Spring 2022 | Mediterranean Exploration

Faculty & Staff

Exploring countries in Europe, this voyage gives participants a truly global study abroad experience on our floating campus!

We are a diverse team of academic experts and professionals

Under the leadership of the executive dean, academic dean, and dean of student life, Semester at Sea faculty and staff are a team of innovative and stimulating educators who are passionate about international education and focused on developing a dynamic and compassionate shipboard community.

Voyage Leadership Team

Shaun Crisler
ISE Board of Trustees
Shaun Crisler
ISE Board of Trustees

Shaun N. Crisler (He/Him) has been committed to higher education and student success as a professional for 15 years and currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Residence Life and Housing at SUNY Oswego in New York. He has served in several roles within Housing and Residence Life with the primary goal to help create positive living and learning experiences for all students. By working with faculty, campus partners, and staff, Shaun looks for opportunities to collaborate with a focus on student success and retention.

Shaun actively works with students and professionals to increase their intercultural competence by facilitating workshops and through study abroad activities. Shaun has been a member of the Semester at Sea family for more than twenty years.

  • Committees
    Academic Affairs & Community Life
  • SAS Connection
    He sailed as a student on the Fall 2000 voyage and returned as the Assistant Dean of Students for two summer voyages: SUM09 and SUM12. Shaun served as the Assistant Executive Dean on the SP18 voyage and as Executive Dean on the SP22 Voyage.
Chris C. Seng
Assistant Executive Dean
Chris C. Seng
Assistant Executive Dean

Chris Seng has worked in higher education for 31 years focusing on enrollment management efforts aimed toward student success. At the end of 2021, Chris will retire with “Emeritus” status from Colorado State University. Directing the Office of the Registrar at CSU, Chris led a department of outstanding student-success-focused individuals who teamed with faculty and staff from all departments on campus to implement initiatives to meet undergraduate access, enrollment, and completion goals of the University. Most recently Chris served as project manager for the Colorado State University System office leading a multi-campus initiative to consolidate student information system operations across institutions.

Chris has extensive consulting experience through work with the U.S. Department of Education and several other higher education institutions. He has presented at many state, regional, and national conferences and provided analysis and recommendations to software vendors and colleagues as they develop solutions for campus student administrative ecosystems.

In 2017, Chris and his family enjoyed the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity (and now it’s happening again!) to sail with Semester at Sea. Chris served as a member of the voyage leadership team working as the Academic Advisor/Registrar. Chris’ wife Stephanie joined the Global Studies team and their 3 children were all students on the voyage.

Phillip DuVentre
Student Affairs Program Manager

Phillip DuVentre (he/him/his) began his career at ISE last year, 2021. He sailed as Assistant Dean of Students on Spring ’22 voyage after having sailed as a Resident Director on Spring ’17 and Spring ’20 voyages respectively. He has worked in Student Life in a variety of roles including residential life, traditional study abroad, international education, and served as a Posse Mentor. He does diversity consulting and presented at several conferences including Diversity Abroad, ACPA(American College Personnel Association), and ACSD(Association of Christians in Student Development). Phillip enjoys watching and playing athletic competitions, riding his vintage tandem bike, driving, and pranking incoming telemarketing cold calls.

  • Home Base
    California
  • Education
    Phillip eared his MS in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University and his BA in Business Administration from Murray State University.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Miami, Florida
Stephanie L. Seng
Field Director
Stephanie L. Seng
Field Director

There is no better place on earth than aboard a Semester at Sea ship, and Stephanie Seng is excited and grateful for the adventures that lie ahead in her role as the Field Director on this, her third SAS voyage. Stephanie had the privilege of sailing with her mom on the Spring 2020 SAS voyage while helping to navigate the challenges of the pandemic as the Assistant Director for Faculty Led Programs. Though not the voyage she had expected, she will always cherish the experience, appreciating the herculean efforts made by ISE/SAS staff and leadership to keep voyagers safe and feeling inspired by the resilience of the shipboard community as they bonded together through diversions and ultimately an early end to the journey. In Spring 2017, Stephanie sailed on her first SAS voyage with her husband, Chris and their three children, Will, Jonah, and Olivia. While the kids were all college students, Steph worked on the Global Studies team and Chris was the Academic Advisor/Registrar.

Stephanie currently serves as the Director of the Center for Family and Couple Therapy at Colorado State University where she supervises and teaches student therapists and manages their community-based therapy center. She is also the director and one of the founders of the CSU Child Trauma and Resilience Assessment Center. This growing center provides assessments and recommendations for youth across the state who have experienced complex trauma. Stephanie is especially honored to be an Aspen Institute – Ascend Fellow working to improve the lives of Colorado children and families.

After graduating from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interpersonal Communication, Stephanie married Chris and they made their first home together in Guinea, West Africa, where they served as Cooperative Extension Agents in the United States Peace Corps. Captivated by the beauty, climate and outdoor living in Colorado, the couple made their home in Fort Collins in 1992, where Stephanie pursued an MS in Human Development and Family Studies/Marriage and Family Therapy. Prior to her current position, Stephanie worked at the Center for Neurorehabilitation Services specializing in treating patients and families who have experienced neurological illnesses and injuries and in her own private practice.

When not sailing, Steph loves to spend time with her family hiking, camping, skiing, playing volleyball and board games, and playing with their dogs, Cache and Juniper. She feels especially fortunate to have both Chris and her mom, Linda, who will be sailing as a lifelong learner, joining her on the Spring 2022 voyage.

Elizabeth Faulk
Physician
Elizabeth Faulk
Physician

Elizabeth Faulk, MD is our newest addition to the Spring 2022 voyage! She is an Emergency Medicine physician with over 25 years of experience in emergency departments ranging from Level I trauma centers to tiny rural facilities. She started her training in General Surgery and was lucky enough to follow this with a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at New England Deaconess hospital, one of Boston’s Harvard Hospitals group. During this time she began practicing emergency medicine, and she never looked back, becoming Board Certified in the process. She met her husband, Pete Hernandez, a paramedic /firefighter (who will be traveling with her), in Arizona, where she was Chief of a small Emergency department in Page, on the edges of Lake Powell and the Navajo Nation. They embarked upon a round the world trip at that time, backpacks in hand, and didn’t come home for almost 4 months. They loved the adventure, the people, and the cultures along the way, and they hope to come full circle now, caring for all the generations on board ship while all revel in the newness of adjacent beautiful countries and cultures. She also pursues the practice of hatha yoga and super conscious meditation and you might see her on deck doing just that!


Faculty

Kenneth Cushner
Professor Emeritus
Kenneth Cushner
Professor Emeritus
Henry Luttikhuizen
Henry Luttikhuizen
Ursula Quillmann

Staff

Kaley Anderson
Manager of Operations and Logistics
Kaley Anderson
Manager of Operations and Logistics
  • Home Base
    Colorado
  • Education
    Kaley earned her MA in International and Intercultural Communication from the University of Denver and her BA in English from the University of Mississippi.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Central and South America
Brooke Buchan
Multimedia Coordinator

Brooke Buchan (she/her) manages the multimedia content and strategy behind Semester at Sea’s branding and video storytelling. She sailed as the shipboard videographer in Spring 2022, and previously worked in multimedia strategy and videography roles for different departments at Colorado State University. She is passionate about the experience Semester at Sea offers and crafting content to drive global brand awareness. You can most often find her traveling, cooking with friends, or photographing and filming creative projects in her free time.

  • Home Base
    Colorado
  • Education
    Brooke earned a BA in Journalism and Media Communications from Colorado State University.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Croatia and Scotland

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