Transitions, Trends, and Tips: A Conversation

 

This monthly series of conversations is part of a new NAFSA initiative to connect senior international officers (SIOs) and senior education abroad (EA) professionals to new and mid-career EA professionals. The conversations are designed to provide insights on EA career advancement; tips on the skills required for these transitions; and the latest information on professional development in the ever-changing field of international education. The interviewees share their perspectives on the field and provide advice for navigating and preparing for career development.

Rich KurtzmanRich Kurtzman
Barcelona Study Abroad Experience

Since 2009, Rich Kurtzman has served as the director of Barcelona Study Abroad Experience, but previous to that as a professor of courses such as Intercultural Communication and Global Competence, Contemporary Spanish Society, Spanish Civilization and Culture, Internship Seminar and The Culture of Food and Wine in Spain.

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Nannette RipmeesterNannette Ripmeester
Expertise in Labour Mobility

Nannette Ripmeester is founder of Expertise in Labour Mobility. She holds an MA in European Studies from the University of Amsterdam and has worked for seven years at the European Commission in Brussels. Expertise in Labour Mobility works for both the corporate and the higher education sector in the area of international job mobility.

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Lily von Klemperer Award Winner

BJ TitusBJ Titus
University of Minnesota

BJ Titus is currently the director of institutional relations and diversity initiatives in the Learning Abroad Center at the University of Minnesota. He oversees the institutional relations for the office and diversity efforts both abroad as well as on the UofM campus. He is currently the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Shared Programs Abroad (SPA) coordinator and chair.

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Cindy ChalouCindy Felbeck Chalou
Retired

Cindy Felbeck Chalou worked in the Michigan State University Office of Study Abroad from 1995 to 2015 and retired last fall as the Associate Director of Operations. Among her responsibilities were oversight of programs in Africa and the Middle East, services for underrepresented students, and community engagement programs. She received five financial awards to assist with sending low income students and students with disabilities abroad.

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Cori Filson - Region X
Skidmore College

Cori Filson has been active in the field of study abroad for over 20 years. She has served as a resident director and instructor in Salamanca, Spain; as an education abroad program manager and advisor; and, currently, as the director off-campus study. Cori has held positions at a private study abroad provider, a large state research university, and, most recently, at Skidmore College, a small, private liberal arts college.

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Randall MartinRandall Martin
British Columbia Council for International Education

Randall Martin has experience spanning more than 27 years in post-secondary education, development education, and international education, including more than 15 years designing, implementing, and managing international mobility programming and office administration in a major university and 5 years running a broad-based cross-sectoral provincial education society.

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Mickey SlindMickey Slind - Region IV
Retired

Mickey Slind started working in the field of international education in 1982 and retired in 2004. She served in various positions at Hamline University, the University of Minnesota, the American Institute for Foreign Study, and IFSA-Butler. Awarded the Lily von Klemperer Award in 1995, she also received the Education Abroad Leadership Award and NAFSA Life Member Award in 2004.

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Ned QuigleyNed Quigley - Region XI
Brown University

Ned Quigley has worked in the field of international education for more than 20 years. His experience includes extensive design and work in faculty development, academic curriculum second language acquisition, and student development. He is currently the associate director of international programs at Brown University.

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Nancy EricksenNancy Ericksen - Region III
Trinity University

Nancy Ericksen, assistant director for study abroad in the Center for International Engagement at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, has worked with the study abroad program at Trinity since 1986. A graduate of the University of California-Davis, she is a former teacher of English as a second language and self-described "nomad."

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Susan ThompsonSusan Thompson - Region XII
University of Nevada – Las Vegas

Susan Thompson is the director of international programs at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV). NAFSA staff recently spoke with Thompson about her professional life since receiving the Lily von Klemperer (LVK) Award in 1998, an esteemed award that recognizes professionals in the field who have mentored others.

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Jim GehlharJim Gehlhar - Region VII
East Carolina University

In his role as associate vice chancellor for international affairs, Jim Gehlhar directs the East Carolina University Office of International Affairs and assists the entire campus in its extensive internationalization program. He also chairs the Executive Board of the University of North Carolina Exchange Program.

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Stephen FestStephen Ferst - Region X
College of Staten Island, City University of New York

Stephen Ferst is executive director of the Center for International Service at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, where he is responsible for all aspects of the college's internationalization. He has served as chair of NAFSA's Education Abroad Knowledge Community and was named NAFSA Advocate of the Year in 2008.

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David WickDavid Wick - Region XII
Santa Clara University

David Wick directs the study abroad program at Santa Clara University. He has served as chair of NAFSA's Education Abroad Knowledge Community; as a coach and chair for the NAFSA Academy; and as a trainer for new members of Trainer Corps. He also co-edited the fourth edition of NAFSA’s Guide to Education Abroad for Advisers and Administrators.

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Joël A. GallegosJoël A. Gallegos
University of North Carolina-Charlotte

Joël A. Gallegos is assistant provost of international programs at the University of North Carolina (UNC)-Charlotte. Previously, he served as the director of education abroad at UNC-Charlotte and as the director of study abroad at the University of Toledo. Gallegos was the chair of NAFSA's 2014 Annual Conference Committee and received NAFSA's Lily von Klemperer award in 2008.

