Forum Trained Facilitator Team & Certification Assessors

The Forum’s strategic plan specifies the design and implementation of programming at the regional, national and international levels that disseminates the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, increases the accessibility of the Standards to all levels of Forum member institutions and organizations, encourages and provides training in the implementation of best practices, and allows all member institutions and organizations to engage in purposeful dialogue.

In order to provide the highest level of programming to The Forum membership, it is necessary to maintain a cohort of specially-trained colleagues to deliver a variety of programming. The Forum Trained Facilitator Team (FTFT) accomplishes this. The FTFT is a group of mid- to senior-level education abroad professionals from around the world who are prepared to deliver workshops and webinars on a variety of topics—all tied to the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad and the Code of Ethics for Education Abroad. Many of the workshops also form the basis of the new Professional Certification program.

Forum Certification Assessors are experienced professionals in the field of education abroad, who have demonstrated at great length their skill in the articulation and application of the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad. Selected from a pool of highly qualified applicants, they are carefully vetted and rigorously trained to evaluate Standards Assignments reliably and consistently based on established criteria. Forum Certification Assessors perform a vital service, with the goal of assuring quality education abroad and improving the field as a whole.

Interested in becoming a Forum Trained Facilitator or a Certification Assessor?


How are FTFT members and Assessors selected?

  • Colleagues of Forum member institutions are invited to apply to become a member of the FTFT or Assessor Team.
  • A selection committee comprised of The Forum’s Vice President for Programs, Training and Services, and at least two FTFT members and an Assessor, will review applications to join the FTFT and Assessor team. This committee will nominate applicants to participate in The Forum’s Accelerated Residency Program June 10 – 12, 2019 in Carlisle, PA.
  • After completing the training in June, all nominees will be evaluated regarding their ability to facilitate workshops, interact with colleagues, and present on behalf of The Forum.
  • All nominees will either be offered an opportunity to become a member of the FTFT or the Assessor Team, dependent upon their completion of Certification within the year.

Training for the FTFT and Assessor team members

  • FTFT and Assessor nominees are expected to travel to The Forum on Education Abroad’s offices in Carlisle, PA to participate in Accelerated Residency.   The Forum will waive tuition for the Professional Certification Program.
  • As part of their training, Facilitators and Assessors are expected to become certified by completing the Professional Certification program within a calendar year.
  • Additional training through webinars is provided on an as needed basis: prior to delivering a workshop, or when a workshop curriculum has been revamped, or if Certification assignments change, for example.

Terms of service

  • FTFT and Assessor team members serve their three year term after initial training, with annual training to be provided by The Forum. The term begins September 1 after being accepted as either an Assessor or a Facilitator.
  • Members of either team may offer to serve up to two consecutive terms (for a total of 6 years). Decisions to renew an Assessor’s or Facilitator’s term are at the discretion of Forum staff.

Expectations for FTFT members

  • FTFT members are expected to deliver Forum workshops when their schedule allows by traveling to destinations where the workshop is to be delivered. The Forum funds Facilitators’ travel, accommodations and workshop-related travel expenses.  Meals are reimbursed on a per diem basis.
  • Each Team member is expected to successfully deliver at least one workshop or webinar during their first 18 months. The inability to do so because of scheduling conflicts or other commitments will impact the individual’s ability to continue on the Team.
  • Each Facilitator is expected to facilitate one workshop per year dependent upon The Forum’s need for facilitation.
  • Facilitators receive a modest honorarium from The Forum as recognition for their service to The Forum’s mission.

Expectations for Assessors

  • Forum Certification Assessors are expected to evaluate their assigned files within the time allotted. The inability to do so will impact the individual’s ability to complete her or his term.
  • Assessors are expected to assess multiple Standards Assignments (submissions and resubmissions) within three weeks of receipt.
  • Assessment rubrics are provided for each assignment. Assessors provide specific feedback to participants who do not complete Assignments successfully to assist them in meeting the stated criteria.
  • Revised assignments will be resubmitted and evaluated by Assessors. This process will continue until the participant achieves a successful result on all of the Standards Assignments.
  • Assessors receive a modest honorarium from The Forum as recognition for their service to The Forum’s mission.

Code of Ethics

  • FTFT members and Certification Assessors must understand and agree to abide by the field’s Code of Ethics for Education Abroad. Assessors must agree also to exemplify high standards of honesty and integrity by maintaining the confidentiality of the program participants, as well as the contents of the Standards Assignments, including the questions and responses.

Meet the Forum Trained Facilitator Team


Mandy Brookins Blinn
Mandy Brookins,
DePauw University
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Brian Brubaker,
The Pennsylvania State University
Paige Butler
Paige Butler,
Middlebury Institute of International Studies
Ryan Dye
Ryan Dye,
Miami University










Nick Gozik
Nick Gozik,
Boston College
Kline Harrison WEB
Kline Harrison,
Wake Forest University
Sue Jackson WEB
Sue Jackson,
Whitworth University (ret)
Wendy Lombardo
Wendy Lombardo,
Arcadia University,
The College of Global Studies










Kevin Morrison
Kevin Morrison,
Macalester College
Mark Oldenwelder, CEDEI
Mark Odenwelder
Bradley Rink, University of Cape Town
Bradley Rink,
University of the Western Cape
David Shallenberger, SIT Graduate Institute
David Shallenberger,
School for International Training (ret)











Meet the Certification Assessors


Adrian Beaulieu,
Providence College
Mandy Brookins Blinn
Mandy Brookins,
DePauw University
Ryan Dye
Ryan Dye,
Miami University
Tim Lynn Elliott
Lynn Elliott,
Brigham Young University










headshot of Nick Gozik
Nick Gozik,
Boston College
Sue Jackson
Sue Jackson,
Whitworth University (retired)
Cara Lane-Toomey
Cara Lane-Toomey,
Where There Be Dragons
Cheryl Lochner-Wright
Cheryl Lochner-Wright,
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire










Kevin Morrison,
Macalester College
Naomi Otterness
Naomi Otterness,
Davidson College
David Shallenberger
David Shallenberger,
School for International Training
Angi Yucas,