NAFSA Research Symposium

Date & Time

Friday, November 17, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (EST)

Original Broadcast

Friday, November 17, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (EST)



Recording Price

$79 (member) $119 (nonmember)

Registration Deadline

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Join NAFSA on November 17, 2017, in recognizing international education research during International Education Week at the third Research Symposium - A Critical Discussion of Theories, Methodologies, and Practices in International Education. 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, November 17, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.Open Registration and Networking
10:00 a.m. - 10:05 a.m.Welcome
  • Esther Brimmer, DPhil (NAFSA: Association of International Educators)
10:05 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.Opening Remarks
10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.First Panel
  • Darren Clarke, EdD, and Madison Edwards (Rutgers University)
    Using blogs to assess student learning outcomes in a global learning course
  • Janelle S. Peifer, PhD (Agnes Scott College)
    Individual characteristics and institutional opportunities for college women’s intercultural competence
  • Lauren Kardos (George Washington University)
    Study abroad promotional tactics: Program providers in critical language host countries
  • Julie Sinclair, PhD (Michigan State University)
    Understanding international experiences as part of the curriculum in graduate professional education
  • Karen R. Wrightsman (George Mason University)
    Directors of international offices and their perspectives on intercultural competence
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.Lunch (provided for pre-registered attendees)
1:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.Second Panel
  • Nicole J. Harris-Sealey, PhD (George Mason University)
    Understanding how universities develop cooperative systems to support international enrollment management activity
  • Alia Arafeh, PhD (University of Wisconsin)
    I dreamt, I achieved: Insights into Saudi female students on an American campus
  • Jeremy Gombin-Sperling (University of Maryland – College Park)
    International graduate students’ experiences with English and the impact of globalization
  • Shanza Qureshi (American University)
    Sociocultural challenges of Fulbright scholars: The case of a New York metropolitan university
  • Caitlin J. McVay (Oregon State University)
    Everything changed: Experiences of international students affected by home country crises
3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.Open Discussion – Connecting Theory to Practice
3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.Closing
  • Shanna Saubert, PhD (NAFSA: Association of International Educators)

*Agenda subject to change

Peer Review

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

  • Eylem Atakav, University of East Anglia
  • Jane Elizabeth Brown, One To World
  • Lauren Clarke, Amherst College
  • Robert Cole, Roger Williams University
  • Jennifer Creamer, Robert Morris University
  • Karen Gardenier, Colorado State University
  • Emily Gorlewski, Wesleyan University
  • Vesna Hart, James Madison University
  • Cindy Xinquan Jiang, The Ohio State University
  • Taylor Nicole Kinde, University of Central Missouri
  • Janine Knight-Grofe, Centennial College
  • Jonathan Larson, Grinnell College
  • Ann Mason, Mason Education Group
  • Tiffany Moy, Proviso West High School
  • Alexandra Neves, Western New Mexico University
  • Elizabeth Niehaus, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Katherine Punteney, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
  • Brenda Snider, The Language Company
  • Stacye Fraser Thompson, Jefferson State Community College
  • Christina Yao, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Jiangyuan Zhou, 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 and April 2017 are available in the Library Resources on NAFSA Research Connections. Read about research presented in past Research Symposium events in the NAFSA Research Symposium Series.

Call for Proposals

Proposals are no longer being accepted for this event.


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