Foreign languages faculty

Kevin McMahan, Ph.D.

Lecturer in English as a Second Language

Ph.D., Union Institute & University
M.A. The Ohio State University
B.A., Wheaton College

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In addition to teaching ESL courses, Dr. McMahan serves as Northwestern's associate dean for intercultural affairs. He previously worked for Seattle Pacific University, where he was director of international programs and an international student adviser. He also taught a multicultural course in SPU's graduate education program.

Dr. McMahan spent nine months in South Africa in 1990-91 as an international volunteer with the National Initiative for Reconciliation. Other experience includes serving as a resident director for international programs at Ohio Wesleyan University and as an assistant resident director at The Ohio State University, where he collaborated with multi-national staff to provide services and programs for 500 mostly international graduate students.


  • Introduction to American Culture

    Introduction to American Culture

    (2 credits) An introduction to American cultural traits and social and religious customs for international students beginning their studies in the United States. Special focus will be given to local Midwestern culture and rural issues.

Publications and presentations

  • "Community Engagement, Standards-Based Testing, and Diversifying a University Over Time," presentation with G. Fritzberg and T. Hairston at the American Council on Education's Educating All of One Nation Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, 2005
  • McMahan, K., Fritzberg, G. (2004) "On the Bridge: A Cross-Cultural Mentoring Model for Higher Education" in Global Perspectives on Mentoring: Transforming Contexts, Communities, and Cultures." Information Age Press.
  • "How Would We Know if Christian College Graduates Were Internationally Competent?" presentation at Critical Issues for Christian Higher Education Conference, Council of Christian Colleges & Universities, Seattle Washington, 2003
  • "Mosaic: Nurturing an Intercultural Student Organization," presentation at NAFSA Region I Conference, Spokane, Washington, 2002
  • "Managing International Student Data," collaborative session presentation at NAFSA Region I Conference, Bellevue, Washington, 2001

Professional experience

  • Adjunct instructor, Seattle Pacific University
  • Director of International Programs, Seattle Pacific University
  • Career Educator/Assistant Director, Seattle Pacific University
  • Foster Care Caseworker, New Hope Child & Family Agency, Seattle, Washington
  • International Volunteer, National Initiative for Reconciliation, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Residence Director, Whitworth College, Spokane, Washington
  • Resident Coordinator for International Programs, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio


  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators
  • Association of Washington International Student Advisors (AWISA)