Latanya Mapp Frett to Deliver Opening Plenary at the 16th Annual Conference

Latanya Mapp Frett is the plenary speaker for the 16th Annual Forum ConferenceThe Forum is thrilled to announce Latanya Mapp Frett as the plenary speaker for its 16th Annual Conference in Kansas City.

Latanya Mapp Frett is President and CEO of Global Fund for Women. Previously, she was the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Global, the international arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, with regional and country offices in Africa and Latin America. She quadrupled the size of the program in four years to become one of the most innovative and sustainable global health organizations in the field.

Ms. Frett has long made the connection between women’s health to sustainable development. In past talks, she has stated: “What we know for sure is that an educated woman is going to take care of herself, her family, her community, and her country…and that means the environment.”

Join us for Latanya Mapp Frett’s Opening Plenary on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, for what is sure to be an insightful and thought-provoking introduction to The Forum’s 16th Annual Conference, “Education Abroad at a Crossroads: Actions for a Sustainable Future.”

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Join The Forum Team as the Marketing/Social Media Manager

Reporting to the President & CEO, this is an exciting new role for a B2B marketing-manager to join The Forum team! We are looking for an experienced self-starter who can help us achieve bold goals for increasing membership, resource utilization, and both national and international recognition. The successful candidate will oversee The Forum’s marketing strategy and is to advance The Forum’s goals for diversity and inclusiveness.

Essential Functions:

  • Plans & implements The Forum’s comprehensive marketing strategy and develops future marketing and social media strategic plans; Oversees the development and implementation of The Forum’s social media, digital advertising and communications strategy and planning.
  • Works in close collaboration with other Forum staff, marketing colleagues at Forum partner organizations, and outside agencies (as needed) to ensure cohesive and efficient global marketing efforts.
  • Leads the production of the Forum Storytellers video podcast series, the development of our Annual Report, materials for conferences, online programs and other communication pieces and methods, as needed.
  • Collects and analyzes data to guide decision-making and evaluate and assess the effectiveness of specific marketing and social media initiatives.
  • Manages ongoing market research both nationally and internationally to identify emerging social media trends and proposing new methods for reaching current Forum members and potential new members; Ability to periodically travel within and outside the United States is required.
  • Develops and implements an annual marketing plan and budget, incorporating targeted campaigns (concepts, messaging, visuals, additional assets, content calendars, and timelines).
  • Leads website design update and development, and manages online content.
  • Collaborates with other Forum staff to manage The Forum’s brand identity (including naming conventions, taglines, key messages, and visuals).

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing with 3-5 years work experience
  • Experience with CRMs (specifically WordPress), and managing websites;
  • Experience with video capture and editing on mobile devices, preferably with sound editing experience (Add which software you use or have used in the past);
  • Experience creating content and managing social media business accounts;
  • Experience developing and implementing marketing and social media strategy;
  • Skill in creative problem-solving and the ability to handle multiple tasks, deadlines and changing priorities;
  • Knowledge of marketing best practices in higher education and education abroad;
  • Ability to communicate in a timely and manner to multi-layer remote team members
  • Ability to garner feedback and build buy-in from different groups/constituencies
  • Ability to be a team player, to build and maintain cooperative working relationships with colleagues, to provide an exquisite level of customer service, and to value and positively contribute to The Forum’s work culture.
  • Excellent organization, communication and presentation skills;
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, accuracy, and consistency;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of diversity;
  • Demonstrated ability to create, follow, assess and adapt a marketing and social media plan;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and follow timelines.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree
  • Experience with marketing in a university or program provider/education abroad environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide the highest level of customer service.

Candidates invited to interview will be expected to share examples of their work and to submit a video as part of the interview process.

This position will be based at The Forum’s headquarters at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania for a minimum introductory period, after which working remotely may be possible.

 

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Forum Internship Opportunity: Conference Intern

The Forum seeks an undergraduate intern, who is a junior or senior during the 2019-20 academic year, to assist with general office duties as well as details related to its Annual Conference scheduled for March 25-27, 2020 in Kansas City, MO, including travel and on-site event operations at the conference. Qualified candidates for the position are professional, organized, flexible, have a strong attention to detail, and have experience in event planning. The intern is expected to work 8-10 hours per week in The Forum’s office or remotely during the Fall ’19 and Spring ’20 semesters. If a junior and successful in the role, the intern may be invited to return his or her senior year (2020-2021) to serve as a second-year intern. The intern will report to the Associate Director for Conference and Events.

Position Details
The Forum Conference Intern will assist with general office duties as well as details related to its Annual Conference scheduled for March 25-27, 2020 in Kansas City, MO, including travel and on-site event operations at the conference. Transportation to Kansas City and accommodations for the conference will be covered by The Forum, assuming the intern has demonstrated ability to add value during the event. The Conference Intern must commit to working 8-10 hours per week and will be compensated at $7.29/hour. The Intern will be expected to submit weekly timesheets and activity reports, and will report to the Associate Director for Conferences and Events.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with the planning, developing, and orchestration of the Annual Conference, as well as smaller events;
  • Learning the entire scope of the event process from the initial planning phase to execution on site;
  • Aiding the Associate Director with organization of sponsor, session presenter, and other stakeholder information;
  • Building relationships with Sponsor Organization contacts throughout the conference planning process;
  • Helping to research and arrange smaller auxiliary events during the conference.

Qualifications
The ideal candidate for this internship is organized, enthusiastic, and able to see opportunities in obstacles. The candidate has organized events in the past (informal and formal) and is able to take ownership over projects and see them through to fruition. Desired candidate must have a deep understanding of current technology practices, as well as a proficiency in working with conference apps, registration processes, and spreadsheets. The desired candidate is a team player, has a passion for event planning and providing exquisite levels of customer service, and is preferably educated in hospitality.

Required qualifications also include:

  • Demonstrated event planning and management experience;
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to work efficiently under pressure;
  • Ability to work independently and complete tasks with minimal supervision;
  • Creative thinking, critical analysis, and adaptability;
  • Excellent writing and proofreading skills;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook)

Candidates able to work remotely, either for the entirety of the internship, or with occasionally visits to Carlisle, PA, will be considered.

How to Apply
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to conference@forumea.org by Friday, September 13.

 

Opportunity to Serve as The Forum’s Strategic Partner

This Request for Proposal (RFP) introduces the opportunity to serve as The Forum on Education Abroad’s next Strategic Partner (SP).

As the landscape of international education continues to expand, The Forum’s work has never been so essential. As students increasingly see the importance of international programs to their overall education and institutions of higher education recognize the importance of education abroad as central to fulfilling their mission, the field of education abroad increasingly relies upon The Forum to advocate for high standards, research, assessment and investment.

The Forum has been fortunate to partner with Dickinson College for the past 13 years. The current contract between the two organizations expires on June 30, 2021 and as is best practice, we are opening the process to consider all interested SPs, including Dickinson College. Through this RFP process, The Forum’s Board of Directors is reviewing the current and future needs of the organization to identify the SP who can best help us achieve our vision for The Forum’s future. The Board seeks a SP who supports the mission of The Forum and is willing to provide The Forum’s secretariat access to facilities, staff, programs and resources. The SP will be an organization or institution with a solid reputation in and commitment to education abroad and desires to help The Forum grow and prosper. The ideal SP will have:

  • The capacity and willingness to work collaboratively with The Forum on matters of strategic importance to the field of education abroad;
  • An established record of leadership in the field of education abroad;
  • A location that allows for interactions with a number of university and educational communities and provides convenient access to air and other transportation;
  • The resources and services to provide in-kind support as described in the RFP;
  • The willingness to commit to a minimum term of five years as the SP, with the likelihood of extending the relationship to a second or third term.

Guidance on sharing an expression of interest is provided in the full RFP. Questions about this opportunity can be directed to Melissa Torres, President and CEO, at torresme@forumea.org.

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Advocacy Alert: Study Abroad Legislation

The first and primary responsibility of every international educator is the health and safety of students. Program providers, colleges, universities and organizations that provide services to the field of education abroad continue to prioritize student safety above all other aspects of their roles. To support their endeavors to keep students safe, The Forum on Education Abroad has focused much energy and attention on providing resources, data and best practices related to student health and safety. The Forum’s Standards of Good Practice (current Standard 8) include guidelines and queries to help institutions assess their own health and safety policies and feature more than 60 resources submitted by Forum members on this topic. In 2016, The Forum first conducted research comparing student mortality rates in the U.S. with mortality rates while abroad, and then updated and expanded the data in 2018 to inform international educators and the public. In 2019, The Forum relaunched a new and improved Critical Incident Database, enabling members to track critical incidents that occur while students are off-campus, including reportable information as required by the Department of Education in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the Clery Act), Title IX, and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Collecting and analyzing incident data can help to improve health, safety, security, and risk management policies and procedures, inform staff training efforts, prepare orientation information for students, and more.

