Visiting Professor

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

Visiting Professor Christopher McShane specializes in cross-cultural communication, international staff management, citizen diplomacy and supervises students on Practicum. 

He 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 U.S. missions 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.

He contributed to the book An Introduction to Modern Arab Culture, published in September 2019.  Professor McShane has also guest lectured at Claremont McKenna College, spoken at the University of California, Davis and presented at various NAFSA conferences. He is active in the field of Citizen Diplomacy, engaging people outside official channels to encourage and promote international understanding.

Courses Taught

Courses offered in the past two years.

  • Current term
  • Upcoming term(s)

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 2019 - MIIS, Fall 2019 - MIIS, Spring 2020 - MIIS, Fall 2020 - MIIS

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Staff Management in International Context

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 2019 - MIIS, Fall 2019 - MIIS, Spring 2020 - MIIS

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This interactive course will examine two key subsets of international education: citizen diplomacy and international scholarships. Students will learn to identify various program structures, critique existing models, and learn the nuts and bolts of administering both citizen diplomacy and international scholarship programs. Throughout the course, we will focus on the technical skills of proposal writing to secure grants to support citizen and education diplomacy efforts. Students will work in groups to compete for a grant, focused on either citizen diplomacy or international scholarships. Instructors will meet with student groups outside of class to provide tailored feedback on their projects. The process will culminate in a simulated grant panel to review and rank the proposals, illuminating how proposals are reviewed by experts.

Spring 2019 - MIIS, Spring 2020 - MIIS

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This course is an introduction to the onsite management of U.S. international education programs. A key component of the course will be visits to local and regional international education organizations in the Monterey and San Francisco Bay areas. Participants will explore and evaluate a variety of K-12 and higher education programs through discussions, visits and observations. MIIS students will engage with practitioners in the field to better understand the management of international education programs. Students will study, explore and apply their knowledge related to a range of international education roles and services, such as advising, student affairs, recruitment, budgeting, program design and assessment, and more. This course provides students with opportunities to complete team projects related to the management of international education programs. Students may enroll for one or two credits, with additional project work and class responsibilities for those students completing two credits. Course fee: Students will be asked to carpool to the site visits and will be expected to contribute gas money. Course hours will be defined once site visits are confirmed.

Spring 2020 - MIIS, MIIS Winter/J Term only

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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 2019 - 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.

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