Director for Asia Partnerships
Penn State University, USA

Anna Marshall

Building Multidimensional Institutional Relations: Landscape of Penn State’s Strategic Partnerships
This presentation delves into how Penn State’s office of Global Partnerships plays a crucial role in supporting the University’s mission of teaching, research, and service. By examining the three primary objectives of Penn State Global’s five-year strategic goal, Global Partnerships evaluates international agreements, analyzes current partnerships, and conducts gaps assessment to develop a portfolio of institutional partnerships. The institutional partnerships portfolio will include a limited number of high-impact partner universities or organizations with broad engagement across Penn State and transformational outcomes across teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and service/outreach. Utilizing statistics, case studies and discussion, the presentation offers a close look at Penn State Global’s strategic approaches in building multidimensional, multilayered, and interdisciplinary institutional partnerships.
Dr. Anna Marshall (卞 薇) serves Penn State Global as the Director for Asia Partnerships. She holds a doctorate in American Studies from Penn State Harrisburg, a M.A. in English and a M.S. in Telecommunication and Network Management from Syracuse University. She has worked for Lockheed Martin for eight years as a System Integration Analyst providing database support and international business training at Lockheed Martin Syracuse before she transitioned to work in higher education. In 2012, Dr. Marshall began her career with Penn State Harrisburg, first as a faculty member, and then as an International Student Adviser, Global Education Coordinator, and an Assistant Director for International Student Support Services. In 2018-19, she led the Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) and Penn State’s 2019 PDO won a Bronze Award at the CASE conference for the outstanding collaborating with alumni, parents, prospective students, and the Ministry of Education. In 2020, Anna directed the Penn State First program in Asia and received Penn State COVID Spot Award for the exceptional leadership support to offshore international students during the pandemic. Dr. Marshall has presented regularly in national conferences of NASFA, Asia American Studies, American Folklore Studies, and Big Ten Academic Alliance. She is a scholar in early U.S.- Asia relations and Asian American Studies and the recipient of the 2020-2021 Florence Tan Moeson Fellow, awarded by the Library of Congress. She has taught Computer Information Systems, Asian American studies, Mandarin, Asian Business culture classes, and published various essays, poems, and short stories. Two of her recent articles were published in 2021: “An Interplay between Manifest Destiny and American Capitalism: Early U.S.-Asia Relations” in The Routledge History of U.S. Foreign Relations, and “Social Landscape on WeChat: An Ethnographic Study of the Sunshine Dance Club of Central PA” for the Journal of Ethnic American Literature