NAFSA Research Symposium: A Critical Discussion of Theories, Methodologies and Practices in International Education




Rebecca Morgan, 202.737.3699 x2553,
Katie O’Connell, 202.737.3699 x2559,

WASHINGTON, November 8, 2016 NAFSA: Association of International Educators will host the launch of the organization’s Research Symposium. Held during International Education Week 2016, the NAFSA Research Symposium will provide researchers and scholars in the field of international education and related disciplines the opportunity to share their work in an academic and professional environment, as well as participate in a critical discussion of the theories, methodologies and practices being used in their research. The event includes 12 international educators, faculty members and graduate students who will present original research and engage in an open discussion on ways international educators can put their research into practice.

Event: NAFSA Research Symposium: A Critical Discussion of Theories, Methodologies and Practices in International Education

When: Monday, November 14, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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Where: 1307New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC, 20005

Attending the Event
Reporters interested in covering this event should contact by C.O.B. Thursday, November, 10.

Opening Speaker

  • Chris Glass, Ph.D., Old Dominion University


  • Jiangyuan Zhou, Stockton University, “Assessment of Internationalization of Higher Education: Theoretical Contributions and Practical Implications”
  • Sandra Crenshaw, Arcadia University, “Global Education is a Two-Way Street: Intersections for Practice”
  • Melissa Whatley, University of Georgia, “The Role of Heritage-seeking in the Study Abroad Destination Decision-making of Minority Students”
  • Bernhard Streitwieser, George Washington University, “Competing Motivations in Germany’s Higher Education’s Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis”
  • Amelia Dietrich, The Forum on Education Abroad, “Analyzing Insurance Claims Data to Measure Student Mortality Abroad”
  • Annie Nguyen, York College of Pennsylvania, “Intercultural Growth Framework: Reflection and Assessment in Short-Term Study Abroad”
  • Laura Engel, George Washington University, “Global Education in U.S. Schools and its Impact on Student Learning and Worldview”
  • Katherine Punteney, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, “Exploring Identities of International Education Practitioners”
  • Janet Gao and Breanna Higgins, George Washington University, “Exploring the Effects of Bridge Course and Gender on the Undergraduate International Students’ First Year Academic Performance”
  • Christian Alejandro Bracho, American University, “Best Practices for Professional Development of College Professors in Host Countries”
  • Martha J. Strickand, Penn State Harrisburg, “Following Their Gaze: Learning from Student Photo Narrations of International Experiences”
  • Dr. Anita Gopal, University of Maryland, College Park, “Examining International Doctoral Students’ Socialization Experience in STEM fields”