In recent months an energetic discussion has emerged among the education community around the world on COVID-19’s impact on international higher education. The range of opinions seems to fall along two basic extremes: reassurance and panic. On the reassurance end, some are arguing that there will hardly be any disruption to internationalization as we have known it and predict only a temporary decrease and slight restriction of traditional mobility patterns. On the panic end, many are warning that this crisis will hugely transform international education for the foreseeable future, devastate all current facets of programming and practice, and cause a likely permanent rethinking in our practice.
Indeed, these are challenging times and yet, emerging developments suggest we may very well be at the beginning of a new era for international education, one which will challenge us to reexamine well-established practices, reframe our priorities and pursue emerging opportunities. Transforming immediate challenges into opportunities requires significant expertise, intense collaboration and innovative thinking.
It also appears that the pandemic has accelerated changes in international education that have been in motion for years. What were once peripheral strategies employed by a few institutions are now gaining traction by many and thus, broadening the scope and direction of international education as we have known it. Success in a new era of international education will require that we recognize that the status quo was supported by an environment that is now gone. Future opportunities will not be found in defending the status quo. Rather, institutions must innovate and change, and not just by doing things differently, but by doing different things. This certainly requires reframing the curricula to be more responsive to a new generation of internationally-engaged learners, exploring expanded uses of virtual technology and online education to bring together once disparate populations in meaningful ways, and leveraging international partnerships and linkages that are truly synergistic and based on shared and reciprocal interests.
The value and importance of international learning and engagement remains strong. It is still a goal of many institutions to graduate learners who have nuanced understandings of the international dimensions of their chosen disciplines and intercultural competency needed to live and work successfully in a globally interconnected world. What is changing however is the focus and methodologies with which these outcomes are achieved. Although internationalizing the campus and the curriculum has always been important, the dominant focus of international education at many institutions has been concerned with student and scholar mobility. In other words, if international education can be conceptualized along a continuum, the focus has traditionally been skewed to one end where optional international opportunities have been offered to an exclusive group of mobile learners.
Institutions that broaden their focus beyond mobility education to consider other dimensions along the continuum of internationalization will be better positioned to respond to the shifting demands of this new era of higher education.
Gateway International Group was launched in 2020 by a team professional and highly experienced international educators to support institutions and organizations around the world with leveraging strategic new directions and emerging opportunities in international education. Under the leadership of Dr. Anthony C. Ogden, a scholar-practitioner with over 25 years of leadership experience in international higher education, Gateway International Group is well-positioned to support institutions with harnessing new and expanded strategies for the next generation of international education.
International Higher Education Experts
Dr. Anthony C. Ogden is a well-known and respected educator with over 25 years of experience in international higher education. He has held senior leadership positions at Pennsylvania State University, the University of Kentucky, Michigan State University and the University of Wyoming. Dr. Ogden has produced over 50 professional and scholarly publications focused on international higher education.
Anthony C. Ogden earned a bachelor’s degree from Berea College and then later studied at the SIT Graduate Institute where he earned a master’s degree in International and Intercultural Management (MIIM), with a specialization in international education. Dr. Ogden completed a doctorate at Pennsylvania State University in Educational Theory and Policy with a dual title in Comparative and International Education.
Dr. Ogden has held educational leadership positions at Pennsylvania State University, where he provided oversight in the administration of education abroad programming and worked in close cooperation with all 24 Penn State campuses located throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Back in his home state, he served as the executive director of Education Abroad and Exchanges at the University of Kentucky, where he Ied dramatic growth in enrollment and co-founded the Kentucky Council on Education Abroad (KCEA). At Michigan State University, he directed one of the largest education abroad offices in the country and provided oversight of diverse programming to support the nearly 3,000 MSU students that earn credit abroad each year.
Most recently, Dr. Ogden served as the senior international officer at the University of Wyoming where he provided leadership and vision in advancing comprehensive internationalization initiatives, directly overseeing the work of the offices of International Students and Scholars (including international student recruitment) and Education Abroad, the Center for Global Studies, and the UW English Language Center.
As an educator, scholar and three-time Fulbright recipient, Dr. Ogden has numerous publications to his credit, including co-edited books focused on the emerging issue of scholar-practitioners in international higher education (Symposium Books, 2016), the integration of education abroad into the undergraduate curriculum (Stylus, 2019), and a comprehensive compendium on international education research (Routledge, 2020). He serves as an external reviewer for numerous journals, including the Journal of Studies in International Education and the Journal of International Students, and holds faculty appointments at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies in Monterey and the American College of Education.
Dr. Ogden has been an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators since 1996, through which he has given numerous presentations, workshops and webinars on various aspects of international education. He is also involved with the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), the European Association of International Education (EAIE), and The Forum on Education Abroad. He has served on numerous international boards focused on higher education and was a founding member of the Fund for Education Abroad.
A noted international education expert by the U.S. Department of State, Dr. Ogden has conducted formal program evaluations in 25 countries across Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe. He regularly offers invited seminars around the world on topics related to international higher education, most recently with Slovenia’s national agency for advancing international student and scholar mobility (CMEPIUS) and Thailand’s Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation (MHESI).
Dr. Ogden has lived in Japan, Australia and Cameroon and has professional experience in over 80 countries. He is married to his lifelong partner, whom he met in Japan many years ago. A member of Rotary International, he enjoys traveling, reading, and community engagement.
Dr. Rosa Almoguera has worked as an international educator for over twenty years. She was trained as a Hispanic Philologist at the Universidad Complutense, in Madrid, and did her M.A. at the University of Pennsylvania. Her Ph.D., from Universidad Complutense included a field study and edition of written balladry “Romancero”. During many years Rosa combined teaching and her role as a senior administrator at the Fundación Ortega-Marañón in Toledo, Spain. At the Foundation, Rosa directed and, in many cases created, programs for the University of Minnesota, Notre Dame, Princeton, Ohio State, Arcadia, and the University of Chicago. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota, University of Portland, and Interamericana de Puerto Rico.
