Poster Fair Themes

Annual Conference & ExpoNAFSA 2019 Updates

What is a poster? Posters are visual presentations focused on a particular theme that are displayed on tables and bulletin boards in fairs. Presenters stand next to their displays to explain content and answer questions.

Posters will be grouped into fairs based on the themes listed below. Fairs generally last 90 minutes.

To begin a proposal, please click "Submit a Poster Proposal" below. You will be prompted to login or create a NAFSA Passport.

2019 Poster Fair Themes

Theme Description
Advocacy in International Education New With the 2019 annual conference taking place in Washington, DC, this fair will highlight the unique role international educators can play in being strong advocates on how international education positively impacts communities. Posters in this fair will feature strategies and tactics for advocating the value of international education. Presenters will share their experiences with advocating on political issues locally, nationally, and globally that impact our institutions and students – both in the United States and overseas.

Assessment and Evaluation in International Education

This poster fair will highlight examples of the use or analysis of data in determining outcomes for programs, and making decisions based on the assessment of those outcomes. Posters topics include: Assessing student learning, program, and service outcomes; innovative assessment processes and instruments; and developing assessment and evaluation in support of internationalization.

Country Fair: Updates on Country and Regional Higher Education

Posters will share current issues, research, and trends related to the higher education policies and systems of various countries, including new laws affecting higher education, new educational programs and initiatives, mobility trends, and scholarships for students wishing to study abroad or for incoming international students. This fair will take place alongside the invited EducationUSA and Embassy Dialogue Committee representatives.

Creating Communities that Support Global Learning On and Off Campus

Posters will showcase research, model practices and success stories of integrating and supporting student global learning at various touch points on and off campus including curriculum development, co-curricular activities, campus events, orientations, working with faculty, and other opportunities. International and U.S. based presentations are encouraged.

Crisis Management in International Education

This poster fair will highlight processes and resources that campuses and international offices use when faced with a crisis. Examples of crises could include natural disasters that affect campuses or home countries of students and scholars, abrupt changes to visa issuance and regulations based on political changes, war and political upheaval, hospitalization or death of an international student or scholar or a student studying abroad, mental health emergencies, arrest. Posters will present campus wide communication strategies and operational processes in place to address specific crises, as well as key resources. Posters from international and U.S. based institutions from all areas of international education are encouraged.

Enhancing Learning in Education Abroad: Study, Work, Intern, Volunteer, and Research Innovations

What advances have our colleagues made in education abroad programming across the spectrum of models? Posters in this fair showcase the expanding portfolio of education abroad programming, including learning through study abroad as well as work, internships, volunteering, and research abroad (WIVRA), for both credit and non-credit opportunities. Innovative practices in predeparture orientation, reentry, and peer ambassador programs are also encouraged. Campus-based and curricular initiatives that institutions and organizations have implemented to stimulate, promote, and integrate learning at various stages of the international education experience will also be highlighted.

Increasing Diversity Outreach and Support in International Education

Posters highlight innovative programs, support services, and resources to assist colleges and universities interested in expanding participation and opportunities in international education among underrepresented and nontraditional populations, focusing on sexual orientation, disability, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and including athletes, veterans, graduate students, first generation students, and academic disciplines such as science and engineering.

Innovative and Sustainable Practices in Intensive English Programming

Intensive English programs showcase high-quality program models and successful innovations in design of instructional delivery, orientation modules, host family programs, web tools, field trips, quality-assurance practices, and other aspects of their offerings. Content for this poster fair must be about a replicable program or best practice that may be applied in different educational settings without the use of a commercial product or service.

Intercultural Initiatives for Campus and Community

Posters showcase programs from campus organizations and local communities that emphasize supporting international students and scholars and their families, and encouraging interaction between community members, international students, and returned study abroad students to further intercultural understanding. Each poster in the fair highlights related intercultural theories, giving the audience an opportunity to view explicit linkages between theory and practice in presenters' work.

Internationalizing the Campus

Posters explore best practices in campus internationalization. Featured posters integrate various aspects of internationalization through strategic planning, exploration of funding opportunities, and critical consideration of practices of internationalization and/or application of theoretical models to the process of internationalization. Posters also showcase new ways to cooperate with international partners to further internationalization through innovative curriculum designs, such as dual, joint, and “2+2” programs.

International Education Research

Posters feature the most recent innovative and in-depth qualitative and quantitative research in the field of international education. They highlight important findings, perspectives, and academic inquiries in order to stimulate collaboration and provide tangible professional resources and educational understanding.

Model Practices in International Enrollment Management

This poster fair showcases various sponsored student programs, international enrollment management strategies, plans, models, and measurement tools, including alumni programs, used by institutions to successfully recruit, enroll, and retain international students.

Model Practices in International Student and Scholar Services

This poster fair will highlight model practices in international student and scholar services including: health and wellness for international students and scholars; international spouses and family support; J-1 programming; employment and career services; support for post-docs; campus programming for international students; exchange visitor and employment-based sponsorship policies; and office staffing and organization.

Orientation, Transition, and Retention Programs as an Integral Support Service

This poster fair showcases model practices and innovations in orientation, initial transition, and retention programming for international students and scholars, as well as pre-departure orientation models for education abroad programs. Posters in this fair will highlight creating welcoming environments in host communities; integrating newly arrived students with the local community; changing student and family needs; developing parent and family programs; supporting cross-cultural communication; or evolving leadership development for students and scholars, including orientation mentor programs.

Uses of Technology and Social Media in International Education

This fair features uses of technology and social media throughout international education. Presenters demonstrate how the latest online tools and technology solutions can enable international educators and their institutions to increase efficiency and virtually engage their students.

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