Parkinson selected for advisory council
Coker College Provost Tracy Parkinson has been selected to be on the Advisory Council of the Mellon Global Citizenship Program, a program through the Salzburg Global Seminar that promotes and supports global education. Parkinson will be one of six members on the advisory council.
“I have been very passionate about our students at Coker developing global understanding and awareness, and this provides me an opportunity to extend that interest to students beyond our campus,” said Parkinson. “I am very pleased to be a part of an initiative with such important goals, and I’m humbled to join such an accomplished group of colleagues on the council.”
The Mellon Global Citizenship Program aims to deepen and consolidate the successful global education work initiated with institutions affiliated with the Appalachian College Association and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The purpose of the program is to further enable collaborating institutions to become sites of global citizenship development by supporting efforts to expand collaboration and initiation of joint projects. The Mellon Global Citizenship Program will operate through 2016 and will provide grants to participating institutions for the following: Global Education Visiting Specialist Series, Study Away Incentive Program, Global Citizenship Summits and Undergraduate Research Conferences.
The program will be managed by specialist staff of the Salzburg Global Seminar with input and guidance provided by their Advisory Council. The mission of the Salzburg Global Seminar is to challenge current and future leaders to solve issues of global concern. Originally founded in 1947 to encourage the revival of intellectual dialogue in post-war Europe, Salzburg Global works with carefully chosen partners to drive social change in the areas of imagination, sustainability, and justice.
Parkinson has served as Coker’s provost since 2011. He holds a B.A. from Carson-Newman College, an M.A. in French and Francophone Studies from the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Tennessee.