Beginning in 2016, Rosa works as an international education consultant for both public and private European and US higher education institutions. Rosa has been successful in developing new partnerships and programs, as well as helping improve already existing ones.
Rosa is a member of Forum and NAFSA and has presented with higher education professionals on innovative academic and research programming, STEM in study abroad and Nationalism in Europe. Rosa is currently completing the final Professional Certification from the Forum on Education Abroad.
– Student services
– Education abroad programming
– Institutional partnerships
– Education and training
Dr. Donna Anderson is an international education administrator with over 20 years of experience in international higher education. She has held senior leadership positions at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and the University of Montana. Dr. Anderson has provided leadership in the areas of Education Abroad, International Partnerships and Agreements, International Student and Scholar Services, Intensive English Language Programs, and International Student Recruitment.
She has worked with administrators, faculty, and staff to create global opportunities; expand international components of teaching, research, and engagement activities; recruit and support international students and scholars; provide education abroad opportunities; and facilitate development of international partnerships. Dr. Anderson’s major research interests include the areas of international student identity development, and diversity, equity and inclusion in international education. Her most recent publication appears in the Journal of International Students. Dr. Anderson is an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA). She has been a frequent presenter at NAFSA state and regional conferences.
Dr. Anderson holds a bachelor’s degree in German and Sociology from Luther College, a master’s degree in Education from Loras College, and a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Colorado State University-Fort Collins.
– Education abroad
– Institutional partnerships
– International student success
– Program management
Stephen Appiah-Padi is an international educator with several years of teaching and administrative experience in both 4 and 2-year HEIs. An experienced global education practitioner-scholar, with a demonstrated history of success in the field.
Dr. Appiah-Padi has a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada in Educational Policy & Administration with a specialization in International/Intercultural Education.
At Northwestern College, he provided oversight in the administration of education abroad and international student services. In Lansing, Michigan, he first oversaw diversity and intercultural education at Lansing Community College, and later created the Center for International and Intercultural Education (CIIE) which merged intercultural engagement and international education programs of the institution, and he became its first director. Additionally, Dr. Appiah-Padi taught a course, “Diversity in the American Workplace”, to undergraduate management students of the College. In his current position, he provides leadership and vision in advancing strategic internationalization initiatives, including international partnerships and study abroad programs at Bucknell University.
Dr Appiah-Padi has created and facilitated several workshops for faculty and staff development in higher education and in business organizations. He has presented at several national and international conferences. In NAFSA, among several volunteer leadership positions, he has served as Dean of the Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication Workshop, the Leadership Development Committee member, Chair of the Africa Special Interest Group, and a Fellow of the Global Fellowship Program for mentoring emerging leaders of internationalization in African HEIs. He currently serves as a member of the NAFSA Board of Directors.
– Education Abroad
– International education leadership development
– Intercultural education and engagement
– International partnerships and linkages
Ms. May Arthur earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University and then later earned a Master’s in Business Administration degree (MBA) from Simmons College, after coming to the US as an international student to pursue her post-secondary education.
Ms. Arthur, an accomplished entrepreneur, senior executive, consultant, board member and a leader with more than 25 years of success across higher education and international relations, leverages her extensive experience and understanding of client challenges to identify new markets, developing go-to-market strategies, and establishing international partnerships. She is a valuable advisor for an organization entering or expanding into new markets or launching a new product. Her broad areas of expertise include global strategy, organizational leadership, business development, and global operations.
Throughout her executive career, Ms. Arthur has held leadership positions with IEG World, EC Higher Education, EC English Language Centers, and The Olin Center for International Study. The early stages of her career allowed her to develop the confidence and skills necessary to establish an educational services center to bridge the gap, for international students, between learning English as a Second Language and mastering the academic skills necessary to succeed in US higher education. She began developing partnerships with universities in the late 1990s, helping them envision and launch new programs to attract academically qualified international students. Through these partnerships with local universities, she was able to attract and secure admissions for hundreds of international students into degree and short-term certificate programs to over 50 universities.
More recently, Ms. Arthur held several executive leadership positions with a global organization, where she identified new business opportunities, led business development and organizational growth across the US while managing operational teams. She demonstrated great leadership skills, developed strategic plans to expand business opportunities, and established many new partnerships and programs with universities, including international Pathway programs. Here recent work led her to establishing International Education Group (IEG World) to support the efforts of universities in recruiting, retaining and successfully graduating international students, which subsequently led her to joining Gateway International Group as a Partner.
Ms. Arthur has been an active member of several industry organizations since the mid-1990s including NAFSA: Association of International Educators and English USA, in addition to her involvement with at American International Recruitment Council (AIRC) and Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) over the past 10 years. Her commitment to advancing international education in the US can be seen through her frequent presentations at AIRC and NAFSA National and Regional conferences, and through her past and current service on the NAFSA Region XI team and English USA Board. She currently serves as a Board member of IPPC a Pathway program with SUNY Morrisville with articulation agreements to other SUNY campuses including SUNY Stony Brook and SUNY Albany.
Ms. Arthur has traveled to over 25 countries and has recruited students from over 15 countries. Her understanding of international market needs and their match to degree program offerings at universities in the US is a result of the significant amount of time she spent traveling to key markets to recruit international students, while designing programs to support them.
– Student recruitment and outreach
Daniela Ascarelli is an experienced higher education professional with strong budgetary experience, strong communication skills and strong people skills. She enjoys working with diverse stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students, donors, and other funding agencies in order to find both opportunities and solutions that will allow institutions to articulate and impliment their global strategy. She has worked with both undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, including law schools and colleges of medicine.
