Working Groups & Committees

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The Forum is grateful to the many professionals from across the field of education abroad whose active involvement in a wide range of projects and activities help us deliver content to serve the profession. The groups that follow are currently hard at work on upcoming resources and events.

Working Groups and projects start with ideas and recommendations from Forum members.

 

Code of Ethics Working Group

Working Group members will thoroughly review the Code of Ethics for Education Abroad, first published in 2008 and last updated in 2011. The Group will recommend edits to the Code to address current ethical concerns.

Expected Deliverables: Recommend revisions to the Code of Ethics for Education Abroad

Anticipated End Date: April 1, 2020

Brian Brubaker, The Pennsylvania State University, chair
Elizabeth Frohlich, The Forum on Education Abroad, frohlice@forumea.org
Mark Eckman, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Julie Leitman, API
Gina Lopardo, Seattle University
Kate Manni, The Pennsylvania State University
Jessica Miller, Southwest Tennessee Community College
Mary Ogburn, AUIP (American Universities International Programs Ltd.)
Tony Ogden, University of Wyoming
David Shallenberger, SIT
Michael Steinberg, IES Abroad
Sarah Westmoreland, University of Colorado Boulder

 

Community Colleges Working Group

The Community Colleges Working Group is working to identify specific education abroad challenges for community colleges. Review of existing resources to check for applicability to community colleges. Solicit ideas for new resources from community colleges that are specific to their needs.

Expected Deliverables: Provide list of recommended edits for website; suggest specific materials/outreach efforts that should be created to address need; identify new resources

Anticipated End Date: June 30, 2019

Stacye Thompson, Jefferson State Community College, chair
Carla Maranto-Arnold, The Forum on Education Abroad, marantoc@forumea.org
Mary Allen, Howard Community College
Cathy Lee Arcuino, North Seattle College
Tracey Bradley, Tennessee Consortium for International Studies/Pellissippi Community College
Paul Edleman, Saulk Valley Community College
Anne Haberkern, Portland Community College
Jake Hamric, Mid Michigan College
Rosalind Raby, California Colleges for International Education

 

Data Communication Strategies Working Group

Working Group members will examine existing data collection efforts by The Forum and communicate the findings of those efforts in practical, accessible ways that can be used for advocacy efforts and to support best practices in the field.

Expected Deliverables: Publish survey results report

Anticipated End Date: June 30, 2019

Carrie Rackers Cunningham, IES Abroad, chair
Amelia Dietrich, The Forum on Education Abroad, dietrica@forumea.org
Coryn Shiflet, University System of Georgia
Melissa Whatley, University of Georgia
Amy Bartnick Blume, Institute for Study Abroad
Mark Odenwelder, Centro de Estudios Interamericanos (CEDEI)
Joy Ellebbane, Bank Street College
Roy Chan, Indiana University

 

Diversity & Inclusion Resources and Website Working Group

The Diversity & Inclusion Resources and Website Working Group is tasked with a review of existing Forum resources and the website to check for language, images, etc. that may be exclusionary.

Expected Deliverables: Provide list of recommended edits for website; suggest specific materials/outreach efforts that should be created; solicit new resources from the field

Anticipated End Date: June 30, 2019

Keshia Abraham, CIEE, chair
Elizabeth Frohlich, The Forum on Education Abroad, frohlice@forumea.org 
Eimear Clowry Delaney, University of Notre Dame
Olivia Del Viscio, CEA Study Abroad
Justin Harford, Mobility international USA
Christine Kelly-Vereda, CASA Granada Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad
Laurie Melin, Universidad del Este
MaRaina Montgomery, Howard University
Erica Rideaux, DePaul University
Tynelle Stewart, University of Rochester

 

The Forum Focus Curriculum Issue Working Group

This working group is tasked with curating a thematic issue of The Forum Focus that explores current trends in education abroad curricula.

Expected Deliverables: 3-4 thought pieces to be published in the February, 2019 special issue of The Forum Focus.

Anticipated End Date: February 1, 2019

Elizabeth Frohlich, The Forum on Education Abroad, frohlice@forumea.org
Steve Duke, University of Nebraska
Anne Haberkern, Portland Community College
Uttiyo Raychaudhuri, Cornell University
Bradley Rink, University of the Western Cape
Helle Rytkønen, DIS – Study Abroad in Scandinavia

 

Good Business Practices Resource Working Group

Good Business Practices Resource Working Group members are tasked with developing a resource that offers guiding principles and best practices between providers and institutions.

Expected Deliverables: New resource for 2019

Anticipated End Date: June 30, 2019

Lisa Chieffo, University of Delaware, co-chair
Catherine Spaeth, Seminars International, co-chair
Carla Maranto-Arnold, The Forum on Education Abroad, marantoc@forumea.org
Maria Jose Angel Mex, Lorenzo de’ Medici
Sylvie Burnet-Jones, University of Colorado, Boulder
Rob Hallworth, IES Abroad
Jessica Jones, CISabroad
Denver Miller, Miami University
Carolyn O’Grady, Winona State University
Scott Schlimgen, Academics Initiatives Abroad
Laura Scobey, George Mason University
Sandy Tennies, Great Circle Global Education Consulting, LLC

 

HBCU Working Group

This group will identify specific education abroad challenges for HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities), review existing resources to check for applicability to HBCUs, and solicit ideas for new resources from HBCUs that are specific to their needs.

