NAFSA Research Symposium

Date & Time

Friday, April 26, 2019, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (CDT)

Original Broadcast

Friday, April 26, 2019, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (CDT)



Recording Price

$69 (member) $109 (nonmember)

Registration Deadline

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Join NAFSA and colleagues in recognizing international education research at the sixth Research Symposium - A Critical Discussion of Theories, Methodologies, and Practices in International Education - at Loyola University Chicago on April 26, 2019. Bringing together researchers and scholars in the field of international education and related disciplines, the Research Symposium provides an opportunity to share this work in an academic and professional environment, as well as participate in a critical discussion of the theories, methodologies, and practices being used in the research. The Research Symposium is considered relevant for international education researchers at every stage of their career – graduate students, post-docs, faculty members, and practitioners.

NAFSA invites attendees to share and learn from original international education research presented at the Research Symposium, with an active open discussion focused on how research can connect with practice.

You Should Attend

  • If you are currently engaged in research in international education and would like to share your work
  • If you want to learn more about original research in international education
  • If you are concerned with disseminating knowledge to develop the global competencies of students, scholars, and educators

What You Will Gain From Participating

  • Knowledge and examples of original research regarding theories, methodologies, and practices being used in international education
  • Insights to drive future research and practice in the field of international education


Friday, April 26, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.Open Registration and Networking
  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators and Loyola University Chicago
10:00 a.m. - 10:05 a.m.Welcome
  • Ravi Shankar, NAFSA: Association of International Educators
  • Blanca Torres-Olave, PhD, Loyola University Chicago
10:05 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.Opening Remarks
  • Chrystal George Mwangi, PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Keeping pace and pushing forward: Power, (in)equity, and transformation in international education research
10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.First Panel
  • Sarah Kilmer, University of Maryland
    Gender inequality and academic careers: A cross-cultural study of American and European female professors
  • Katharine Krebs, PhD, Binghamton University
    Faculty journeys in collaborative global learning
  • Vesna Dimitrieska, PhD, Indiana University Bloomington
    Curriculum internationalization in a school of education
  • Kirsten Davis, Virginia Tech
    Studying abroad as professional development: Learning outcomes for program leaders
  • Laura Thornes and Jennifer Schneider, PhD, Colorado State University
    Education abroad participation influences graduation rates
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.Lunch provided for pre-registered attendees
1:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.Second Panel
  • Jonathan Larson, PhD, Grinnell College
    Enhancing student learning off- and on-campus online through multimedia ethnography
  • Ashley Reynolds, University of Maryland
    How Trump-era immigration policies affect international students
  • Lisa Lambert Snodgrass, PhD, Purdue University
    Assessing the international student experience: How bigger data approaches can inform practice
  • Viktoriia Donchenko, PhD, George Washington University
    Taxonomy of international activity management models in U.S. public universities
3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.Open Discussion – Connecting Theory to Practice
  • Small breakout group discussions
3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.Closing
  • Shanna Saubert, PhD, NAFSA: Association of International Educators
  • *Agenda subject to change

    Call for Proposals

    Proposals are no longer being accepted for this event.

    The Call for Proposals for the November 2019 Research Symposium will open in May 2019.

    Peer Review

    NAFSA would like to thank the following individuals for their work as Peer Reviewers for the NAFSA Research Symposium:

    • Eylem Atakav, PhD, University of East Anglia
    • Susan Barone, PhD, Vanderbilt University
    • Matthew Beatty, EdD, Concordia College
    • Leslie Bozeman, PhD, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
    • Tara Braun, Calvin College
    • Sam Brown, Brigham Young University
    • Robert Cole, PhD, Roger Williams University
    • Jennifer Creamer, PhD, Robert Morris University
    • Sandra Crenshaw, PhD, Arcadia University
    • Shasha Cui, University of Rochester
    • Anne D'Angelo, PhD, University of Minnesota
    • David Di Maria, EdD, University of Maryland Baltimore County
    • Angie Edwards, Queens University of Charlotte
    • Kristin Evans, UW Continuum College
    • Heidi Fischer, Old Dominion University
    • Stacye Fraser, Thompson Jefferson State Community College
    • Zachary Frieders, University of California - Davis
    • Sora Friedman, PhD, SIT Graduate Institute
    • Kathy Gallentine, Central Washington University
    • Karen Gardenier, Colorado State University
    • Emily Gorlewski, EdD, Wesleyan University
    • Vesna Hart, PsyD, James Madison University
    • Tara Harvey, PhD, True North Intercultural
    • Meredith Henderson, Go Global NC
    • Kari Henquinet, PhD, Michigan Technological University
    • Cindy Xinquan Jiang, PhD, The Ohio State University
    • Taylor Kinde, University of Central Missouri
    • Makeda King-Smith, The Cooper Union
    • Janine Knight-Grofe, Durham College
    • Eric Kroetsch, University of Minnesota
    • Rachael McBride, Drexel University
    • Kate Moore, EdD, Academic Internship Council
    • Tiffany Moy, Proviso West High School
    • Elizabeth Niehaus, PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    • Susan Pasquarelli, EdD, Roger Williams University
    • Katherine Punteney, EdD, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
    • Joe Stanley, PhD, Providence College
    • Carol Swett, ELS Language Center
    • Blanca Torres-Olave, PhD, Loyola University Chicago
    • Andrew Turgeon, Green River College
    • Lisa Unangst, Boston College
    • Melissa Whatley, University of Georgia
    • Christina Yao, PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    • Jiangyuan Zhou, EdD, Stockton University

    If you are interested in becoming a peer reviewer for the NAFSA Research Symposium, please email

    Past Events

    Programs for previous events in November 2016, April 2017, and November 2017 are available in the Library Resources on NAFSA Research Connections. You can also read about research presented in past Research Symposium events in the NAFSA Research Symposium Series.


    For questions, please contact


    Loyola University Chicago
    Schreiber Center
    16 East Pearson Street
    Chicago, IL 60611