– Bilateral exchange opportunities
– STEM students abroad
– Professional school internationalization
– Work experiences abroad
Dr. Rachid Bendriss is an ESL faculty and Assistant Dean for Student Recruitment, Outreach, and Foundation programs at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q). He graduated from the University of Central Florida (UCF) with an MA in TESOL and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership. Dr. Bendriss provides a dynamic and forward-looking leadership to attract underrepresented student talent through innovative pathway programs and engaged relationship-building. To strengthen long-term partnerships with education stakeholders, Dr. Bendriss established creative initiatives focused on effective college readiness for prospective students, yielding a significant number of highly motivated applicants from Qatar, the GCC, and the entire MENA region.
Prior to joining WCM-Q, Dr. Bendriss was a faculty member at Valencia College and UCF, where he also assumed several administrative leadership roles, such as Assistant Director for the Center for Multilingual Multicultural Studies and the International Services Center, leading institutional global initiatives to internationalize curricula.
At WCM-Q, Dr. Bendriss serves as chair and member of numerous committees, task forces, and advisory boards focused on curriculum reform, admissions, student research experience, educational technology, academic readiness, and student advising. Dr. Bendriss has lectured and written extensively on the internationalization of higher education, recruitment and enrollment management, academic English development, information fluency, and college readiness.
A scholar-practitioner, Dr. Bendriss received the prestigious U.S. Department of State Fulbright Award of International Education, the distinguished Florida Association of International Education Annual Award, and multiple Teaching Excellence Awards.
– Student recruitment and outreach
– Program and curriculum development
– Higher education administration and leadership
– ESL and foundation programs
Ismael Betancourt currently serves as the Chief Global Officer and Assistant Provost for Global Education at Radford University in Radford Virginia. Prior to joining Radford University, Betancourt served as Senior International Officer at various institutions around the United States, including Director of the Office of International Services at Saint Louis University, Executive Director of International Education at Xavier University (Cincinnati), and Vice President for Student Life, International Education and Auxiliary Services at Upper Iowa University. He also worked at Northern Arizona University as the Director of Education Abroad. Prior to his career in higher education he worked in IT.
Mr. Betancourt has over 22 years of education in domestic and international higher education. Throughout his extensive experience he has centralized and led all aspects of an international office (IEM, ISSS, EA and ESL); overseen branch campuses in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Mexico; and managed programs in Spain and Nicaragua. He has also acquired expert knowledge in the areas of accreditation compliance, international and domestic enrollment management, financial aid, registrar, student affairs and IT.
Mr. Betancourt has been a member, and occupied leadership positions, at various organizations in the field of international education including NAFSA, AIEA and AIRC, among others. He is past Chair, and a current member, of the Certification Commission at AIRC.
Mr. Betancourt earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business and International Studies and an Executive Masters in International Business from Saint Louis University. He is currently is pursuing a doctoral program (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University.
– Branch Campus Development and Management
– International Partnerships and Complex Collaborations
– International Education Leadership (EM, EA, ISSS and ESL)
– International Strategic Planning
Rachana Bhatt is the Executive Director of Research and Policy Analysis for the University System of Georgia and Senior Scientist on CASSIE, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and aims to study the contribution of international education to student success. Her work and research include collecting and analyzing data, conducting statistical modeling, implementing best practices for data governance, and evaluating education policies and programs in K-20 settings, with the goal of translating data into usable information for informed decision-making and problem-solving. Rachana previously worked as an Assistant Professor at Georgia State University. She earned a doctorate in Economics at the University of Rochester, and B.S. at The Ohio State University.
– Data analysis and visualization
– Statistical modeling
– Economics of education
Dr. Rajika Bhandari is President and CEO of the IC3 (International Career and College Counseling) Institute. A scholar-practitioner in international higher education, Rajika has over twenty years of executive and management experience in student mobility research and data-driven insights; monitoring, evaluation, and impact studies of international education programs; and shaping thought leadership strategy in the nonprofit, private and higher education sectors. Rajika previously held senior roles at the Institute of International Education (IIE) for over a decade, including leading the flagship Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Her other roles include ones at MPR Associates/RTI; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Rajika’s areas of regional expertise include the U.S. and India, with a focus on Indo-U.S. educational exchanges and higher education internationalization in India. She is a widely published author, including of six books, and speaks frequently on issues such as global talent flows; access and equity in education; women and education; and educational and cultural diplomacy. A past international student herself, Rajika holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology (Honors) from the University of Delhi and graduate degrees in Psychology from North Carolina State University in the U.S.
– Research and data-driven insights and trends in IHE
– Monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL)
– Thought leadership strategy
– Curation and facilitation of high-level dialogues & events
Laurie’s international education career spans 25+ years and has focused on strategic partnerships, marketing, enrollment, program development, and grants management. Active in issues of access and inclusion, she has worked with institutions and organizations to support underrepresented students. Her first position in the field was study abroad adviser at University of Vermont. She then joined School for International Training as admissions counselor for SIT Study Abroad, eventually becoming dean for external relations and strategic enrollment management for high school, undergraduate, and graduate programs.
Laurie next served as inaugural director of the high school/pre-college division at CET Academic Programs where she developed a portfolio of programs with college credit for high school and gap students. Laurie earned her BA in Sociology at University of Virginia and MA in International Education at SIT Graduate Institute. She is engaged in several professional associations and served on the NAFSA regional team, Forum on Education Abroad Council, Diversity Abroad High School Task Force, and Gap Year Association Higher Education Committee in addition to presenting on numerous topics at national conferences. Laurie studied in London, lived in New Zealand, and has traveled extensively in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania.
