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Spring 2022: Mediterranean Exploration
Emeritus Professor & Global Studies Director

Kenneth Cushner

Kent State University

Dr. Kenneth Cushner (Ken) is an Emeritus Professor of International and Intercultural Teacher Education from Kent State University where he also served as Executive Director of International Affairs and Associate Dean. Prior to his university appointment, he taught in schools in Switzerland, Australia, and the United States, and completed his doctoral studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa while a degree scholar at the East-West Center.

Dr. Cushner is a Founding Fellow, Past-President, and currently Executive Director of the International Academy for Intercultural Research; has been a Fulbright Scholar to Sweden (2008) and Poland (2016); has been a visiting professor at Shanghai International Studies University, the College of the Bahamas, University of Newcastle (Australia) and the University of Nis (Serbia); and twice served as director of COST – the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching. He is the author or editor of several books and articles in the field of intercultural education and has traveled with young people and teachers on all seven continents.

Since retiring from Kent State University, he has consulted with ECIS, a network of 400+ international schools in 90 countries; with NAFSA: Association of Intercultural Educators; and has instituted a professional development program for teachers at the Orkeeswa School – a Massai community school in northern Tanzania (

This will be his fifth full voyage with Semester at Sea, having twice served as director of Teachers at Sea (Summers of 2010 and 2011) and twice as Intercultural Specialist (Fall 2017 and Spring 2019). He is excited to be leading the Global Studies team on this voyage. In his spare time, Dr. Cushner enjoys playing music (guitar and percussion), travel, and photography.