Sherry L. Mueller's Weblog

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Bio: Sherry L. Mueller, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor at the School of International Service (SIS) at American University in Washington, DC, where she teaches an undergraduate course and a graduate Practicum entitled Cultural Diplomacy and International Exchange. Sherry served as the President of Global Ties U.S. (formerly the National Council for International Visitors [NCIV[) from 1996 to 2011. The NCIV Board of Directors named Sherry President Emeritus upon her retirement. Before coming to NCIV, Sherry worked for the Institute of International Education (IIE) for eighteen years, first as a program officer and then as Director, Professional Exchange Programs. Prior to joining IIE, Sherry served as an Experiment Leader to the former Soviet Union, a Liaison Officer for the U.S. Department of State, and a lecturer at the University of Rhode Island.

Sherry is an active volunteer and has served on the boards of various nonprofit organizations including World Learning, the Public Diplomacy Council, Friendship Force International, Business for Diplomatic Action, and the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy. Currently she serves on the boards of PYXERA Global, Sudan Sunrise, and the International Student House in Washington, DC. She is also a member of the SIS Dean’s Council.

In May 2011, One To World presented Sherry with the Fulbright Award for Citizen Diplomacy for “lifelong contributions to global understanding and cooperation, one handshake at a time, in the Fulbright tradition.” In 2007, SIS presented Sherry with the Alumna of the Year Award at the German Embassy. She received the U.S. Information Agency's Award for Outstanding Service in 1996, and the Distinguished Alumna Award from the Lake Park High School Educational Foundation in 1995. In appreciation for her active role in alumni affairs at American University, Sherry received the Alumni Recognition Award in 1990.

Sherry has lived in Brazil, where she taught English; participated in an Experiment in International Living program in Germany; and has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Southeast Asia. She has served as a speaker for the U.S. Department of State in Saudi Arabia and Japan, giving lectures and conducting workshops on leadership development for nonprofit organizations. Selected publications include “Professional Exchanges, Citizen Diplomacy, and Credibility” in America’s Dialogue with the World, published by the Public Diplomacy Council. In 2008, Georgetown University Press released the book Working World: Careers in International Education, Exchange, and Development, written with co-author Mark Overmann. The second edition of Working World was published in 2014. Sherry earned her M.A.L.D. and Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.