Position: Core Education Program (CEP) Dean
Term Dates: 2 years beginning in January 

Each NAFSA Core Education Program (CEP) Workshop and e-Learning Course has a dean responsible for ensuring that their assigned workshop or course has continued learning and resources that are up-to-date, engaging, meet the needs of adult learners, and are of the highest professional quality. Workshop deans serve as resources for lead trainers during their planning and preparation and e-Learning course deans can serve as resources for course cohort leaders throughout the year. 

As a Core Education Program (CEP) Dean you will

  • Contribute your expertise to the field of international education
  • Enhance your leadership skills
  • Collaborate with other Trainer Corps members and subject matter experts
  • Shape the continued learning efforts for a specific CEP Workshop 
  • Represent NAFSA’s Trainer Corps and Core Education Program

Position updated December 2019

Applications are not currently being accepted.
Major Functions and Responsibilities
CEP Workshop Dean
  • Review and analyze the participant workshop evaluations and trainer curriculum feedback in order to determine necessary curriculum enhancements
  • Develop and provide content for workshop continued learning opportunities
  • Identify research and other resources to enhance the trainer and workshop participant experience
  • Collaborate with NAFSA staff to ensure enhancements are properly incorporated into workshops
  • Provide guidance to CEP training teams on curriculum delivery 
  • Participate in a virtual orientation and regular conference calls/(virtual) meetings as necessary with NAFSA Professional Learning Services staff as necessary
  • Promote the value of Trainer Corps and the NAFSA Core Education Program


e-Learning Course Dean

  • Become familiar with the annual calendar of NAFSA CEP e-Learning course offerings
  • Serve as a cohort leader for a minimum of three e-Learning course offerings within dean term
  • Recruit cohort leaders in a timely fashion for each of the scheduled e-Learning course offerings (Cohort leaders should come from NAFSA’s Trainer Corps)
  • Train cohort leaders prior to the start of course and provide guidance, materials, and support to cohort leader throughout the duration of the course
  • Develop and maintain training materials for cohort leaders
  • Solicit feedback from cohort leaders to develop and strengthen experience and learning outcomes for cohort leaders and e-Learning participants 
  • Participate in a virtual orientation and regular conference calls/(virtual) meetings with NAFSA Professional Learning Services staff as necessary
  • Promote the value of Trainer Corps and NAFSA’s Core Education Program


All NAFSA leaders are expected to foster an inclusive environment and seek to learn and understand the multicultural perspectives of the committee/team, our constituents, and stakeholders to align with the NAFSA Diversity and Inclusion Statement. An expression of leadership in this area includes:

  • Engaging the committee/team to identify and implement strategies for increased personal outreach, recruitment, and onboarding for all, especially diversity-focused and underrepresented groups
  • Increasing accessibility and participation from underrepresented groups, individuals, and institutions
  • Expanding educational content within the committees’ purview through intentional outreach and recruitment of diverse presenters and institutional types in partnership with various NAFSA groups

NAFSA: Association of International Educators is a professional association driven by its Strategic Plan as established by the Board of Directors.  The success of the association depends on the productive engagement of three key constituencies: the Board, member-leaders, and staff.  Member-leaders are advocates for the association’s mission, vision, values, diversity and inclusion, and ethical principles. They align their work closely with the Board through its vice presidents and with staff to carry out the Strategic Plan. Member-leader roles are guided by objectives assigned by the Strategic Plan, by outcome accountabilities outlined in the Standing Rules, and by position descriptions for specific roles.



CEP deans are part of the Trainer Corps leadership team. CEP Workshop deans serve in a two-year volunteer role and e-Learning Course deans serve in a one-year volunteer role. 

How to Get Involved

Interested Trainer Corps members submit the Trainer Corps Statement of Interest Form. Trainer Corps leadership selects and appoints the CEP deans each year.

Mark Your Calendar

Recruitment for open positions begins each summer/fall. Terms of service begin in January and end in December (of the same year for e-Learning Course deans and of the 2nd year for workshop deans).