Currently, there are efforts underway to pass state and federal legislation to collect and publicize study abroad incident data. As reported and explained by Pulse: Higher Education Health, Safety and Security Professionals (PULSE), this legislation includes:

State Legislation that has been passed

Minnesota: In 2014, a law was passed in Minnesota resulting in an annual report hosted by the MN Office of Higher Education. The law requires MN colleges and universities to report deaths and hospitalizations abroad on a yearly basis. In 2015, a bill was passed in Minnesota to regulate K-12 student activities abroad, which was modeled after the higher education law.

Virginia: In 2016, Virginia passed a law requiring that the State Council of Higher Education develop Guidelines for study abroad. The developed Guidelines do not include a requirement for data reporting as in Minnesota but instead codify already established best practices in the field.

State Legislation that is pending

Massachusetts: In January 2019, Massachusetts state Senator Sal DiDomenico introduced Bill S.743 to the Joint Committee on Higher Education. A hearing occurred in April and it is unclear whether or not it has enough support to move forward.

New York: This state has seen proposed bills based on language similar to Ravi Thackurdeen Safe Students Study Abroad Act. The latest, Senate Bill S3844A/Assembly bill A7010A, sponsored by Senator Toby Ann Stavisky and Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson, is pending for the 2019-2020 legislative session, resting with the Senate Rules Committee and Assembly Higher Education Committee.

Federal legislation that is pending

The Ravi Thackurdeen Safe Students Study Abroad Act: Currently introduced in the House and Senate. The text of both bills is identical. This bill would require universities to maintain a health and safety plan for credit bearing study abroad programs, including collecting and providing statistics for various categories of incidents incurred by students participating in the programs. The bill would also require institutions to provide pre-departure orientations for all students “interested” in studying abroad and post-program debriefings/interview for all students. A summary of the bill has recently been published by NAFSA.

Senate – SB 1572 – Sponsor Portman (R-OH); Co-sponsors Smith (D-MN), Gillibrand (D- NY), Markey (D-MA)
Status: Active
Current action – referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

House – HR 2785– Sponsor Maloney (D-NY); King (R-NY); Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Krishnamoorthi (D-IL); Olson (R-TX)
Status: Active
Current action: Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.
The House Bill has been introduced in 2014, 2015 and 2017 and never made it beyond committee.

American Students Abroad Act: Currently introduced in House and Senate. This bill would authorize U.S. Department of State to provide consular reports on US citizens abroad to the CDC, which could then be classified to determine trends and risks. It is important to note that in previous version of this law in the House tied it to the Thackurdeen Act. The current language does not. Thus, support for this law does not entail support of the Thackurdeen Act.

Senate – SB 1575, Sponsor Portman (R-OH); Co-sponsors Gillibrand (D-NY), Markey (D- MA), Warren (D-MA)
Status: Active
Current action: Senate foreign relations committee

House – HR 2876 – Sponsor Maloney (NY); Co-sponsors King, (R-NY), Olson (R-TX), Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
Status: Active
Current action – referred to House Energy and Commerce and House Foreign Affairs committees

In addition to the pending federal legislation, the Higher Education Reauthorization Act (HEA) is again up for renewal. This legislation could potentially include a revision of the Clery Act. Should the HEA be renewed, it is possible that language used in The Ravi Thackurdeen Safe Students Study Abroad Act could be used as a template. If that were to happen, the incident reporting requirements would become federal law without a standalone bill being passed.

It is important for international educators to educate themselves, campus leaders, concerned parents and policy makers on the existing significant resources that are already dedicated to assist administrators, faculty and program providers to assess risk, prepare students, and establish effective emergency and crisis protocols. It cannot be overstated that the health and safety of students is of the utmost importance to our profession, as evidenced by the Standards of Good Practice.  Under the Clery Act, U.S. colleges and universities already comply with multiple federal reporting obligations of incidents occurring during study abroad. The proposed legislation would impose a higher reporting mandate on study abroad than exists on domestic campuses, without regard to whether the institution owns or controls a building or property at such location, even though recent research demonstrates that students are less likely to be victimized or die while abroad.

It is critical to be able to cite data from your own institution when speaking about the proposed legislation and student health and safety while abroad. Utilizing The Forum’s Critical Incident Database to track incidents involving your own participants and assessing your institution’s response is an important first step. Coordinating public comment or outreach to lawmakers with your senior international officer and state or federal relations officer(s) is highly recommended. Assisting decision makers to understand the full picture of resources available and measures already in place can help prevent expanded reporting requirements that do little to actually improve student safety so that campus resources can focus on the most effective safety practices.

The Forum’s President and CEO has reached out to University Risk Management and Insurance Association (URMIA), PULSE: Higher Education International Health and Safety Professionals, American Council on Education (ACE), NAFSA: Association for International Educators, the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange and several universities to collaborate on this issue.

 

 

New Certified Professional: Jason Good

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Jason Good successfully completed The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. Jason joins colleagues who have effectively demonstrated the ability to articulate and apply the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, and a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.

Congratulations to Jason!

“I highly recommend the Forum’s Professional Certification Program. As a Director of Study Abroad, the assignments and resources were directly connected to my day to day work and my strategic goals. In many cases they affirmed what we were already doing at my institution, but in other cases they pushed me to think about international education and programming in new and innovative ways. The program helped me adapt programming and procedures to fit with best practices and work towards our goals of providing accessible and quality programming to our student body.” – Jason Good

 

 

The Forum Board Welcomes Two New Members

The Forum Board of Directors thanks departing members Mary Anne Grant, Donna Scarboro, Kathryn Howard and Annette Smith-Parker for their service. The Board also welcomed two new Board members at its meeting last week at Brown University in Providence, RI.

Christopher Elliott is the Assistant Dean of Global Affairs and Director of the Center for Global Commerce at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. In these roles, he co-develops/teaches global courses and manages a portfolio of curricula and partnerships to support students’ global learning. Elliott completed his B.A. and M.Ed. at the University of Delaware, home to the earliest study abroad program in the U.S., where he took a semester abroad in Costa Rica to study Spanish and tropical ecology. Two decades later, he still credits that formative experience for growing a career in international and higher education that seeded at University of Delaware, caught wind at Northern Arizona University, and took root at the University of Virginia. Interested in the gender-aware leadership and identity development of college students, he developed a theoretical “Transcendence Model of Identity Construction” out of his PhD work at the University of Virginia, where he co-founded the Men’s Leadership Project at the UVA Women’s Center. He is eager to continue exploring how college students develop a transcending sense of self through our collective innovations in education abroad.

Lorna Stern was appointed Vice President of Arcadia University and Executive Director of The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University in October 2013. She is a leading figure in international education, with more than 22 years’ experience supporting Arcadia University in its vision for innovation in global education. Lorna leads The College as it serves a diverse group of students, offering global learning opportunities that stimulate and challenge their world views, broaden their notions of where they may work and contribute, and provide a context where learners can assume greater responsibility for their lives and choices. As Vice President, Lorna travels widely, managing relationships with institutional partners both in the U.S. and around the world. She oversees all aspects of the work of The College, such as its strategic direction, vision, mission and operations, and works collaboratively with Arcadia faculty, staff and partner institutions. Furthering Arcadia’s mission of global understanding, Lorna has served on several national boards in the field, has delivered countless presentations throughout the world of international education, and is one of the most well-known experts in the field today. At different phases of her tenure at The College of Global Studies at Arcadia, she has served as Deputy Director, Special Advisor, Director of Student Services and Director of Marketing and Communications, Director of Institutional Relations, Director of Strategic Development and Associate Vice President. Lorna earned her BA in international relations with an emphasis on African affairs at Wells College. She was a Rotary Scholar and studied at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where she concentrated on comparative African government and law. She directed Cornell University’s International Living Center, a residential housing complex for international students, where she developed programs and events that brought undergraduate and graduate international and home-campus communities together. Her Master’s in Law and Diplomacy, with a focus on international law and the Middle East, is from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Lorna serves as an Advisor to Language Corps, an overseas training program for ESL teachers. She is a member of NAFSA: The Association of International Educators; AIEA: The Association of International Education Administrators; and has served on the Forum Council of the Forum on Education Abroad. She regularly presents at a variety of international forums and conferences, contributing her knowledge and skills to the field of international education.

