz Khalil serves as the primary contact for our collaborators across campus and in the community while assisting the Office of Global Strategies directors and staff. She works closely with Accounting, Human Resources and Procurement to keep office operations efficient. Prior to joining OGS, she was with the Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film and the Confucius Institute. She hails from the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution (Delaware), but is a Nebraska alum twice over. She holds a B.A. in Art History and French and an M.A. in Modern Languages with a specialization in French. While completing her M.A., Liz served as a graduate teaching assistant and discovered a love for literary translation, narratology, and teaching beginning French. She has traveled all over Europe, has been to Ireland with her Irish grandma more times than she can count, and is looking forward to checking more countries off her travel wish list.

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