The Director of Canadian Studies at Mansfield has the overarching responsibility of identifying Commonwealth faculty with research or teaching interests in Canadian or bi-national subjects. These faculty are then invited to serve on the Canadian Studies Consortium Committee. The committee, charged with facilitating collaboration among sister universities, meets in order to share information and to develop and promote individual and intrastate projects in Canadian Studies.
In accepting the responsibility of leading the Canadian Studies Consortium, Mansfield University also affirms the appropriateness of developing at Mansfield a Center for the Study of Canada. Successful courses and programs conducted in Canada, including two SSHE Summer Honors Programs, have established Mansfield's preeminence in Canadian Studies. More recently, since April 1994, Mansfield has received significant grant support: from the Canadian Embassy, to enhance the Mansfield library's Canadian collection and to help a Mansfield faculty member develop a Canadian literature course; and from the State System, to establish a Canadian Studies Resource Center at Mansfield, to conduct a Canadian Studies Workshop-Conference at Mansfield, and to conduct a Canadian Studies Summer Seminar in Canada. Mansfield now regularly offers Canadian content courses to support a Minor in Canadian Studies.
Additionally, the Canadian Studies Resource Center at Mansfield engages in outreach activities. For example, it has hosted a series of town meetings for merchants in the Mansfield area and has provided a Canadian perspective in economic and tourism development organizations. It is also represented on the Northern Tier Gateway Committee, responsible for developing the Heinz Memorial Welcome Center on Route 15. Services to schools is another projected goal.