 

Latest Issue of The Forum Focus Now Available

Cover of the June 2019 issue of The Forum Focus, Volume 5, Issue 3The latest issue of The Forum Focus is now available. The Forum Focus is an online publication that provides perspectives on current education abroad topics and issues. This issue includes the following short articles:

“The Costs Are the Benefits: Challenges and Value in Field-Based Education,” by Michael Cox, Associate Professor, Environmental Studies Program, Dartmouth College

“Religious Identity & Off-Campus Programs,” by Kyle Anderson, Director of Center for Global Citizenship, Centre College; and Ellen Tyra, Research Intern in Center for Global Citizenship, Centre College

“Education Abroad for Everyone: How One Community College is Making It Happen,” by Morgan Lindberg, Japanese faculty, Portland Community College; and Susan Watson, Web Development & Design faculty, Portland Community College

“Incorporating Engaged Learning Pieces into Curriculum,” by Uttiyo Raychaudhuri, Cornell University; Richard Kiely, Cornell University; Basil Safi, Cornell University; Eva Infante, Cornell University; Melina Ivanchikova, Cornell University; Davydd Greenwood, Cornell University; and Kendall Brostuen, Brown University

“President’s Corner,” with Melissa Torres, President and CEO, The Forum on Education Abroad

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Update: 6th Edition of the Standards of Good Practice

The comment period for the 6th edition of the Standards of Good Practice has ended. Click here to view the report of comments received and stay informed as the process to update the Standards continues.


The process to create the 6th edition of the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad continues and a draft is now available for review and public comment. The Standards Update Working Group (SUWG) has spent more than 6 months listening and collecting feedback from the field, and the group worked diligently to compile a draft based on that feedback. The comment period is open through June 30, and information collected will inform the 2nd draft of the Standards which will then go to the Consensus Body for consideration. This process will continue until the Consensus Body is satisfied and agrees that the Standards have hit their mark.

Take advantage of this opportunity to provide feedback!

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Congratulations to the New Forum Council Members!

The Forum is pleased to announce that the following colleagues have been elected to the Forum Council for a 3-year term:

  • Tracey Bradley, Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (re-elected)
  • Brian Brubaker, The Pennsylvania State University (re-elected)
  • Elena Corbett, AMIDEAST
  • Annette Mares-Duran, University of New Mexico
  • Joy Phaphouvaninh, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Uttiyo Raychaudhuri, Cornell University (re-elected)

Thank you to Forum members for voting in the election. The Forum also thanks the diverse group of highly-qualified colleagues who were nominated this year. We appreciate your commitment to The Forum and the field!

 

Education Abroad Field to Benefit from New Collaboration

The Forum on Education Abroad and The Global Leadership League have formed a partnership and will work collaboratively to benefit the education abroad field. By supporting each other’s organizations, The Forum and The League hope to better serve their members by developing new professional development opportunities and expanding access to resources in best practices. This cooperation is an extension of The Forum’s strategic plan of diversifying its membership and broadening the range of resources and training to meet the needs of the field.

As a priority, The Forum and The League will work together to develop workshops that draw on both organizations’ interests and expertise, and which address themes relevant to both of their audiences. The organizations are currently considering a co-facilitated workshop in 2020 about negotiation and with special emphasis on colleagues who may or may not be successfully utilizing the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad as part of negotiation at their campus. The League has also suggested an expansion of the basic negotiation practices of the Standards Workshop to include a self-awareness and emotional intelligence aspect to the negotiation process.

Forum President and CEO Melissa Torres is thrilled with the new partnership: “We are excited to partner with The Global Leadership League to advance the field of education abroad by bringing together two organizations committed to the professional development of people in our field. Through collaboration on workshops and events promoting dialogue and knowledge sharing, The League and The Forum will create dynamic, exciting opportunities focused on our members’ professional and personal success.”

Cynthia Banks, Executive Director for The Global Leadership League, looks forward to working more closely together: “These two organizations began a unique collaboration by co-hosting the 2018 Forum Conference Critical Dialogue on women’s leadership. This now formal partnership is a natural outcome as we both recognize the importance of supporting professionals in our field with strong skills-based leadership training for both new and more experienced leaders. Partnerships such as this one are critical in this fast-changing field.”

The Forum has recognized The Global Leadership League as a charitable member under its membership designations and The League will continue to have access to Forum sponsorship opportunities, online resources, and member discounts. The Global Leadership League has welcomed The Forum as an Advocate and to all of the benefits it entails.


About The Global Leadership League
The Global Leadership League is an award-winning professional organization in international education designed for women and their allies. We provide a platform for community, knowledge, and dialogue. Our goal is to create a vibrant, safe space to learn from each other and advance careers and the field.

 

 

Visit The Forum’s Booth at NAFSA

The Forum will be exhibiting at the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo again this year! Please stop by booth #939 to discuss The Forum’s initiatives, services and benefits of membership. Or, schedule a meeting in advance by sending an email with a date, time and topic to info@forumea.org. Forum staff members Melissa Torres, Natalie Mello, Elizabeth Frohlich and Lindsay McCauslin look forward to seeing you there!

 

New Certified Professional: Margaret Kowalsky

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Margaret Kowalsky of King’s College successfully completed The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. Margaret joins colleagues who have effectively demonstrated the ability to articulate and apply the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, and a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.

Congratulations to Margaret!

“I learned so much from the certification process. I tried to focus my assignments on concrete examples from my work as the director of the office of study abroad at King’s College. As a result, I was able to use the certification process to advance the needs of my office and to become a much more confident advocate for the standards with partners on my campus more generally.” -Margaret Kowalsky

New Certified Professional: Jonathan Sylvia

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Jonathan Sylvia of Dartmouth College successfully completed The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. Jonathan joins colleagues who have effectively demonstrated the ability to articulate and apply the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, and a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.

Congratulations to Jonathan!

“I am an active member of our international education community and over my career have participated in many conferences and workshops. Due to this experience and training, I naturally assumed to have gained a solid understanding of how to best engage students, faculty and administrators in purposeful learning and cross-cultural global engagement. However, The Forum’s three-day Accelerated Residency Program followed by self-paced learning of The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad has exposed me to the myriad layers we as education abroad practitioners must understand to ensure we competently serve our students and institutions while providing impactful instruction in a secure learning environment. I look forward to implementing my knowledge of the Standards to enhance the quality of our off-campus program offerings by building on strong partnerships and service to constituents.” -Jonathan Sylvia

2019 Forum Council Candidates Announced

The Nominations Committee of The Forum Council is pleased to announce the following slate of candidates for the six open positions in this year’s election:

Institutional Representatives from Forum member institutions and organizations will receive an email with voting information. The deadline to vote in the 2019 election is May 17.


Tracey Bradley, Executive Director, Tennessee Consortium for International Studies

Tracey has been a supporter and innovator in international education for over a decade. Her first experience in education abroad materialized through her bold spirit and belief that all students can and should benefit from a study abroad experience. As an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee, she developed and led programs abroad in both South Africa and India. Taking Community College students to live and study in these less available program locations reinforced her dedication to collaborate with others in the state to create study abroad programming that is academically rigorous, financially accessible, and with more diverse locations. To that end, she has served as the Executive Director for the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS) for the past eight years. TnCIS works extensively with most of the state’s 13 community colleges. All of those institutions are involved with education abroad and are offering credit bearing study abroad courses to their students. TnCIS is headquartered at Pellissippi State Community College (PSCC) and the TnCIS office serves as the International Education office for the college. PSCC has become a nationally recognized community college leader in the field of education abroad. In addition to the community colleges of the state, Tennessee State University, a HBCU in Nashville, Tennessee, is also a member of TnCIS.

Tracey has been an active and vocal participant of the Forum on Education Abroad for many years and has had the opportunity to support and lead different initiatives. She previously served on the Annual Conference Selection Committee; was a contributor on the Inclusive Excellence Working Group; and served as the Vice Chair of the Advocacy Committee. She is a current member on the Forum’s Council and of the Community College Working Group. Most recently she served as moderator for the Forum’s Critical Dialogue, Education Abroad at Community Colleges.

Tracey is seeking reelection to the Council, in part, to represent non-traditional institutions and to continue to advocate for inclusion and diversity within the field of international education. If reelected, she would consider it an honor to continue to serve and collaborate with other colleagues in the field


Brian Brubaker, Director of Education Abroad, The Pennsylvania State University

Brian Brubaker has worked in the field of international education for over twenty years. His experience spans several facets of the field including English teacher abroad, corporate international assignment manager, and international student adviser; however, his most in-depth experience is in education abroad. He has engaged in education abroad work at many different types of organizations including Dickinson College, IES Abroad, Arizona State University, and currently, The Pennsylvania State University.

