Institute for Global Engagement


The Institute for Global Engagement at Canisius College is a faculty-generated initiative within the Center for International Education.  The IGE seeks to internationalize the culture of Canisius College, prepares students to become global citizens, extends its international programming outward to a community of Alumni and other life-long learners, and assists many different organizations in the development of international programs. 

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Institute for Global Engagement (IGE)

Location: Center for International Education, Student Center 003
Phone: +1 716.888.2400
Fax: +1 716.888.3191
Director: Dr. Timothy Wadkins

About the Director

Dr. Timothy Wadkins is a professor of Christian History and Theology and a specialist in modern Christianity in the southern Hemisphere.  Alongside his many publications he has recently published Pentecostalism in Modern El Salvador:  From the Blood of the Martyrs to the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Baylor University Press, 2017).  In addition to his academic work, Dr. Wadkins brings to this position a wealth of International experience and expertise.  In his capacity as director of the Institute for the Global study of Religion (IGSOR), which he founded in 2001, Dr. Wadkins developed student and alumni programs throughout the world including India, the Philippines, El Salvador, Tanzania, and Mexico, all of which continue to flourish.  In many ways the work of the new IGE is a broader, multi-disciplinary extension of the work of the IGSOR.  Alongside his global travels, Dr Wadkins enjoys spending time with his wife and two children as well as golfing, cycling, and fishing.

Please refer to this article Dr. Wadkins wrote on the place of experiential education in undergraduate teaching. 

Major current initiatives of the IGE

  1. A subsidized program for faculty-led international courses and programs.
  2. A support system for international course/ program development and implementation. 
  3. The “Global Citizens Program” for undergraduates.
  4. A continuing education seminar series for alums and other post-college age adults called “The Road Less Traveled”

Long Term Goals

  1. To develop a strategic presence in one or more international locations.
  2. To work with Enrollment Management to market Canisius College to prospective students in IGE’s international locations. 
  3. To open some IGE international courses to students from other colleges and universities, both locally and throughout the AJCU.
  4. To facilitate a conversation about embedding a global experience requirement into the core curriculum.


2017-2019 IGE Advisory Board

Dr. Fernanda Astiz | Professor, Teacher Education
Dr. Robyn Brouer | Associate Professor of Management
Dr. David Devereux | Associate Professor of History
Dr. Paola Fajardo-Heyward | Associate Professor of Political Science
Dr. Daniel Haeusser | Assistant Professor, Biology
Dr. James Oigara | Associate Professor, Teacher Education
Dr. Philip Reed | Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Richard Reitsma | Chair & Associate Professor of Modern Languages, Literature, & Cultures
Dr. Joshua Russell | Assistant Professor, Animal Behavior and Environmental Conservation
Dr. Coral Snodgrass | Professor, Management

Dr. Allyson Backstrom | Director of George E. Schreiner, M.D. '43 Pre-Medical Center
Sister Patricia Brady | Director, Center for Service Learning
Kathleen Brucato | Director, International Student Programs
Nathan Cronk | Associate Director, International Student Admissions
Kristin Etu | Associate Director, College Communications
Sandy Miller | Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations
Brian Smith | Director, Study Abroad

Current IGE Programs for Students

International Education Internship with Dr. Nikki Calabrese in Oviedo, Spain
May 14 - June 4, 2018
Application Deadline: December 1, 2017
This international education internship in Oviedo, Spain, is designed to allow candidates to have an international teaching experience. It is especially designed for education majors but is appropriate for all Canisus students with an interest in teaching English.

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Seminar and Semester in the Philippines

July 9 - 27, 2018
Join Dr. TImothy Wadkins, Dr. Allyson Backstrom, and Dr. Julie Anna Golebiewski for a three week academic seminar, “Health, Wealth, and Faith in the Philippines” (3 credit hours, justice attribute). For those who wish to stay for the semester, the seminar is followed can continue into a study abroad program (August 12-December 15, 2018) at the Ateneo De Manila University in Manila.

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The Road Less Traveled Seminar Series for Alumni and Life-Long Learners

June 3 - 13, 2018
The Institute for Global Engagement (IGE) presents, "Faith, Tradition & Modernization in Central America", a Road Less Traveled seminar for alumni and other post-college age adults. Join Canisius College President John J. Hurley, Maureen Hurley, and Dr. Timothy Wadkins on a seminar in El Salvador and Guatemala.

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Additional IGE Services

We develop, host and deliver international programs for associations, religious groups, companies or corporations, retiree associations, individual social groups, youth groups and other organizations. Contact the IGE to learn how we can assist you in the development of unique educational experiences.