Our Mission

The Office of Global Partnerships and Initiatives 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 Partnerships and Initiatives , the Global Experiences Office (formerly Education Abroad), Programs 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 Global Partnerships & Initiatives and Senior Director of Global Affairs

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 of Global Partnerships & Initiatives (GPI) 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. GPI 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 GPI, 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 Director of Global Safety & Security

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 AVC 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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Christopher C. Heselton, Ph.D.Associate Director, Office of Global Partnerships & Initiatives

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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Courtney Van Hoosen, M.A.Assistant Director, Office of Global Partnerships & Initiatives

Courtney is the GPI'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 Global Affairs 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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Mia AzizahProject Coordinator, Office of Global Partnerships & Initiatives

Mia is the Office of Global Partnerships & Initiatives project coordinator, where she works closely with the other Global Affairs unit to coordinate social media, copywriting, and other integrated communications means. She provides project support for initiatives and grant-funded programs to build the collaboration goals of Global Nebraska. Previously, Mia worked in the State of Nebraska Board as a public information officer. She collaborated with local officials, governor-appointed design professionals, and engineering and architecture students from Nebraska and abroad to ensure their understanding of state laws related to public safety and welfare. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from UNL. While a student, Mia was involved in the UNL Indonesian Student Association, the UNL Writing Center, and the Institute of Agricultural and Natural Resources (IANR) as a global engagement intern. She also participated in the UNL study abroad programs in Spain and Rwanda. She has native proficiency in Indonesian and a working knowledge of Spanish. As a proud UNL alum, Mia looks forward to bridging a connection among the Huskers, Nebraska communities, and collaborative partners worldwide.

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Elizabeth Khalil, M.A. Office Associate, Office of Global Partnerships & Initiatives

Liz Khalil serves as the primary contact for our collaborators across campus and in the community while assisting Global Affairs directors and staff. She works closely with Accounting, Human Resources and Procurement to keep office operations efficient. Prior to joining GPI, 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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