James M. Lucas serves as Assistant Dean for Global Education and Curriculum in MSU’s Office Undergraduate Education, part of the MSU Provost’s Office. His primary duties involve working on the integration and assessment of MSU’s learning outcomes, with a specific emphasis on global education and inclusion. In this capacity, he collaborates across campus to connect curricula to the institution’s learning outcomes, develop assessment methods to evidence this learning, implement educator development programs, and create experiential opportunities that enhance the undergraduate experience—specifically as related to the first-year experience and general education.
In 2017, Jim acquired coordination of five campus-wide committees called the Pillars. The Pillars are nodes of MSU faculty and staff tasked with advancing student success and enhancing best practice in their designated areas: Academics, Purpose, Intercultural, Community, and Health and Wellness. In 2019, these pillars’ work navigated to the Campus Transitions Project, which investigates the student experience from acceptance though the first-year. Also, in 2019, Jim started supervising the campus Testing Office.
He also coordinates MSU’s centralized first-year seminar courses (FYS). FYS include transition, topical, and off-campus formats. The First-Year Seminar Abroad (FSA) program provides students the opportunity to have a short-term global experience before starting classes at MSU. Finally, he represents his office at campus meetings related to international students, education abroad, international risk and security, inclusive teaching, and intercultural concerns. He represents MSU at the Michigan Association of Statue Universities (MASU) efforts to embed the AAC&U LEAP goals into Michigan’s higher education system.
He completed his Ph.D. in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education in 2009, with an emphasis on global education and curriculum development. His dissertation was a mixed method inquiry into male education abroad participation. He has led a variety of education abroad programs around the globe since 2001.
This education abroad program is associated with a 4-credit general education class that fulfills a university graduation requirement. General education classes at MSU have a theme, with the specific topic…