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.


Join a Committee or Working Group

Thank you for your interest in joining the Committees and Working Groups that will carry out the Forum Council’s 2021-2022 Work Plan. We are no longer accepting applications at this time. Stay tuned for the next call for volunteers!

We are still seeking representatives from institutions located outside the U.S. and service providers that support education abroad (insurance companies, tech companies, etc.) to serve on the Forum Standards Consensus Body.  Learn more & apply»

Working Groups & Committees for 2021-2022

Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Working Group

Description: This working group is tasked with understanding and promoting sustainable development as the pathway to sustainability, tying together Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI), ethics, community engagement and environmental challenges. The will be asked to continue the work to demonstrate that the SDGs are integral to Education Abroad and promote the application of the Guidelines for Advancing the SDGs through Education Abroad by identifying case study examples for institutions and organizations at various phases of implementation, from beginner to advanced.

Expected Deliverables: SDG Award, September – November: Review of award submissions and make announcement during International Education Week in November, Plan for recognition at conference; Case Studies:, November – January: Pull case studies from award submissions; Analyze and decide what parts are useable; Decide next steps for future work; Primers, February – April: Create primer and focus on understanding the SDGs; Marketing, promoting, and outreach of SDGs throughout; Serve as ambassadors.

Start Date: September 2021

Anticipated End Date: June 2022

Time Commitment: Up to two, 1-hour meetings per month + asynchronous work (4-5 hours per month total)

Natalie Cox, Campus France USA (Chair)
Devin Foxall, The School for Field Studies
Celestina Hendrickson, RISE Travel Institute
Brian Henry, University of Denver
Victoria Imsirovic, University of California Irvine
Ryan Lorenz, Academic Solutions
Derek Lough, Illinois State University
Kate Padilla, University of Technology Sydney
Daniel Ponce Taylor, IOI
Sarah Schiffecker, Texas Tech University
Jim West, Boston College
Elizabeth Frohlich, The Forum on Education Abroad, frohlice@forumea.org

 

Award Selection Committee

Description: This committee is responsible for vetting submissions, selecting winners, and preparing the winners for their participation in the annual conference for both the Curriculum Award and the Award for Academic Achievement Abroad (given to students).

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

Length of Term: 1 awards cycle

Time Commitment: approximately 5 hours per month from September through November + time spent at the annual conference (for selected members of the group)

Uttiyo Raychaudhuri, University of Denver (Chair)
Brian Brubaker, The Pennsylvania State University
Nicole Fuls, University of Florida
Ashley Haseley, Texas Tech University
Natasha Otto, Morgan State University
Lucas Riddle, Bowdoin College
Amelia Dietrich, The Forum on Education Abroad, dietrica@forumea.org

 

2022 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

Time Commitment: Time commitment varies from month to month; committee members will be asked to devote 2-3 hours/month in May and June in preparation for the call for proposals; Several hours will be required for proposal review after the September deadline

Guidelines for Education Abroad Advising Working Group

Description: This group is tasked with combining the current Guidelines for Education Abroad Advising and the Guidelines for On-Site Advising as well as refreshing and updating the content to reflect the 6th edition of the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad and current practice.

Expected Deliverables: Combine and revise the two current guidelines to comply with the 6th edition of the Standards; Include new/revised section on equity, diversity, and inclusion based on Standards and best practices; Create new title for the combined Guidelines; Develop promotional tools for the updated guidelines; Seek advice from generalists and experts from outside the working group.

Start Date: October 2021

Anticipated End Date: January 2022

Time Commitment: Monthly meetings + asynchronous collaboration

Giselda Beaudin, Rollins College (Chair)
Veronica Castro, Universidad Creativa de Costa Rica
Sara Dart, Education in Ireland
Amalia Herencia, School for Intercultural Education
Erica Jorgenson, University of Denver
Asslam Shaikh, Aliff Overseas Pvt Ltd
Amara Stuehling, Indiana University, Global Gateway for Teachers
Elizabeth Frohlich, The Forum on Education Abroad, frohlice@forumea.org

 

Guidelines for Community Engagement Working Group

Description: This group is tasked with refreshing and updating the content of the current Guidelines for Community Engagement, Service-Learning, and Volunteer Experiences Abroad to reflect the 6th edition of the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad and current practice. Representatives from the Community-Based Global Learning Collaborative will also be invited to collaborate on this project.

Expected Deliverables: Revise the current guidelines to comply with the 6th edition of the Standards; Include new/revised section on equity, diversity, and inclusion based on Standards and best practices; Create new title for the combined Guidelines; Develop promotional tools for the updated guidelines; Seek advice from generalists and experts from outside the working group.

