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 Forum Council is seeking volunteers to join Committees and Working Groups to carry out their 2021-2022 Work Plan! See descriptions for each group below.

 

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Working Groups & Committees Seeking Volunteers 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 demostrate 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)

Award for Academic Achievement Abroad (AAAA) Selection Committee

Description: The Award for Academic Achievement Abroad 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 at 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

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

Expected Deliverables: Vetting of submissions to Curriculum Toolbox; selection of winners; presentation of the award

Length of Term: 1 awards cycle, approx. 2 months active participation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

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

Amelia Dietrich, The Forum on Education Abroad, dietrica@forumea.org
Ashley Haseley, Texas Tech University

Faculty Reviewers:

Shawn Bender, Dickinson College
Jnev Biros, Texas Tech
Amy Boren-Alpizar, Texas Tech
David Campbell, Grinnell College
Jeff Carter, DePaul University
Stephen Haseley, Oklahoma State University
Burleigh Hendrickson, Penn State University
Carolyn Lewis, Grinnell College
Christie Klimas, DePaul University
Kuhn Park, Texas Tech
Pablo Requena, University of Texas, San Antonio
Jorge Valdes Kroff, University of Florida
Allison Wright, Texas Tech

 

Financial Models and Structures Working Group

Description: Gather information about financial models and their utility from different institutions.

Expected Deliverables: Provide resources for use by colleagues to develop financial models to meet the needs of their institutions; Share sample financial models for different types of institutions and programs

Start Date: September 1, 2020

Anticipated End Date: June 30, 2021

Devin Foxall, The School for Field Studies, co-chair
Drew Cahan, University of Pennsylvania/HEIBO
Theresa Castillo, TnCIS
Katie DeGuzman, Dickinson College
Amelia Dietrich, The Forum on Education Abroad, dietrica@forumea.org
Shayle Havemann, Evolve Abroad
Sue Macchiarella, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Annette Mares-Duran, University of New Mexico
Kenneth Munroe, Temple University
Missy Peterson, University of Minnesota/HEIBO
Michael Scharff, Limestone College
Danielle Scugoza, Georgetown 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
Abe De La Rosa, The Forum on Education Abroad, delarosa@forumea.org
Eowyn Greeno, University of Puget Sound
Meghan Mason, Denison University
Jennifer Murray, Bard College
Hannah Parten, Wesleyan University
Elena Quarti, University of New Haven

 

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