– Strategic partnerships
– Organizational positioning and marketing
– Virtual education abroad advising
– Pre-college and gap year programming
Scott G. Blair, PhD, is a seasoned scholar-practitioner in the design, delivery, and assessment of experiential learning programs in education abroad. Based in Paris, his professional life spans some 30+ years as instructor, Academic Director, Director of Assessment, and consultant for US study abroad providers. He recently served as Resident Director at Boston College Paris; Director of Assessment & Sustainability at TEAN; Research & Scholarship Network Leader for the Teaching, Learning & Scholarship Knowledge Community of NAFSA; and member of the Board of Directors at NSEE (National Society for Experiential Education).
With a special focus on designing and delivering programs that foster sustainability literacy in today’s anxious students, he advocates for assessing student learning outcomes in terms of climate sustainability, biodiversity, global health, and human equity. His research on assessing experiential learning, intercultural competence, global learning, and sustainability literacy has appeared in Frontiers, Routledge, Stylus, EAIE Forum, and CAPA publications and he is a frequent speaker at NAFSA, Forum, and EAIE conferences on learning outcomes assessment and study abroad program design aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
He served on the faculties of the University of New Haven, the Institut National des Sciences Politiques, the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, and the American University of Paris. Scott Blair holds a doctorate in history from the Sorbonne, an MA in European history from Georgetown University, and a BA in English from Miami of Ohio.
– Sustainability literacy
– Outcomes assessment
– Education and training
– Education abroad
Amy Bartnick Blume was a Butler University Chemistry major when she studied abroad at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. She pivoted from this initial degree to her international higher education career by making the most of happenstance from study abroad. Over her years in education abroad, Amy worked in student advising, academic affairs, institutional engagement, and recruitment at the Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University (IFSA).
Amy received her Master’s in Public Affairs in Nonprofit Management at Indiana University and during that time worked at the Center for Urban Policy and the Environment. In her positions at IFSA, Amy engaged and connected with hundreds of students and institutions around the world to build partnerships, promote new education abroad models, and match curricular needs.
Traveling in the U.S. and to over 50 countries around the world, allows Amy the chance to constantly use and expand her intercultural learning. Amy has presented on appreciative advising, alumni engagement, and various topics in education abroad at NAFSA and Forum conferences. As an advocate for diversity and inclusion, Amy has supported efforts in the field by volunteering on committees and as a mentor for underrepresented students.
– Education Abroad Recruitment Strategy
– Appreciative Advising
– Partnership and Project Development
– Custom and Virtual Embedded Programs
Dr. Thomas Bogenschild has worked as an international educator for more than three decades. He was trained as a cultural anthropologist at Occidental College and the University of Chicago, with additional postgraduate training in social and intellectual history, and political science at the University of California at Berkeley. He holds an A.B. and an A.M. in cultural anthropology, and a Ph.D. in Latin American Studies. He is an experienced teacher and administrator, holding senior positions in international education at a variety of institutions including Stanford, Berkeley, Princeton, Notre Dame, New Mexico, Vanderbilt, and the Naval Postgraduate School, among others.
He is an experienced consultant and reviewer, serving public and private institutions and government agencies including the U.S. Departments of Education and State. He has worked professionally on 5 continents, and sustains research interests in Latin America, Eastern and Western Europe, Central Asia, and Africa, and Australia. He is active in various professional organizations, and has served as Chair of the Public Policy Advocacy Committee for the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) for the past 6 years. Special interests include public policy in international education, ethical management, cultural and intercultural theory, globalization, and experiential pedagogies.
Academic leader with extensive experience in best practices for comprehensive internationalization of higher education, including student and scholar mobility, partnerships, linkages, curriculum integration, assessment, and faculty engagement. Founding Chair of Bellarmine University’s Foreign Languages and International Studies Department, developed, implemented, and chaired Bellarmine’s Foreign Languages & International Studies Baccalaureate Degree and Minor in International Studies from 1995-2008. Founding Director of Bellarmine’s International Programs Office 1995-2020. As tenured Full Professor and SIO responsible for funding, international strategy and operations across all BU colleges, creating and managing 40+ active bilateral exchange partnerships for long term student and faculty exchanges, and 15+ annual faculty led short-term programs in Europe, Australia, Africa, Asia, and Latin America for study, internships, clinicals, student teaching, and service learning. Secured external funding for and guided the 5-year Internationalization QEP from 2008-2013 for the University’s SACS reaccreditation. Co-developer of an asynchronous on-line Intervention Pedagogy for students on long-term study abroad, with pre, during, and post programming with outcomes assessment. Recipient of numerous regional and national grants and awards. Research, publications and presentations focus on intercultural education, intervention theory, assessment, curriculum development and foreign language acquisition. Regular presenter at AAC&U, AIEA, NAFSA, EAIE, FORUM, ISEP, CIEE, IIE et al. Served or serving on the boards of AATG, AIEA, ISEP, CCSA, KIIS, CC-CS, Via Lingua, the KY Department of Education Standards Board, Asia Institute, Louisville Mayor’s International Advisory Council for three administrations, and numerous internal BU committees.
– Mobility partnerships and programming development
– Curriculum integration
– Intercultural pedagogy
– Qualitative and quantitative assessment
Steven Boyd earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Bridgeport.
After living in Latin America for 20 years, where he was employed as a teacher, translator, simultaneous interpreter and conference organizer, Mr. Boyd entered the field of higher education as an International Admissions Counselor at the University of Bridgeport. While there he worked in both domestic and international admissions as Director of Graduate Admissions, Assistant Director of the English Language Institute, and Director of International Admissions. Most recently, he worked at the University of New Haven as Executive Director of Graduate and International Admissions, overseeing all aspects of domestic graduate and international admissions. His leadership was key in preserving both institutions as leaders in international enrollment.
