Appointment of Interim Director of Global Studies & Programmes
23rd January 2018
University of The Bahamas announces the appointment of the Interim Director of Global Studies and Programmes Dr. Jacob Dyer-Spiegel.
In this capacity, Dr. Dyer-Spiegel is responsible for establishing the Office of Global Studies and Programmes (Academic Affairs). His coordination efforts will entail setting the foundation for UB’s internationalization strategy, developing experiences to enhance the curriculum and growing global partnerships. It is envisioned that study abroad programmes, international internships and exchange opportunities will feature prominently in these efforts as he engages faculty, staff and students throughout the UB network as well as interested partners abroad to increase the number of inward as well as outward bound programmes and collaborations all over the world.
A Fulbright Scholar in Brazil, Dr. Dyer-Spiegel used his research and writing on African diasporic studies to rebuild the Council on International Educational Exchange’s study abroad centre in Salvador da Bahia. As Director, he developed a Portuguese language and culture school, provided oversight for the design and implementation of all semester and faculty-led programmes, created new interdisciplinary courses, and managed partnerships with approximately 300 U.S. universities.
He has also directed institutional relations involving Harvard University-Laspau, the Brazilian Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Science and Technology, a dynamic collaboration that supported Brazil’s Science Without Borders scholarship programme for doctoral candidates. Additionally, he led global exchange initiatives through the Fulbright programme, Organization of American States, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, INICIA Educación, and Colombia’s Colciencias scholarship programme.
Dr. Dyer-Spiegel is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, the result of numerous immersion study abroad programmes in Brazil, Cuba, Spain, and Portugal.
He earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and a M.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from the Universidad de la Habana-State University of New York at Buffalo Consortium, the first joint-degree between a Cuban and U.S. institution.