Director for Programs
What's the best part about your job?
Working with amazing students. I particularly love meeting with students when they have finished their Fellowships and are eager to tell their stories about the positive changes they’ve brought about in communities around the world and about the impact that this work has on them as people.
What do you do for fun outside the office?
I used to be an archaeologist, and mud and dirt still seem to have a fatal attraction for me. So, for summer and fall weekends I generally end up covered in bike oil (I don’t understand how other people cycle without getting covered in the stuff!) or river sludge from kayaking. In the spring, it’s dirt from the garden. In the winter, I grab my snow shoes and head for the White Mountains—I stay pretty clean in the snow. I also love gradually turning my house and yard into a colorful haven, watching old movies (I’m going through a spaghetti western stage), reading detective novels, learning Spanish, cooking and eating great food, traveling, and just sitting on my deck with my feet on the rail and a glass of wine in my hand.
What drew you to work for the Center?
I was attracted to working in an environment where we enable students to use their skills, experiences, and education to address the issues that they care most passionately about. The PSC works very creatively and aims to empower students and communities, and this is both rewarding and fun.
Alison Hynd is the Center’s Director for Programs and Fellowships Administrator. At the PKG Center, she provides leadership on program development, risk management, and student learning. She oversees the Center’s staff and programs that support student community service projects locally, in the United States, and around the world. Alison also serves on the cross-divisional Global Theme Team and the Global Emergency Team, which focus on increasing international opportunities for students and on risk management and emergency response for off-campus programs.
Alison has an MA in Archaeology from the University of Edinburgh, UK, and an MSc and PhD in Palaeoecology from the University of Sheffield, UK. She has carried out archaeological and ecological fieldwork in Cyprus, Syria, Greece, Spain, France and the United Kingdom. Her international experience also includes working as the Assistant to the Director of Archaeology in the British Academy at Rome, Italy. Her doctoral work investigated the applicability of a method for using the physical characteristics of contemporary plant species to predict environmental conditions to plant remains from archaeological contexts.