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.||
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
NAFSA thanks the Northern Ireland Bureau for its generous support of this event.