Mr. Boyd’s expertise lies in strategic international recruitment and market development, including the execution of armchair and in-country recruitment initiatives. He is highly skilled in the implementation of successful agent networks based on responsible ethical and professional practices, as well as the implementation of university-to-university partnerships. His university travels have taken him to 60 countries.
Mr. Boyd is Past President of the American International Recruitment Council (AIRC) and was a member of the AIRC Board of Directors from 2017-2020. Steve has been an active member of several organizations in the field of international education including NAFSA, AIEA, and EAIE.
He is a frequent presenter on strategic international recruitment and market development in India, China, Middle East and North Africa, Latin America, and Asia at conferences organized by NAFSA, IIE, NACUBO, AIRC, IC3, EducationUSA Forum, ICEF, and others.
– International student recruitment
– Agent network management
– International partnerships
– International admissions
Dr. Harvey Charles currently serves as Professor of International Education at the University at Albany, SUNY after having served the institution as Dean and Vice Provost for International Education. Prior to joining the University at Albany, Charles served as Senior International Officer at a number of institutions around the US, including Georgia Institute of Technology, Wheaton College, Northern Arizona University and San Francisco State University. Charles’ contribution to the field of international education includes serving as President of the Association of International Education Administrators, the leading association worldwide for university leaders of international higher education. He is also co-editor of Leading Internationalization and the 2nd volume of the Stylus Handbook of International Higher Education. Apart from his deep administrative experience, Charles has published on issues including leadership in international higher education, global learning, internationalizing the curriculum and comprehensive internationalization. He serves on a number of boards in the US and abroad, frequently consults with colleges and universities seeking to advance the internationalization agenda, gives keynote addresses on international education issues, and mentors a number of young professionals in the field.
– International education leadership
– Global learning
– International the curriculum
– Strategic planning for internationalization
Bill Clabby has 40 years’ experience living, learning and teaching abroad, and building alliances
around the world for universities and global organizations. He has worked at senior levels in
international higher education – in large public research universities and mid-sized
private universities – building extensive networks with university, government and corporate partners. He has worked for large corporate entities that build global
educational programs. Bill is an active member of a number of boards of directors.
– Education abroad
– Senior international officer
– Partnerships and linkages
For the past 25 years, David Clubb has been a visionary leader in international education. He has worked across all domains of international education (education abroad; Intensive English Programs (IEP); international student recruitment, admission, and retention; international student and scholar services; international partnerships; global, international, and intercultural competency; and internationalization of the curriculum and co-curriculum) to develop and implement strategic initiatives that are data-driven, results-oriented, and aligned with best practices.
David is a faculty member and senior administrator at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) where he is responsible for leading a wide range of strategic initiatives designed to support the comprehensive internationalization of the university and to position the university as more globally oriented and internationally connected. He currently serves as Director of the Cranwell International Center and has also served as Associate Dean of Students and as an Instructor in the University Studies Department within the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. He is a licensed Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and the Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory (ICS). He also administers the Global Competence Aptitude Assessment (GCAA).
Prior to joining Virginia Tech in August 2015, David spent 20 years working in the field of international education in various capacities at Johns Hopkins University, University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Colorado (Denver Campus and Anschutz Medical Campus). Immediately prior to joining Virginia Tech, he served as the Assistant Vice President for International Education at Norwich University (America’s oldest private military college).
David earned a Master of Arts degree in Intercultural Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies. He also completed the MBA Essentials (MBAe) certificate program in the Center for Executive Education at the University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. David is also a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy (Pittsburgh Field Office).
– International students
– Global/intercultural competence
– International enrollment management
– International special programs and projects
David currently works as the Assistant Provost for Global Education at Columbia College Chicago. Prior to his position at Columbia College, he worked for seventeen years at the University of Chicago holding various positions: Associate Director of International Programs at the Booth School of Business, Senior Adviser for International Initiatives in The College and Assistant Director in the Office of International Affairs. Additionally he has taught online for The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development.
He serves on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Studies in International Education (JSIE), on the special projects editorial team for the Journal of International Students, as a Peer Reviewer for Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad and has co-authored several book chapters, journal articles and reports on international education topics. He has also served on multiple task forces and committees of The Forum on Education Abroad and NAFSA: Association of International Educators and is a trustee emeritus of the Fund for Education Abroad.
He received his B.A. in Spanish and Latin American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, his M.S. in Family Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his Ph.D. in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies, Comparative and International Education from Loyola University Chicago.
– International education policy and advocacy
– Publishing, peer review and scholarship
– Outcomes assessment
– Education abroad and exchange management
David L. Di Maria has helped develop international education programs at public universities in the USA for nearly fifteen years. His experiences range from directing international admissions across an eight-campus system to serving as senior international officer at an R1 flagship institution.
As a scholar-practitioner, Di Maria frequently presents and consults on critical issues affecting international education administration. He is also the author, co-author or editor of more than 40 publications. His latest book, Achieving More with Less: Lean Management in the International Students Office, focuses on low cost strategies institutional leaders can apply to increase capacity and optimize results of international student programs.
Di Maria earned a doctorate from the University of Minnesota, where his research focused on campus services for international students.
– International Enrollment Management
– Lean Process Improvement
– Internationalization Strategy
– Agency-based Recruitment
Dr. James Dorsett has spent most of his 25 years in international higher education solving problems, creating new programs, and developing great staffs. He currently serves as director of the Office of International Education at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, where he oversees exchange partnerships, study abroad programs, and international student and scholar services.
