Nick Gozik selected as next dean of global education

The newly named dean of global education currently serves as director of the Office of International Programs and the McGillycuddy-Logue Center for Undergraduate Global Studies at Boston College.

Following a national search, Elon University has named Nick Gozik, director of the Office of International Programs and the McGillycuddy-Logue Center for Undergraduate Global Studies at Boston College, as its next dean of global education.

Gozik will begin serving in his new role on Jan. 25, 2021, and succeeds Woody Pelton, who previously announced his plans to retire after more than a decade at the university.

Born in Australia, and having traveled to more than 60 countries, Gozik brings to Elon 20 years of administrative experience in the field of international education, as well as a passion for the internationalization of the learning environment. At Boston College, Gozik oversees a team of approximately 45 employees who serve 1,200 study abroad students and 300 international exchange students each year.

“Dr. Nick Gozik’s extensive experience makes him an ideal candidate to lead Elon’s nationally renowned global education programs,” said President Connie Ledoux Book. “He deeply understands the value of transformative international study experiences in students’ lives and will help us further integrate and expand global perspectives throughout Elon’s academic programs.”

While at Boston College, Gozik introduced global education training for students, faculty and staff, spearheaded strategic planning efforts, and secured funding opportunities for research and study abroad experiences. Gozik worked to raise awareness of Boston College by hosting conferences and meetings and by contributing to national discussions via traditional and social media.

Gozik is committed to broadening diversity and inclusion in global learning, both in the students who participate and in the places where they study. Gozik has collaborated with Boston College benefactors and other offices on campus to ensure that all students have access to a global education, regardless of background or academic focus. Gozik oversaw a $10 million gift from the benefactors of the McGillycuddy-Logue Center that allows Boston College to award travel grants of more than $100,000 each year to high-need students. Gozik also obtained funding through the Fung Scholars program to provide Boston College with $1 million to promote education abroad activities in East Asia.

Gozik says he is excited to work to expand global education resources at Elon. He will continue to advance the mission of the university’s global education program, which has been recognized for the 16th consecutive year by the Institute of International Education as the #1 ranked institution among doctoral universities in study abroad participation.

Global engagement is central to the Elon experience, and 85 percent of students have a global engagement experience, often combined with internships, research or service. Elon is committed to 100 percent access to global engagement, which includes education abroad, Study USA and other international opportunities for students, on and off campus. About 1,600 Elon students study around the world each year in more than 140 programs.

“I am honored and thrilled to join a university where ‘global’ is not just a catchphrase and has instead been woven into all aspects of campus life, along with a deep and enduring commitment to student engagement and experiential learning,” Gozik said. “I look forward to working with faculty, staff and students to take Elon to the next stage of internationalization, in line with the university’s strategic plan, aptly named Boldly Elon.”

Gozik has conducted extensive research on internationalization in higher education. As a researcher for the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), Gozik contributed to a project exploring the role of internationalization, interdisciplinarity and boundary crossing from the vantage point of Title VI national resource centers. The research, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, took Gozik to campuses across the country to conduct in-depth interviews and focus groups and collect background data. Since then, Gozik has monitored internationalization trends both nationally and internationally in a partnership with Boston College’s Center for International Higher Education, as well as through his teaching of graduate-level courses.

Gozik has published widely, including with the 2018 release of Promoting inclusive excellence in education abroad: A handbook on research and practice, with Heather Barclay Hamir. Gozik’s second book, also co-edited with Barclay Hamir and focusing on deepening the impact of education abroad, is forthcoming.

Gozik brings long experience in strategic planning to the dean of global education role at Elon. In addition to developing and implementing a strategic plan for the Office of International Programs at Boston College, Gozik chaired the Forum on Education Abroad’s Forum Council, the standards development organization for U.S. education abroad. In this role, Gozik was integral in shaping the organization’s most recent strategic plan.

Book announced Gozik’s selection on Nov. 23 after receiving a recommendation from the 13-member Dean of Global Education Search Committee co-chaired by Ann Bullock, dean and professor in the School of Education, and Michael Carignan, associate professor of history. The search committee, under the direction of the Provost’s Office, reviewed applications from more than 150 candidates and invited three finalists to present virtually to the campus community.

“Nick Gozik will play an integral role in promoting internationalization as a part of Boldly Elon,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Aswani Volety. “With experience studying, living and working on five continents, Nick has a strong global perspective that will benefit our students and advance the university’s position of national leadership.”

Before joining Boston College in 2012, Gozik spent four years as assistant director of the Global Education Office for Undergraduates at Duke University. There, he contributed to strategic planning, oversaw outcomes assessment initiatives, and managed semester and summer programs.

Gozik holds a doctorate in international education from New York University, a master’s degree in French language and civilization from New York University in Paris, and a bachelor’s degree in history from Miami University, where he graduated Magna cum Laude in 1997.

About Nick Gozik


  • New York University – doctoral degree in international education, 2009
  • New York University in Paris – master of arts degree in French language and civilization, 2000
  • Miami University – bachelor of arts degree in history, Magna cum Laude, 1997

Professional Experience

Boston College – Director of Office of International Programs, Director of McGillycuddy-Logue Center for Undergraduate Global Studies, Lecturer in Lynch School of Education, Lecturer in International Studies

Duke University – Assistant Director, Global Education Office for Undergraduates

New York University, New York, NY and Paris, France –  Visiting Assistant Professor in Department of Humanities & Social Sciences (2008), Instructor in Department of Humanities & Social Sciences (2006), Research Assistant in Office of Special Programs (2003-6), Instructor in Department of Communication Studies (2005), Graduate Assistant at NYU in Paris (2000)

Project Researcher, Social Science Research Council

University of Richmond ­– Assistant Director in Office of International Programs (2003), Study Abroad and Events Coordinator (2002-3), International Programs Assistant (2001)

Business Consultant, Xerox Corporation

Instructor, ExecuTrain