Committees & Working Groups

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.

Committees: Groups contributing to recurring Forum efforts on a cyclical basis. Length of term of service varies by committee.

Working Groups: Project-based groups with finite start and end dates based around a particular project or deliverable.

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

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The following committees and working groups are currently being formed.


Task Force on Revising 'Responsible Study Abroad: Good Practices for Health & Safety'

Description: The Forum and NAFSA are collaborating on renewing and refreshing “Responsible Study Abroad: Good Practices for Health & Safety,” written many years ago by the Inter-Organizational Task Force on Health and Safety in Study Abroad. We are assembling a task force of no more than 10 members with representation from different constituencies. This task force will meet online 3-4 times, and the bulk of the work will be done on shared documents. The expected time of completion is early February.

Expected Deliverable: Revisions to “Responsible Study Abroad: Good Practices for Health & Safety

Standards Toolbox Resources Committee

Description: The Standards Toolbox Resources Committee performs an annual review of current member resources and finds new resources to fill existing gaps and timely needs in the field. One major focus for the current term will be on reorganizing current resources based on the new 6th edition of the Standards and continue to collect new 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

Time Commitment: approximately 1 hour per month

Wollitzer Award Committee

Description: The Forum’s Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award recognizes the exceptional contributions of administrators, faculty, and staff at any career stage who have challenged and inspired others to understand and support the benefits of education abroad. The award was established to honor an individual who has been remarkably effective in promoting the positive impact of education abroad on participants, institutions, and members of the home and host communities, and in advancing The Forum’s mission, vision, and foundational principles. 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.

Expected Deliverables: Recruitment of nominations; selection of winner

Length of Term: 1 award cycle, approximately 2 months

Time Commitment: approximately 2 hours per month

Curriculum Award Selection Committee

Description: 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 submission deadline in September. The recipient will be announced during International Education Week in November. The award will be presented Annual Conference, and will be presented by a member of this committee.

Expected Deliverables: Selection of winners; selection of new courses for the Curriculum Toolbox

Length of Term: 1 awards cycle, approximately 2 months

Time Commitment: approximately 4 hours per month


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Current Committees & Working Groups

The groups that follow are currently hard at work on upcoming resources and events.


Annual Conference Committee

Description: The Annual Conference Committee works closely with Forum staff in creating the Call for Proposals and reviewing session proposals to shape the content of the conference. Conference committee members contribute via e-mail and teleconference, primarily in May, June, and September, and are expected to attend the conference.

Expected Deliverables: Selecting conference theme and creating Call for Proposals; promoting the call for proposals in their networks; reviewing session proposals

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

17th Annual Conference
March 2021, Boston, MA

Michael Sandy, Bridgewater State University, chair
Elizabeth Strong, Missouri State University, past chair
Jill Adams, Oxford College of Emory University
Wendy Baker, University of South Florida at St. Petersburg
Corey Blackmar, Emerson College
Thomas Buntru, Universidad de Monterrey, Forum Board of Directors
Claire Cox, Griffith College
Maria Dietrich, Northampton Community College
Stina Dufour, New York University
Susie Duke, Grinnell College
Jillian Low, CRCC Asia
Annette Mares-Duran, University of New Mexico, Forum Council
Melquin Ramos, formerly of The Intern Group
Diana Rosales, CEDEI
Adam Rubin, AWR International
Bianca Schonberg, University of Houston-Clear Lake, Forum Council
Stephanie Tilley, Prairie View A&M
Allison Wright, Texas Tech University


European Conference Committee

Description: The European 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 October and January.

