QUIP Peer Reviewers

Experienced education abroad professionals trained by The Forum, Peer Reviewers examine education abroad operations at organizations enrolled in the Quality Improvement Program (QUIP). They make judgments about whether the organization is in substantial conformity with the individual Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, commend the organization for any outstanding practices, and make suggestions and recommendations for quality improvement. Peer Reviewers play an essential role in the QUIP process.

Current Peer Reviewers

Rosa Almoguera, EDUALAMO
Jose B. Alvarez, John Cabot University
Lynn Anderson, Independent Consultant
Rebecca Bergren, Gettysburg College
Kevin Brennan, Winterline Global Education
Paige Butler, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Chris Cook, Cornell University
Jeremy Doughty, University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC)
Ryan Dye, Miami University of Ohio
Timothy Lynn Elliott, Brigham Young University
Nico Evers, EARTH University (Costa Rica)
Julie Ficarra, SUNY Cortland
Emily Gorlewski, Wesleyan University
Nick Gozik, Boston College
Stephen Hall, Tufts University, retired
Melissa Hardin, CAPA The Global Education Network
Ann Hubbard, AIFS Study Abroad
Leanne Johnson, University of Maryland
Lance Kenney, Independent Consultant
Jane Kucko, University of Tulsa
Cara Lane-Toomey, Where There Be Dragons
Jonathan Larson, University of Illinois
Shawn Lenker, Duke University
Cheryl Lochner-Wright, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
Stephanie Lovseth, Principia College
Elaine Meyer Lee, Agnes Scott College
Joe Milostan, Kansas State University
Laurie Monarch, Independent Consultant
Jennifer Murray, Bard College
Carolyn O’Grady, Winona State University
Kristopher Riggs, Achievement Study Abroad
Bradley Rink, University of the Western Cape
Emmeline Searson, University of Limerick
Carolyn Sorkin, University Passport LLC
Jen Sydow, Scottsdale Community College
David Wick, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Margaret Wiedenhoeft, Kalamazoo College

Eligibility Requirements

  • At least 5 years in education abroad, and 1 year experience in a senior administrative, managerial or supervisory role in education abroad (or in the case of international candidates, five years’ experience directly related to programming for U.S. students).
  • Completion of or enrollment in The Forum’s Professional Certification Program and demonstrated extensive knowledge and application of the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad.
  • Applicable experience in program and/or higher education assessment and evaluation.
  • Employed by a Forum on Education Abroad Member Institution in good standing, or an Individual Member of The Forum.

Selection and Appointment

Peer Reviewer applications will be reviewed by 3 Forum Review Panel members and 2 Forum staff members, who will recommend selection to The Forum’s President and CEO. The Forum’s President and CEO then appoints each Peer Reviewer.


Peer Reviewers are required to participate in 2 web-based training sessions of 1.5 hours each. These trainings are designed to orient and train Peer Reviewers to their roles and responsibilities within the specific context of QUIP. As part of their training, Peer Reviewers who are not yet certified education abroad professionals are expected to become certified by completing the Professional Certification Program within one calendar year. The Forum will waive tuition for the Professional Certification Program.

Terms of Service

Peer Reviewers serve for five years, or until the publication of a new edition of the Standards of Good Practice. When their term is up, or a new edition of the Standards is published, Peer Reviewers are required to reapply and complete updated training.

The Forum’s goal is to develop a team of Peer Reviewers whose knowledge and experience are appropriate to the types of organizations and programs under review. Peer Reviewers may be invited to participate in up to 2 reviews per year. Depending on the nature of the reviews in progress, not every Peer Reviewer will be called upon every year. Peer Reviewers assign ownership and copyright of all Peer Review Reports to The Forum. Peer Reviewers receive a modest honorarium from The Forum in compensation for their service in conducting the review.

Each review involves a series of web-based interviews with the home office, and in most cases, an in-person visit to a program site. The institution under review funds Peer Reviewers’ travel, accommodations and review-related travel expenses.

Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest

Each Peer Reviewer must sign a confidentiality/non-disclosure agreement and a conflict of interest disclosure statement for each review to which they are assigned. Peer Reviewers will be asked to recuse themselves from any review for which there exists a real or perceived conflict of interest.

Code of Ethics

QUIP Peer Reviewers must understand and agree to abide by The Forum’s Code of Ethics for Education Abroad. They must sign a Confidentiality/Non-Disclosure Agreement and a Statement of Conflict of Interest for each review.