The Academy of Graduates for Integrative Learning Experiences (AGILE) seeks to enrich the graduate student learning experience by enhancing students' cognitive, interpersonal, and intrapersonal skills through a series of self-paced, structured, and accessible interdisciplinary workshops, dialogues, and experiential opportunities, which include:

  • Integrative learning through interdisciplinary dialogues and community meetings with peers and mentors
  • Interpersonal skill enhancement through professional development, leadership, and communication seminars
  • Intrapersonal skill enrichment through the integration of scholarly work and service or community engagement efforts

AGILE: An Integrative Learning Program Plan

AGILE is designed to create a synergistic learning community of graduate scholars whose participation in a coordinated, co-mentored, and self-paced program will include the following components:

  • Interdisciplinary Mentoring
  • Community Meetings
  • Professional and Academic Development Seminars
  • Leadership Academy and Speaker Series
  • E-portfolio/Self-reflective Professional and Academic Progress Plan
Program Criteria
  • Must be enrolled in a doctoral program at FIU
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must demonstrate an interest in leadership and community engagement


The AGILE application deadline for 2014-2015 has passed and the first cohort of AGILE scholars has been selected. Applications for the next cohort will be made available starting August 8, 2014. The application deadline is October 1st, 2014. To access the application, please click on the link below:

AGILE '14-'15 Application

2013 AGILE Scholars

Join us in congratulating our first cohort of AGILE scholars.

Raed Bahelah
Public Health

Melisa Balos
International Relations

Claudia Cardona
Civil and Environmental

Andrea Headley
Public Affairs

Craig McGill
Adult Education

Nadine Mikati
Dietetics & Nutrition

Manuel Salinas
Biomedical Engineering

Chaundra Whitehead
Adult Education
AGILE Executive Committee
Dr. Irma Becerra-FernandezVice PresidentOffice of Engagement
Dr. Beverly DalrympleExecutive DirectorCenter for Leadership & Service
Charlene EberlyAssistant DirectorCommunication Arts Studio
Dr. Fernando FigueredoDirectorCareer Services
Dr. Andres GilVice PresidentDivision of Research
Dr. Paula GillespieDirectorCenter for Excellence in Writing
Dr. Susan HimburgDirectorOffice of Academic Planning & Accountability
Glenn HutchinsonAssistant DirectorCenter for Excellence in Writing
Dr. Oscar LoynazDirectorStudent Health Services
AGILE Lecture Series

Fall 2014 AGILE Lecture
Genevieve Bell, Vice President and Intel Fellow, Intel Labs
Director, User Experience Research

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
4:00 pm at the MARC Pavilion
Fall 2014 Lecture Event Flyer

Genevieve Bell is a vice president and Intel Fellow and the director of User Experiece Research in the Intel Labs organization at Intel Corporation. She leads a team of social scientists, interaction designers, human factors engineers and computer scientists focused on people's needs and desires to help shape new Intel products and technologies.

An accomplished anthropologist and researcher, Bell joined Intel in 1998. She has been granted a number of patents for consumer electronics innovations throughout her career, with additional patents in the user experience space pending, and is the author of numerous journal papers and articles. She was named an Intel Fellow in 2008.

In addition to her position at Intel, Bell is a highly regarded industry expert and frequent commentator on the intersection of culture and technology. She has been featured in publications such as Wired, Forbes, The Atlantic, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

Her industry recognition includes being listed among the "100 Most Creative People in Business" by Fast Company in 2010, induction in the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame in 2012, and being honored as the 2013 Woman of Vision for Leadership by the Anita Borg Institute. Bell's book, "Divining a Digital Future: Mess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing," written in collaboration with Paul Dourish, was published by MIT Press in 2011.

Bell holds a combined bachelor's and master's degree in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College and a master's degree and Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Stanford University, where she was a lecturer in the anthropology department from 1996 to 1998.

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For more details about this event, please contact Magnolia Hernandez, Associate Director, University Graduate School, at or (305) 348-1905.

Inaugural Lecture – Professional Development in Graduate Education: Trends and Opportunities, Debra W. Stewart, President, Council of Graduate Schools
Monday, April 7, 2014
4:30 pm at the Frost Art Museum Café
Inaugural Lecture Event Flyer

Dr. Debra Stewart became President of the Council of Graduate Schools in July 2000. She holds degrees from Marquette University, University of Maryland and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In 1975 she joined the North Carolina State University faculty and was professor of Political Science and Public Administration from 1984 to 2000. In 1983 she became Associate Dean of the Graduate School at North Carolina State and Dean of the Graduate School in 1988. In 1994 she served as Interim Chancellor at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Prior to CGS, she was Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Graduate School at North Carolina State University.

A world-renown expert in graduate education, Stewart will be the inaugural speaker for the UGS AGILE Lecture Series. Stewart's service to graduate education includes chairing the Graduate Record Examination Board, the Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education, the Board of Directors of Oak Ridge Associated Universities, and the Board of Directors of CGS. She also served as vice chair of the ETS Board of Trustees, Trustee of the Triangle Center for Advanced Studies, and member of the American Council on Education Board and several National Research Council Committees. Stewart is author, coauthor, and editor of books and numerous scholarly articles on administrative theory and public policy. She lectures nationally and internationally on graduate education issues and challenges with a focus on ethics in managerial decision-making. Join AGILE and its distinguished inaugural guest speaker, Debra W. Stewart, as she presents to the FIU community her thoughts on professional development trends and opportunities in graduate education.

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For more details about this event, please contact Magnolia Hernandez, Associate Director, University Graduate School, at or (305) 348-1905.