Semester at Sea has long been a popular study-abroad option for students across the United States. The program based at the University of Virginia has a new vice president and senior academic officer whom program leaders hope will inject more academic rigor.
Rosalyn W. Berne, an associate professor of science, technology, and society at Virginia, has been all over the world from her time as an undergraduate student. She says her new role will combine her academic work with a “personal commitment and convictions about us growing in our wareness of others.”
Loren Crabtree, the chief executive for global education at Semester at Sea, says he hopes Berne will be able to draw stronger links between what students are learning at sea and what they do while in ports of call around the globe.
Semester at Sea has been operated from Virginia since 2006 after running from the University of Pittsburgh since 1981. It will conduct its 100th globe-circling study cruise this fall.