Staff Spotlight: Jessie Guinn, Jr.

Assistant Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)


What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory is seeing an aerial view of London for the very first time. London is a place that I have always wanted to travel to due to its long and rich history. Excitedly looking out of the aircraft window upon the city and seeing Big Ben is something that I'll cherish forever.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current institution?

I have grown creatively since working for The College of Global Studies by often thinking non-traditionally about opportunities for science students abroad.

Creative thinking and positioning is what has made us successful in creating pathways not only for STEM students to get abroad and staying on track with their curricula, but also for them to have rewarding experiential environments to be placed and connected into.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

The best story that I've heard is from one of our research students in Granada, Spain who was part of one of our STEM Summer Research Programs.

He let me know that doing research on the international stage made him better prepared and more confident as a student.

The experience was highly transformative for him and he is now planning to go on to graduate school to continue researching the environment. A new found passion of his.

If you could go on any program that your institution offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would love to be a part of our STEM Summer Research Program in Brisbane, Australia. It would give me the opportunity to complete a research project under the supervision of a leading research scientist at The University of Queensland. Plus, I would be really close to a koala sanctuary!

What makes your institution unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

The College of Global Studies is unique in that we have a strong academic lens through which we look to create programs, foster student agency, and actively engage them in host communities.

This approach to our students as current and future contributors to the global community is one of the reasons that I joined The College and this approach is now a point of pride.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful institution?

Our people. We are a talented, caring and passionate group of globally-minded folk here in The College. We all firmly believe in doing our very best in helping to develop emerging leaders in this increasingly connected world that we live in.