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John Coumbe-Lilley, PhD Program Leader

John Coumbe-Lilley, PhD
Program Leader

This page contains links to a range of posts on this blog I wrote since beginning to lead study abroad programs. The posts are aimed at faculty and inidviduals interested in the faculty experience. You will notice I do not talk about or name specific students. My comments are limited to my experience including my working partnerships with my teaching assistant, UIC Study Abroad office colleagues and overseas partners.

My posts try to convey the objectives and processes I used before and during the program. The purpose of this page is to share ideas and ways for reader’s to use my experiences and insights for their own benefit for their future study abroad programs.

Leave a comment or email me at if you would like to follow up with me about something you would like to have a conversation about.

E-Sea Living

On Tuesday, June 5th, we had a day trip to Costa Brava! Our day began as we set sail on a ship built in 1915 named "The Rafael." The captain of the ship, Joan, was quite a character! He was so knowledgeable, animated, and engaging. He taught us the history of the...

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3 Lessons I Did Not Expect to Learn as a Faculty Leader

I had no idea five years ago I would wake up at 6am on a Sunday in Barcelona, Spain to arrive on time to catch a train for a 2 1/2 hour ride to the base of the Pyrenees mountain range to prepare for a weekend of hiking with a colleague and the some students who...

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For Faculty: Visualizing the Learning Journey

For the first time since 2012 I decided to visualize the entire learning journey. When I worked as a faculty member with the American Family Physicians, Performance Enhancement Forum (PEF) whose job it was to prepare medical practices engage in quality improvement...

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For Faculty: Professional Development 2017 Style

Every year I decide what kind of professional development I need before I lead my study abroad program. in previous years I have gone to Harvard University to take a course on the teaching case method and Colorado to learn how to do digital storytelling. This year I...

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DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia – Day 5 Recap

After the pace of the day before I took it steady this morning. My house mate Jim had grading to do and a bit of student advocacy came up while I was here that required attention. I made my way into town for what I thought was a brief meeting and was met by two...

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DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia – Day 4 Recap

Phew what a day! I got a brisk shower at 5:30am and my homestay host drove me and Jim to the airport to arrive at 6:40am. We hurried through check in and off we went for a whirlwind field trip to DIS Stockholm to visit the new program opened in August and the view the...

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