Professor Selected for Global Learning Academy

Samira ShiriDevich
Monday, February 13, 2023
Samira ShiriDevich will receive training to develop virtual international exchange courses.

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Samira ShiriDevich has been selected for the Spring 2023 International Student Exchange Program American Higher Education Alliance Academy. ShiriDevich is one of just 20 faculty chosen from U.S. institutions to participate in the two-month program, which trains faculty to develop online international exchange and educational opportunities.

With more than 350 member institutions from 50 countries across six continents, the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) is a consortium of universities that allow for exchange of students between institutions. Presented in partnership with the American Higher Education Alliance (AHEA), the academy is a complimentary opportunity for faculty within the ISEP community to receive structured mentoring opportunities from Collaborative Online Interactive Learning (COIL) and virtual exchange experts. Working within a small cohort, participants are matched with collaborators and mentored through the process of designing a COIL/virtual cross-cultural course.

ShiriDevich will attend a COIL virtual institute, February 15 - April 10, under the direction of Dr. Brenda Garcia Portillo, the Director of Internationalization at Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico. She will then be matched with a faculty member from another institution to develop a virtual international cross-cultural course.

ShiriDevich is an Iranian designer and entrepreneur whose work in graphic, motion, UI/UX, Interaction, and participatory design is focused on exploring and addressing the complexities of freedom, equity, and agency through design. She received her MFA in Design and Visual Communications from the University of Florida and an MA in Design and Visual Communications from the University of Art in Tehran.

ShiriDevich joined the graphic design faculty at UNC Charlotte in Fall 2022. Before coming to the U.S. she worked as an art director for both the Avaye Sadra Resaneh Advertising Agency and the Municipality of Tehran, and as a graphic designer for multiple Iranian design agencies. Her work and research have been featured in national and international conferences, exhibitions, and publications.