Faculty and Staff
Dr. Robert Stewart is currently the interim Director of the Global Leadership Center. Dr. Stewart has a B.A. in Communications from Hunter College, an M.A. in Communications from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Washington. His experiences include Broadcast writing/production instructor, University of Washington, 1987; computer applications instructor, University of Washington Extension, 1985-87; broadcast newswriter, KOMO Radio-Television, Seattle (faculty intern, summer), 1986. Dr. Stewart also teaches journalism courses at Leipzig University (1993), and coordinates ongoing relations between the School of Journalism and Leipzig.
PUBLICATIONS: Co-author of CNN: Making News in the Global Market. Articles published in Journalism Quarterly, American Journalism, Gazette, Privatization Review, Journal of Media Economics, and Advances in Telematics; numerous research papers presented at AEJMC and ICA conferences. Co-editor, Web Journal of Mass Communication Research, 1997-.
Dr. Brook Hailu Beshah is the academic advisor of the Global Leadership Center. Dr. Beshah’s academic career goes back to 1980 where he was a full time faculty at the Department of Political Science and International Relations of Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He lectured in international relations, political science and media courses. He had served distinguishably as Head of the External Relations Office of Addis Ababa University promoting academic and research collaborations with US, European and African universities, various research institutions and supervising international student exchange programs. Dr. Beshah earned his Ph.D in international political communication) from Leipzig University, Germany, which has a tie with the Scripps School dating back to the early 1990s. He earned a certificate from Ohio University for a summer study program in 1993, and M.A. from Leipzig University in political science and international relations; and his B.A. from Addis Ababa University in political science and international relations. He has participated in numerous national, regional and international conferences, workshops, seminars, technical meetings and training programs in Africa, Europe and the U.S. and was also a visiting scholar at Ohio University. He has widely traveled and speaks English, German and French.
Kyra Hall joined the Global Leadership Center in 2014 as a Program Assistant. She is currently an undergraduate at Ohio University in the School of Communication Studies as a Health Communication major. In addition to her position at the GLC, Kyra is on the executive board for Ohio University’s Society for Health and Administration as secretary, and a member of Relay For Life. Prior to her time at Ohio University, Kyra volunteered for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training in her hometown, Cleveland, Ohio. Much of her volunteer work included assisting the LLS campaign staff, coordinating communications for Cleveland Marathon team members, and working events to honor cancer survivors. These organizations have been the perfect opportunity for her to develop professionalism, and perhaps lead to a career within the healthcare industry. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, exploring new places, cooking, and traveling.
Sara Hundley joined the Global Leadership Center as a Program Assistant in the fall of 2014. She is currently an undergraduate at Ohio University and has yet to declare her major. She enjoys taking an active role in her extracurricular activities and helping others. Before her education at OU began, Sara was heavily involved in Fairfield County’s 4-H community; as a member of Just Kiddin’ 4-H Club, Junior Leaders, and Junior Fair Board. Each of these clubs are based around the 4-H Vision which states, “A world in which youth and adults learn, grow and work together as catalysts for positive change”. During her decade long 4-H commitment, she volunteered for various events throughout the community, counseled 4-H camps, helped with fair preparation, and served on executive boards. She now serves as the fundraising chair in Alpha Lambda Delta- an honors fraternity on OU’s campus.
Steven Rhue joined the Global Leadership Center in 2014 as a Teaching Assistant. He was a student in the GLC’s Class of 2014 and is a 2014 OU graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in both Anthropology and Sociology with an emphasis in criminology. He is currently working toward his Master’s in Latin American Studies, with a focus in culture and health. For two years during his undergraduate, Steven worked at OU’s Police Station as a part of SAFE-T patrol. He is also a dedicated practitioner and teacher of the Martial Arts, teaching students independently at the OU Ping Center in his spare time. Throughout his life, Steven has been no stranger to international travel and culture, visiting Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Hungary, Canada, Mexico, England, Scotland, Australia, Iceland, The Czech Republic, and Italy. As a part of his GLC experience, Steven traveled with his class to Vietnam developing recommendations for Nha Trang University’s ICT infrastructure. He also traveled with his class to New York to present their Access Analysis at the German Innovation Center, for Trans-Atlantic collaboration possibilities between Edison Biotechnology Institute and the city of Leipzig, Germany, then traveled to Leipzig to present to the German Consulate. Steven has also worked on other cross cultural research projects with the GLC, including juvenile justice in Ghana, and with the Hare Krishna Community of New Vrindaban.
Allison Schoeppner joined the Global Leadership Center in 2014 as a Teaching Assistant. She was a student in the GLC’s class of 2013 and is a 2014 OU graduate with a degree in Global Studies: War and Peace along with a minor in Spanish and a certificate in Islamic Studies. During her time at OU Allison has worked as an intern for United Campus Ministries as the student organizer of the Better Together campaign. As part of the GLC Allison traveled to Vietnam and developed a marketing expansion plan for a fish sauce company; as well as several other cross-cultural research projects throughout her time with GLC. This past summer Allison traveled again to Vietnam for five weeks to teach English followed by five weeks in Australia completing a help exchange. She is currently working to obtain a Master’s of Arts in International Affairs degree in International Development through the Center for International Studies.
Justin Kirschner joined the Global Leadership Center in 2014 as a Teaching Assistant. He was a member of the 2013 GLC class as well as 2014 OU graduate with a Bachelors degree in Political Science and Minor in Business Administration. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Public Administration from OU’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. Throughout his undergraduate career, Justin was engaged in various activities and professional experiences. He co-founded AIESEC Ohio University, an organization focused on developing global leaders and driving international exchange, where he works in organizational development. In addition, Justin worked at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Cincinnati as a Public Affairs intern, strengthening the connection amongst Cincinnati’s diverse religious communities. He also interned for Goodvision, a leading consultancy firm for corporate responsibility planning and management in Israel. For pleasure, Justin plays drums and has played shows at local Athens establishments with a few different bands.