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Joan Gillespie

Joan Gillespie

Vice President and Director of Off-Campus Study Programs

11 E. Adams Street, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312.561.5906

Joan Gillespie is Vice President and Director of Off-Campus Study Programs. As Vice President, she assists the President in working with the ACM Board of Directors and ACM Advisory Board of Deans to set overall policies and priorities, develop strategic plans, and create innovative partnerships to promote student learning and development in the tradition of liberal arts residential learning communities.

In her role as Director of Off-Campus Study Programs, she manages the ACM portfolio of U.S. and international programs, supervising all aspects of administration, academic programming, and student life. In collaboration with Off-Campus Study Directors, faculty advisors, program directors, and program faculty, she identifies site-specific learning opportunities and reviews program goals in keeping with the ACM mission and campus priorities. She articulates best practices and quality standards for the programs and applies standard policies regarding academics, program assessment, safety, and operations. She also works with consortial and college leaders to develop and shape ACM's future initiatives in off-campus study, to integrate on- and off-campus study, and to support faculty development.

Joan is further engaged in the field of international education as a member of the Council of the Forum on Education Abroad and Chair of the Undergraduate Research Guidelines Working Group of the Forum’s Standards Committee. She also teaches a course on comparative higher education as a visiting instructor at Northwestern University in the M.S. Higher Education Administration and Policy Program in the School of Education and Social Policy. She has authored numerous articles and made presentations on topics related to off-campus study, including assessment of student learning and development, community-based student research, academic integrity and ethics, and international career development.

Prior to joining ACM, Joan served as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Assessment and Program Dean at IES Abroad, where she had worked for 16 years with responsibilities for developing and managing programs of education abroad, initiating curricular innovations, and creating and implementing program quality standards and assessment guidelines.

Joan holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from Northwestern University, specializing in Anglophone literature and postcolonial theory, and a B.A. in history from Vassar College. 

An avid runner and Chicago native, she loves running the trails and following the seasons along the lakeshore and through the local forest preserves.

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