Paul Geis

Associate Director of Study Abroad
Global Commons 360
2375 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-6700

Brief Biography

Paul J. Geis joined the staff in the Isabella Cannon Global Education Center in January 2008.  As Associate Director of Study Abroad, he oversees all summer and semester affiliate and exchange programs and advises students on a portfolio of these programs.  Geis also works with students pursuing Independent Elon Experiences Abroad and those applying for The Bruns Endowment for International Service-Learning.

Over the past few years, Geis has also led office initiatives related to the institutional goal of 100% access to global engagement as articulated in The Elon Commitment strategic plan.

Outside the office, Geis is currently involved in several campus committees and initiatives including:

  • Global Neighborhood Association 
  • Peace Corps Prep Program Advisory Board
  • Second-Language Proficiency Committee
  • Fulbright Campus Committee
  • Inclusive Community Process Advocate Team
  • LGBTQIA Employee Resource Group; social co-chair


Boston College-Lynch School of Education
Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration

Francoforum, St. Pierre et Miquelon
Summer program in language and history

Boston College
Bachelor of Arts in French, cum laude
Order of the Cross & Crown, College of Arts & Sciences honor society
Prix d’excellence en français

Paris Chamber of Commerce
Practical Certificate in French for Business

Université Paris X-Nanterre, France
Studies in language and culture

Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France
Summer program in grammar and translation

Courses Taught

Elon 101

Grants Awarded

Fulbright Scholar Program, Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators Seminar, March-April 2011


Kurt, M.R., Olitsky, N.H., & Geis, P.J. (Forthcoming). “Assessing Global Awareness over a Short-term Study Abroad: Sequence: A Factor Analysis.” Frontiers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad.


 NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Short-Term Education Abroad Programs: Meeting Campus Needs, May 2013, chair and presenter

Measuring International Awareness of Short-term Education Abroad Program Participants, Region III & VII Bi-Regional Conference Poster Fair, October 2012, presenter

Views From Two Sides Of The Fulbright International Education Administrator (IEA) Program:  The Host Institution And The Fulbright Grantee, Region III & VII Bi-Regional Conference, October 2012, presenter

Walking the Walk: U.S. Faculty and the International Academic Experience, May 2012, presenter

Beyond Kimchi, Origami, Curry, and Spaetzle – Higher Education and Culture through the Fulbright IEA Seminars, Region VII Conference, November 2011, presenter

Diverse Identities: Personal Challenges for International Education Professionals, May 2008, chair

On-Line Applications and Beyond, Region XI Regional Conference, November 2004, co-chair and presenter

The International Campus is Here to Stay: Five Innovative Models, Region XI Conference, November 2002, presenter

North Carolina Chapter of the American Association of the Teachers of French

Study Abroad in the Francophone World: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Where We Are Heading, Annual Meeting, April 2010, keynote speaker

Professional Activities

NAFSA: Association of International Educators, member, 2004-present

Rainbow SIG Advisory Board, 2004-present; Web Content Manager, 2008-2013