Expected Deliverables: Provide list of recommended edits for website; suggest specific materials/outreach efforts that should be created to address need; identify new resources

Anticipated End Date: June 30, 2019

Maxine Sample, Virginia State University, chair
Natalie Mello, The Forum on Education Abroad, mellona@forumea.org
Joy Carew, University of Louisville
Devin Foxall, The School for Field Studies
Evie Myers, Prairie View A&M
Tony Pinder, Emerson College
Niki Sol, Anglia Ruskin University
Leslyn Tonge, University of the Virgin Islands

 

International Working Group

The International Working Group will identify specific education abroad challenges for international organizations/institutions, review existing resources to check for applicability to organizations that are outside the U.S., and solicit ideas for new resources from international organizations that are specific to their needs.

Expected Deliverables: Provide list of recommended edits for website; suggest specific materials/outreach efforts that should be created to address need; identify new resources

Anticipated End Date: June 30, 2019

Leo Rowland, University of Redlands, chair
Natalie Mello, The Forum on Education Abroad, mellona@forumea.org
Mariuxi Alvarado, Universidad Ecotec
Abbiola Ballah, Toucan Education Programs Ltd
Lana Cao, Asia Academic Experience LLC
Elizabeth Coder, Carnegie Mellon University Qatar
Meg Ramey, Tutku Educational Travel
Bradley Rink, University of the Western Cape

 

Standards Toolbox Resources Working Group

The Standards Toolbox Resources Working Group performs an annual review of current Toolbox materials, and finds new resources to fill existing gaps and timely needs in the field. One major focus for the current term will be on collecting new Toolbox resources for community colleges, minority-serving institutions (MSIs), historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), tribal colleges and universities (TCUs), and international organizations.

Expected Deliverables: Identifying and vetting new resources

Length of Term: 2 years

Whitney Strickler, UNC Charlotte, chair
Carla Maranto-Arnold, The Forum on Education Abroad, marantoc@forumea.org
Aubree Compton
Cara Lane-Toomey, Where There Be Dragons
Alicia Stanley, Grinnell College

Standards Update Working Group

The Standards Update Working Group will begin the process to create the 6th edition of the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad. The group will review of the current edition of the Standards and work of the past working group on inclusive excellence and participation in strategic assessment sessions with the field at large. The update of the Standards will take place in tandem with the Code of Ethics and Glossary updates to ensure consistency across these documents.

Expected Deliverables: Recommend revisions to the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad

Anticipated End Date: April 1, 2020

Emily Gorlewski, Wesleyan University, chair
Natalie Mello, The Forum on Education Abroad, Standards Manager
Abbiola Ballah, Toucan Education Programs Limited, Belize
Jennifer Betz, Piedmont College
Mieke Berg, FIE: Foundation for International Education
Joy Carew, University of Louisville
Theresa Castillo, Pellissippi State Community College
Aurelie Choaf, Absolute Internship, Spain
Amelia Dietrich, The Forum on Education Abroad
David English, Study Abroad Mendoza
Nico Evers, Earth University, Costa Rica
Jessica Francis, Wake Forest University
Erin French, Iowa State University
Elizabeth Frohlich, The Forum on Education Abroad
Anne Haberkern, Portland Community College
Angela Liu, IES Abroad
Cheryl Lochner-Wright, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
James Lucas, Michigan State University
Carla Maranto-Arnold, The Forum on Education Abroad
Gareth McFeely, Boston University
Sylvia Mittendorfer, College of William & Mary
Kevin Murphy, University of New Haven
Heidi Piper, Griffith University, Australia
Craig Rinker, Georgetown University
David Wick, Middlebury Institute of International Studies

 

Award for Academic Achievement Abroad Committee

The Award for Academic Achievement Abroad Committee aids in the selection of 2018 student AAAA award winners, which recognizes students’ significant academic achievements undertaken during education abroad programming, and prepare the selected students to present at the lunch plenary at the Annual Conference in Denver. Selection takes place after the August 31 deadline. Winners are announced during international education week in November. Committee members will  work with the students to prepare their presentations for the annual conference.

