Dr. Menking currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for International Affairs at Kentucky State University. He often presents on topics pertaining to comprehensive internationalization and most recently has been working in the area of internationalization of minority-serving institutions in the United States.
Before coming to KSU, Menking was the Chief International Officer at Western Kentucky University (2008-2009), and a professor and administrator (Director of International Programs, Director of Graduate Programs in Education, Chair of Academic Excellence/SACS Committee) at Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador (2001-2008).
He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone (’88-’91), West Africa, and lived in Russia (’93-’96), and has travelled throughout Central Asia, India, and Latin America working in the area of sustainable community development. He received a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in 1986, a Master’s in 1998 and in 2003 earned a Ph.D. in Educational Thought and Sociocultural Studies from the University of New Mexico.
At KSU, Menking has worked with the entire campus community to improve all facets of campus internationalization. In recent years both curricular and co-curricular global learning opportunities have intensified, numbers of students studying abroad have increased, and new bilateral agreements have been signed. In addition, the Office of Global Education and Programs website has been revamped, and policies and procedures have been refined. One of the most important international initiatives has been the establishment of an Internationalization Task Force. Consisting of 11 faculty and staff members, and led by Menking, this body is charged with clarifying the strategic plan as it pertains to global education.
Dr. Cornell H. Menking
Assistant Vice President for International Affairs
Frankfort, KY 40601