Dr. Charles Nieman serves as Shepherd University’s first Director of International Initiatives, responsible for leading internationalization efforts across the university. “International” has been a major part of his life in multiple career paths. He has lived and worked internationally for almost 14 years and to have held responsible positions in a wide variety of organizations ranging from military command and staff, to diplomatic, humanitarian, and nonprofit service. His passion, though, remains in International Education and the amazing synergies that can result. He also very much enjoys hearing the human stories that are part of the flow of ideas and the drive to move beyond physical borders and ideological barriers.
Higher Education is his second major career following the military, and for the past 20 years he has served in academic and academic and student support areas, including teaching as an adjunct faculty member in the EMBA and M.Ed. programs, strategic planning, establishing and nurturing institutional and exchange agreements, international student and scholar services, humanitarian projects, and study abroad. Prior to coming to Shepherd University in 2014, he held directorships at Kent State University (International Student and Scholar Services, 1995-2006) and the University of Pittsburgh (Office of International Services, 2006-2014). At Kent State University he also led the International Business Experience for 11 years, taking EMBA students to high potential emerging market countries in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and in Asia.
He remains active in several professional organizations, to include NAFSA (Association of International Educators), where he has also served in regional and national leadership positions. He has received two Fulbright Fellowships (Germany in 1998 and Japan in 2008) and has served as Grant Reviewer for the Fulbright International Education Administrator Seminars program in Japan and Korea (2010-2013).
He has a bachelor degree in Anthropology and Art History and a master degree in Public Administration from the University of New Mexico. His doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration is from Kent State University, where his studies and dissertation were focused on international education.