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

Committees and working groups are not currently seeking new members. Check here later this year for information about the following new opportunities:

  • 17th Annual Conference Committee
  • Research Advisory Working Group
  • Mid-Career Working Group
  • Financial Models and Structures Working Group

Current Committees & Working Groups

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

 

Annual Conference Committee

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

Description: 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

16th Annual Conference
March 2020, Kansas City, Missouri

Elizabeth Strong, Missouri State University, chair
John Sunnygard, Western Kentucky University, past chair
Jerry Barnaby, CCSA – Cooperative Center for Study Abroad
Paige Butler, Middlebury Institute of International Studies
Katelin Christianer-Donkers, Kansas State University
Maritheresa Frain, IFSA
Chris Fuglestad, UT Health San Antonio
Kerry Geffert, Terra Dotta, LLC
Whitney Longnecker, Texas Tech University
Paul McVeigh, Northern Virginia Community College (retired), Forum Board of Directors
Maraina Montgomery, Howard University
Andria Morse, University of Wisconsin – Stout
Katherine Mulfaul, University College Dublin
Christopher Quinlan, Brigham Young University
Andrea Rizzotti, FLACSO
Katie Saur, DePaul University
Bianca Schonberg, University of Houston – Clear Lake
Patricio Varas Guerrer, Analogic Abroad
Kate Wozniak, University of Missouri – Kansas City
Basma Zeidan, American University of Beirut

Award for Academic Achievement Abroad (AAAA) Selection Committee

Length of Term: 2 awards cycles

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

Description: The Award for Academic Achievement Abroad Selection Committee aids in the selection of 2019 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 Kansas City. 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

Scott Ozaroski, DePaul University, co-chair
Amelia Dietrich, The Forum on Education Abroad, co-chair, dietrica@forumea.org
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

Curriculum Award Selection Committee

Length of Term: 1 awards cycle, approximately 2 months

Time Commitment: approximately 4 hours per month

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 deadline: September 13, 2019. 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

Karey Fuhs, Northwestern University
Emily Kane, Longwood University
Ronald Machoian, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Lynn Neddo, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Tammy Prater, Jackson State Community College
Thomas Roman, IFE
Elizabeth Frohlich, The Forum on Education Abroad, frohlice@forumea.org 

Government Advocacy Committee

Length of Term: 2 years

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

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.

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

The New York Times Award for Innovation in Education Abroad Selection Committee

Length of Term: 1 year

Description: This committee reviews all submissions to the Education Abroad Digital Resource Center (EADRC) each year to identify the most creative use of The New York Times in an education abroad curriculum or program. All vetted submissions are added to the EADRC. One submission is identified as the winner of the Award for Innovation in Education Abroad.

Expected Deliverables: Vetting EADRC submissions, choosing award winner

Amelia Dietrich, The Forum on Education Abroad, dietrica@forumea.org
Kandace Rusnak, The New York Times
Tynelle Stewart, University of Rochester

Standards Institute Planning Committee

Length of Term: 10 months, beginning in September

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

Description: 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 2020 will be formed in September 2019, 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

Brooke Galloway, SAPRI Consulting
Staci Hagen, University of California Education Abroad Program
Rachel Helwig, Amizade
Todd Holmes, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rochelle Keesler, Lafayette College
Jessica Miller, The University of Texas System
Morgan Morris Inabinet, University of South Carolina
Erica Nikolaisen, Penn State University
Mark Odenwelder, Forum Council
Wendy Pedersen, University of Southern California
Kyle Rausch, Purdue University
Rachel Reuter, University of Michigan
Seth Tucker, Syracuse University

Standards Toolbox Resources Committee

Length of Term: 2 years

Description: The Standards Toolbox Resources Committee 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

Whitney Strickler, UNC Charlotte, co-chair
Abraham De La Rosa, The Forum on Education Abroad, co-chair, delarosa@forumea.org
Dominique Brown, DePaul University
Cara Lane-Toomey, Where There Be Dragons
Samuel Pearson, Corban University
Elizabeth Shuman, Indiana University

Wollitzer Award Committee

Length of Term: 1 award cycle, approximately 2 months

Time Commitment: approximately 2 hours per month

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. 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: Revision of award criteria; recruitment of nominations; selection of winner

