NAFSA Research Symposium

Date & Time

Friday, April 07, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (EST)

Original Broadcast

Friday, April 07, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (EST)



Recording Price

$79 (member) $119 (nonmember)

Registration Deadline

Friday, March 31, 2017

Join NAFSA on April 7, 2017, for the second 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, April 7, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.Open Registration and Networking
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.Welcome & Opening Remarks
Alan Ruby, University of Pennsylvania
Alan Ruby has worked in government, business, philanthropy, and education, in roles ranging from classroom teacher to Australian deputy secretary of education to chair of the OECD education committee and World Bank human development expert. Currently a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy, Mr. Ruby focuses on globalization’s effects on education and training policy and practice.
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.First Panel
  • You Zhang, Columbia University
    International students as cultural resources in China’s higher education institutions
  • Chad Buckwalter, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Path to U.S. higher education: A study of Chinese students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Barbara J. Veder, Morneau Shepell
    Fostering international student success and retention through digital mental health care
  • Puck Fernsten, Pearson
    Why international students fail – A language testing perspective
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.Lunch (provided)
1:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Second Panel
  • Elizabeth M. Davis, McDaniel College
    The multiple identity development process of semester-long education abroad students
  • Jacquelynn Leyvas, American University
    Who's not abroad? The community college challenge
  • Lucy Mule, Smith College
    International service learning and global citizenship identification: Insights from a global engagement seminar program
  • Dennell Reynolds, George Washington University
    Transformation, liberation, and learning through fee-free US-to-China high school study abroad programs
  • Darbi Roberts, Columbia University
    The perceptions of the role of higher education professional associations in internationalizing the field: An exploratory study
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.Open Discussion – Connecting Theory to Practice

*Agenda subject to change

The program for the day, including abstracts of presentations, is now available on NAFSA Research Connections.

Past Events

Links to presentation slides for the 2016 Research Symposium are available on NAFSA Research Connections.

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Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals is now closed.


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