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Emeritus Professor

Kenneth Cushner

Kent State University

Dr. Kenneth Cushner is an Emeritus Professor of International and Intercultural Teacher Education, served as Executive Director of International Affairs and has been Associate Dean at Kent State University (1987 – 2015). 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 and Past-President 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 author or editor of several books and articles in the field of intercultural education including: Human Diversity in Education: An Intercultural Approach ( 9th ed., 2019), Teacher as Traveler: Enhancing the Intercultural Competence of Teachers and Students (2019), Intercultural Student Teaching: A Bridge to Global Competence (2007), and Intercultural Interactions: A Practical Guide (2nd ed., 1996). He has traveled with young people and teachers on all seven continents. Since retiring from Kent State University, Dr. Cushner 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 in a Massai community school in northern Tanzania ( This will be his 4th voyage with Semester at Sea, having directed Teachers at Sea in the Summers of 2010 and 2011, and serving as Intercultural Specialist on the Fall, 2017 voyage. He is excited to serve as Intercultural Specialist on the Spring 2019 voyage. In his spare time, Dr. Cushner enjoys playing music (guitar and percussion), travel and photography.