Much of Dr. Dorsett’s work at MICA has focused on refining current and developing new partnerships and creating new policies for dealing with international risk management, hiring international faculty, and supporting international students and scholars. Before coming to Baltimore, Dr. Dorsett directed international student and scholar offices at Michigan State University, Iowa State University, and Wayne State University. He also served as interim Dean of Students for a year at Iowa State.
Dr. Dorsett has been active throughout his career in NAFSA: the Association of International Educators, serving on the association’s Board of Directors 2018 – 2020. His NAFSA involvement also included serving in the chair stream of the Knowledge Community for International Student and Scholar Services and of Region V, as member of the Leadership Development Committee, Region V regulatory ombudsperson, Academy Class II mentor, and presenter of over 30 NAFSA sessions and workshops, ranging from F and J regulations, management, technology, and international student adaptation.
Dr. Dorsett has developed some innovative programs for international students. At Iowa State, he created and obtained funding for a leadership training and scholarship program for international sophomore students to develop the knowledge and confidence for campus leadership roles. Dr. Dorsett worked with the student government to create a student-led, student-funded mentoring program between international and domestic students. Finally, he designed a required first-year experience course for new international undergraduate students, which he analyzed for his quantitative dissertation study. At Michigan State, Dr. Dorsett created workshops for faculty to help them improve instruction to international students and to assist international faculty with the difficulties of adjusting to the US and American academic culture.
Dr. Dorsett’s degrees include a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Iowa State University, an MA in Russian history and a master of education in higher education from Indiana University, as well as BAs in history and English from Baylor University. He has lived and worked in Germany, Russia, and the Netherlands, and is scheduled to participate in the International Education Administrators Fulbright program to South Korea in 2022.
– International student and scholars
– Immigration compliance
– International student programming
– Campus internationalization
Dr. Jeremy R. Geller is a senior leader in international education with broad expertise and experience in education abroad design, delivery, and assessment, as well as international student and scholar services and experiential learning. He has held senior leadership positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ramapo College of New Jersey, and the University of New Haven. Among duties at New Haven was management and improvement of a successful School of Record partnership, leading faculty in review of partner credentials, infrastructure, and curriculum, and working closely with university registrar, finance, executive, and other structures, while assuring fairness and goodwill with partner leadership and on-site personnel. He began his career in international education at Hobart and William Smith Colleges where he was lead author on a successful U.S. DoE UISFL grant, managed a five-college consortium for study in India, and led international student services. With a bachelor’s degree cum laude in anthropology from Vassar College and masters and doctorate in anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis, he has taught anthropology, archaeology, and work-based learning. The bulk of his archaeological fieldwork was conducted at Hierakonpolis, an early seat of Egyptian kingship, where he discovered and identified through collaboration with palaeochemists the (then) oldest known brewery in the world.
– School of Record
Dr. Noah Goldblatt has over 15 years of experience in international education, and most recently served as Senior International Officer and Senior Director of International Education at Champlain College. Noah has extensive experience building program capacity and helped bring the Champlain College study abroad participation rates to number 12 in that nation. Noah holds Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont and focused his research on the impact of study abroad on career outcomes. Noah also holds an MA from Dartmouth College in Globalization Studies. Noah has worked for third party study abroad providers, and led international service learning trips while teaching Spanish at a boarding school in New Hampshire.
– Education abroad capacity building
– Program development
– Business development
– International internships
Nick J. Gozik is Director of the Office of International Programs and the McGillycuddy-Logue Center for Undergraduate Global Studies at Boston College. Additionally, Gozik has held positions in education abroad at Duke University, New York University, and the University of Richmond. He has served as a visiting professor at New York University, as well as a lecturer at Boston College and Lesley University, teaching courses on the internationalization of higher education, research methods, and approaches to study abroad.
Among his publications, he has co-edited Promoting Inclusion in Education Abroad: A Handbook of Research and Practice (Stylus/NAFSA, 2018), and is Editor of NAFSA Global Studies Literature Review.
Gozik recently served as Chair of The Forum on Education Abroad’s Forum Council, the highest elected position in the organization, and has held other leadership positions in NAFSA, the Association for International Education Administrators (AIEA), and the New England Study Abroad Advisors’ Group (SAAG). Gozik holds an M.A. in French Language and Civilization and Ph.D. in International Education from New York University.
– Internationalization strategies
– Diversity and inclusion
– Education abroad
– Outcomes assessment
Stephen Hesse is a lawyer, professor, journalist, and international administrator with 3 decades of experience in Japan. He is passionate about campus and curriculum internationalization and is an enthusiastic promoter of programs that develop student and staff cultural awareness, exchange student wellness, and campus infrastructure to enhance academic and social engagement among foreign and domestic students. Stephen has over 10 years of administrative experience helping to guide his university’s successful internationalization efforts, including as Special Advisor to the President on Internationalization and as Associate Director and Director of his university’s International Center. Before becoming a lawyer and educator, Stephen spent several years backpacking, immersing himself in the cultures of dozens of countries and gaining a deep respect for and interest in cultural diversity and international experiential learning. Based his own experiences, Stephen has led numerous student groups on fieldwork and study tours to Africa, India, Southeast Asia, North America, and Europe. Most recently, during the COVID-19 pandemic, he has been developing and implementing COIL programs that bring together undergraduate law students in Vietnam and Japan.
Areas of specialization:
– Internationalization advocacy
– Institutional partnerships
– Intercultural awareness and student wellness
– Short-term language and content programs
From Ann’s high school trip to France to her recent completion of a Ph.D. in Higher Education Internationalization in Milan, she has focused on the benefits of intercultural learning. Ann worked on a K-12 global education project in California where she completed her M.A. at Calfornia State University, Northridge. She served a progression of roles in the International Education Center at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) where a highlight was developing a reflection session with career services colleagues for students to examine their transferable skills as the result of learning abroad. This session continues after 20+ years, has been shared across the U.S. and Europe, and served as the basis for her doctoral research.
