Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Christopher Johnstone

Adjunct Professor in International Education Management

Dr. Christopher Johnstone served as the Director of International Initiatives at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development between 2008 and 2015. During this time he initiated numerous programs and linkages in order to create a comprehensively international college at a research intensive university. These initiatives intentionally focused on linkages with diversity programs to ensure inclusive participation of students and faculty interests.

In 2015 Dr. Johnstone began a full-time faculty position in the University of Minnesota’s Leadership in International Education PhD program. This program focuses on internationalization of education from pre-school through higher education and in educational organizations.

What is it that you are most passionate about?

I am most passionate about the role international education can play in promoting inclusive societies.

What do you enjoy most about teaching and/or what excites you about being a professor at MIIS?

What excites me most about MIIS is the opportunity to meet and network with new professionals in the field. I have found the student body to be committed to internationalization as a field and found that the practical, hands-on approach to education fits well with my teaching philosophy.


International Partnerships; International Student Engagement; International Development; Inclusive Education


PhD, Comparative and International Development Education, University of Minnesota

MS, Special Education, Syracuse University

BS, Special Education, State University of New York

Languages Spoken

Sesotho, Basic Spanish

Recent Accomplishments

2015 Award for Global Engagement (University of Minnesota)

2014 Global Spotlight Grant (University of Minnesota): Research on civil society engagement with persons with disabilities, India

2014 Endeavour Executive Award (Government of Australia) for study of internationalization at University of Melbourne

2012 Fulbright International Education Administrators Program for study of higher education in India

Recent Publications

Engsig, T.T. & Johnstone, C. (2014). Is there something rotten in the state of Denmark? The paradoxical policies of inclusive education – lessons from Denmark. International Journal of Inclusive Education. DOI: 10.1080/13603116.2014.940068

Johnstone, C. (2014). Five (more) reasons why international and diversity offices should collaborate in universities. Association of International Education Administrators Issue Brief.

Johnstone, C., DeJaeghere, J. & McCleary, K. (2013). Internationalizing the curriculum through international development projects: A case study on reflexivity, collaboration, and experiential learning. International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Review, 2 (1).

Schuelka, M.J. & Johnstone, C.J. (2011). Global trends in meeting the educational rights of children with disabilities: From international institutions to local responses. Reconsidering Development, 2 (2).

Course List

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IEMG 8631 - International Partnerships      

This course provides a general overview to the various types of partnerships in which universities engage, including exchanges, research partnerships, and transnational education delivery. Literature from various sources is used to help shape broad definitions of what effective partnerships may be, and service learning literature will be reviewed in order to critically characterize elements of exploitative, transactional, and transformative relationships.

Spring 2017 - MIIS, MIIS Winter/J Term only, Spring 2018 - MIIS, MIIS Winter/J Term only

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