Start Date: October 2021

Anticipated End Date: January 2022

Time Commitment: Monthly meetings + asynchronous collaboration

Jeanette Owen, American Councils for International Education (Chair)
Cynthia Arochi-Zendejas
Luis Jiménez Ramírez
Cara Lane-Toomey, Where There Be Dragons
Phares Odhiambo, International Medical Aid
Erin Sabato, Quinnipiac University
Amy K. Somchanhmavong, Cornell University
Kelly Trail, University of Dayton
Elizabeth Frohlich, The Forum on Education Abroad, frohlice@forumea.org

 

Health, Safety, Security & Risk Management Institute Planning Committee

Description: The annual Institute on Best Practices for Health, Safety, Security & Risk Management 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 is formed in September for the event the following June, 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: Develop Call for Proposals, assist with recruitment of proposals, review of proposals, attend the Institute

Length of Term: 9 months, beginning in September

Time Commitment: approximately 3 hours per month + attendance at the Institute

Matt Rader, IES Abroad (Co-Chair)
Margaret Wiedenhoeft, Kalamazoo College (Co-Chair)
Kevin Dostal Dauer, University of Minnesota
Jason Kinnear, UNC Chapel Hill
Patrick Morgan, University of Michigan
Courtney Niebrzydowski, University of Denver
Laura Palma, EF
Kyle Rausch, University of Illinois at Chicago
Alexandra Roman, Northeastern University
Sabrina Starke, Absolute Internship
Seth Tucker, Syracuse University
Marissa Lombardi, The Forum on Education Abroad, lombardm@forumea.org

 

Hybrid (Virtual + Mobility) Programming

Description: This group is charged with investigating and producing a library/catalog of sustainable hybrid program models with the goal of supporting best practices. To achieve this, they will define hybrid programming and different models, collect examples of sustainable models; explore the role of intercultural learning ; identify support structures for students, faculty, and staff; identify academic components of a high-quality program and ways to assess learning; and to identify pricing models, revenue, transparency in pricing and fee structures.

Expected Deliverables: Provide guidance for engagement of faculty around virtual and on-site hybrid courses and programs; Clarify roles/responsibilities of faculty vs. education abroad offices in the development of hybrid programming ; Solicit conference proposals focused on hybrid programming; Update Glossary definitions as needed; Gather case studies to explore successful (academic and financial) models for hybrid programs; Clarify hybrid program learning goals and develop list of benefits to students; Generate list of benefits of hybrid programming to institutions

Start Date: September 2021

Anticipated End Date: June 2022

Time Commitment: 1-2 one-hour meetings per month as well as asynchronous work

Tyler D’Andrea, Podium Education (Chair)
Mandy Brookins, DePauw University
Ian Fielding, University of Sussex
Shayle Havemann, Evolve Abroad
Kyle Kastler, Stevens Initiative
Annette Mares-Duran, University of New Mexico
Hema Pandey, Child Family Health International
Kevin Yochim, Study Abroad Association
Amelia Dietrich, The Forum on Education Abroad, dietrica@forumea.org

 

Membership Engagement Working Group

Description: The Membership Engagement Working Group will support a specific component of the member engagement plan to define the value of membership, and work on practical, innovative ways to communicate and clarify that value. The working group will proceed under two broad frameworks: 1) intentionality; 2) broadening pathways to engagement.

Expected Deliverables: Based on the diverse institutional experiences of the individuals, produce a document that serves as a “roadmap” to Forum program, services, and resources for dissemination to an array of different stakeholders; Each member of the group will contribute to the production of an “onboarding” video for members aimed at different target audiences (i.e. study abroad advisers, financial officers, resident directors, internship coordinators, faculty, etc.); Develop a survey and/or visioning exercise focusing on new pathways to engagement to seek input from membership ; Propose future engagement initiatives based on survey results.

