New Smith College Dean For International Study
To Lead Global Agenda
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Smith College, a national leader in the number of students who study abroad for a full year, recently appointed Rebecca Hovey as its dean for international study.
Hovey is formerly dean of SIT Study Abroad and more recently senior director of Global Dialogues, both programs of World Learning, a non-profit organization that offers international education programs in more than 75 countries. She will begin her new post Monday, Aug. 2.
As dean, Hovey will provide strategic oversight and leadership for Smith’s study abroad opportunities as well as serving as co-director of the college’s new Global Studies Center.
“Smith has been a pioneer in the field of international education since the inception of its Junior Year Abroad in Paris program in 1925. With the new strategic vision of global studies,” said Hovey, “ Smith continues to lead higher education in the need to think beyond one’s own borders, to learn from and appreciate other cultures, and to value this experience as engaged citizens of a more interconnected world. I am thrilled to be part of this new model of global leadership through the education of women.”
The Global Studies Center, a strategic initiative of Smith, seeks to prepare students to live in a global society by engaging them in international studies and cultivating an understanding of the global context and implications of their work. Smith is a national leader in this area as a top baccalaureate institution in the number of students who study abroad for a full year.
In her capacity, Hovey will oversee the college’s four Junior Year Abroad programs, which enroll students in Geneva, Switzerland; Hamburg, Germany; Paris, France; and Florence, Italy. In addition, she will manage Smith Consortium programs in India, Mexico, Spain and Japan as well as an evolving array of approved external programs offering international study around the world.
During her 12 years at World Learning in Brattleboro, Vt., Hovey fulfilled various responsibilities, including the management of SIT Study Abroad, an accredited academic provider of study abroad programs serving more than 2,000 students each year. She also taught and advised students in the SIT Graduate Institute, based on the SIT campus in Vermont during 2008-2009 when she served as the World Learning Global Scholar. She has previously served as a visiting faculty member at both Cornell University and Dartmouth College.
Hovey's own educational accomplishments include earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy at Youngstown State University, a master’s degree in education at San Francisco State University and a doctoral degree in city and regional planning at Cornell.
Smith College educates women of promise for lives of distinction. One of the largest women’s colleges in the United States, Smith enrolls 2,800 students from nearly every state and 62 other countries.