Dr. Deborah T. Curtis
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Dr. Deborah T. Curtis is the Vice President of the International Relations Office and the Brennan Center for Language, Culture and Leadership. She develops strategic international initiatives and leads Niagara University’s international growth, development and community outcomes. She recruits high achieving international students, assists domestic students pursue their goals to study, work and serve abroad, works with faculty to develop opportunities for all students to gain from an international experience. Dr. Curtis’s team includes international student affairs, study abroad, SEVIS, ESL language assessment and support, as well as Teaching English a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
Dr. Curtis has conducted effective training programs in numerous countries, on four continents; she is both aware and appreciative of business, language, and cultural differences. She led management development programs for delegations of executives and government officials from China, Thailand and Vietnam.
These efforts have brought students from 52 different countries to Niagara University. NU students have studied abroad both independently and as part of faculty-led groups to 30 different countries. Dr. Curtis has developed successful English and academic summer programs, which work collaboratively with numerous departments and delivers an American adventure for international students.
Dr. Curtis developed the Hospitality and Tourism Training Institute, a collaborative venture Niagara University formed with Catholic Charities of Buffalo that offers career preparation and placement for unemployed refugees. Through this program, she has assisted individuals ranging in age from 19-60 years old, from Djibouti, Somalia, Eritrea, Myanmar, Bhutan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Kenya, Iraq and the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Dr. Curtis previously led the University’s Center for Events and Management Development. As a former hotel owner and hospitality industry executive, she was integral to the development of Hotel Schools of Distinction (HSD), a global alliance of premier hotel schools in partnership with hospitality industry leaders dedicated to creating high-quality talent by sharing knowledge and research. Dr. Curtis was the Director of the Americas for Leading Hotel Schools of the World, a joint venture with Leading Hotels of the World. She was awarded McCool Breakthrough Award at an Annual CHRIE meeting for a significant breakthrough and introduced a unique approach in the spirit of ICHRIE's mission and the National Statler Center Award for Excellence in Leadership.
She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Travel and Tourism from Niagara University, Master’s degree in Education from Canisius College and Doctorate in Business Administration from University of Sarasota. Dr. Curtis is an advocate for English language learners, and a proponent of the value of international collaboration.