Study Abroad Faculty-Led Advisory Group (FLAG)

NSU's Faculty-Led Advisory Group (FLAG) is comprised of experienced faculty members who have designed and facilitated faculty-led study abroad programs.
FLAG's goal is to advance faculty-led study abroad programs at NSU.

FLAG members:

  •     Advocate throughout NSU for faculty-led study abroad experiences
  •     Strengthen partnerships between the Office of International Programs and NSU departments, schools and colleges
  •     Provide feedback on faculty-led education abroad policies and procedures
Faculty-Led Advisory Group Members

Dr. Alyssa Anderson

Alyssa AndersonDr. Alyssa Anderson has a B.A. in biology from St. Olaf College and a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Minnesota. Anderson teaches various courses in organismal and environmental biology and her research efforts revolve around aquatic ecology. Dr. Anderson has traveled extensively throughout her academic career and is a strong advocate for undergraduate abroad experiences.

As an undergraduate, Dr. Anderson participated in a semester long faculty-led program in Australia, traveling up the east Australian coast while taking environmental studies courses. In graduate school, she received a Fulbright grant, allowing her to spend a year living and studying in Norway. Dr. Anderson also has attended meetings and conducted research with colleagues in China and the Bahamas.

As a faculty member at Northern, Dr. Anderson has developed a semester-long research-based course in marine and island ecology, the lab component of which takes place over spring break at Gerace Research Centre on San Salvador Island, Bahamas. This course was offered for the first time in 2015 and will be again in spring 2018.

Aside from academic travels, she also has traveled to several international destination on personal trips – altogether, she has spent time in 16 countries.



Dr. Allen Barclay

Allen BarclayDr. Allen Barclay is an assistant professor of marketing and management and department chair for management, marketing, MIS, and international business at Northern State University, where he teaches leadership courses in the  School of Business management program. He also teaches communication and team building in the masters of banking and financial services program.

Dr. Barclay’s passion is preparing students for the global economy. His international experience includes leading courses and students in Scotland, Canada, Germany, Finland, and China. He also has presented his research in England, Puerto Rico, China, and all over the United States.

He received his B.S. and M.Ed. degrees in human resource development from the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. degree in organizational performance and change from Colorado State University. He has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles, presented many conference seminars, and authored several chapters in a book on teaching with case studies.



Dr. Greg Blair

Greg Blair Dr. Greg Blair is an associate professor of art at Northern State University. Originally from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, he briefly attempted to be a punk rock drummer before completing a BFA in sculpture from the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, and an MFA in sculpture from the University of North Dakota.

Most recently, he completed a Ph.D. in art theory from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts based in Portland, Maine.

Dr. Blair has led student trips and courses to various locations including Florence, Venice, Winnipeg, and Chicago. He has exhibited his artwork and presented his research both nationally and internationally, in locations including Rome, New York City, New Orleans, Boston, Alaska, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, and Canada. He also is co-founder of the art collective Exo-Syndicate.




Dr. Andria Moon

Andria MoonDr. Andria Moon joined NSU's faculty in August 2013. She received a doctor of education degree in educational leadership in August 2011 and master of arts degree in educational technology in August 2007 from Central Michigan University; and a bachelor of science degree in elementary education and early childhood in May 2004 from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and has been involved in the NSU AEYC group, which was recently named NSU Student Organization of the Year.

In other activities at NSU, Moon has been advisor of NSU's AEYC, a faculty senator, Common Read Committee member, and HLC criterion 4 co-chair. She also supervises teacher candidates and has planned two faculty-led trips. In June 2016, she led a group of 17 education students to Italy. In May 2017, she led a group of 13 students to Greece. Her research interests include: improving literacy education in Pk-12 schools, educational technology, creativity, early childhood, iPads in the classroom, and school culture.