Allie Agati, Yale University
Tony Pinder, Emerson College
Maryann Rapposelli, University of Delaware
Leo Rowland, SACI
Lorna Stern, Arcadia University

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, frohlice@forumea.org
Mark Eckman, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
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

Community Colleges Working Group

Description: 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
Abraham De La Rosa, The Forum on Education Abroad, co-chair, delarosa@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, Sauk Valley Community College
Anne Haberkern, Portland Community College
Rosalind Raby, California Colleges for International Education

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Working Group

Start Date: September 1, 2019

Time Commitment: approximately 4 hours per month

Description: Working Group members will create resources to further equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Expected Deliverables:

  • Draft a definition of what The Forum means by “diversity.”
    • Create a recommended equity, diversity, and inclusion reading list to post to the web as well.
    • Propose new equity, diversity, and inclusion content needed that can be included in a section of the website for on-site staff, with resources on how to support students of color.
    •Create a list of who/what benefits from education abroad – due 11/1/19. (This will contribute to a resource to be shared during International Education Week.)

Anticipated End Date: June 30, 2020

Juan Antonio Alonso, Chattanooga State Community College, chair
Keshia Abraham, CIEE
Lindsay Calvert, IIE
Abi Cavazos, Siena College
Heather Krog, self-employed cultural mentor and inclusion facilitator
Mary Phibbs, University of New Mexico
Erica Rideaux, DePaul University
Malaika Serrano, WorldStrides
Drew Villierme-Lightfoot, Arcadia University
Candace Warner, Columbia State Community College
Elizabeth Frohlich, The Forum on Education Abroad, frohlice@forumea.org

HBCU & TCU Working Group

Start Date: September 1, 2019

Time Commitment: approximately 3 hours per month

Description: Working Group members will work to create of resources to further the opportunities available for HBCUs and TCUs to engage in the field.

Expected Deliverables:

  • Create a mentoring program for professionals working at HBCUs and TCUs that makes mentors available to answer questions related to the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, The Forum’s resources, best practices, etc.
    • Identify specific training and development opportunities for colleagues at HBCUs and TCUs that focus on their needs.
    • Create a list of who/what benefits from education abroad – due 11/1/19. (This will contribute to a resource to be shared during International Education Week.)

Anticipated End Date: June 30, 2020

Fahmi Abboushi, Central State University
Aleksandra Benedict, Florida A & M
Olivia Del Viscio, CEA Study Abroad
Maria Potter, Central State University
Maxine Sample, Virginia State University
Stephanie Tilley, Prairie View A&M University
Leslyn Tonge, University of the Virgin Islands
Xia Zhang, Alabama A&M University
Natalie Mello, The Forum on Education Abroad, mellona@forumea.org

International Inclusion Working Group

Start Date: September 1, 2019

Time Commitment: approximately 3 hours per month

Description: Working Group members will work to create opportunities for The Forum to engage and serve international colleagues.

Expected Deliverables:

  • Explore opportunities in different countries to build capacity to host students from other countries, particularly through government funding.
    • Create an FAQ on how The Forum’s resources and or professional development opportunities are helpful to international colleagues.
    • Create a list of who/what benefits from education abroad – due 11/1/19. )This will contribute to a resource to be shared during International Education Week.)

Anticipated End Date: June 30, 2020

Abbiola Ballah, Toucan Educational Programs
Stefanny Castro, AGLOCAM Logistica S.A.
Mary Collins, Mary Immaculate College
Elena Corbett, AMIDEAST
Angela Elkins, Walters State Community College
Anna Esquivel, Jackson State Community College
Jonathan Kaplan, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Peter Kerrigan, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Gabrielle Malfatti, University of Missouri
Katherine Martin, University of Limerick
Nicole Watson, GVI
Natalie Mello, The Forum on Education Abroad, mellona@forumea.org

Standards Update Working Group

Description: 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, mellona@forumea.org
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
Aurelié Chouaf, 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
Cheryl Lochner-Wright, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
James Lucas, Michigan State University
Gareth McFeely, Boston University
Sylvia Mitterndorfer, 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

 

 

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