Schwille honored for international work

April 5, 2013

John “Jack” Schwille celebrates his award with wife, Sharon (center), and international doctoral students Isabella Tirtowalujo and Dwi Yuliantoro.

Michigan State University presented John “Jack” Schwille with Special Recognition for Promoting International Understanding during the International Awards Ceremony on campus April 3.

Schwille has been an influential leader on campus and particularly within the College of Education, shaping its approach to internationalization as a teacher educator, researcher and administrator for over 35 years. He has served as assistant dean of international studies in the  college since 1984 and will be retiring this spring.

Schwille is known for collaborating and encouraging students and colleagues — including those who may be unlikely — to embrace bold projects in global contexts. His own international development work  has made a direct impact on education in nations such as Burundi, Guinea and Tanzania.

As a researcher, he has contributed significantly to cross-national studies organized by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). Most recently, he co-directed the 17-nation Teacher Education in Mathematics study (TEDS-M), which is the first international assessment of student learning in higher education based on national samples.

The International Awards are presented by International Studies and Programs at MSU.

The College of Education community will celebrate Schwille’s career and lasting impact on students, colleagues and alumni during a retirement reception in May. In addition, look for an article about Schwille’s contributions in the fall 2013 New Educator magazine.