As director of Education Abroad at Penn State, Brian leads a large team in providing student support services and strategic direction for a 24-campus university sending nearly 3000 students abroad each year. Key initiatives on which he’s focusing include: access and inclusion for historically underrepresented students in study abroad, enhanced offerings of high-impact experiential learning abroad, development and assessment of universal learning outcomes, and communication strategies for the entire student life cycle with education abroad. Brian is a Forum Certified Professional as well as a Forum Trained Facilitator who loves leading workshops on the Standards of Good Practice. He has worked on an institutional team conducting and writing a self-assessment for the Forum’s Quality Improvement Program (QUIP) Review and has also served as a QUIP Peer Reviewer. Similarly, Brian has served as an external reviewer for peer institutions, as well as on advisory boards for several international education organizations. For the past three years, Brian has valued being a part of the Forum Council’s dialogue and has especially enjoyed leading the Standards Committee on the development of the new Leading Short-Term Education Abroad Programs piece released in 2017. He currently serves chair of the Ethics Working Group.

In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Brian has taught global marketing courses and co-authored a business case study on organic/fair-trade coffee entrepreneurship in Cameroon. Brian holds an MBA in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and has a BA in international studies from Dickinson College. He studied away on an internationally-focused internship program in Washington, DC as well as in Yaoundé, Cameroon as an undergraduate.


Elena D. Corbett, Director of Education Abroad, AMIDEAST

Elena D. Corbett first went to Jordan the summer after her second year of university because she thought she wanted to be an archaeologist. Archaeological field school served instead as the gateway to a personal and professional life dedicated to learning as much as she can about the MENA regions and working hard to be better at Arabic. While a humbling, life-long path, nearly 25 years after that first opportunity to study abroad changed her life, Elena is a passionate advocate for engaging all learners in Middle East area studies and education abroad in the MENA regions. Freed from the tired paradigms and biases that characterize the creation of knowledge about the MENA regions, learning about them and experiencing them firsthand is universally relevant and enriching. Her professional mission is to be the supportive educator, mentor, colleague, and friend to others as have graced her life and made her journey possible. Most recently, she became a founding contributor to the Studying Abroad in the Global South podcast.

Elena is an alumna of Semester at Sea and Middlebury Language Schools, and a graduate of Bucknell University. She is fortunate to have received scholarship support over many years for language study and research, including from the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) and Fulbright-Hays. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, where she specialized in modern Middle East history. Among her publications is a book based on her dissertation, Competitive Archaeology in Jordan: Narrating Identity from the Ottomans to the Hashemites. Before it even had the name CLS, Elena was the first CLS program coordinator in Jordan. While a career in traditional academia was ultimately not in the cards, she was faculty at the U.S. Naval Academy and Penn State Behrend, where she developed and implemented faculty-led programs for students to Jordan and Palestine. Before coming to AMIDEAST as Director of Education Abroad, she was Center Director at CIEE in Amman for almost five years.

Education abroad is a second career for Elena that stems logically from her first. The same forces and histories that create the inequities that one has a responsibility to acknowledge and challenge as a practitioner with specialization in the Global South are evident in the core issues with which we must engage as contemporary international educators. For this reason, Elena has enjoyed getting more involved with Forum. Having been back in the States for two years and settled into her role as director of a small, specialized provider, Elena is eager to serve on the Forum Council to be of better service the field and the interests of its many, various stakeholders, while learning alongside a diverse group of collaborative colleagues.


Ryan Dye, Director of Education Abroad, Miami University

Ryan Dye’s first time abroad also was his first time on an airplane. It was his junior year at Notre Dame, and he flew to London for a semester abroad. That experience ignited for Ryan an interest in British and Irish History, which led to a PhD work in that area at Northwestern University that included dissertation research in Liverpool. Ryan was then hired to teach History at St. Ambrose University, a Master’s-level comprehensive institution in Davenport, Iowa.

After serving as a professor at St. Ambrose for seven years, Ryan was asked to be its Director of International Education. What started as a part-time role soon became a full-time job and then a profession. At St. Ambrose, Ryan helped to build a unified Center for International Education, where he oversaw Education Abroad, International Student Services and International Admissions. Working at St. Ambrose gave Ryan a deep understanding for the unique challenges facing international educators at small institutions during an era of declining enrollments, deepening budget cuts and rising nationalism. What Ryan appreciates most from his tenure at St. Ambrose is the importance of building coalitions across campus who buy in to the potential for international education to make a transformative impact on students from all backgrounds.

As international education became Ryan’s profession, he developed a particular interest in Education Abroad because of how important study abroad was in his own life journey. He became a Forum Certified Education Abroad Professional, and currently serves as both a workshop facilitator and an assessor for the certification program. Ryan also is a current member of ISA’s Academic Advisory Board and of Diversity Abroad’s Task Force on Religious Identity.

In February Ryan was named Director of Education Abroad at Miami University, an “original public Ivy” that is about as different from St. Ambrose as he can imagine! Miami is one of the leading senders of undergraduates abroad, and is committed to being one of the top universities in the country for international education. Recently, Miami was recognized for its good work by earning NAFSA’s Simon Award for Campus Internationalization.

Ryan is eager to contribute to the Council’s work in the areas of strategic planning, curriculum, faculty development, conference planning and other areas of need. He believes that his experience in the Midwest—which is often an underrepresented region on major boards—combined with his experiences at both a smaller private institution and an influential public university can offer the Forum Council a unique set of perspectives.


Devin Foxall, Director of Institutional Relations, The School for Field Studies

Devin Foxall’s primary interest is uniting data, statistics, and economic theory to find creative and inclusive ways to minimize the environmental impact of Education Abroad programs. On the Forum Council, he hopes to raise sustainability to the same level of consideration that members provide safety and staffing. The rising college generation prioritizes the environment and perceives climate change as an existential threat. Yet in the recent State of the Field survey, Forum members reported that they lacked the data or knowledge to respond to student concerns over the environmental effects of studying abroad. Devin plans to research, develop, and disseminate the data-driven tools and resources that members need to consider or prepare for the environmental consequences of their programs.

Devin has worked for the last five years for The School for Field Studies, an environmental study abroad organization, and has experience using data to address real world issues. At Johns Hopkins, he conducted graduate level coursework on natural resource conservation, quantitative methods in environmental policy, and the economics of carbon offsets. Working for Mercy Corps in Niger, he analyzed data surrounding strategies for reducing famine caused by climate change. He recently served on the Forum’s Data Committee, helping write and later present at The Forum’s Boston conference the 2017 State of the Field report. He currently serves on the Forum’s HBCU Working Group and presented at the 2019 Forum conference on using a cohort model to improve study abroad diversity.

Devin would bring to the Council a diverse background of experience. He spent five years traveling across the globe, setting foot in 40 countries on five continents, and writing about young people living in conflict and post-conflict countries such as Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iran, Laos, Rwanda, and Somalia. As he wrote in his book, this taught him the value of traveling and meeting people beyond his imagination. He returned to Afghanistan to work with an NGO operating schools for girls in Kabul. This taught him the value of education, and why it is precious. In Niger, he learned that data combined with listening produced tools that could improve peoples’ lives. Devin’s experiences showed him that working together is the best way forward, and that there is joy in giving something back. For these reasons, he is grateful to be considered for the Forum Council.


Maritheresa Frain, Vice President for Academic Affairs, The Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA)

Dr. Maritheresa (MT) Frain has over 25 years of experience in international educational exchanges. She currently serves as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at The Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA). Previously, she was the Director of Study Abroad at the George Washington University and worked at the Council for International Educational Exchanges (CIEE) in senior leadership roles. She has lived/taught in Spain, Portugal, Russia, Greece, and Switzerland. While living in Seville, Spain, she served as the US Department of State’s Consular Agent for Western Andalusia. She earned her Honors BA from The Pennsylvania State University in Foreign Service and International Affairs. MT has a MA and Ph.D. from Georgetown University in Government.

It has been an honor for her to serve on the Forum Council over the past three years. Throughout this time, she has leveraged her experience in the study abroad provider space and higher ed to support projects related to language learning abroad, outcomes/assessment and student academic achievement. She is committed to supporting the new leadership vision at The Forum to ensure it will continue to be THE leader in the space of establishing the highest quality standards in international educational exchanges. With over 25 years’ experience working abroad in program management and development, she is keenly aware of the dynamic field we are working in, and excited about the goal to make learning abroad more accessible to students of under-represented majors and demographics. It would be honor for her to continue to serve on the Council for another term.

