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Amanda Alter Assistant Director of Human Resources
Office of the Dean

207 International Center
altera(at)msu.edu

DeAndra Beck Associate Dean for Research
Office of the Dean

207 International Center
beckdean(at)msu.edu

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Biography: DeAndra Beck is associate dean for research in International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University (MSU). She co-chairs MSU’s Council of Research Deans and has created the Global Innovations in Development, Engagement, and Scholarship (Global IDEAS) initiative at MSU.

Dr. Beck previously served as a program director in the U.S. National Science Foundation's Office of International Science and Engineering, with responsibility for NSF’s Developing Country initiatives and the Middle East and Africa portfolios. At NSF, she co-managed Science Across Virtual Institutes, a mechanism to foster global partnerships among NSF awardees, and she served on NSF's INSPIRE working group, a pilot that has become NSF’s RAISE mechanism to solicit and fund transformative, multidisciplinary research.

Prior to NSF, Dr. Beck served as the acting managing director for environment and social assessment at the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation. Previously, she served as assistant director for policy, U.S. Forest Service International Programs, where she represented the interests of the U.S. forestry community in international negotiations. These positions flanked her foray into the private sector as chief executive officer of a biotechnology start-up company. Dr. Beck held positions as an international research administrator at the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service and as a AAAS Fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development. She earned a B.S. (cum laude) and PhD in biochemistry from Texas A&M University.

Jennifer Brewer Program Manager, Tanzania Partnership Program
Office of the Dean

202 International Center
brewer13(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Jennifer Brewer was appointed project manager for TPP in 2017. Prior to her work with TPP, she coordinated the development and submission of international development grants and managed an international education fellowship program for CASID - an ISP area studies center. Jennifer has also coordinated clinical trials for the MSU College of Human Medicine and health studies for the Department of Epidemiology. She recently (2015-17) served as coordinator for the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program student council, providing support to African undergraduate and graduate scholars across four continents. Jennifer holds a Masters in Sociocultural Anthropology and has more than ten years of field experience working on development issues in the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa.

Joy Campbell Fulbright Program Adviser
Office of the Dean

306A International Center
joycamp(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Joy M. Campbell, she/her, (B.A. in French and International and Area Studies, Kalamazoo College, M.A. in TESOL, Monterey Institute for International Studies) served as the Executive Associate Director of MSU’s Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR) from 2004-2019 and in early 2020 was appointed the Fulbright Program Adviser for MSU. She has taught in France (teaching assistantship), Morocco (Peace Corps), and most recently as a full-time faculty member at MSU. She has also done teacher training for EFL and ESL teachers. Joy was awarded the 2017 Distinguished Service Award from the Michigan World Language Association in recognition for outstanding service in World Language education.

In addition to her administrative responsibilities at CLEAR, she oversaw diverse faculty projects, organized summer and onsite workshops, chaired MSU’s World Languages Day event, and conducted workshops about CLEAR and its products at regional and national conferences. She has also been involved with MSU’s FLTA programs in various ways.

In her role as Fulbright Program Adviser, Joy works with undergraduate and graduate students, assisting them throughout the Fulbright application process, in addition to publicizing the various Fulbright programs and serving as a liaison to constituents both on and off campus.

Michael Cylkowski Events & Communications Coordinator
Office of the Dean

125 International Center
cylkows3(at)msu.edu

Chinwe Effiong Assistant Dean, Global Youth Advancement Network
Office of the Dean

205 International Center

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Biography: Dr. Chinwe Effiong is Assistant Dean for the Global Youth Advancement Network. In this role, she is responsible for providing leadership and leveraging MSU expertise to identify and scale new opportunities for global youth education, entrepreneurship and empowerment initiatives.

Before joining MSU, Dr. Effiong served as CEO of Junior Achievement (JA) in Africa, where she provided strategic direction and oversight for JA operations across sub-Saharan Africa. She worked closely with government, civil society groups and private sector stakeholders to raise awareness and promote support for programs that enabled young people in Africa to improve their livelihoods.

Dr. Effiong has made significant contributions to the global mission to create jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities for youth, especially young women, residing in the world’s most marginalized communities. She designed the groundbreaking entrepreneurship curriculum for out of school youth, popularly referred to as ITS TYME (Immersion Training Strategy: Targeting Young Marginalized Entrepreneurs). In partnership with Google volunteers, she also facilitated the creation of the JA SySTEM, an innovative curriculum designed to raise awareness about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) among middle and high school students, especially girls, across Africa.

Prior to joining JA, Dr. Effiong was the Director of Programs for Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership in Silver Spring, MD. She also worked for several years as Country Director for Nigeria and Regional Director for East and West Africa at Africare, a Washington, D.C. based, international development organization, addressing a wide range of development needs across the continent of Africa.

Dr. Effiong started her professional career as Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Lincoln University, PA and served as interim Chair of the Department of Political Science there. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Delaware and a B.A. in English and Literary Studies from the University of Calabar, Nigeria. Dr. Effiong is a recognized thought leader in the field of youth education and entrepreneurship and has served on the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum and the Clinton Global Initiative.

In addition to her professional work, Dr. Effiong is a creative writer and motivational speaker.

Anne Ferguson Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Engagement
Office of the Dean

207 International Center
fergus12(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Anne Ferguson is the Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Engagement for ISP. She is also GenCen Co-Director and Professor of Anthropology, and does research and teaching on development studies, gender, agricultural and environmental change, and medical anthropology. Her early work in El Salvador in medical anthropology centered on the impacts of multinational pharmaceutical firms' business practices on health care provided at pharmacies, and on the integration of these companies' products into lay and alternative medical practices.

In the mid-1980s, Dr. Ferguson shifted her research focus to Southern Africa, where she has studied development initiatives in the areas of agriculture, fisheries, and water sector reform. Currently, her research centers on the gender dimensions of Malawi's new water and land reform policies. Much of Dr. Ferguson's research has been carried out in collaboration with colleagues at MSU and at the University of Malawi. Support for her research has come from the McArthur Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, Rockefeller Foundation, and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

In 2000, she received a Fulbright Hays Faculty Research Abroad Program grant to study the gender dimensions of Malawi's and Zimbabwe's water reforms. She teaches classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels on gender, environment, and health issues in global perspective.

Kathryn Fillinger Finance and Program Officer for the Tanzania Partnership Program
Office of the Dean

207 International Center
fillin10(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Kathryn Fillinger was appointed Finance and Program Officer for TPP in 2019. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the accounts, while also providing administrative and financial support for TPP. Prior to her current position in International Studies and Programs, Kathryn was a Project Coordinator for the Facility of Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), a multi-million dollar research initiative at MSU. Kathryn is an alumna of MSU’s College of Social Science, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Sociology.