Dr. Gabriele W. Bosley

Chief International Officer
Executive Director, Study Abroad & International Learning
Professor, Global Languages and Cultures

Dr. Bosley completed her undergraduate work in Germany in the Humanities, followed by graduate and post graduate degrees in Foreign Language Education/ESL and German Studies from the University of Paderborn in Germany and the University of Louisville in Kentucky, and a PhD in Internationalization of Higher Education at the CHEI (Center for Internationalization of Higher Education) at Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milano, Italy. Her research interests include Intercultural Education and Assessment, Curriculum Development, Foreign Language Acquisition, and 20th Century German Women's Literature.

Gabriele has always been passionate about teaching and learning. She developed Bellarmine’s trans-curricular Baccalaureate Degree in FLIS (Foreign Languages and International Studies) in 1998, requiring the study of two languages with areas of concentration in History/Diplomacy, Translation/Interpretation, Teaching, Human Services, and Business/Economics. In 2007, she developed a Minor in International Studies which like the FLIS degree includes a study abroad requirement.

In 1995, Gabriele secured outside funding and established the Bellarmine International Programs Office, now the Office for Study Abroad and International Learning (OSAIL), as well as the Foreign Language Department, growing the languages from 3 to 8 language options, and course offerings from 15 courses in 1995 to 82 courses over her 10 year tenure as its founding chair. Today, Gabriele devotes her energy to the broad internationalization of the University, and the OSAIL’s continued collaboration across all of Bellarmine’s 7 schools and more than 60 majors, growing the programs from a handful of students studying abroad in 1995 to currently over 25% of the full-time junior classes acquiring part of their education abroad with study options at over 160 bilateral or consortia partner sites in over 60 countries, while at the same time bringing the world to Bellarmine through international student and faculty exchanges and research, as well as foreign student recruitment.

Having devoted her career to internationalizing Bellarmine University, her work has taken her around the globe, working with colleagues and programs on all continents, while also serving on a variety of international, national, state, and city boards, including the AIEA (Association of International Education Administrators) Executive Board, the ISEP (International Student Exchange Program) Board of Advisors, the CCSA (Center for Cooperative Study Abroad) Board of Trustees, the KIIS (Kentucky Institute for International Studies) Board of Directors, The Via Lingua Board of Advisors, the CCCS (Center for Cross Cultural Studies) Board of Advisors, the Kentucky Department of Education Foreign Language Programs Review Board, The Sacred Heart Schools Board of Trustees, the Crane House/Asia Institute Board of Directors, the AATG-KY Executive Committee as State Testing Chair, the AATG-KY President, the Louisville Mayor’s Office of International Affairs Advisory Board and numerous local, state, and national committees.  

Gabriele is the recipient of the 2010 Mosaic Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Profession and Community, the 2008 Bellie Award for Internationalization at BU, the 2006 Kentuckiana Metroversity Award for Instructional Development, funded by the Grawemeyer Foundation, the 2005 William T. Miles Award for Outstanding Service to the University and Region, the 1999 Bellarmine Women’s Council Instructional Development Award, the 1994 National Endowment for the Humanities Teacher Scholar Award, the 1992 Council for Basic Education Fellowship Award, the 1991 Rockefeller Research Fellowship Award. She also secured several multi-million dollar Foundation Grants for the Internationalization of the University.

In her limited free time, she enjoys spending time with loved ones and friends, reading, writing, painting, jazz, yoga, hiking, an occasional golf game, international cooking, and meaningful conversations with friends and colleagues around the globe. Her weaknesses...engaging in too much simultaneously, Tuscany & Provence, a well brewed cappuccino, a Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and of course chocolate, chocolate, chocolate…!!!

"Own what you can always carry with you; know languages, know countries, know people, let your memory be your bag." - A. Solzhenitsyn