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Wofford dean, professor receives Lifetime Achievement Award


(CAPTION: Dr. Ana Maria Wiseman, right, receives the IES Abroad Lifetime Achievement Award from Dr. Mary Dwyer, president and CEO of IES Abroad.)

Ana Maria Wiseman honored by study abroad consortium

 SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Dr. Ana Maria Wiseman, dean of international programs and associate professor of foreign languages at Wofford College, received the Lifetime Achievement Award on Oct. 17 from IES Abroad during its annual conference in Chicago.

IES Abroad, a not-for-profit academic consortium offering study abroad programs, gives the prestigious award to a person who has served the study abroad field through significant professional and volunteer work, including conference presentations, regional and national offices, and professional awards.

A national leader in the field of education abroad, Wiseman is devoted to students at Wofford as both a professor and study abroad professional. For IES Abroad, she served as the chair of its General Conference 2007-2009 and has been a member of its board of directors. Wiseman also has served on the IES Abroad Curriculum Committee and Academic Council and chaired its 2009 Annual Conference Program Planning Committee. She also was the first director of the IES Abroad program in Amsterdam.

Wiseman was nominated by Susan Carty of Indiana University, who stated, “Ana Maria has always brought energy, integrity and academic commitment to all aspects of her study abroad efforts. She works diligently on any task to which she is assigned and never fails to be thorough and professional in those efforts. She has always delivered well-researched and well-prepared presentations at professional conferences.”

As dean of international programs, Wiseman oversees Wofford’s extensive study abroad program, a major component of the college’s commitment to shaping globally connected citizens. Wofford currently ranks sixth nationally in the Open Doors Survey in the percentage of students who study abroad for credit.

Wofford’s study abroad opportunities range from travel/study January Interim projects to a full year at a university abroad. Students may choose from more than 200 programs and nearly 60 countries. Co-curricular opportunities include service learning, internships and cultural excursions.

IES Abroad is one of Wofford’s study abroad partners.

IES Abroad, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, is a global, not-for-profit academic consortium offering study abroad programs to more than 5,400 U.S. college students each year who participate in 92 programs at 32 international locations. IES Abroad offers programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, New Zealand and South America.

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