MT’s contribution to the diversity of the skills represented on the Council can be found in her background in higher ed administration. Given that she has a doctoral degree, she has been able to leverage her academic credentials and management acumen to work her way up to senior leadership positions in the field of international educational exchanges. She started in the trenches, working abroad in the design and delivery of programs. She has experienced the good, bad and ugly. She knows what it is like to execute on program learning goals with the highest standards of excellence. At the same time, she understands the complexity of relations with host institutions, finding the intersection of shared educational values and working to support those through respectful partnerships. Having lived abroad for most of her professional career, she can easily understand and adapt to different cultural values related to education, duty of care to students, and creating a robust learning environment for our students to thrive in — and have fun! She believes this background makes her an interesting contribution to the different voices currently sitting at the Council table.


Annette Mares-Duran, Faculty-Led International Program Coordinator, University of New Mexico

Annette Mares-Duran is the first Faculty-Led International Program Coordinator in the Global Education Office at The University of New Mexico (UNM), the largest research university in New Mexico with over 26,000 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels at its main campus. New Mexico is a large, mostly rural state with a high proportion of minority, first-generation, and low-income students and UNM is a Hispanic-serving institution with over 43 percent of students identifying as Hispanic. UNM additionally serves a large population of Native American students, many of whom come from one of 24 unique indigenous communities in the state. Annette is representative of the population she serves as she was born and raised in rural New Mexico and is a first-generation college graduate. She understands the challenges underrepresented students face attending college, maintaining family and financial responsibilities, and considering study abroad opportunities. Many of UNM’s students have never traveled domestically, and a substantial number have never traveled internationally. As a result she is deeply committed to ensuring equity and inclusion for all students in study abroad.

Annette is mid-career professional with over six years of experience and spearheaded the centralization and expansion of UNM’s faculty-led programs by stimulating collaboration with faculty, academic units, and administration. She creates and implements policies and procedures, with emphasis on study abroad health and safety, to develop and support over 40 group study abroad programs annually to destinations all over the world. Currently, two-thirds of the students studying abroad at UNM are doing so as part of faculty-led programs, and the participation rate in overall study abroad has increased by over 80 percent to about 900 students in the last five years. Through targeted program development, support, and outreach, Annette has played a key role in moving UNM’s vision to double the number of students studying abroad by 2020. As a group leader herself, Annette leads groups to Ecuador and Peru. She currently serves as the co-chair of the campus-wide health and safety committee and additionally serves on the Academic Affairs Study Abroad Allocaions Committee. Her work as a Gilman campus advisor has assisted many students with seeking additional support to make their study abroad aspirations possible.

Prior to this role, she coordinated international exchange programs with institutions in Latin America and Spain.

Annette received her MA in Language Literacy & Sociocultural Studies, and her BS in Education, at UNM. As a student, she was the studied abroad in Spain and Nicaragua before serving as a Student Affairs Intern at Casa Xalteva in Nicaragua. In her free time she enjoys listening to podcasts, spending time with family, designing jewelry, and eating bean burritos!

Annette is a fiercely dedicated proponent of international education and is eager to actively serve in a position that allows her to network with like-minded colleagues, exchange innovations and ideas, and contribute to greater understanding in the field around best practices in stimulating participation of underrepresented students in study abroad programming.


Jonathan (Yoni) Kaplan, Vice Provost, Rothberg International School, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Jonathan brings 40 years of experience in international education to the Forum Council. Born in rural Illinois and raised in university towns in the United States and Canada where his father taught as a professor of music, Jonathan grew up in a very multi-cultural atmosphere. After moving to Israel, Kaplan studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, ultimately completing a PhD in modern history. As a researcher and teacher, he developed curricula to help students from diverse backgrounds, both local and international, to gain an understanding of the complexities of the peoples and religions of the Middle East. As Director of Semester Programs, Freshman Programs and later Director of Undergraduate Studies, Jonathan managed larger programs serving hundreds of students from around the world. Partnerships were created with other academic institutions in Jerusalem to encourage Music, Dance and Fine Arts students to study at the Hebrew University. For the past 4 years, Dr. Kaplan has served as the Vice Provost and Chief Administrative Officer of the Rothberg International School, which now hosts some 2,400 students annually, from over 70 countries around the world and attends to the welfare of another 1,000 students and international fellows throughout the university.

In his executive position, Jonathan has been involved in program development, outreach, public relations, finances, and emergency management. He has tried to solidify connections with American universities and has guided the school toward increased activity within the Forum, taking a share in sponsorships, presenting in several conferences and serving as a member of the 2017 conference committee. Kaplan has also taken a central role in Diversity Abroad, serving as a member of the 2018 conference committee and most recently as a member of the review team for the organization’s new AIDE Roadmap. Jonathan is especially committed to helping diversity students gain an international education and has succeeded in raising considerable funds for diversity scholarships. Last year he visited a number of HBCUs and MSIs in an attempt to encourage more students to take advantage of these opportunities to gain an international experience. This year saw the first fruits of this labor with a number of minority students joining both summer and semester programs. Kaplan is also a participant in the EU-funded project “WILLIAM” to develop strategies for “internationalization at home,” along with several European and Israeli institutions of higher education.

Jonathan brings to the table a unique combination: familiarity with American students, experience in running international academic programs and involvement in building university-wide strategies to enhance campus internationalization and the integration of international students into the social and academic fabric of the entire university. Kaplan will also put at the council’s disposal his vast experience in security matters and student welfare – gained in a country where the concern for security is ever present.

Jonathan would also like to contribute to the strengthening of an international perspective in the Forum’s work. As North American universities take an increasingly active role in their students’ study abroad experiences – academically and

administratively – there is a greater need to understand and define the connection between home universities and those institutions that host students abroad. There may be a need for alignment in areas such as Title IX, diversity and inclusion, student safety and academic reporting. This could include services for institutions abroad that seek to better understand the needs of North American schools and wish to comply with their expectations through easily accessible training sessions. Beyond this exists the need for institutions outside the US to set standards that meet their own special needs and constraints.


Joy Phaphouvaninh, Director of Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Joy is a committed education abroad professional with over a decade of experience in both urban public and land-grant higher education institutions, including six years at the City University of New York (CUNY) system and currently at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as Director of Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange. As a mid-career leader, Joy is eager to serve the Forum through critical discussions and active participation with colleagues in the field, and would bring both curiosity and administrative and strategic insight to the Forum Council.

At CUNY, she focused intensely on the development of foundational education abroad policy and procedures to impact risk management and safety abroad and faculty-led programs. Joy also managed a total of over $1.2 million in study abroad scholarships to support high-financial need students from New York City. At Illinois, she currently leads the campus-wide study abroad office and serves on the university study abroad policy committee to develop impactful practices that are aligned with Forum Standards. In 2016, Joy was selected to participate in the University of Illinois Emerging Women Leaders program. She also actively participates in the Big Ten Academic Alliance study abroad directors’ group.

As a first-generation Laotian-American woman, Joy is passionate about ensuring that all students have the opportunities for education abroad. Joy conducted fieldwork on minority religious experiences and studied Telugu in Hyderabad, India as an undergraduate at Kenyon College. She then worked for several years in the refugee and immigrant service field, and completed her Master’s degree in sustainable development from the SIT Graduate Institute. Her range of cross-cultural experiences informs her deep appreciation for the complexity of global human movement, including student mobility.

Her commitment to diversity, access, and inclusion is evidenced through past service on the Benjamin Gilman scholarship panel and most recently on the conference selection committee for 2019 CIEE conference, which is focused on increasing diversity. Under her leadership, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign joined the Diversity Abroad network as an institutional member.

A lifelong learner, Joy is pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Organization, and Leadership while informally studying Italian in her free time. Joy also recently participated in an EAIE spotlight seminar series on refugees and will co-facilitate a faculty led service-learning program to Greece this summer on the refugee crisis.


Uttiyo Raychaudhuri, Executive Director, Office of Global Learning, Cornell University

Uttiyo Raychaudhuri is the first Executive Director for the new Office of Global Learning at Cornell University which brings together two groups that support students, faculty and colleges in international learning: Cornell Abroad and International Students and Scholars Office. He has worked in the capacity of faculty and administrator at large public land-grant Universities (UGA and Clemson before Cornell) and has actively engaged in international education for over 18 years. His leadership in education abroad has been recognized twice for the institutions (2012 & 2014) with the IIE Heiskell Award for Best Practices and Innovation in International Education.

Uttiyo is an entrepreneurial academic who intricately understands the nimble frameworks and the business and educational environment (including the challenges and opportunities) of leading international programs at institutions of higher education. His work and campus leadership and research promote global citizenship, environmental justice, and international engagement. An area of strength is Uttiyo’s work in identifying the critical need for curricular integration of education abroad that incorporates global learning. Among the key highlights of his international education career has been related to access and inclusion of educational opportunities. At land-grant institutions he has worked to remove the barriers such as resource allocations, especially cost of studying abroad and the challenges of navigating foreign cultures. Uttiyo has advanced global initiatives including the Universities’ roles being re-envisioned as incubators of economic development through international connections and re-energized with integration across all university verticals. He has directed education abroad programs on every continent (including Antarctica) and his interdisciplinary interests have ranged from architecture to natural resource management, and have combined a multicultural upbringing from India to America allowing myriad experiences and learning opportunities.

