NAFSA 2018: History and Monuments of Philadelphia

April 12, 2018

By Hailey Gouza

Love StatueBefore settlers from Europe arrived in the Americas, southeastern Pennsylvania and much of New Jersey and Delaware were inhabited by a group of Native Americans named the Lenni Lenape. This group was stationary and relied on agriculture, as well as hunting, gathering, and fishing. During the 17th century, the Lenni Lenape attempted to capitalize on the fur trade, selling to Dutch colonists to meet high demands from Europe. As a result of these interactions with European traders, populations of the... See More

NAFSA 2018 Workshop Spotlight: Navigating Diversity and Inclusion in Education Abroad

April 09, 2018

By Dena Neese

NAFSA 2018In my final post introducing new Current Topics Workshops this year, I highlight my conversation with Margaret McCullers, associate director of academic and special projects at the Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University. McCullers joined with Chelsea Kindred, Lindsay Calvert, LaNitra Berger, and Gretchen Cook-Anderson, to develop the new and timely workshop, Navigating Diversity and Inclusive Excellence in Education Abroad. In this workshop, participants will examine solutions to... See More

Tech Tricks and Tools for International Educators

April 04, 2018

By Elizabeth Mills

Technology allows students to reach us from anywhere and access the information they need in a timely manner. Going digital by implementing customer relationship management software, student databases, data analytics, and other technology tools have changed many processes in international education. Technology tools are exciting and seem promising. But which tools are the most helpful for managing the workload of... See More

NAFSA 2018: Day Trips From Philly

March 29, 2018

By Hailey Gouza

Ocean City, NJThe city of Philadelphia is a very lively and vibrant place with hundreds of attractions and alluring cuisines, so it is hard to imagine needing to leave the city. That said, locals and seasoned visitors know that southeastern Pennsylvania has much more to offer than big city living in Philadelphia. The greater Philadelphia area is filled with history, beauty, family fun, and more—all within about an hour. The best way to visit all of these attractions is by car, but public transport and... See More

NAFSA 2018 Workshop Spotlight: Conducting Ethical Research

March 26, 2018

By Dena Neese

More and more, international educators are being called upon to provide data and evidence to support the work that they do. To help meet this challenge, Peggy Shannon-Baker, PhD, and Sarah Rutherford have developed a new Current Topics Workshop (CTW), The International Educator as a Practitioner-Scholar: Conducting Ethical Research, that prepares international educators to implement ethical research-based decision-making into... See More

Build Your Brand in Time for Annual Conference

March 22, 2018

By Samantha Potempa

Personal BrandingWhen we first start in the field, it's difficult to stand out. International education is competitive, and many job candidates share the same skills and passions. To be successful, you must find that element about yourself that sets you apart and create a powerful brand around it. But how? You’ve probably heard generic advice such as you should network, follow your passion, and put your best foot forward. Nevertheless, it’s not easy to know where to start with... See More

Staffing Models: How International Education Offices Are Structured and Why

March 19, 2018

By Chrissie Faupel and Elizabeth Leibach

Have you ever wondered if your office structure is the best fit for the type of institution, students, and scholars that you have? International education offices can be structured in a variety of ways, so how do you divide responsibilities between staff? Do advisers specialize in academic programs? Or specialize by... See More

NAFSA 2018 Workshop Spotlight: F-1 Student Advising - Advanced

March 16, 2018

By Dena Neese

This year, we are excited to celebrate the 70th anniversary of NAFSA and the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo. The Annual Conference Committee has made an intentional effort to highlight the diverse voices and shared commitment of international education professionals from all over the world in this year’s conference program, and the NAFSA 2018 Current Topics Workshops are... See More

NAFSA 2018: Where to Eat in Philly

March 15, 2018

By Hailey Gouza

Eating in PhillyCheesesteaks, hoagies, soft pretzels, water ice, scrapple, pork roll—the list of famous Philly foods is endless. So when you come to Philadelphia for the NASFA 2018 Annual Conference & Expo, be prepared to eat your way across the city! Philadelphia is home to thousands of restaurants specializing in a wide variety of cuisines, so whether you are looking for some local fare or have an international palette, you will be sure to find a... See More

Plenary Connections: Terry Gross

March 08, 2018

By Bonnie Bissonette

Terry GrossWait! Before you buy your travel tickets for the NAFSA 2018 Annual Conference & Expo in Philadelphia, take note that Terry Gross, the award-winning Radio Hall of Fame member, National Humanities Medal recipient, and National Public Radio host of Fresh Air (the most downloaded podcast on the Apple platform for two years), will be speaking to NAFSAns – live! – on Friday, June 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Terry Gross is a compelling contributor to the important conversations happening every... See More