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Research increasingly plays an important role in the success of today's education abroad (EA) professional. With such an abundance of data available and the potential for wide gaps in quality, it is critical that EA officials have the skills and know-how to accurately identify and comprehend research relevant to their programs and practices.

But how do practitioners efficiently access and use research? How can research inform discussions on demonstrating program value to stakeholders, securing campus resources, and attracting students?

This webinar will guide practitioners toward a successful process of incorporating research into their office work. Learn where to find research sources, assess quality, and discover methods of effective interpretation and application.


Participants will be able to:

  • Implement best practices for accessing and using research to support programs;
  • Provide effective research during discussions with campus stakeholders;
  • Find, interpret, and incorporate research into work efficiently;
  • Identify examples of effective and ineffective data use.

This webinar will appeal to EA professionals who need strong and easily accessible research to advocate for EA on campus and within the office as well as campus partners and faculty who are interested in internationalization initiatives.


Eduardo Contreras Jr.
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Eduardo Contreras, Jr., is an advanced doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research focuses on the history of American undergraduate study abroad programs and international education at American colleges and universities. Prior to his doctoral studies, he worked for 7 years at the University of Texas -Austin in a variety of areas in international education. Contreras is also the author of a chapter in NAFSA's Guide to Education Abroad for Advisers and Administrators, 4th Edition that surveys the vast landscape of research in education abroad.

Anthony C. Ogden
University of Kentucky

Anthony C. Ogden, PhD, is executive director of education abroad and exchanges and an adjunct assistant professor in educational policy and evaluation studies at the University of Kentucky. Ogden earned his bachelor’s degree from Berea College, master’s degree in international and intercultural management at the SIT Graduate Institute, and his PhD at The Pennsylvania State University in educational theory and policy, with a dual title in comparative and international education.

Bernhard Streitwieser
The George Washington University

Bernhard Streitwieser, PhD, is an assistant professor of international education at The George Washington University. His research examines the impact of globalization on higher education institutions around the world and reactions to massification, privatization, competition, immigration, technology, and study abroad and exchange. His recent scholarship has focused on Germany, the Erasmus Mobility Programme, and students’ conceptions of identity development during education abroad. Between 2010 and 2014, Streitwieser served as a guest professor at the Humboldt Universitaet zu Berlin (HU), funded by a Fulbright research grant (2010-11) and a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) visiting faculty grant (2011). From 2012-13, he was also the interim chair of the HU’s Comparative Education Department. Streitwieser has also served as a senior researcher at Northwestern University’s (NU) Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, a lecturer at NU’s School of Education and Social Policy, and as associate director of the NU Study Abroad Office.