Having organized sport management programs around the world, Matthew Robinson knows firsthand the tremendous power of international projects in forging new partnerships and expanding understanding of other cultures.
Recently, the professor of business administration in UD's Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics was appointed director of the Institute for Global Studies (IGS), the University of Delaware's center for international education, research and service.
“Dr. Robinson has led world-class programs at UD and in nations around the globe in conjunction with the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee,” said University Provost Tom Apple. “His expertise, entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm will help us continue the momentum of the Global Initiative in the University's Path to Prominence and its goals to educate global citizens, extend UD's geographic research and develop strategic and active global partnerships.”
A member of the UD faculty since 2001, Robinson, who also directs the University's Sport Management Program, has worked with his Olympic partners to develop the International Coaching Enrichment Certification Program (ICECP), which has graduated over 90 international coaches representing five continents, 45 countries and 10 sports during the past three years.
He also has involved undergraduate students in service learning projects that have used sports to bridge cultural differences among the immigrant community in Ireland, and he has conducted research with graduate students in Turkey, Senegal and India.
Robinson is the president of the Delaware Sport Commission and the director of coaching management for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He holds a doctorate in athletic administration from Temple University.
Robinson succeeds Lesa Griffiths, who has returned to the faculty of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources after nearly a decade of distinguished service in international education and administration.
Joining Robinson is Nancy Guerra, associate dean for research in the College of Arts and Sciences, who now directs the new Global Research Consortium within the IGS. She will help to identify key areas of global research and facilitate the development of collaborative research projects across UD's seven colleges.
Guerra is a professor of clinical/developmental psychology and an internationally known expert on youth development and violence prevention. She has had significant international experience, working on research projects in the Caribbean, Latin America and South Africa funded by the World Bank and other entities. Guerra received her doctorate from Harvard University.
The new Center for Global and Area Studies (CGAS) in the College of Arts and Sciences will bring together faculty and students in the college's Area Studies programs and serve as both a hub for global learning and a support center for international research, working with the IGS. The six Area Studies programs focus on African, Asian, European, Islamic, Jewish, and Latin American and Iberian studies.
CGAS is directed by Julio Carrión, associate professor of political science and international relations. Since joining the UD faculty in 1998, Carrión has served as director of the Latin American and Iberian Studies program, director of the Area Studies programs and acting chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations.
With a specialization in public opinion and political behavior in Latin America, Carrión frequently travels to Central and South America to report on his research and often is consulted by national media such as the Wall Street Journal and Miami Herald, among others. He received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh.