Connecting the Dots: How Study Abroad Impacts Employability

April 15, 2016

By Marty Tillman

An American expat running a study abroad program in the Gulf region recently commented on LinkedIn that when students were asked: “What were your expectations before the trip?,” their responses generally were: “I thought it was going to be a vacation,” or “I thought there was going to be more down time.” The perception that study abroad falls solely within the tourism or leisure travel sector is present in some experiences. And all too often, students’ cognizance of the relationship between study abroad and employability takes place well after the experience, if at all. ... See More

Workshop Preview: Experiential Learning to Facilitate Intercultural Understanding

April 14, 2016

By Kara Johnson

NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo offers an incredible array of professional learning opportunities for international educators. As the 2016 Annual Conference Committee Workshop Coordinator, I thought it might be helpful to highlight a few of these amazing learning opportunities in order to help you fine-tune your schedule for this year’s event. Join me over the next few weeks as I give a sneak peek of some of the can’t-miss workshops that await you in Denver. ... See More

Advancing Your Career Through Graduate Study

April 06, 2016

By Ellen H. Badger, Editor

This month’s Advice From the Field column offers insights from two experienced international education professionals on the career benefits of graduate study. Joan Elias Gore, PhD, senior program development consultant at the Foundation for International Education, and Valerie Woolston, executive director of international initiatives at the University of Maryland Graduate School, share helpful tips for anyone interested in pursuing studies at the graduate level for career advancement.... See More

Spotting Red Flags in the Hiring Process

April 05, 2016

By Cynthia Banks

I recall thinking of my next new hire as a “TGO,” or “The Golden Opportunity,” for my organization. I would dream of this new person like a superhero of sorts. Someone who would arrive complete with the skills and finesse to perfectly fit both the job and the company. I couldn’t wait for the day we said “you’re hired!” ... See More

Your Professional Development Road Map

April 01, 2016

By Ellen H. Badger and Shawna Szabo

For those of you who are looking to advance your career or start a career, it’s helpful to think about the skills and training you already possess and what you still need to acquire. Add some time and relevant experience to the equation, and you can create your very own professional development road map.... See More

Day Trips Near Denver

March 29, 2016

By Michele Friedmann

In Denver, one thing is certain: with all of the mountains, trails, and picturesque overlooks you can find in the area, you’ll never run out of day trip options! There are so many enjoyable things to do. ... See More

Building Conference Connections

March 25, 2016

By Samantha Potempa

As the NAFSA 2016 Annual Conference & Expo approaches, it’s time to start thinking about what you want to accomplish. Whether you are new to the field or a seasoned professional, networking should always make your to-do list. Networking with other international educators will provide you with some of the best takeaways from the conference; you will increase your knowledge, build your reputation, and expand your sphere of personal and professional connections. Here are some helpful pointers on building and managing the connections you make at NAFSA 2016.... See More

Plenary Connections: Kailash Satyarthi

March 16, 2016

By Diana Carlin

Most of us will never have the opportunity to attend a Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. All of us attending NAFSA conferences, however, have had the good fortune to hear Nobel Laureates speak at plenary sessions. If you are like me, you were inspired by words from past Laureates such as Shirin Ebadi or Wangari Matthai--two of my favorites.

This year in Denver, we are again fortunate to have a Nobel Peace Prize winner on the plenary schedule. The Friday event will feature 2014 Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi who shared the prize with Malala Yousafzai.

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Where to Eat in Denver

March 15, 2016

By Michele Friedmann

Denver’s culinary scene is as impressive as the surrounding snow-capped mountains! From laid-back pubs to upscale restaurants and European-inspired eateries, the city will satisfy everyone’s taste buds. ... See More

Building Group Consensus

March 14, 2016

By Ellen H. Badger, Editor

Welcome to the third edition of Advice From the Field, a monthly online column that offers trusted career and professional development advice for international educators at all levels. This month we get helpful tips from an experienced international education professional on how to build consensus for group decision making.... See More