For Immediate Release

Washington, November 18, 2019 – NAFSA: Association of International Educators will host its seventh Research Symposium - A Critical Discussion of Theories, Methodologies, and Practices in International Education - at Gallaudet University on November 22, 2019. Researchers and scholars in the field of international education and related disciplines will have an opportunity to share their work in an academic and professional environment while attendees may participate in a critical discussion of the theories, methodologies, and practices being used at the cutting edge of the field. In addition to learning about primary research in international education, participants will gain insights to drive future research and practice in the field of international education.

Event:  NAFSA Research Symposium: A Critical Discussion of Theories, Methodologies, and Practices in International Education

When:  Friday, November 22, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST)
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Where: Gallaudet University
             800 Florida Ave, N.E.
             Washington, DC 20002

Attending the Event

Reporters interested in covering this event should contact [email protected] by C.O.B. Thursday, November 21.

Opening Speakers

  • Ravi Shankar, University of Rochester & NAFSA: Association of International Educators
  • Carol J. Erting, PhD, Gallaudet University
  • Julie Ficarra, PhD, SUNY Cortland


  • Taiwo Soetan, PhD, Red River College, “Impact of Support Areas on the Academic Success of International Students in Community Colleges in Canada
  • Jianyang Mei, PhD, Michigan State University, “Lost or Found: Experiences of First-Year Academic Probationary Chinese International Students”
  • Fernanda Leal, Boston College, “The Epistemological Bases of Internationalization at a Brazilian Public University”
  • Xin Chen, Indiana University, “From International Students to International Scholars: Improving International Graduate Students’ Academic Literacy”
  • Emma Grace, PhD The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, “Inclusivity in International Psychology Graduate Research: Best Practices and Challenges”
  • Dawn Wood, Kirkwood Community College, and Melissa Whatley, PhD, North Carolina State University, “Community College Study Abroad: Institutional Context, Geography, and Field of Study”
  • Lauren Nehlsen, PhD, Elgin Community College, “Perceptions of Community College Educator Participants in a Short-Term International Exchange Program”
  • Valerie Slate, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and Ravi Raj Authentica, “Analyzing Students’ Voices: What Experiences Really Make an Impact in Study Abroad Programs?”
  • Ann Hubbard, AIFS Study Abroad, “Study Abroad & Employability: The Impact of Reflection on Students’ Ability to Articulate Transferable Skills”


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