Office of International Programs

Travel - Leadership in the UK

United Kingdom: Culture, Leadership, and Change


June 21-30, 2018

Meetings prior to departure on the evenings of June 5 & 12

LOS 470/SBS 470 (3 credits undergraduate)

LOS 670 (3 credits graduate)

*Eligible for international core requirement

 castle in the uk


We will visit both cities and towns where we will learn about the stories, historical monuments, artifacts, history, people, culture and the leaders who shaped the history of the UK and beyond. We will seek answers to such questions as: What impact have past and contemporary UK leaders had in shaping our thinking today? What were and are the big societal issues in the UK, and how are their leaders addressing them? Before our departure, we will read about the culture, and leadership of the UK and have two class meetings during the evenings of June 5th and 12th.

The syllabus can be found here.





Dr. Elizabeth Fisher Turesky is an Associate Professor of Leadership and Organizational Studies at the University of Southern Maine, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Leadership, Organizational Change and Development, Organizational Behavior, Group Dynamics and Training and Development. In her Leadership Study Abroad course, Dr. Turesky in prior years has traveled with students to Italy, Costa Rica and Australia.

She has won several awards for her teaching, research and service, including the Maine Campus Compact’s Donald Harward Faculty Award for Service-Learning Excellence. Her scholarship focuses on women and leadership, Organizational Change and the nexus of experiential learning and leadership development. She has published in such journals as the Organizational Management Journal, Academic Leadership Journal, Journal of Leadership Education, The Coaching Psychologist and Career and Adult Development Journal. She has led organizational change efforts, conducted workshops and presented nationally and internationally at conferences on Change Leadership, Team Development, Conflict Management, Learning and Teaching Styles, Creative Pedagogy and Women and Leadership.

Dr. Fisher Turesky's teaching and scholarship are rooted in experiential learning principals with an abiding commitment to create inclusive, nurturing learning environments. She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado, a doctorate from Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Organizational Behavior, the Weatherhead School of Management, and is a member of the National Training Laboratory Institute of Applied Behavioral Science (NTL), the International Leadership Association, the Academy of Management and the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society. Elizabeth lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine with her husband, David.


Dr. Mary Anne Peabody teaches a variety of courses in the Social and Behavioral Sciences major and occasionally in the Leadership and Organizational Studies program. She has traveled with students to Singapore and South Africa and has presented overseas at conferences in and around London, as part of her involvement with the International Play Therapy Study Group. Her teaching and scholarship are rooted in play and play therapy, the emotional side of change efforts, experiential learning, community engagement including global leadership in short-term study abroad, and object-mediated communication as pedagogy. She is a licensed clinical social worker and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor.

She has published in such journals as the International Journal of Play Therapy, Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives, and the National Head Start-Dialogue Journal, as well as in the International Leadership Association Membership Connector. Additionally, she has co-authored numerous book chapters regarding play or play therapy with a particular interest in play based prevention interventions. She holds undergraduate degrees in both psychology and recreational therapy, a master’s degree in social work, a certificate of advanced study in play therapy and supervision, and a doctorate in executive leadership.




The application deadline is March 30, 2018  along with a $200 non-refundable deposit.

A complete application includes all of the following:

  • Signed, completed application form*
  • $200 non-refundable deposit (applied to the program cost)
  • Typed 200-word essay
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member or academic advisor (recommendation cannot come from the faculty member leading the program)
  • Official copy of USM academic transcript

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. You will be notified by e-mail of your application status. If your application is not accepted, the nonrefundable deposit will be returned. If the program is canceled for any reason by the USM, all deposits will be returned.

*If you are having trouble downloading the application, please contact us at (207) 780-4959 or and we will send you one. You may also want to try upgrading to the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Tuition and Fees

The approximate program fee is $2,500-2,800 + international airfare. This fee includes accommodation, in-country travel, site visits, field trips, some meals, and iNext's comprehensive insurance plan. Tuition and fees are an additional cost.  All participants on USM travel programs receive the in-state tuition rate regardless of residency.

Please visit the Student Financial Services website for complete information on tuition and fees.

All participants will be automatically registered for a payment plan. The $200 deposit will go toward the cost of the program and the remaining balance will be due as follows:

50% of the balance due April TBD
Remaining balance due May TBD