Center for Global Engagement Staff


Dr. Chris McGrew , Director

  CHRIS MCGREW is the Director of the Center for Global Engagement at Indiana State    University. He also serves as President of Global Indiana: A Consortium for International Exchange and previously served for 10 years as social studies coordinator for the Indiana Department of Education. McGrew holds a master’s degree in economic education and entrepreneurship from the University of Delaware and bachelor’s degrees from Purdue University in secondary social studies education and in political science and economics.


 Email: Phone:812-237-4391

El-Houcin Chaqra, Associate Director for International Development and Academic Linkages

El-Houcin ChaqraEL-HOUCIN CHAQRA joined the Center for Global Engagement as Associate Director in 2002. Prior to his current position, he was Associate Director for the Office of Sponsored Programs and adjunct faculty in the Political Science Department at ISU. Under his leadership at the Office of Sponsored Programs, ISU increased its grants awards from $5 million/year to $15 million/year. As adjunct faculty he taught Introduction to Political Science and American Government courses for undergraduate students. He taught graduate courses in Research Methods, Statistics, and MIS in Public Administration for the MPA Program. In the last four years at IPS, Chaqra has secured over $1.5 million in grants to support joint programs between ISU and its international partners. In his current role, Chaqra is responsible for international development and academic linkages, and he provides support for international grants. He is a DSO, ARO and the contact person for the Fulbright Program. He is a recipient of ISU’s Lloyd Benjamin III Medal of International Services.

 Email:, Phone: 812-237-3085

Zachariah Mathew, Associate Director

Zachariah Mathew ZACHARIAH MATHEW joined the Center for Global Engagement  as Associate Director in 2011. Zachariah is a 2003 graduate of Indiana State University with a Masters degree. Currently he is pursuing his PhD in Higher Education Administration at Indiana State University. Prior to joining ISU Zachariah worked at SUNY Sullivan, Loch Sheldrake, NY. Zachariah’s responsibilities include overseeing study abroad programs, short term faculty study abroad programs, campus internationalization, international student and scholar services, community engagement programs for students and scholars, and managing short-term on-campus programs and delegation visits. Zachariah currently serves as a member of board of directors of Arts Illiana and United Campus Ministries

Email: Phone:812-237-2439


Maria D. Chaqra, PDSO, Assistant Director

Maria ChaqraMARIA D. CHAQRA joined the Center for Global Engagement in 1998. She has a BA in French Language and Literature and a Master of Public Administration from Indiana State University. Ms. Chaqra supervises the undergraduate credentialing process and immigration advising at ISU. She is also responsible for approving CPT (Curricular Practical Training) employment and, advising F-1 students on OPT (Optional Practical Training) employment and coordinating the new international student orientation. She serves as the institution’s Principal Designated School Official (PDSO). Originally from the Canary Islands, Spain, Ms. Chaqra is fluent in Spanish and French.

Email:, Phone: 812-237-4951  


Pam Tabor, International Student Advisor

Pamela TaborPAM TABOR joins the Center for Global Engagement as International Student Coordinator. She will be serving as a credential evaluation specialist and Designated School Official. Ms. Tabor is a graduate of Indiana University with a bachelors degree in Art, and she is a professional muralist. Ms. Tabor brings diverse professional experience and skills to the IPS team and enjoys reading, cooking, working in her studio, treasure hunting and spending time outdoors.

Email:, Phone: 812-237-7765, Erickson Hall Room 114

Jennifer McClure, Administrative Assistant

JENNIFER MCCLUREJENNIFER MCCLURE returns to Indiana State University and joins the Center for Global Engagement after completing a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders/ SLP at Indiana State University. They enjoy taking long car rides to explore the United States of America and playing board games at home. Jennifer maintains all of the IPS budgets, as well as prepares travel documentation for professional/administrative staff. She provides clerical support to the Visiting Scholar program and helps to coordinate delegation visits to and from campus. Jennifer also provides clerical support to the Director of the IPS. Jennifer’s previous work experience includes managing corporate early child care facilities as well as secretarial positions.

 Email: Phone:812-237-4391