Why International Education Needs More Innovation

April 26, 2016

By Mitch Gordon and Steve Moraco

The rise of high-tech startups and other transformative entities have dramatically changed how we do business and live our daily lives over the past decade. Uber changed the way we think about mobility. Airbnb changed the way we travel. Netflix changed how we watch TV. We’ve all seen firsthand how these important startups have fostered innovation and forward thinking. ... See More

Strengths-Based Professional Development

April 22, 2016

By Kelly Holland

An activator, a learner, and a woo walk into a meeting...is this the beginning of a bad joke? Actually, it’s the start of a great conversation. Gallup Education created the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment in an effort to help individuals, and companies, identify what it is that they do best and how to boost that greatness in others. With an eye on creating efficient teams and a better working environment, strengths can be a powerful tool in the workplace, and has also emerged as a learning tool in higher education.... See More

Workshop Preview: Building Your ISSS Crisis Management Plan

April 21, 2016

By Kara Johnson

Last week, I kicked off the 2016 Annual Conference Committee's inaugural Workshop Preview series by featuring my conversation with Jin Abe, lead trainer for the Current Topics Workshop (CTW) Experiential Learning to Facilitate Intercultural Understanding. The Workshop Preview series is designed to highlight some of the can't-miss professional learning opportunities at this year's NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo in Denver.

This week we feature an engaging conversation with Daphne Orr, international student adviser at Georgia State University, who gave me the inside scoop about her upcoming CTW Building Your International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Crisis Management Plan and how it will benefit participants and their institutions.

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Public Art in Denver

April 19, 2016

By Michele Friedmann

Public art says a lot about the identity of a city. One of the first pieces of art to greet people flying into Denver is Blue Mustang, a 32-foot tall, fiberglass statue of a blue horse. The story of Blue Mustang is a tumultuous one – the artist Luis Jimenez was crushed by the horse during its construction and never saw his masterpiece completed.... See More

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