Director - Donna Gillespie  

Donna Gillespie, Assistant Professor of Spanish at College of DuPage, holds a M.A. in Spanish from Saint Louis University-Madrid campus, and a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from the University of Florida. She has lived abroad in Greece, Turkey, Venezuela, Mexico, and Spain, and has enjoyed traveling throughout Europe and Latin America. Before coming to COD in 2012, she taught Spanish for three years as a Graduate Assistant Teacher at the University of Florida and was chosen as the recipient for the 2011 Award for Cooperative Leadership in Teaching by the UF Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies. She studied abroad in her undergraduate and graduate career, and in 2011 was selected to teach for the UF Summer Study Abroad program in Santander, Spain. She has directed both COD Spain and Costa Rica summer programs in recent years. In addition to her academic interests, Donna enjoys a variety of music and film, traveling, exploring different cultures, and the great outdoors.        

Co-Director - John Paris

John Paris, Associate Professor of History at College of DuPage, began teaching here in 1996 and joined as a full-time professor in 2008. John's areas of academic interest include U.S. History, African-American History, Latin American History and selected topics in European History since 1500. He currently is the Chair of the Native American Studies Committee, the Carter Carroll Excellence in History Award Committee and a member and former Co-Chair of the Latin American Studies Committee. John has the distinction of having served as Co-Director of the 2012 Costa Rica Summer Study Abroad program and as a student participant in the same program in 2009 and 2011. John holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Northern Illinois University.                                                                                                                                                


Contact Information

Field and Experiential Learning, Study Abroad and Global Education
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3509
General inquiries: (630) 942-2356