Ann served as vice president with AIFS Study Abroad, responsible for university relations for customized faculty-led programs, and academic assessment. She authored a longitudinal study examining student outcomes in the areas of personal, intercultural, and career development, published by AIFS in 2018. Dr. Hubbard completed a Ph.D. in Higher Education Internationalization at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy in 2019. She has served as a NASFA Academy coach and a member of NAFSA’s Trainer Corps. She is a QUIP Reviewer as well as a workshop facilitator for The Forum on Education Abroad, and a reviewer for Frontiers: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Education Abroad.
– Education abroad best practices
– Outcomes assessment
– Employability/career development
– Intercultural learning
Keiko Ikeda is a Professor in the Division of International Affairs, and KU-COIL Coordinator at Kansai University. Recently, she has taken the role as the principal project manager for the Inter-University Exchange Project funded by MEXT, 2018-2022 (“COIL Plus Program to Develop Global Career Mindset”). Keiko is Vice-Director for the newly established organization at Kansai University, Institute for Innovative Global Education (IIGE). She has a Ph.D. from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, specializing in Japanese linguistics, foreign language education, and conversation analysis. Her interests in the international education field are internationalization at home, constructing active learning programs collaborating with universities overseas. Keiko also plays a vital role in another line of the on-going government-funded project, SUCCESS-Osaka Project (2017-2021). It promotes the employability of international students who have studied in Japan.
– Japanese language education
– International Education(Japan)
– Conversation analysis
– Multimodal online interaction
Dr. Tim Jansa is a scholar-practitioner and postsecondary administrator with more than 20 years’ experience in adult language and intercultural education, training, and higher education administration. His research centers on leadership at the intersection of postsecondary internationalization with world language teaching and learning. He holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University.
After growing up in Germany, he emigrated to the United States in 1996 and has worked at large, diverse, and internationally active research universities as an international student, faculty member, and administrator. These experiences have granted him profound insights into the dynamics of international postsecondary programs and their ability to change students’ lives. He believes in the transformative power of international and intercultural encounters that help our students grow as global citizens and equip graduates with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to address the many urgent problems facing humankind.
His scholarly activity has resulted in several peer-reviewed publications and presentations at both regional and international conferences on topics such as intercultural competence and student motivation for global learning. He currently researches shifts in leadership behaviors and goals necessitated by changes in internationalization strategies away from student mobility and toward on-campus programs and curriculum integration due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
– World language teaching
– Intercultural education
– Organizational leadership
George F. Kacenga, PhD, has been a champion for the value of international education approaching 20 years, investing much of his professional career in international admissions and enrollment management. Following successful tenures with Saint Vincent College, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Colorado Denver, George joined Purdue University Northwest (PNW) as the inaugural Executive Director of Global Engagement to lead strategic efforts to extend global programs and initiatives. Organizational changes resulting from the pandemic incorporated the international portfolio into the division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, where Kacenga is now the SIO and Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions. He is the serving past-president of the American International Recruitment Council (AIRC). He also serves on The Association for International Credential Evaluation Professionals (TAICEP) committee for Organizational Advancement and on the campaign steering committee for the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA). Kacenga is an active member of NACAC, AACRAO, NAFSA, AIEA, and the American Council on Education (ACE) – through which he is currently leading the university’s two-year ‘Internationalization Laboratory’ exercise.
Kacenga’s career has garnered national and international recognition. He serves as an international education consultant, has been an invited speaker and presenter nationally and internationally on themes related to the analysis of foreign academic credentials, international enrollment management, best practice engaging international recruitment agents, and global partnerships and engagement. His articles can be found in various publications, including NAFSA’s International Educator and IIE’s Networker magazine. He is a co-creator of the international education focused return on investment (ROI) resource, ROIie.com. Kacenga continues to work on projects that elevate the professionalism of the field-at-large.
Dr. Kacenga is an award winning scholar and administrator, having received the Sepmeyer Research Grant, Marjorie Peace Lenn Research Award, and Fulbright Korea Administrator Award. Kacenga received his PhD in social and comparative analysis in education from the University of Pittsburgh.
– Enrollment management
– International recruitment and foreign credential evaluation.
– Revenue generating international partnerships
– Budget management
Dr. Yuichi Kondo received his degree from the University of Minnesota majoring in intercultural communication and international education. While in his tenure at Nanzan University, he was responsible for managing the international office and developing a large intercultural immersion program and a system of international student recruitment. After he moved to Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in 2006, he also designed several intercultural programs and campus internationalization scheme for the university. While working on the outbound programs, he also served as the Dean of Admissions for 9 and a half years being responsible for the recruitment of both Japanese and non-Japanese students. Professionally, he has been active in a few professional international education organization such as APAIE, JAFSA, and NAFSA.
– International student recruitment (in Asia)
– International education program design
– Campus internationalization
Mark S. Lazar is a senior international education expert and non-profit leader, with experience in new business development, strategic planning, program design and management, relationship management and global operations, As President and Co-Founder of Open World Solutions (OWS), Mark assists higher education institutions and global organizations to develop impactful international education initiatives.
Prior to OWS, he worked at the Institute of International Education (IIE) for 25 years, rising to the level of Vice President and serving as a key member of the organization’s leadership team. During his time at IIE, he implemented successful new education and scholarship programs with the U.S. State Department, NYU, GE, Alcoa, Rockefeller Foundation, Schwarzman Scholars Program and many others. Mark is also experienced at leading large international teams and managing operations in locations across the globe.