Uttiyo is a member of leading professional organizations and has presented his research and practice widely including at The Forum, NAFSA, CIEE and other national/international conferences. He has been actively engaged with the Forum for Education abroad for over a decade and has been a council member for the last 3 years including being the vice-chair of the curriculum committee, member of the faculty development sub-group and a member of other key groups such as the

Forum Curriculum Award working group. Uttiyo is eager to continue his engagement with the council and is seeking your support for his re-election.

Nominate Yourself to Serve on the Consensus Body

The Forum has convened the Standards Update Working Group with the intent of revising the current Standards of Good Practice for Education AbroadIn preparation for the 6th edition, the Standards Update Working Group has hosted listening sessions to give stakeholders (you!) the opportunity to provide feedback on the usefulness and applicability of the Standards in your work, how the Standards are being used, and areas for improvement to help guide the field. This feedback is vital to the Standards Update Working Group as they draft revisions to the Standards, and is still being collected via the online feedback form.

Another critical element of the process to update the Standards is the Consensus Body. This body is responsible for voting to approve all proposed revisions made by the Standards Update Working Group. The Consensus Body is made up of 50 members from diverse interest categories in the field:

  • U.S. higher education institutions
  • Higher education institutions outside of the U.S.
  • Education abroad providers
  • Professional associations
  • Service providers and charitable organizations
  • General interest members
  • Individuals from the governing bodies of The Forum

The membership term for the Consensus Body is five years, and all work will be done remotely with no travel required. The Forum anticipates that most of the activity for this very first Consensus Body will occur between June 2019 and July 2020.

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Now Accepting Nominations for the 2019-2020 Forum Council

The Forum is now accepting nominations for colleagues who can dedicate their time and provide their expertise on the Forum Council. The Forum Council, an elected body of 15 colleagues, works collaboratively with Forum staff to produce member resources and benefits. Council members are elected to a three-year term, and are eligible to serve two terms.

The Forum Council seeks to engage diverse representatives from education abroad and higher education to represent the breadth of The Forum’s membership on the Council. In seeking nominations, the Council is particularly interested in nominees from underrepresented institutions and demographics, including but not limited to community colleges, international institutions and organizations, young and midcareer professionals, minority-serving institutions, and institutions with diverse student populations.

There are eight spots available on this year’s slate of candidates for six open Forum Council seats. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, April 18.

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The Forum Partners on DOE-Funded Survey of Career Outcomes for Study Abroad and Language Learning Alumni

The Forum on Education Abroad is partnering with researchers at Penn State University and the American Councils for International Education conducting a large-scale research project that will explore the longitudinal effects of language learning and study abroad on career outcomes. The project is funded by the Department of Education’s International Research and Studies grant program. We invite Forum members to engage with this research in two ways:

  • Help us reach your education abroad alumni! Contact Amelia Dietrich, Director of Research and Resources, dietrica@forumea.org to get started.
  • Did you study abroad? Take the survey.

The survey is open now. Data collection will continue until early May.

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Plenary Speaker for the 10th Annual Standards Institute: Scott Duffy

Headshot of Scott Duffy, plenary speaker for the 10th Annual Standards of Good Practice InstituteThe Forum is pleased to announce Scott Duffy, TV/Online Personality and Business Growth Expert, as the plenary speaker for the 10th Annual Standards of Good Practice InstituteBeyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management.

Scott Duffy began his career working for best-selling author and speaker, Tony Robbins, and went on to work for several small businesses that became big media brands like CBS Sportsline, NBC Internet, and FOXSports.com. Next, he founded Smart Charter, an online booking tool for private aviation, which was acquired by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. Today, Scott is a champion for entrepreneurship. He has been listed as a “Top 10 Keynote Speaker” by Entrepreneur. He has spoken at the NYSE and provided commentary in numerous media outlets including CNBC, FOX News, and CBS Radio. He is the Co-Host of “Business & Burgers” and Best-Selling Author of “Breakthrough,” a roadmap for building great companies.

Duffy will deliver his Institute plenary address on June 27 at the University of San Francisco. Registration for the Standards Institute will open on February 28.

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New Certified Professional: Jen Murray

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Jen Murray of Bard College successfully completed The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. Jen joins colleagues who have effectively demonstrated the ability to articulate and apply the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, and a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.

Congratulations to Jen!

“I attended the Professional Certification program to enhance my leadership capacity at Bard Abroad. I look forward to new challenges as I work to maintain certification. I highly recommend the program!” – Jen Murray

 

 

Message from The Forum’s President

Melissa Torres, Forum President/CEODear colleagues,

At the dawn of a new year and a new era for The Forum on Education Abroad, I am once again struck by the enormity of the work before us and the significant role of this organization. As Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” and that is exactly what The Forum on Education Abroad was meant to do. In the same way that The Forum was founded—responding to a lack of national and international voices for outbound students from U.S. institutions—we must look for new ways to share our members’ challenges, discoveries, and strategies for expanding students’ worldviews.

I am excited to be able to contribute my own skills, experience and passion to this effort. Our success is dependent upon forging new partnerships within and beyond the education abroad community, energizing members around our strategic plan, and making sure that diverse voices are a robust part of every conversation and initiative. The Forum will be stronger, more efficient, and more impactful by partnering with complementary organizations, advocating for education abroad at all levels of education, government and the private sector, as well as with families and students from all backgrounds and academic disciplines. By expanding membership to the institutions that serve these students both within the U.S. and abroad and updating the Standards of Good Practice so that they remain current and relevant, we will build bridges and develop resources to benefit students no matter where their studies, careers, or life journeys take them.

Innovation, creativity, and an entrepreneurial spirit are key attributes that The Forum’s Board, members and staff all share. We must continue to learn from and inspire each other, and also from colleagues outside our existing network, so that our impact is magnified and sustained. New technologies, evolving pedagogies and our interconnected world provide an unprecedented opportunity to expand our own relationships and knowledge so that we infuse our standards, programs, and learning objectives with the highest possible quality. I look forward to sharing this adventure/work with you!

Best regards,

Melissa Torres
President/CEO, The Forum on Education Abroad

 

 

Stay Up to Date with the Latest Education Abroad Research

Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad closes out our celebration of International Education Week with fresh new research on education abroad program design, intercultural learning, and student motivations for studying abroad. Read the Fall 2018 issue of Frontiers, the only peer-reviewed, open-access, academic journal in our field, today.

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Latest Issue of The Forum Focus is Now Available

The Forum is participating in International Education Week by celebrating quality education abroad and the contributions of colleagues to the field. A new issue of The Forum Focus is now available, which is an online publication that provides a platform for colleagues to voice their perspectives on current education abroad topics and issues. The November 2018 issue includes the following short articles:

  • “Standards Update: A Call to Action,” by Emily Gorlewski, Associate Director, Office of Study Abroad, Wesleyan University
  • “Education Abroad: The Cure to Cultural Despair?” by Janet Alperstein, Assistant Vice President, Office of Global Programs, New York University
  • “The Case for Going Global, Like China,” by Matt Meltzer, Founder and CEO, Sage Corps
  • “Critical Issues in Education Abroad: Have They Changed?” by Jon V.C. Booth, Interim Executive Director, The Forum on Education Abroad

Read the November 2018 Issue of The Forum Focus»

 

 

The Forum invites colleagues to submit articles for consideration and ideas for future topics for The Forum Focus. The word limit for articles is 1,200 and is strictly enforced. Please send submissions to: info@forumea.org.

 

 

The Forum Recognizes Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design

Markus Crepaz's professional headshot. A middle-aged man with grey hair and glasses, wearing a black suit jacket with a white shirt.In celebration of International Education Week, The Forum is pleased to announce the 2018 recipient of the Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design: Markus Crepaz of the University of Georgia, for his course “The Politics of Development,” which is part of UGA’s South Africa Study Abroad Program in Stellenbosch.

Noel Fallows, Associate Provost for International Education at the University of Georgia, stated:

It is a great honor for the University of Georgia that Professor Markus Crepaz has been selected as this year’s recipient of The Forum’s Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design. The program in Stellenbosch, South Africa, integrates substantive core classes with a unique after-school program in the Kayamandi Township on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, thereby bridging the gap between theory and praxis, as our students become fully engaged in meaningful and impactful service learning projects. Markus’s work underscores the fact that the faculty-led programs at UGA are underpinned by our firm commitment to curriculum innovation and academic rigor.