Start Date: September 2021

Anticipated End Date: June 2022

Time Commitment: Monthly 1-hour meetings + asynchronous collaboration (hours will vary from month-to-month); video recordings will be due in October

Mark Eckman, University of Massachusetts Amherst (Chair)
Rebekah Anaya, Mercer University
Jerry Barnaby, CCSA – Cooperative Center for Study Abroad
Elena Corbett, AMIDEAST Education Abroad
Erin French, Iowa State University
Gwenda Greene, Voorhees College
Emily Hammeren, Sant’Anna Institute
Diane Hanlon, On Call International
Holly Hudson, Texas A&M University
Erica Johnson, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Erin Lassial, SUNY Canton
Monya Lemery, Southwestern University
Stephen Pattillo, GAV
Craig Rinker, Georgetown University
Kelly Sachleben, Brown University
Tynelle Stewart, University of Rochester
Dawn Wood, Kirkwood Community College
Alexis Wren, Costa Rica Global Learning Programs
Lindsay McCauslin, The Forum on Education Abroad, mccausll@forumea.org

 

Regional Engagement Strategy Working Group - Focus on Latin America

Description: This group will help The Forum to develop a regional engagement strategy with a focus on Latin America to encourage more dialogue between colleagues around the world and help institutions/organizations in the region meet their education abroad goals.

Expected Deliverables: Needs analysis for the region: plan by end of September, conduct by November, analyze by end of year; Consider whether the needs analysis can be conducted during The Forum’s participation in the CAIE conference; Review work completed by YLAI fellow as part of the needs analysis; Outline a regional engagement plan for Latin America, to be executed in the following year; Identify relevant existing resources to be shared in a print or web resource; Identify new resources that need to be developed to address this audience’s needs.

Start Date: September 2021

Anticipated End Date: June 2022

Time Commitment: Bi-monthly 1-hour virtual meetings + sub-group meetings as needed; Work outside meetings will range from 2-4 hours per month

Karla Rodriguez, Universidad de Monterrey (Chair)
Keshia Abraham, Abraham Consulting Agency
Andrea Alfonsina Rizzotti, FLASCO-Argentina
Hector Cruz-Feliciano, CET Academic Programs
Elianne Elbaum, Universidad Tecnológica del Uruguay (UTEC)
Mary Phibbs, University of New Mexico
Leo Rowland
Karla Torres, GET Ecuador
Andy Woods-Ballard
Abe De La Rosa, The Forum on Education Abroad, delarosa@forumea.org

 

Research Advisory Committee

Description: Serve as advisors to the Director for Research in developing upcoming Forum research projects and data reports.

Expected Deliverables: Provide feedback on Forum data collection projects and collaborations as needed.

Length of Term: 2  years

Time Commitment: approximately 2 hours per month; 1 hour for monthly meeting, 1 hour for review of materials in preparation for the meeting

Louis Berends, CEA Study Abroad (Chair)
Emily Gorlewski, Wesleyan University
Marisa A. Gray, Morgan State University
Dennis McCunney, East Carolina University
Paul Paparella, formerly Clemson University
Coryn Shiflet, Georgia Tech
Maia Wellington Gahtan, Kent State University, Florence Campus
Amelia Dietrich, The Forum on Education Abroad, dietrica@forumea.org

 

Wollitzer Award Committee

Description: 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 and vision. 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

Time Commitment: approximately 2 hours per month from October to January

Jessica Sun, University of Pennsylvania (Chair)
Sam Brandauer, Dickinson College
Lee L’Hote, IES Abroad
Leo Rowland
Bianca Schonberg, University of Houston-Clear Lake
Elizabeth Frohlich, The Forum on Education Abroad, frohlice@forumea.org

 


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

18th Annual Conference
March 2022, Hybrid Event, Chicago, IL and Online

Joy Phaphouvaninh, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Chair)
Michael Sandy, Bridgewater State University (Past Chair)
Lindsay Allen, Yale-NUS College, Singapore
Jerry Barnaby, Cooperative Center for Study Abroad
Madiha Chafik, CIEE Morocco
Jessica Driemeier, University of Miami
Chrissie Faupel, Appalachian State University
Brian Johnson, Loyola University Chicago
Ermioni Karachaliou, Hellenic American University, Greece
Katherine Macfarlane, Northeastern University
Lebethe Malefo, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Damien Marshall, AIFS Abroad
Erica Nikolaisen, New Mexico State University
Margherita Pasquini, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy
Melquin Ramos, Southbridge Access, Chile
Melody Reichoff, Waukesha County Technical College
Sabrina Starke, Absolute Internship, Spain
Nicole Stokes, Saint Joseph’s University
Nicole Uhlinger, UC Davis
Xia (Amy) Zhang, Alabama A&M University

 

Government Relations 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

 

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, torres@forumea.org

 

Standards Resources Committee

Description: The Standards 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

Rebecca Baskerville, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Eowyn Greeno, University of Puget Sound
Meghan Mason, Denison University
Jennifer Murray, Bard College
Hannah Parten, Wesleyan University
Elena Quarti, University of New Haven
Abe De La Rosa, The Forum on Education Abroad, delarosa@forumea.org

 

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