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

The following committees and working groups are currently being formed. We are not accepting applications at this time.

 

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

 


Current Committees & Working Groups

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

 

Aligning with the UN SDGs: Environmental Impact Working Group

Description: As a first attempt to align the field with the UN SDGs, this working group will create and gather resources to help mitigate the environmental impact of study abroad.

Expected Deliverables: Create Guidelines on evaluating and reducing the environmental impact of education abroad; Catalog resources and best practices for evaluation of environmental impact reduction; Develop tangible mechanisms to get resources out to those in the field

Start Date: September 1, 2020

Anticipated End Date: June 30, 2021

Adrienne Fusek, San Diego State University, co-chair
Valeria Albani, Rhode Island School of Design
Maria Dietrich, Northampton Community College
Elizabeth Frohlich, The Forum on Education Abroad, frohlice@forumea.org
Rikke Kolbech, DIS – Study Abroad in Scandinavia
Kevin Murphy, University of New Haven Tuscany Campus
Daniel Ponce-Taylor, Intercultural Outreach Initiative (IOI)
Ravi Raj, Authentica
Uttiyo Raychaudhuri, The University of Denver
Leo Rowland, SACI
Karla Torres, GET Ecuador
Karen Williams, Drake University

 

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
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

 

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

Alicia Stanley, Grinnell College, chair
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

 

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 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

 

Collaborating Across Institutions Working Group

Description: Catalog best practices for developing partnerships across institutions.

Expected Deliverables: Create a list of practices and resources that colleagues can use to engage with other offices across institutions to better understand how internationalization works for them (multicultural offices, diversity offices, etc.); Develop tangible mechanisms to get resources out to those in the field

Start Date: September 1, 2020

Anticipated End Date: June 30, 2021

Emily Gorlewski, Wesleyan University, chair
Michael Alijewicz, ISEP
Maia Wellington Gahtan, Kent State University, Florence Campus
Jessie Guinn, Arcadia University
Tara Johnson, The Pennsylvania State University
Jonathan Larson, European Union Center, University of Illinois
Levi Lindsey, University of Denver
Natalie A. Mello, The Forum on Education Abroad, mellona@forumea.org
Lucy Okumu, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Joy Phaphouvaninh, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Daniela Rodriguez, Universidad de Monterrey
Johnna Weston, The Pennsylvania State University

 

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Around the World Working Group

Description: Create resources to further equity, diversity, and inclusion in education abroad.

Expected Deliverables: Engage international colleagues by gathering and sharing information on perspectives and approaches to equity, diversity, and inclusion around the world in different social contexts; Develop tangible mechanisms to get resources out to those in the field (marketing or advocacy plan)

Start Date: September 1, 2020

Anticipated End Date: June 30, 2021

Ronel E. Stevens, Ulwazi Africa, chair
Elizabeth Frohlich, The Forum on Education Abroad, frohlice@forumea.org
Jane Gunn-Lewis, Arcadia University
Samantha Juarez, University of Notre Dame
Maria Mateu, ISEP Barcelona
Jessica Miller, Southwest Tennessee Community College
Melquin Ramos
Quinton Redcliffe, CIEE
Craig Rinker, Georgetown University
Mary Robinson, Rollins College
Claudia Sanchez, Stanford University
Hannah Sorila, SIT Study Abroad
Amaris Vázquez-Vargas, Texas A&M 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

 

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
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
Michael Scharff, Limestone College
Danielle Scugoza, Georgetown University

 

Online Global Learning Institute Planning Committee

Description: Review the State of the Art with regard to the use of technology in education abroad.