The course, which has run for ten years, has strong ties to Stellenbosch University and to local NGO, Vision Afrika, enabling the students to form connections to the local community in an intentional way, with an emphasis on best practices service learning.

The Forum’s Award for Excellence in Curriculum Design honors instructors who develop and implement innovative and effective education abroad curricula. It is the education abroad field’s only award presented to an individual or group of individuals for excellence in the design of an education abroad course. By recognizing the outstanding efforts of instructors who are committed to the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, The Forum hopes to inspire the field to strive for enrichment of education abroad curricula, and to continually reflect on how to best encourage student learning abroad.

The award will be presented at The Forum’s 15th Annual Conference, Broadening the Circle of Education Abroad, in Denver on March 29, 2019, where Professor Crepaz will present a session about the course.

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The Forum on Education Abroad Recognizes Student Academic Achievement Abroad

The Forum on Education Abroad is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2018 Award for Academic Achievement Abroad, an award which recognizes excellence in academic work completed by undergraduate students as part of an education abroad program.

Naomi Caldwell, recipient of the 2018 Award for Academic Achievement Abroad

 

Student: Naomi Caldwell
Nominating Member: Middlebury College
Program: Middlebury-C.V. Starr School in Argentina
Project: “History and Evolution of Monuments: Buenos Aires”

 

 

Jared Belsky and Mackenzie Nelsen, winners of the 2018 Award for Academic Achievement Abroad

 

Students: Jared Belsky and Mackenzie Nelsen
Nominating Member: The Umbra Institute
Program: Food and Sustainability Studies Program
Project: “Cultivating Activism Through Terroir: An Anthropology of Sustainable Winemakers in Umbria, Italy”

 

 

Naomi Caldwell, a student at Swarthmore College, is being honored for her work on the history and evolution of monuments in Buenos Aires, completed at the Middlebury-C.V. Starr School in Argentina. Naomi visited multiple archives and physical sites, and held interviews throughout the city to conduct “an innovative and original study of several lesser-known landmarks, in-use buildings and monuments, and a compelling argument about how urban spaces can themselves serve as historical archives.” Naomi’s mentor, Dr. Lisa Ubelaker of the Universidad de San Andrés wrote that, “Naomi…asked questions that quickly tapped into real issues in the city, …she fully took advantage of her opportunities…, heading far outside the normal geographical terrain of the city’s visitors, and essentially building her own archive of information that will be of real use to her future research, or that of other scholars.”

Upon learning that she’d won this year’s award, Naomi wrote: “[The mentorship I received] was invaluable to my learning abroad as I felt supported and inspired to learn the history of the city through its urban archives. Interacting with so many professionals and students through my work pushed me to be flexible and humble as an outsider recording histories. I am thrilled to see my project recognized [by The Forum] and excited to continue to engage with historical research as a way to understand distinct cultures and societies.”

Mackenzie Nelsen, who studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Jared Belsky, a student at Hamilton College, worked together on a project while studying at the The Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy, supervised by Dr. Elisa Ascione. The two shared of their experience: “This project was a chance for us to step outside of our comfort zones and really get to know the people and the place of Umbria. Conducting ethnographies at alternative wineries and speaking to the vignaioli introduced us to the oft-overlooked cultural/political dimensions of terroir and sustainability. Coming off of such a formative study abroad experience at The Umbra Institute, we built upon an ever-accumulating knowledge of food systems by working closely with wine, a central player in Italian food culture. We are truly honored that [The Forum] would recognize us for an experience that has already been so pivotal to our academic and personal development and we are excited to find more opportunities to do similar research.”

All three students will present their work at a plenary session at The Forum’s 15th Annual Conference in Denver, CO on March 29, 2018.

The students’ projects were reviewed by faculty members from Forum member institutions and organizations and winners were selected by the members of the Award for Academic Achievement Abroad Selection Committee, a team of dedicated and experienced education abroad professionals who will also mentor the students as they prepare for their conference plenary.

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The Forum and The New York Times Recognize Innovation in Education Abroad

Professors Jennifer Harrison and Timothy Palmer of Western Michigan University on location in IndiaThe Forum on Education Abroad is pleased to kick off its celebration of International Education Week 2018 by announcing the inaugural winners of the New York Times inEducation Award for Innovation in Education Abroad, an award that recognizes the year’s most original, creative example of how The New York Times news, content, and archives can be used to enhance education abroad learning before, during, or after the education abroad experience.

This year’s winning submission came from Professors Jennifer Harrison and Timothy Palmer of Western Michigan University, who plan to use The New York Times in two ways in their faculty-led education abroad course “Social Justice and Sustainability in India.” First, students will read New York Times content to complement academic publications as research for a course paper they will prepare. Then, students will use the recycled newsprint to create origami baskets to be carried to India to collect materials they will share with one of the recycling microenterprises they’ll visit during their sojourn.

Professors Harrison and Palmer are currently featured on The New York Times’ inEducation website. They will also receive a $500 cash prize which they plan to use to enhance the on-site experience of their students when they travel to India later this semester. Read more about their course on sustainability in India and view all of the interesting ideas submitted for the award in the Education Abroad Digital Resource Center, a Forum member resource.

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The Forum Announces Melissa Torres as New President/CEO

Headshot of Melissa Torres

The Forum on Education Abroad’s Executive Search Committee and Board of Directors are pleased to announce Melissa Torres as The Forum’s new President and CEO.

According to Enda Carroll, Chair of the Forum Board of Directors: “Melissa brings an impressive breadth of experience and knowledge of the field to The Forum and we are delighted to welcome her to this pivotal role for our organization. I am certain that The Forum can look forward to a new level of inclusive membership and creative programming under Melissa’s leadership and direction.’’

Melissa Torres comes to The Forum with two decades of experience in higher education and program development. She has served as Vice President for Academic Programs at IES Abroad where she supervised 36 international study abroad centers in Asia, Europe and Latin America. Her campus-based experience includes leading a variety of international initiatives for three institutions, including Brown University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The Ohio State University. She also worked as a change management consultant for Accenture. Most recently, Melissa has worked with a variety of colleges and universities to develop innovative, service-learning programs as Vice President of Institutional Relations at Global Vision International.

Melissa has created numerous education abroad programs focused on language, technology, and business, among other topics. She has chaired multiple committees to review faculty research proposals, developed the nationally recognized Ohio Export Internship Program, and has implemented more than 30 exchange partnerships around the globe. She has successfully competed for U.S. Department of Education grants for the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at Ohio State and Equity Assistance Center funding at Brown. She is the recipient of a Commendation of Appreciation from the U.S. Office of Civil Rights for her work supporting immigrant families and fighting discrimination in public schools via the New England Equity Assistance Center.

Melissa has presented at numerous conferences and seminars, including The Forum, NAFSA, AIEA, and the Global Internship Conference. She served as Chair of The Forum’s Outcomes Assessment and Research committee for three years, is a member of NAFSA’s Work, Internships, Volunteering and Research Abroad (WIVRA) subcommittee and a founding member of the Business International Studies Network (BISNet) Business Colloquium. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Creature Conserve, an outreach organization dedicated to bringing artists and scientists together to foster sustained and informed support for animal conservation. Melissa holds a BA in International Studies from Stonehill College and a Master’s degree in Global Education from The Ohio State University. She considers herself an avid adventurer who loves to learn about new cultures and places, a strong advocate for animal rights, and a collaborative bridge-builder. She speaks Spanish fluently and has studied French, Irish Gaelic and Portuguese.

John Lucas, Forum Board member and Chair of the Executive Search Committee, is confident in this selection: “Melissa’s experience in the field of education abroad is both broad and deep. She brings a keen intellect, proven experience designing and building successful education abroad programs, and an ability to forge institutional relationships across cultures. Melissa’s experience and background speaks exactly to the kinds of experience and creative ideas the Forum membership told us they were looking for in the survey and during the interview process.”

Melissa states: “I am deeply honored to be selected by the Board to be the next President and CEO of The Forum on Education Abroad. I look forward to working with the membership and staff to ignite innovation, expand and diversify member institutions, and advance The Forum’s long and distinguished history of providing quality assurance for education abroad for all students.”

Melissa will officially join The Forum as President and CEO in early January. Please join us in welcoming and congratulating her on this appointment!

 

 

Conference Funding Opportunities: Ron Koehn Award & Travel Grants

Now that registration for the 15th Annual Conference is open, it’s time for you to start thinking about funding your conference participation! The Forum is pleased to offer two opportunities that can help defray the costs of attending the Annual Conference in Denver. The deadline to apply for both of these opportunities is November 30. 

