The ISLE Program Study Center, located in Dangolla, is the hub of program activity. It contains an extensive library collection -- now numbering over 4,000 titles -- which supports ISLE's diverse academic course offerings. The library is open at least six days a week during daylight hours. The center extends lending privileges only to ISLE students. According to University of Peradeniya faculty, it is now one of the very best English language libraries in upcountry Sri Lanka. Library privileges for ISLE students are also extended through an arrangement with the International Center for Ethnic Studies (ICES) and on a more limited basis with the University of Peradeniya.
The ISLE Program Study Center also contains an outdoor pavillion or classroom where language classes are conducted, a study room with multi-media equipment, a collection of contemporary American literature and travel guides, and a beautiful and expansive garden.
The Center also houses the program's business office, and is the residence of the Faculty Director, the Program Assistant(s), and some of the program staff.
Professor Cricket Keating of Ohio State University, herself an ISLE alumna, will direct the spring 2013 ISLE program. Professor Keating’s research expertise is in the area of comparative political theory, democratic theory, and gender politics. She has recently published a book entitled Decolonizing Democracy: Transforming the Social Contract in India.
Professor Mat Schmalz of The College of the Holy Cross will direct the fall 2013 ISLE Program. Mat has taught at HolyCross since 1998 and specializes in South Asian Studies and Modern Religious Movements. For more about Professor Schmalz, visit his web page.
Dr. Sree Padma Holt is ISLE's Executive Director. Her office is located at the program's agency institution (Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine). With the program's Faculty Board of Directors and the Faculty Resident Director, she is responsible for all aspects of program planning and implementation. She can be contacted for any questions about the program.
The ISLE Program is incorporated as ISLE Program (Guarantee) Ltd. in Sri Lanka and ISLE (USA) Inc. in the USA.
The Board of Directors of the ISLE USA Inc. also known as the “Administrators Board” consists of the administrative heads or their nominees representing each of the consortium member colleges. The Chairperson held by one of the board directors, rotates each year. The Chairperson for the year 2011-12 is Dean Beverley Nagel from Carleton College. Other directors are as follow: President Barry Mills from Bowdoin, Dean Stephen Sawyer from Bates, Ms. Nancy Downey from Colby, Dean Paula Smith from Grinnell, Dean Timothy Austin from Holy Cross, Dean Kathleen Murray from Macalester, Provost Thomas Stephenson from Swarthmore, and Dean Charlotte Borst from Whittier Colleges.
The Board of Directors for the ISLE Sri Lanka (Guarantee) Ltd. is also known as the “Faculty Board.” The members of the Faculty Board are the Executive Director of the ISLE Program, and one nominee from each of the member colleges. The Chairperson held by one of the directors of the “Faculty Board” rotates each year. The Chairperson for 2011-12 is Professor Jason Carbine from Whittier College. The members starting from the Executive Director are Dr. Sree Padma Holt, Dean Stephen Sawyer from Bates, Professor John Holt from Bowdoin, Professor Roger Jackson from Carleton, Professor Nikky-Guninder Singh from Colby, Professor Mathew Schmalz from Holy Cross, Professor Timothy Dobe from Grinnell, Professor Arjun Guneratne from Macalester, and Professor Steven Hopkins from Swarthmore Colleges.
The Faculty Board has appointed three study abroad directors to the "Faculty Board" representing three of the member colleges on a three year rotation basis. The study abroad representatives for the year 2011-12 are: Christine Wintersteen from Bowdoin College, Helena Kaufman from Carleton College, and Katie Hunter Perkins from Whittier College.
At its annual meeting, the ISLE Faculty Board receives reports from the Executive Director, reviews policies, and entertains proposals and recommends them to the Administrators Board. The Administrator's Board reviews and approves the recommendations made by the Faculty Board and presented by the Executive Director.
The 2010 meeting for the Faculty Board was held in April at Bowdoin College, where ISLE Board members met at the home of Bowdoin President Barry Mills and his wife, Karen Mills.
Back row (standing, left to right): Professor Jason Carbine (Department of Religious Studies, Whittier College),Professor Mark Lincicome (Director of Study Abroad, Holy Cross College), Professor Roger Jackson, (Department of Religion, Carleton College), Stephen Hall (Director of Off Campus Study, Bowdoin College), Professor John Holt, (Department of Religion, Bowdoin College),Professor Arjun Guneratne (Department of Anthropology, Macalester College, and Director of the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies), Professor Jeanne Marecek, (Department of Psychology, Swarthmore College), Professor Todd Lewis, (Department of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross).
Front row (seated, left to right): Professor Trian Nguyen (Departments of Asian Studies and Art and Visual Culture, Bates College), Dr. Sree Padma Holt (Executive Director, ISLE Program) President Barry Mills (Bowdoin College),Professor Nikky-Guninder K. Singh, (Departments of Religious and East Asian Studies, Colby College), Professor Edmund Gilday, (Department of Religious Studies, Grinnell College), Karen Mills.