Ray Casserly, Ph.D.
Academic Director for the Global Institutes
- International Faculty + Development Seminars
- Study Abroad
- Grow Abroad: Enhancing Study Away Through Online Learning
As Academic Director for the Global Institutes region, Ray supports the VP, Academic Affairs through overseeing the academic quality and development assurance processes for the several hundred courses offered and delivered in six Global Institutes (Berlin, Cape Town, London, Madrid, Paris, Rome). Ray holds a doctorate in ethnomusicology/anthropology of music from the School of History and Anthropology at Queen’s University Belfast. Aside from his previous teaching role at the Queen's University Belfast, he is experienced in the organization and delivery of numerous cross-community and cross-border initiatives with various music groups in Northern Ireland. Ray continues to incorporate his musical interests into his research on the highly sensitive political issue of parades in Northern Ireland. His academic interests include music and conflict, communal memory, and identity in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Having participated in a study abroad program to the United States in 2005, Ray brings together his educational experiences in three different countries (Ireland, USA, and UK) in his role supporting the advancement of academic standards in the Global Institutes. He has interwoven his research and international education work by connecting CIEE students and faculty to key community figures and leading academics in Ireland and the United Kingdom. These exclusive encounters for students provide the balance between theory and practice, and observation and engagement, and help develop a unique, holistic, and high-quality study abroad learning opportunity for CIEE participants.