Arcadia University Names Sandra Hordis Director of International Academic Programs

GLENSIDE, Pa., Monday, Jan. 23, 2012─Arcadia University has appointed Dr. Sandra Hordis, a tenured faculty member in the English Department, as Director of International Academic Programs. 

In her new role, Hordis will provide oversight for Arcadia’s growing offshore programs, such as those in Singapore and Paris, and take a leadership role in developing and expanding the joint- and dual-degree programs that Arcadia has been developing with universities in several countries.

“Dr. Hordis is an energetic, enthusiastic, and entrepreneurial teacher, scholar and traveler,” says Arcadia President Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III. “By her service to Arcadia, she has earned the respect and confidence of our Trustees, faculty and administrators alike, and her passion for education and students is ever-present.  She brings to this new post the perfect mix of personal experience, interest, and ability to see the potential.”  

Hordis’ experience in global education began when she was given the opportunity to serve as an assistant researcher on a dialect project in Scotland, studying the remnants of Old Scots business jargon remaining in modern dialects on the old medieval trade routes between York and Edinburgh. Since then, and since arriving at Arcadia, she has taken every opportunity to learn about the world and our place in it. She has served as a Program Leader on Arcadia’s renowned London and Scotland Previews and last year led students in a Preview course through the streets of Renaissance London. She has served as a program reviewer for Arcadia’s College of Global Studies’ programs in Granada, Athens, and Rome. At the Glenside campus, she was a member of the committee that restored Arcadia’s English Language Institute (which re-opened in the summer of 2011), and she is a member of the China Initiatives Committee. In the community, she has lectured widely on global cultures, language and travel.

“Because of our reputation as a global leader of higher education, we have been receiving many invitations to partner with high schools and universities around the globe, and our faculty in Glenside have been increasingly eager for opportunities overseas for teaching and scholarship,” says Dr. Steve O. Michael, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Sandi will bring a new focus to our initiatives. She will work with deans and faculty to advance the international interest of each academic program, expand international academic partnerships across the globe, and ensure international academic program quality and excellence.”

“I've traveled all of my life, and have always found it a kind of wonderful discovery,” says Hordis, of Easton, Pa. “Since coming to Arcadia, I've had the incredible opportunity to be part of the innovative, globally positioned programs here as an adviser for students studying abroad, as a co-creator of joint programs with foreign universities, and as a faculty consultant for our annual on-site reviews. At every step, I've learned a little bit more about what it is to be a citizen of the world, and I hope to continue my own global education as long as I can.”

Arcadia currently offers a master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy ( with the American Graduate School in Paris. Arcadia’s International M.B.A. ( is offered with AGS in Paris and with Aventis in Singapore. Arcadia also offers an M.B.A. 3+2 for students from international affiliate institutions, offering them the opportunity to earn an M.B.A. while completing undergraduate requirements from their sending institution.

Hordis earned a Ph.D. in medieval literature in 2000 from Lehigh University. Her interest in the language of medieval comedy resulted in of her book, Medieval English Comedy (2006), published by Brepols Books. Areas of her particular interest include Arthurian literature, Anglo Saxon rhetoric, Geoffrey Chaucer, linguistics and medieval women writers such as Christine de Pizan and Marie de France. She has coordinated Arcadia University's professional writing minor and taught technical writing, Lewis & Tolkien, medieval literature, and composition.

About Arcadia University: Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in metropolitan Philadelphia and a national leader in study abroad and international education. The 2011 Open Doors report ranks Arcadia University a top leader in the nation in undergraduate study abroad. U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia University among the top regional universities in the North and as one of the top study abroad programs. U.S. News also ranks Arcadia’s Physical Therapy program 7th in the nation. Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and prosper in a diverse and dynamic world. (