Chris Cartwright
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Professor Cartwright is passionate about the struggle for human rights, social justice as well as the need and value of intercultural competence. We live in a world “where inclusion is critical and connection is inevitable” (Lipman-Blumen, 1996, pg. xiii). He sees intercultural competence as the foundation for the bridge-work to our shared future.

He says, “The MIIS students I’ve been privileged to teach in the past have been some of the brightest and most facile students I’ve ever taught - and I’ve taught everything from BA survey courses to Doctoral seminars. They have been enthusiastic to learn and nimble in their grasp of the complexity that assessing intercultural competence must embrace. I found their ability to pivot and adapt to new cultural perspectives inspiring.”

Areas of Interest

Professor Cartwright conducts research and administers, teaches, trains, consults, and coaches people such as learners, faculty, trainers, consultants, and related professionals about the best practices in this area.

Assessment and Evaluation of Intercultural Competence: He supports students in their understanding of how to frame, choose methods, collect data, analyze data, form development plans to engage effectively across differences, and to evaluate the outcome of their endeavors. This work can be done at the individual, cohort, class-level, program, division, or organizational / institutional wide level of assessment and evaluation.

Teaching and Learning for Intercultural Outcomes: He teaches people to employ the many forms of teaching and learning that cultivate intercultural competence as an outcome of their work. In this role, he assists them in understanding how they might frame, choose methods and models, employ interactivity (including study abroad, service-learning, internships, and simulations), and employ assessment and evaluation principles to nurture and develop intercultural competence as an outcome of their curriculum and initiatives.

Inclusive and Global Leadership: He helps his students to recognize their own and their learners’/clients’ current capacities, to lead in an inclusive way, and to be effective in a global leadership context. He guides them to develop more inclusive and globally competent leadership practices.

Development for Intercultural Careers: He coaches people on their career development and advises them on degrees, training and certifications, and market niches that could be pursued.

  • Graduate Program Completion: In the last 4+ years Professor Cartwright was the director of 12 theses and 28 capstone projects at the MA level. He was also a committee member for 1 doctoral dissertation, 4 MA theses, 4 MA capstone projects, and 5 MA internships.
  • Adjunct Teaching: In the last 3+ years he taught 10 different courses at the doctoral, masters, and bachelors levels on 4 different campuses.
  • Writing: Professor Cartwright has published 2 peer reviewed journal articles, 3 book chapters, and one trade journal article.

Academic Degrees

  • EdD, Educational Leadership, Portland State University, 2012. Dissertation topic: Assessing the Relationship Between Intercultural Competence and Leadership Styles: An Empirical Study of International Fulbright Students in the U.S.
  • MPA, Public Administration, Indiana University, Purdue University at Indianapolis, 1990. Culminating project: Development of Leadership Skills for New Government and Non-Profit Managers.
  • BA, Economic History, University of Michigan, 1979.
  • Sophomore Year Abroad, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, 1976–1977.


  • Cartwright, C. T. (2018). Finding Inspiration in Diversity; How intercultural Competence and Motivate Language Learning. Language Magazine, August, 2018, pp. 27-30.
  • Cartwright, C. T., Harrington, M., Robinson, J., and Walsh, K. (2017). Connective leadership: A model for learning inclusive leadership. In Concepts and Connections, National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs.
  • Bird, A., Cartwright, C. T., Mendenhall, M. (2017). Profiles of inclusive leadership: How to identify and nurture the leadership the world needs. In Concepts and Connections: A Publication for Leadership Educators. Volume 22; Issue 1.
  • Robinson, J., Harrington, H., Cartwright, C. T., & Walsh, K. (2017). Connective leadership: From zero-sum to inclusion. In Breaking the Zero-Sum Game. (pp. 209-225) International Leadership Association Press.
  • Van Cleave, T., Cartwright, C. T. (2017). Intercultural competence as a cornerstone for transformation in service learning. In Cambridge Handbook for Service Learning and Community Engagement (Cambridge Handbooks in Psychology, pp. 204-218), C. Dolgon, T. Mitchell, & T. Eatman (Eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Cartwright, C. T. (2015). The intercultural campus. In The Sage Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence, (Vol. 1, pg. 381) Bennett, J.M. (Ed.). Sage Publications.
  • Lewis, R. E., Lenski, S. D., Mukhopadhyay, S., Cartwright, C. T. (2010). Mindful wonderment: Using focus groups to frame social justice. The Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology, Vol. 2, No. 2.