Mike Gillen (BARS ’78, MBA ’81) is a rare bird – not only does he have degrees from both the Monterey Institute of International Studies and its predecessor the Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies, but he is also the Russian professor who plays the bagpipes and leads the procession at every commencement. When you meet Mike, it all makes sense. He is a natural teacher who embraces a good challenge, whether in choice of language or instrument.
I am passionate about (equal access to) second language learning, social entrepreneurship, web development, digital photography, linguistics, world cinemas, and traveling with a purpose.
I am passionate about human rights, the ocean, languages, and foreign policy.
Nik is the Executive Director of Save The Waves Coalition, where he oversees operations and World Surfing Reserves, Surfonomics and Endangered Waves programs.
Mark Schapiro has been a journalist for more than twenty years in this country and abroad. He has long been exploring the intersection between the environment, economics and political power, most recently as a correspondent at the Center for Investigative Reporting, where he worked as senior correspondent from 2003 to 2012. His work has been published in Harpers, The Atlantic, Yale 360 and other publications, and he worked as a correspondent for the PBS newsmagazine FRONLTINE/World.
Julie Krolak holds a M.A. in TESOL from the Monterey Institute. Before coming to the Institute, she taught in China, South Korea, and at various universities and language schools in the U.S. She also started and managed her own language schools in the People's Republic of China. Her educational focuses are in the fields of language assessment, pragmatics, and the teaching of reading and vocabulary. When she is not in the classroom, she spends her time doing yoga, hiking, reading, cooking, and traveling.
In the spirit of expanding horizons and opening minds, the Monterey Institute welcomes local high school students each year for a full day of activities inspired by International Education Day. This year about 130 students from Monterey, Seaside, Carmel, and Pacific Grove attended the celebration organized by the Institute’s Student Services Office with the help of numerous students and faculty.
I am passionate about how international education promotes intercultural dialogue.
Signalling continuous growth and expansion of academic programs, the Monterey Institute welcomed nine new faculty members this fall. The new faculty reflect the diverse campus, arriving from near and far and bringing a range of new experience and knowledge to share with students in different programs.
I started my language teaching career since 2003, when was the very first time I lived in oversea and volunteered in Panama. This unforgettable experience led me to the journey of developing my teaching pedagogy, and later on, the second language acquisition as well.