Executive Director

Beth Semaya is the Executive Director for the Committee on Global Thought. She works with the CGT Chair, faculty members, and staff to oversee all aspects of the CGT, including operations, curriculum development, and strategic planning.

Dr. Semaya comes to the CGT from the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University, where she has held numerous positions, most recently as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; a seasoned higher-education administrator, she has led several master’s programs and developed certificate programs in both virtual and in-person formats. Prior to joining Columbia, both as a professional and graduate student, she worked in the for-profit and non-profit sectors as a program and curriculum developer and as an English teacher. Her primary research interest relates to faculty developing enhanced opportunities for students to engage in experiential, interdisciplinary learning with real-world impact.

She holds a Ph.D. in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, an M.A. in English
and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Ithaca College.


  • Ph.D., Columbia University
  • M.A., Columbia University
  • B.A., Ithaca College