Megan Francis is the Assistant Dean of International Programs for Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS). In this role, she works within different scientific fields to offer a more internationalized curriculum. This includes creating pathways for students in the sciences to study abroad, recruiting and orienting international students, managing international partnership relations, and assisting faculty who work with international research initiatives. Megan manages all programming for the SEBS double degree programs, which allow students to participate in degree tracks earning degrees from both Rutgers and another host institution. Further, Megan has implemented the new Master’s International Program partnering SEBS with the Peace Corps for students interested in international service opportunities that are connected to an academic degree path.
Megan earned her Master’s degree in International Education and Training in 2012 from American University. Her research focus was on the ethics of service learning programs abroad with steps to mitigate host community fatigue. While in graduate school, Megan participated in student recruitment, acted as a mentor for first year students, and worked with faculty and staff to implement changes to the structure of the program to better serve new generations of students. Megan is still involved with her graduate program through the annual “Gathering of the Tribe” to exchange ideas and discuss trends in the field of international training with colleagues.