Washington, DC
United States

Leadership in Uncertain Times: Addressing a Changing International Education Environment

Globally, the higher education sector has entered interesting times of uncertainty, where changes in national policies and attitudes on immigration, international student and faculty mobility and enrollment, even higher education’s objectives have created uncertainty for the senior international officer in how to respond effectually. A key learning objective of this Symposium on Leadership is to aid the senior international officer in developing the leadership skill of being responsive rather than reactive to these changes. Keynote and panel speakers from the United States and abroad will explore the various factors contributing to volatility in the field of international higher education. Through thoughtful analysis, rich discussion, and powerful examples, senior international officers and university leaders from around the world will hone fundamental, strategic leadership skills to guide their campuses through common challenges. Participants engage in roundtable breakout discussions to network and share opportunities and best practices.

A NAFSA Signature Program offered by the International Education Leadership Knowledge Community.

Tuesday, May 28
7:30 a.m.-8:00 a.m.

Check-in and Breakfast

8:00 a.m.-8:15 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m.

Keynote Address

James P. Honan, EdD, senior lecturer on education and co-chair of the Institute for Educational Management (IEM), Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, will offer leadership strategies for navigating volatility in international education.

9:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Perspectives in Higher Education

This session will feature a dynamic Q&A interview with thought leaders who explore the state of the field from varied perspectives, including industry and workforce development, government and policy, as well as institutional strategy and management. Confirmed panelists include Tanya I. Garcia, PhD, associate director of postsecondary policy research and associate research professor (Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce); David Phinnemore, PhD, professor of European politics, Jean Monnet chair in European political science and dean of education in the faculty of arts, humanities and social sciences (Queen’s University Belfast); and Ben Kennedy, founder and CEO (Kennedy & Company).

10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Roundtable Discussions: Applying Leadership and Management Tools

Participants reflect and share how concepts and principles of leadership might be applied on their campuses.

11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Lessons Learned: Voices from the Field

Senior international officers will share experiences and case studies from their own institutions in an interactive format.

Panelists include Kate Jennings, director, international student services (Vancouver Island University); Daria Kozlova, PhD, first vice rector (ITMO University); and Samira Pardanani, executive director for international education (Shoreline Community College).
11:45 a.m.-12:25 p.m.

Roundtable Discussions: Case Study Exercise

Confer with peers to develop solutions to the leadership challenges shared by senior international officer panelists.

12:25 p.m.-12:30 p.m.

Final Comments and Wrap-Up

Tanya I. Garcia, PhD

Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
Tanya I. Garcia is associate director of postsecondary policy research and associate research professor at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. She brings extensive higher education policy expertise to various projects, including sub-baccalaureate education, non-degree...

James P. Honan, EdD

Harvard University Graduate School of Education
James P. Honan has served on the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) since 1991. He is also a faculty member at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), an affiliate faculty member with the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at HKS, and co-chair and senior associate director of the...

Kate Jennings

Vancouver Island University
Kate Jennings is the Leading Internationalization Network leader (LIZN). She has worked in international education in a variety of capacities at five different institutions in Canada over the past 21 years. Kate is currently the director for international student services at Vancouver Island...

Ben Kennedy

Kennedy & Company
Benjamin Kennedy is the managing partner and founder of Kennedy & Company. He is the former leader of Huron Education’s enrollment services group, a former corporate growth strategy consultant with Bain & Company, and a former member of the Duke University Board of Trustees. Ben has also worked as a...

Daria Kozlova, PhD

Daria Kozlova
ITMO University
While working on her PhD, Daria Kozlova joined the “International Business Department” of Saint Petersburg Polytech as an assistant and after defending her thesis accepted a position as associate professor at the same department. She stayed with the Polytech until 2014, focusing on all aspects of...

Samira Pardanani

Shoreline Community College
Samira Pardanani is the executive director for international education at Shoreline Community College, located in the Seattle area. Shoreline has been actively engaged in international education for decades. It is among the leading community colleges in the country hosting international students...

David Phinnemore, PhD

Queen’s University Belfast
David Phinnemore is professor of European Politics and dean of education in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland and visiting professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. He holds a BA in European studies (1990) and was...