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Mary Allison Witt

Teaching Associate Professor


Allison Witt is the Director of International Programs in the College of Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she teaches Global Studies in Education and is the Program Leader for the International Education Administration and Leadership program. Allison is a former Assistant Director of Academic Affairs at the Illinois Board of Higher Education where she contributed to state higher education policy in Illinois. She is the author of Shifting Tides in Global Higher Education (2011) published by Peter Lang. Allison earned a PhD in Education Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked in international education for over 20 years, now with particular interest in internationalizing teacher education.

Research Interests

Witt's research includes state and national education policy related to higher education and teacher preparation. Current research tracks the impact of interventions in teacher preparation designed to prepare globally competent teachers.

Courses Taught

Courses taught include Globalization and Higher Education, Researching Education in a Global Context, and other courses in the Global Studies in Education graduate program. In addition, Witt has developed and teaches the Education Abroad course that supports students on study abroad.

Additional Campus Affiliations

Director of International Programs, College of Education
Teaching Associate Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership
Teaching Associate Professor, European Union Center
Teaching Associate Professor, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Affiliate, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies

Recent Publications

Witt, A. (2023). Postpandemic futures of Global Citizenship Education for preservice teachers: Challenges and possibilities. Prospects, 53(3-4), 299-312.

Tang, X., Collier, D. A., & Witt, A. (2018). Qualitative Study on Chinese Students' Perception of U.S. University Life. Journal of International Students, 8(1), 151-174.

Blankenberger, B., Lichtenberger, E., Witt, M. A., & Franklin, D. (2017). Diverse Students, High School Factors, and Completion Agenda Goals: An Analysis of the Illinois Class of 2003. Education and Urban Society, 49(5), 518-545.

Blankenberger, B., Lichtenberger, E., & Witt, M. A. (2017). Dual Credit, College Type, and Enhanced Degree Attainment. Educational Researcher, 46(5), 259-263.

Collier, D. A., Brewer, T. J., Myers, P. S., & Witt, A. (2017). It Takes More Than a Village, It Takes a Nation. In N. D. Hartlep, L. L. T. Eckrich, & B. O. Hensley (Eds.), The Neoliberal Agenda and the Student Debt Crisis in U.S. Higher Education (pp. 213-232). Taylor and Francis Inc..

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