Since graduating from Oklahoma State University with a degree in International Studies, Wade Watkins has been the Asia Manager for an equipment manufacturer, a global business consultant, high school social studies teacher, university administrator, grad student, social science professor, and since 2009, the Dean of Global Education at Northern Oklahoma College. He is the recipient of the NISOD Teaching Excellence Award, a 2014 DaVinci Fellow, and a two-time US Institute for Peace Summer Fellow.
Wade has a Master’s degree in Governance and International Development from the University of Antwerp in Belgium. He frequently presents on contemporary global issues and study abroad topics, is active in several global education associations, and has lived, worked, or traveled in more than 140 countries. Wade has taken hundreds of students overseas on education abroad programs, in nearly 40 countries on all seven continents. He has sailed with SAS as Field Director on the Spring 2004, Summer 2007, and Summer 2010 voyages. In addition, Wade created the NOC@SEA program which brought students aboard SAS Enrichment Voyages in 2012 and 2014 as part of a short-term study abroad program.
He is looking forward to traveling around the world with the students, faculty, staff, and lifelong learners of Fall 2017 and is excited to be sailing with his two favorite traveling companions, Diana, his wife of 22 years, and Emma, their teenage daughter who comes by her travel and coffee addictions honestly.