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Visiting Professor

Christopher McShane
McGowan Building 320C
(831) 647-6683

Professor Christopher McShane spent most of his career as a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State. As a Public Diplomacy specialist, he worked as a Public Affairs Officer, Press Attache or Cultural Attache at embassies (and one consulate) overseas. Postings included Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Tunis, Tunisia; Cairo, Egypt; Manama, Bahrain; Copenhagen, Denmark; Maputo; Mozambique and Pretoria, South Africa. In Washington, DC he headed international exchange programs for the Middle East, Latin America and Africa divisions during three assignments in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. He also served as a Senior Advisor in the Bureau of African Affairs, Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. 

Currently Professor McShane is editing a book, "An Introduction to Modern Arab Culture," by Bassam K. Frangieh, Chair, Department of History and Modern Languages, Claremont McKenna College, publication summer 2018. McShane has also guest lectured at Claremont McKenna College. He is active in the field of Citizen Diplomacy, engaging people outside official channels to encourage and promote international understanding. Working with a colleague in the area who is also a retired Foreign Service Officer, he designs and implements programs that bring international visitors sponsored by the State Department to the Monterey region.

Courses Taught

Courses offered in the past two years.

  • Current term
  • Upcoming term(s)

Examining the complexities of staff management in international and multinational contexts, this course will include discussion of job description development, advertisement, selection processes, salary setting and negotiation, ethics, workers’ rights, and managing remote teams. Establishing trust, staff motivation, communication skills and leadership styles will also be studied in both organizational and cross-cultural contexts.

Spring 2017 - MIIS, Fall 2017 - MIIS, Spring 2018 - MIIS, Fall 2018 - MIIS

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While undertaking an approved professional practicum in the International Education Management field, students will be responsible for rigorous academic performance, equivalent in quantity and quality to the requirements for equivalent on-campus coursework. Students will demonstrate their application of theory to practice through completion of multiple deliverables.

Spring 2017 - MIIS, Fall 2017 - MIIS, Spring 2018 - MIIS, Fall 2018 - MIIS

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This course will examine how “Citizen Diplomacy,” or people to people exchanges that operate outside traditional diplomatic channels, can be utilized to enhance international education programs. The course will look at best practices in designing, running and evaluating citizen diplomacy programs with relevant case studies and class exercises. Topical areas including English teaching, academic and professional exchanges, homestays, and internships will be explored within the citizen diplomacy context. Readings and discussions on the related fields of public diplomacy and corporate diplomacy/CSR will explore the interplay of government and non-government entities with citizen diplomats.

Spring 2017 - MIIS, MIIS First Half of Term, Spring 2017 - MIIS, MIIS Second Half of Term, Spring 2018 - MIIS, MIIS First Half of Term

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This interactive course will present the knowledge, skills and techniques to execute projects effectively and efficiently; on time and in budget. Project management is a strategic competency for organizations, enabling them to tie project results to established goals. The course will include modules on overall project management and processes; teamwork, staff management and communication; tools, systems and technology; scope and time management; and quality management and analysis. Students will design and run simulated projects throughout the course, utilizing techniques demonstrated in class.

Spring 2017 - MIIS, MIIS Winter/J Term only

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Areas of Interest

I am passionate about educating tomorrow’s leaders. I hope to provide them with concepts and skills that will help them develop personally and professionally in order to meet the challenges of our complex world.

Being a part of this rich environment at MIIS motivates me. I see firsthand how ideas, cultures and experiences combine to create a place for reflection, learning and growth. After a 25-year career in international relations, I am grateful to be able to share my experiences with students, and I learn new things in every interaction with them. The global approach to every aspect of MIIS makes it a perfect fit.

Academic Degrees

  • MSc, International Relations, London School of Economics, London, UK
  • BA, International Relations, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA
  • Graduate Coursework, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC

Professor McShane has been teaching at the Institute since 2013.