Expected Deliverables: Selection of winners; coaching of students for conference plenary

Length of Term: 1 award cycle; mentors serve 2 award cycles

Amelia Dietrich, The Forum on Education Abroad, dietrica@forumea.org 
Maritheresa Frain, George Washington University, mentor
Scott Ozaroski, DePaul University, mentor

Reviewers:

Alan Masters, CIEE
Angela Eckhoff, Old Dominion University
Stephen Erfle, Dickinson College
Paul Gleye, North Dakota State University
Morag Kersel, DePaul University
Laura Kina, DePaul University
Lee L’Hote, IES Abroad
Aroline Seibert Hanson, Arcadia University
Tricia Todd, University of Minnesota
Richard Kiely, Cornell University

 

Curriculum Award Selection Committee

The Curriculum Award Selection Committee vets submissions to the Curriculum Toolbox, an online resource center where faculty and other education abroad professionals from Forum member institutions and organizations share their unique approaches to encouraging student learning abroad. Additionally, the committee will select a recipient of the Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design which honors faculty who develop and implement innovative and effective education abroad curricula. Selection will begin after the deadline: September 14, 2018. The recipient will be announced during International Education Week in November. The award will be presented on March 29 at the Annual Conference, and will be presented by a member of this committee.

Expected Deliverables: Select winner; selection of new courses for the Curriculum Toolbox

Length of Term: 1 award cycle

Elizabeth Frohlich, The Forum on Education Abroad, frohlice@forumea.org
Allie Agati, Yale University
Janet Alperstein, New York University
Aimee Jones, Colorado State University
Uttiyo Raychaudhuri, Cornell University
Gretchen Young, Wheaton College

 

Wollitzer Award Selection Committee

The Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award honors a colleague who has been remarkably effective in influencing institutions of higher learning to understand and support education abroad through the promotion of The Forum’s mission. The Selection Committee includes a representative from the Board of Directors (appointed by the Executive Committee of the Board), a representative from the Forum Council, and three members-at-large. Selection will occur in January, and the award will be presented at the Annual Conference.

Length of Term: 1 award cycle, approx. 2 months

Expected Deliverables:Selection of winner

Elizabeth Frohlich, The Forum on Education Abroad, frohlice@forumea.org
Bruce Sillner, Forum Board of Directors, SUNY New Paltz
Julie Maddox Korendo, Forum Council, MIT
Karl Dowling, FIE
Kristen Grace, Cornell University
Wendy Pederson, University of California, Dornsife

 

The New York Times Award Selection Committee

This committee vets submissions to the Education Abroad Digital Resource Center and selects from among them the winner of the Award for Innovation in Education Abroad. The recipient will be announced during International Education Week in November.

Expected Deliverables: Select winner

Length of Term: 1 award cycle

Amelia Dietrich, The Forum on Education Abroad, dietrica@forumea.org
Kandance Rusnak, The New York Times
Alicia Stanley, Grinnell College

 

Annual Conference Committee

The Annual Conference Committee works closely with Forum staff in deciding on the conference theme, creating the Call for Proposals, and reviewing session proposals to create the content of the conference. Conference committee members contribute via e-mail and teleconference, primarily in May, June, and September.

Expected Deliverables: Selecting conference theme and creating Call for Proposals, reviewing session proposals, assistance with plenary speaker identification

Length of Term: 1 year; chairs serve a second year as Past Chair

15th Annual Conference
March 2019, Denver, Colorado

John Sunnygard, University of Colorado Denver and University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, chair
John Tansey, Dartmouth College, past chair
Elizabeth Frohlich, The Forum on Education Abroad, frohlice@forumea.org
Sabuur Abdul-Kareem, Delaware County Community College
Maria Jose Angel Mex, Lorenzo de’ Medici
Maria del Mar Aponte, Rose Hulman Insitute of Technology
Camila Arosemena, Universidad Casa Grande
Catherine Break, Metropolitan State University
Elena Corbett, AMIDEAST
Annia Dowell-Wiltshire, Virginia Commonwealth University
Thea Gilien, Boston College in Ireland
Jonathan Larson, Grinnell College
Julie Maddox Korenko, Forum Council, MIT
Rachel Massey, Coastal Carolina University
Amy Mckelvey, EDU Africa
Chris Nicolussi, New York University Global Programs
Alyssa Nota, USAC- University Studies Abroad Consortium
Susan Popko, Forum Board of Directors, Santa Clara University
Leo Rowland, University of Redlands
Vince Schaff, Institute for Shipboard Education/Semester at Sea
Maureen Vandermaas-Peeler, Elon University

 

Standards Institute Planning Committee

The Standards Institute is education abroad’s signature annual event focusing on the education abroad risk management issues faced daily by organizations and institutions. The Standards Institute Planning Committee for 2019 will be formed in September 2018, and will include one Council member. The committee provides feedback on potential plenary speakers in September & October. In February, the committee reviews session proposals.

Expected Deliverables: Call for Proposals, review of proposals, attend the Institute

Length of Term: 9 months beginning in September

10th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute
June 27, 2019, University of San Francisco in San Francisco, California

Chris Daniel, Michigan State University, co-chair
Allyn Nobles, The University of San Francisco, co-chair
Christina Carroll, Florida State University
Adrian Doyle, Stanford University
Todd Holmes, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Leanne Johnson, University of Maryland
Ron Machoian, University of Wisconsin
Robin Marie Reliford, WorldStrides ISA
Philip Van Saun, UC San Diego
Nick Vasquez, The College of William & Mary
Delisle Warden, Skyline College
Natalie A. Mello, The Forum on Education Abroad