Expected Deliverables: Organize an Institute (one day virtual conference with concurrent sessions) around all issues pertaining to online delivery of global learning objectives

Start Date: September 1, 2020

Anticipated End Date: June 30, 2021

Melinda Ingersoll, Lasalle University, co-chair
Lou Berends, CEA Study Abroad
Paola Cascinelli, Arcadia University Italy Programs
Amelia Dietrich, The Forum on Education Abroad, dietrica@forumea.org
Katie Gallegos, CIEE
Chris Hoffmann, Hacker Exchange
Kozue Isozaki, OSU, Fisher College of Business
Sudarshan Pandey, ILSAP
Anthony Pezzola, Washington University in St. Louis
David Puente, ISA by WorldStrides
Kyle Rausch, University of Illinois at Chicago
Jeannie Simmons, Ohio State University
Brittani Smit, The College of Global Studies, Arcadia University
Lauren Stikeleather, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Yara Vasina, University of Technology Sydney
Madeleine Wilcox, Thomas Jefferson University
Taylor Woodman, University of Maryland, College Park

 

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

 

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

 

Learning from HBCUs, TCUs, MSIs & Community Colleges about Ed Abroad Working Group

Description: Compile best practices from HBCUs, TCUs, MSIs and Community Colleges that are employed on campuses that have strengths specific to their demographics and their history.

Expected Deliverables: Create a list of practices and resources that colleagues can use to engage, recruit and serve underserved and underrepresented students; Develop tangible mechanisms to get resources out to those in the field

Start Date: September 1, 2020

Anticipated End Date: June 30, 2021

Maraina Montgomery, Howard University, chair
Keshia Abraham, The Abraham Consulting Agency
Elena Corbett, AMIDEAST Education Abroad
Abe De La Rosa, The Forum on Education Abroad, delarosa@forumea.org
Bailey Kepford, ISEP Study Abroad
Erica Nikolaisen, New Mexico State University
Maria Potter, Central State University
Andre Stevenson, Elizabeth City State University
Cheikh Thiam, World Learning, School for International Training

 

Mid-Career Working Group

Description: Creation of opportunities for mid-career professionals to engage with The Forum and guidance on career building.

Expected Deliverables: Define “mid-career”; Identify existing professional development opportunities for mid-career professionals and propose additional opportunities The Forum might want to create; Develop an analysis of skillsets of education abroad professionals to share with supervisors.

Start Date: September 1, 2020

Anticipated End Date: June 30, 2021

Abigail Cavazos, Siena College, chair
Giselda Beaudin, Rollins College
Alisha Cardwell, Brandeis University
Jennifer Evanuik, Central Michigan University
Amy Forsberg, Kishwaukee College
Hannah Kilgore, Trinity College Dublin
Thomas Millington, Abroadia
Ellen Reid, MIT
Bianca Schonberg, University of Houston-Clear Lake
Deirdre Sheridan, National University of Ireland, Galway
Rebecca Smietana, Global Learning Collective
Stephanie Tilley, Prairie View A&M University
Melissa Torres, The Forum on Education Abroad, torresme@forumea.org

 

Research Advisory Group

Description: Serve as advisors to the Director for Research & Resources in developing the next State of the Field Survey and other Forum research projects.

Expected Deliverables: Provide feedback on edits to the State of the Field Survey before its 2020 distribution; Assist in developing timeline, strategies, etc. for data dissemination from the State of the Field 2020; Provide feedback on other Forum data collection projects as needed.

Start Date: May 1, 2020

Anticipated End Date: May 1, 2021

Ashley Ipakchi, ISI Abroad
Liz Havey, Georgia College and State University
Mark Rush, Washington and Lee University
Joy Ellebbane, Bank Street College
Verónica Castro, Universidad Santa Paula, Costa Rica
Susan Robinson, Boston University
Stacie Furia, University of California Education Abroad Programs
Maia Gahtan, Kent State University Florence
Tammie Bolling, Pellississippi State Community College
Lotte Buiting, Swarthmore College
Amy Bartnick Blume, Gateway International Group
Amanda Roshan-Rawaan, Indiana University

 

Standards Institute Planning Committee

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 2021 will be formed in September 2020, 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

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

12th Annual Standards Institute:
Best Practices for Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management
June 2021

Marisa A. Gray, Morgan State University, co-chair
Patrick Morgan, University of Michigan, co-chair
Brian Brubaker, The Pennsylvania State University
Chris Carroll, Florida State University
Morgan Inabinet, University of South Carolina
Leanne Johnson, University of Maryland
Aimee Jones, Colorado State University
Vinita Mehra
Natalie A. Mello, The Forum on Education Abroad, mellona@forumea.org
Wendy Pedersen, University of Southern California
Matthew Rader, IES Abroad
Seth Tucker, Syracuse University

 

 

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