– Program design
– Exchange program management
– Government policy and programming
– Business development
Elizabeth Leibach has an extensive and diverse background in international admissions/recruitment, student/faculty advising, employment-based/student immigration services, and student success/development, retention and programming. Her career trajectory and path includes experiences and positions within large state, public and private institutions and an immigration legal practice. In her local community she served as the chair of the subcommittee on education, advocacy and communications for the Mayor’s International Affairs Advisory Commission in Lexington. Elizabeth has been a member of the NAFSA’s Trainer Corp since 2011 and has previously served on NAFSA’s Region VI team. At the national level she served on the ISS-RP Travel Subcommittee and as a NAFSA Whip representing Kentucky and Pennsylvania on the grassroots team. She was the first Whip to get a state resolution on international education passed in Pennsylvania, and she considers herself to be a passionate advocate for international education. Elizabeth is currently pursuing doctoral coursework in Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation with a focus on international comparative education at the University of Kentucky. She recently presented a paper at the Comparative International Education Society’s (CIES) annual conference in April 2021. Elizabeth is a Fulbright grantee (2014) and currently serves as the director of the international student and scholar services at the University of Kentucky. She has been with UKY since June 2012.
– Immigration services & Compliance/Risk Assess.
– International admissions and recruitment
– Student success, retention and student development
– Organizational staffing models, mapping & policy
Benjamin Lorch is an international education specialist and consultant focused on innovation, partnerships and institutional growth. Lorch grounded four schools in Berlin, Germany: two business schools, a campus for international exchange (CIEE) and a coding boot camp at ESMT Berlin Business School.
Lorch began his career working with The Smithsonian Institution to identify and archive early Internet innovations. He later lead The Chicago Public Schools | University of Chicago Internet Project building capacity and leadership in 26 South Side Chicago public schools. From 2007-2016 Benjamin lead The Council on International Educational Exchange Berlin where established the residency of NPR Berlin FM on the CIEE Berlin campus. In 2016-2017 he grounded GISMA Business School Berlin. Most recently Benjamin inaugurated the ESMT Berlin coding boot camp.
An audio enthusiast – music and storytelling – he is a podcast producer and an occasional content contributor to KCRW FM Berlin.
Benjamin holds a BA and an MA from The University of Chicago and served as a Robert Bosch Fellow working at the Germany Ministry of Education and Research Bonn (2006-2007). He is a co-founder of the Association of American Study Abroad Programs in Germany and lives in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
– International program and partnership strategy & design
– Leadership & institutional start-up
– Technology & new skills training
– Intercultural communication & performance
A former US Peace Corps volunteer and university instructor, Eric is passionate about tertiary education, data analytics, information and communication technology, and student outcomes assessment. Eric received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Tulane University, where he taught both upper- and lower-division courses focusing on Latin America, political economics, and sustainable development.
Eric worked for eight years at ISA, an education abroad provider, first in the Academic Affairs department, and then as the Associate Vice President of Research and Data Analytics. While with ISA, Eric played a key role in creating a data-driven culture by implementing the use of business intelligence platforms into decision-making protocol. Additionally, he was responsible for program development in Latin America – leading ISA’s 2016 inaugural Havana, Cuba summer program, various marketing initiatives including the ISA website, along with the development of the ISA Advisor Portal (an enrollment management tool).
Currently, Eric is Podium Education’s Director of Product Delivery, where he works closely with the curriculum, product, and operations teams. Podium Education partners with universities to offer tech-based curriculum to a diverse student population with the primary goal of increasing student employability and career growth.
– Data analysis and visualizations
– Online learning and assessment
– Photography and video production
– Survey design and deployment
Terence W. Miller has worked in senior international education positions for 24 years at Marquette University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Ramapo College of New Jersey. In those positions he oversaw recruitment, admission and visa advising for undergraduate and graduate students; English as a Second Language Program; Education Abroad; Curricular and co-curricular programming; as well as strategic international partnerships. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Manhattan College and received his Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University both located in New York City. He was a criminal defense attorney in Brooklyn, N.Y.; a human rights attorney in Chile during the dictatorship; and director of an international public policy office in Washington, D.C. He is Legal Advisor and ex offcio Board of Director member for the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA). He is the recipient of the Timothy J. Rutenber Award from AIEA in 2017 and the Dorothy von Briesen World Citizen Award from International Institute of Wisconsin (IIW) in 2013. He co-authored with Rajika Bhandari “Harnessing Data to Lead Internationalization” a chapter in Leading Internationalization: A Handbook for International Education Leaders (Stylus Publications, 2018). He has presented at AIEA, Nafsa, FORUM, APAIE and EAIE conferences on an array of issues impacting the field of international education including strategic partnerships, risk management, intercultural competence, and comprehensive internationalization.
– Digital marketing strategy
– Photography & video production
– Graphic design
– Website development
Dr. Hiroshi Ota is a Professor at the Center for General Education at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, where he serves as the Director of the Hitotsubashi University Global Education Program. His research primarily focuses on higher education policies and practices related to internationalization and international student mobility from a comparative perspective. He has more than 130 publications in Japanese and English, including 6 book chapters published by Springer, Routledge, SAGE, and Multilingual Matters.
Dr. Ota serves as a vice president of the Japan Association of International Student Education (JAISE) and a board member of the Research Consortium for the Sustainable Promotion of International Education (RECSIE). In addition, he has been a visiting scholar for the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), a government agency that supports and promotes international education. He has also served as a member on many selection and evaluation committees of international education and internationalization projects implemented by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan. Dr. Ota received his Ed.M. in 2001 and Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education (Comparative and Global Studies in Education) in 2008 from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He was also awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study international education administration in the U.S. in 1996.
– International student mobility
– International student policy
– Education Abroad
– Internationalization of higher education