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

5th European Conference
October 2020, Virtual

Léa Dominque Senn, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, chair
Thea Favaloro, NYU Prague, AAUP CZ, past chair
Mark Barneche, Pepperdine University in Switzerland, AUCS
Carolyn Becker, Texas Woman’s University
Kim Cahill, Villanova University
Chris Carroll, Florida State University, Forum Council
Kurt Gamerschlag, CC CollegeCouncil gGmbH, AASAP e.V.
Heather Krog, Cultural Mentor & Inclusion Facilitator, Denmark
Megan Leff, IES Abroad
Lisa McAdam Donegan, Johnson & Wales University
Stephen Murray, Georgia State University
Amalia Pérez-Juez, Boston University in Spain, APUNE
Sasha Perugini, Syracuse University in Florence, AACUPI
Loren Ringer, Parsons Paris, EUASA, APUAF
Stephen Robinson, Champlain College Dublin, ASAPI
Emily Schiavone, CEA Study Abroad Florence
Bruce Sillner, SUNY New Paltz, Forum Board of Directors
Ian Welsh, Harlaxton College, AASAP UK


Award for Academic Achievement Abroad (AAAA) Selection Committee

Description: The Award for Academic Achievement Abroad Selection Committee aids in the selection of student AAAA award winners, which recognizes students’ significant academic achievements undertaken during education abroad programming, and prepare the selected students to present during the lunch plenary at the Annual Conference. Selection takes place after the September 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: 2 awards cycles

Time Commitment: approximately 4 hours per month from September through March + time spent at the annual conference

Scott Ozaroski, DePaul University, co-chair
Amelia Dietrich, The Forum on Education Abroad, co-chair,
Ashley Haseley, Texas Tech University
Alicia Stanley, Grinnell College

Faculty Reviewers:

Nurcan Bac, Texas Tech
Amy Boren-Alpizar, Texas Tech
David Campbell, Grinnell College
Jeff Carter, DePaul University
David DiBiasio, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
Gary Galbreath, Northwester University
Eric Hartman, Haverford College
Stephen Haseley, Oklahoma State University
Scott Hibbard, DePaul University
Jessica Jerome, DePaul University
Laura Kina, DePaul University
Christie Klimas, DePaul University
Alan Masters, CIEE
Howard Rosing, DePaul University
Kerry Ross, DePaul University
Barbara Schaffer, DePaul University
Shailja Sharma, DePaul University
Phillip Stalley, DePaul University
Tricia Todd, University of Minnesota


Government Advocacy Committee

Description: This group will be asked to stay abreast of pending legislation or proposed revisions and renewals of existing legislation at the state and national level, provide feedback and updates on legislative issues, contribute to educating the field on the legislative process, and explain the impact of proposed legislation. The committee should include government relations professionals, education abroad professionals, and university communications professionals.

Expected Deliverables: This committee will work directly with Forum executive leadership in an advisory role.

Length of Term: 2 years

Time Commitment: approximately 2 hours per month, though this will vary depending on proposed legislation

Mark Ballam, San Diego State University
Leo Rowland, SACI
Bruce Silner, SUNY New Paltz
Erika Stevens, Walters State Community College
Heather Ward, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Doug Wasitis, Indiana University
Cynthia Williams, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Code of Ethics Working Group

Description: 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, co-chair,
Mark Eckman, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Julie Leitman, API
Gina Lopardo, Seattle University
Kate Manni, The Pennsylvania State University
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


Internship Task Force

Description: The Internship Task Force will review the Guidelines for Internships Abroad, the current QUIP recognition process, and the 6th edition of the Standards of Good Practice to ensure a rigorous, quality review process for internship programs.

Expected Deliverables:

  • Guidance on applying the 6th edition of the Standards of Good Practice to internship programs
  • Suggestions for modifying the existing QUIP process to distinguish high quality internship programs

Anticipated End Date: December 2020

Emily Merson, Global Experiences, Chair
Rachel Criso, Global Internship Consultancy
Julie Kelly, EUSA-Academic Internship Experts
Michelle Kern Hall, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Jason Kinnear, UNC – Chapel Hill
Steven Levy, Connect-123
Kate Moore, Academic Internship Council
Daniel Nivern, CRCC Asia
Troy Nunamaker, Clemson University
Vianna Renaud, Bournemouth University
Alexandros Proimos, The Washington Center
Melissa Torres, The Forum on Education Abroad,



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