NAFSA 2021 Annual Conference & Expo

NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the world’s largest association dedicated to international education and exchange, invites you to the NAFSA 2021 Annual Conference and Expo in Orlando, Florida! Be a part of the most diverse and comprehensive global event attended by professionals from across the field.

We are now accepting poster proposals.

The Executive Team provides vision and oversight and ensures the conference is aligned with NAFSA’s Strategic Plan. They set content and networking priorities for the conference (including both concurrent sessions and poster events). They lead the content planning meeting to review the program submitted by the Conference Content Team and, with their help, engineer or re-engineer sessions, seminars, and workshops to meet content goals. In addition, they evaluate data from the previous years’ conference to inform their goals for the upcoming conference.

  • Conference Chair: Sherif Barsoum, New York University
  • Content Chair: Jenny Bowen, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Workshop Coordinator: Sandra Janusch, University of Washington
  • Poster Chair: Tonya Veltrop, University of Missouri
  • Chair-Designate, 2022 Annual Conference Committee: Sam Brown, Brigham Young University
  • Vice President for Scholarship and Institutional Strategy (through December 2020): Jeff Riedinger, University of Washington
  • President of the Board of Directors (through December 2020): Ravi Shankar, University of Rochester

Sherif Barsoum

Sherif Barsoum
New York University
Chair, 2021 Annual Conference Committee
Sherif Barsoum is the associate vice president for global services at NYU which hosts the most international students of any university in the USA. He has presented at NAFSA, AIEA, APAIE and other educational conferences. He has been in the field for 27 years and was the vice president of public...

Jenny Bowen

Jenny Bowen
Indiana University-Bloomington
Content Chair, 2021 Annual Conference Committee
Jenny Bowen has been involved in international student advising for nearly 24 years at Indiana University, and currently services as the director, international student advising. She has her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Indiana University, and studied abroad during both programs. She has...

Sandra Janusch

Sandra Janusch
University of Washington
Workshop Coordinator, 2021 Annual Conference Committee
Sandra Janusch, a California native, has lived internationally for most of her professional career, teaching and coordinating programs in China, Vietnam, Canada, the Netherlands, France and Indonesia. An expert teacher herself, her experience includes training teachers of English as a second/foreign...

Tonya Veltrop

Tonya Veltrop
University of Missouri
Poster Chair, 2021/2022 Annual Conference Committee
Tonya joined the International Center as assistant director of international health, safety and security in August 2019. She has worked in the field of international education for more than 20 years and has enjoyed experience in a variety of areas, including enrollment management, student...

Sam Brown

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Brigham Young University
Chair, Region II; Chair-Designate, 2022 Annual Conference Committee
Sam Brown is director of international services at BYU. He leads the office team in assisting students and exchange visitors to maintain status and in providing supporting programs. Sam received a BA in English, an MPA and EdD in educational leadership and Foundations from BYU. He also received an...

Jeff Riedinger, PhD

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University of Washington
NAFSA Vice President for Scholarship and Institutional Strategy
Jeff Riedinger, PhD, is the vice provost for global affairs and professor of law at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has leadership and administrative responsibility for the University of Washington’s diverse global programming, including support for international research; study abroad...

Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar
University of Rochester
NAFSA President and Chair of the Board of Directors
Ravi Shankar has been in the field of international education for more than 20 years and has worked in various types of institutions, ranging from small professional institutions and community college to a major research institution. He was recently the director of the Office of International...

The Content Team develops a content plan for the conference and helps shape the Call for Proposals. They solicit and review proposals for sessions (including both concurrent sessions and poster events) and workshops that fit the conference theme and advance knowledge and skill-building for the field of international education and exchange. Each team member develops a ranked set of session and workshop proposals for their respective audience group to contribute to the creation of a coherent, comprehensive, and cutting-edge program. Posters are reviewed and organized under the direction of the Poster Chair.

  • Education Abroad Knowledge Community Representative: Karen McBride, Bound International
  • International Education Leadership Knowledge Community RepresentativeRick Lee, Rutgers University
  • International Enrollment Management Knowledge Community Representative: Dana Brolley, University of Idaho
  • International Student and Scholar Services Knowledge Community Representative: Jenifer Ruby, Rollins College
  • Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community Representative: Bryan McAllister-Grande, Northeastern University

Karen McBride, EdD

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President & Founder
Past Chair, EA Knowledge Community; EA KC Rep, ACC
Karen McBride has been working in international education for fifteen years, having worked for two third party provider organizations, an Italian institute for higher education, a large public university and a mid-sized private university. Most recently, Karen has worked for the University of Dayton...

Rick Lee, PhD

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Rutgers University
2021 Annual Conference Committee Member, IEL Knowledge Community; IEL KC Rep, ACC
Rick Lee is the director of global programs and partnerships at Rutgers Global, the university-wide international office of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. His responsibilities include program development and implementation, finding avenues to advance new and existing international...

Dana Brolley

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University of Idaho
Past Chair, IEM Knowledge Community; IEM KC Rep, ACC
Dana is the director of international services at the University of Idaho and previously was the assistant director of the Center for International Education at the University of Washington, Bothell. She has a master's in education from the University of Washington and an undergraduate degree in...

Jenifer Ruby

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Rollins College
Past Chair, Knowledge Community for ISSS; KC ISSS Rep, ACC
Jenifer Ruby joined the Rollins College community in March 2006 and serves as the Director of International Student & Scholar Services. Although a native Pennsylvanian, she came to Winter Park, Florida from New York City where she worked at Pace University as the director of international students...

Bryan McAllister-Grande, EdD

Bryan McCallister-Grande
Northeastern University
2021 Annual Conference Committee Member, TLS Knowledge Community; TLS KC Rep, ACC
Bryan McAllister-Grande, EdD, is the 2020 and 2021 Annual Conference Committee member for the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS) Knowledge Community. McAllister-Grande is the assistant director for curriculum integration at Northeastern University. He is the cofounder of NAFSA's Global...