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Ashley Simmons Coffey

Ashley T. S. Coffey

Director, International Center
Flagler College
Core Education Dean; IEL/TLS Knowledge Community Liaison, Region VII

Ashley Simmons Coffey is the Director of the International Center at Flagler College. Coffey is a doctoral candidate in higher education at the University of Kentucky. Her research focuses on how academic museums promote and engage in internationalization at home through their programming. As a life-long international educator, Simmons Coffey is also a member of the TLS Emerging Scholar Committee. She presents extensively in the field of international education about recruiting underrepresented students to study abroad and integrating international students into their campus and surrounding community. She also facilitates intercultural communication workshops and campus cultural programs that instill global knowledge, skills, and attitudes. 

Simmons Coffey previous NAFSA experience includes serving as the Region VI local arrangements chair, Region VI conference planner, Region VI conference planner apprentice, Membership Engagement Committee member, Poster Fair for Campus and Community Programming organizer, and registrar for the Indiana state meeting. Likewise, she served as chair and past chair of the Study Alabama Consortium for International Education, board member for the International Society of Huntsville, and treasurer/registrar for the Alabama Association of International Educators. Moreover, she has published in the field of international education about how to successfully integrate international students into the fabric of the campus and the role of senior international officers at U.S. higher education institutions. 

Professionally, Simmons Coffey served as the director of international programs at Alabama A&M University, assistant director for international programs at Purdue University Fort Wayne, grant analyst and program development officer at Delaware State University. Simmons Coffey earned her graduate certificate in international education from the University of Kentucky, master of arts in international relations from Syracuse University, and bachelor of arts in economics and political science from Tougaloo College.