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Mark Lenhart
CET Academic Programs

Mark Lenhart is the executive director of CET Academic Programs. In 2014, Mark received the Lily von Klemperer Award at the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo in San Diego, California. Mark has worked for CET since 1990, when he began as resident director of CET's Harbin Chinese Language Program. After nearly 5 years studying and working in China, he became CET's director in 1995, and he oversaw CET's expansion from a small provider of two Chinese language programs to a much larger organization with programs in eight countries.

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Margaret WiedenhoeftMargaret Wiedenhoeft - Region V
Kalamazoo College

Margaret Wiedenhoeft is the Acting Director of the Center for International Programs at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Currently she manages the operations of the office, as well as the Kalamazoo study abroad programs in Australia, China, France, India, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Thailand.

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Jane ClarkeJane Clarke - Region III
Edge Hill University

Jane Clarke is the U.S. director for study abroad for Edge Hill University, which is located in the United Kingdom. She resides in Texas as the in-country representative. Clarke’s duties include program development, student recruitment, assessment, and administering U.S. operations on behalf of the university.

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Courtney Greene - Region III
Academic Programs International

Courtney Greene is the senior vice president of student and university relations at Academic Programs International (API), an organization dedicated to providing enriching study, work, volunteer, intern, and teach abroad programs around the world. Greene held positions in the study abroad offices of Rice University and George Washington University before moving to API.

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Nick GozikNick Gozik - Region XI
Boston College

Nick Gozik is director of the Office of International Programs and the McGillycuddy-Logue Center for Undergraduate Global Studies at Boston College. Additionally, he has held positions in EA at Duke University, New York University, and the University of Richmond. He is currently a lecturer in Boston College’s Lynch School of Education.

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Katlyn Osgood ArmstrongKatlyn Osgood Armstrong - Region XI
The School for Field Studies

Katlyn Armstrong leads new program development at The School for Field Studies (SFS), a study abroad provider whose programs combine hands-on, interdisciplinary environmental studies with scientific research to propose sustainable solutions to critical environmental problems.

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marilyn jacksonMarilyn Jackson - Region XII
San Francisco State University

Marilyn Jackson is assistant director of the Office of International Programs at San Francisco State University with more than 20 years of experience in the field of education abroad. Her responsibilities include promoting campus internationalization and managing the J-1 exchange student and scholar program.

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Mandy ReinigMandy Reinig
St. Mary's College of Maryland

For this month's interview, we turn the microphone to Mandy Reinig, who has interviewed all of the previous professionals in the Career Conversations series. Mandy is director of the Office of International Education at St. Mary's College of Maryland (SMCM) in St. Mary's City, Maryland. SMCM is a public, honors college offering a liberal arts education for undergraduates and a MA in teaching.

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Susan Holme
Director of Off-Campus Studies, Whitman College

Susan Holme has served as director of off-campus studies (formerly study abroad) at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, since 1994. During her tenure, Susan has expanded the number of EA partner programs at Whitman from approximately 30 to 88, and recently led the college's transition to the home campus fee model.

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Kris Hemming Lou
Willamette University

Kris Hemming Lou is director of international education and associate professor of international studies at Willamette University. Kris presents frequently on issues of intercultural learning abroad and has taught in the United States, Austria, and Japan. He is a co-editor of Student Learning Abroad and CEO of Hemming and Weber Consulting, LLC, which provides intercultural consulting services to educational institutions.

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Lisa Chieffo
University of Delaware

Lisa Chieffo has been involved in international education at the University of Delaware since 1993. She first served as study abroad coordinator in the university's Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, then moved to the Institute for Global Studies as its associate director. Lisa broadly oversees 70 study abroad programs with an annual enrollment of approximately 1,300 and supervises a staff of five program coordinators.

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Tanith Fowler Corsi
NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Tanith joined the NAFSA staff in 2013 after being a NAFSA member for 18 years. She has worked in the field of global education since 1994 at various institutions in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Most recently Tanith acted as SIO at Catholic University of America where she created and managed the university’s Center for Global Education, which is made up of CUAbroad and international student and scholar services.

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Cynthia BanksCynthia Banks
GlobaLinks Learning Abroad

Cynthia Banks is executive director, CEO, and founder of GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, a 24-year-old international education organization sending more than 28,000 students abroad in 120 different programs. The company's programs focus on experiential discovery-model learning and innovative internship and community experience highlighting "bridge to career."

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Adrian BeaulieuAdrian Beaulieu
Providence College

Adrian Beaulieu is the dean of international studies at Providence College, overseeing both study abroad and international student and scholar services. Over the last 25 years, he has served on many program advisory boards and has presented at many national and regional conferences, especially on study abroad issues particular to private liberal arts colleges.

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Amy Henry
Georgia Institute of Technology

Amy Henry is the executive director of international education at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a position she accepted in July 2008 following 14 years of work with study abroad students and programs. She has served in various advisory and leadership roles in international education, including NAFSA's EA network and the Global Engineering Education Exchange executive committee. Amy is co-author of NAFSA's e-publication "Curriculum Integration of Education Abroad."

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