Ron Koehn Conference Grant Award for Innovative Education Abroad Programs: This award is given annually to a colleague who has been especially effective in contributing to innovations in education abroad program design. Ron was a pioneer in the development of study abroad programs for community college students, creating ways to combine affordability with quality, and effective curricula with high standards. This award honors his legacy by recognizing colleagues who design education abroad programs that increase opportunities for underrepresented constituencies. Colleagues from Forum Member institutions are invited to apply, particularly those from community colleges, minority-serving institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs).

Conference Travel GrantsAll colleagues who have a financial need and are employed by a Forum member institution/organization are encouraged to apply for a conference travel grant. Selection is based on demonstrated need and anticipated benefit from attending the conference, and in accordance with The Forum’s strategic goals, preference will be given to colleagues from community colleges, minority-serving institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), as well as international colleagues.

 

 

Now Accepting Proposals to Host 5th European Conference in 2020

During the 4th European Conference in Prague, The Forum announced that it is now seeking proposals for hosting its 5th European Conference in October 2020. Forum member institutions and organizations are encouraged to submit proposals on how they can meet the requirements listed in the RFP.

Hosting The Forum’s European Conference is an excellent way to showcase your campus or program site, to the 400-500 education abroad colleagues that attend the conference, as well as to the wider education abroad community that follows The Forum’s activities. Benefits of serving as a host include: acknowledgement on The Forum’s website, in the e-newsletter, in all European conference printed material and communications, and on-site at the conference; promotion of the host’s pre- and post-conference events; access to sponsorship selection prior to its opening to the general membership; and five complimentary conference registrations. Past hosts include: University College Dublin (2012), Universitat Pompeu Fabra (2014), College Year in Athens (2016), and NYU Prague (2018).

The deadline to submit proposals is January 13, 2019.

View the RFP»

Read more about The Forum’s most recent European Conference (hosted by NYU Prague)»

European Conference Archive»

 

 

 

Notification of Standards Development

The Forum on Education Abroad is pleased to announce that Standards Update Working Group has been convened with the intent of revising the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad in preparation for a 6th edition.

All interested parties are invited to share their thoughts on revising and updating the Standards with the Working Group through attendance to any of the virtual or in-person meetings listed in the Timeline for Standards Development, or at any time via our online form. The first listening session will be held in person at our 4th European Conference in Prague, Czech Republic on Friday, October 19 at 10:45 a.m. CET.

Learn more»

 

 

Frontiers Celebrates Diversity in Peer Review: Peer Review Week 2018

Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad is pleased to take part in Peer Review Week 2018 by recognizing all of the professionals who share their time and expertise to make the peer review process possible. Follow the journal on Twitter all week long to learn more about how Frontiers is supporting Diversity in Peer Review.

»View the list of Frontiers‘ Peer Reviewers
»Follow @FrontiersSA
»Volunteer to serve as a peer reviewer for Frontiers

Dickinson College Renews Recognition for Meeting Standards of Good Practice

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Dickinson College recently completed a successful Quality Improvement Program (QUIP) review to maintain its recognition for being in substantial conformity with the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad. Dickinson College first earned QUIP recognition in 2009.

The Forum’s Quality Improvement Program for Education Abroad is a rigorous process of self-study and peer review that recognizes institutions and organizations for meeting the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad while offering suggestions and recommendations for quality improvement.

Congratulations to Dickinson College!

View the list of all QUIP-recognized organizations

Nominate a Colleague for the Peter. A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award

The Forum’s 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: developing and disseminating comprehensive standards of good practice, resources and training, advocating for education abroad and its values, and engaging the field in critical dialogue. The 2019 award will be presented at the 15th Annual Conference in Denver, CO.

The deadline to nominate a deserving colleague for the 2019 Wollitzer Award is December 14, 2018.

 

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New Certified Professional: Carolyn Lutes

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Carolyn Lutes of Academic Programs International (API) successfully completed The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. Carolyn joins colleagues who have effectively demonstrated the ability to articulate and apply the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, and a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.

Congratulations to Carolyn!

“The certification process was valuable to me in the middle of my career as a way to take a broader view of my work. In the midst of busy work days, this enriched my daily tasks by helping me to remember both the fundamental principles behind our work and also the bigger picture and connection to the field at large. I look forward to continuing on and maintaining that comprehensive view of my work and our field.” – Carolyn Lutes

 

 

API Earns Recognition for Meeting Standards of Good Practice

The Forum is very pleased to announce that the Academic Programs International (API) recently received recognition for being in substantial conformity with the Standards of Good Practice by successfully completing The Forum’s Quality Improvement Program (QUIP).

The Forum’s Quality Improvement Program for Education Abroad is a rigorous process of self-study and peer review that recognizes institutions and organizations for meeting the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad while offering suggestions and recommendations for quality improvement.

Congratulations to API!

View the list of all QUIP-recognized organizations

Presenting the New and Improved Critical Incident Database

Sign up now to access the new and improved Critical Incident Database (CID), which provides a secure, easy-to-use tool for Forum members to track critical incidents that occur while their students are off campus, including those incidents that should be reported in the Annual Security Report as required by the Department of Education in compliance with the Clery Act. Using the CID also helps The Forum track health and safety issues to better inform the field and improve future training and resources. The CID is available to Forum members at no cost. Learn More…

Jan Urban to Deliver Plenary Address at the 4th European Conference

Jan Urban, Plenary speaker for the 4th European ConferenceThe Forum is pleased to announce that Jan Urban will deliver the Plenary Address at the 4th European Conference in Prague. Urban, who has recently worked on several projects in Iraq training journalists and working on building reconciliation measures through the reconstruction of cultural heritage sites, was one of the leading dissidents in Czechoslovakia before 1989. In 1974, he graduated with a degree in history and philosophy from Charles University. From then until 1989, Urban, forbidden by the communists to continue his academic career, worked as a schoolteacher and a manual laborer. He was one of the founders of the Eastern European Information Agency, a dissident network, and helped found the Civic Forum, the movement that led to the eventual overthrow of the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia. He was elected as the Civic Forum’s spokesperson and leader and led it to its victory in the first free democratic elections in June 1990.

Urban resigned from all political positions one day after announcing the electoral defeat of Communism and returned to pursue his career in journalism. He has won two international human rights awards and served as a war correspondent in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1993 through 1996. More recently, he has made two documentary films and is the author of three books, and is currently working on a book of interviews with the founder of the People in Need Foundation, Simon Panek.

Read more about Urban»

 

 

Now Available: Forum President and Chief Executive Officer Position Profile

Dear colleagues:

We are happy to provide, as promised, a brief update on the search for the next President and Chief Executive Officer. The search committee has released the final position profile which is now available on The Forum’s website.

The position profile was developed based on input provided through the online survey and conversations with the Board, Council, and follow-up interviews with a broadly representative group of The Forum’s membership. The profile outlines The Forum’s many strengths, lists some of the key opportunities and challenges facing the next President, and captures the experiences and qualities the Board seeks in an ideal candidate. Our search consultants from Storbeck/Pimentel have already begun to share the profile with potential candidates for the position as well as with sources who can suggest names of other talented individuals who may be an excellent match for The Forum.

The committee and its consultants seek to build a strong and diverse pool of candidates. We encourage you to share the position profile with colleagues around the country who may be a good match for this position or who may be able to suggest strong candidates. We also encourage you to send the names of potential candidates directly to our search consultants by email at ForumEAPresident@storbecksearch.com. They will follow up on all suggestions that come from within The Forum’s community.

Thank you for your time and your interest in the search as a community, and for the input and suggestions you have contributed to date. We are excited to be moving on to the next phase of the search and will update you on our progress again soon.

John

John Lucas, PhD
President and CEO, ISEP
Chair, Executive Search Committee
The Forum on Education Abroad

 

Read the position profile»

 

 

Sponsorships Now Available for 15th Annual Conference in Denver

Sponsorship, exhibit and advertising opportunities are now available to all Forum members for the 15th Annual Conference in Denver, CO. The conference will be held at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, March 27-29, 2019.

Sponsorships are an excellent way to show your support of The Forum’s mission and gain visibility for your organization in the education abroad community. All sponsors and exhibitors will be recognized in conference materials and on the Forum website, providing maximum exposure. The Exhibit Hall will again be open for 3 days, and many of our event sponsorships include a sponsor table for use during the event.

Learn more»

 

 

New Certified Professional: Erin French

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Erin French of Iowa State University’s College of Human Sciences successfully completed The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. Erin joins colleagues who have effectively demonstrated the ability to articulate and apply the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, and a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.

Congratulations to Erin!

“The Forum’s Professional Certification program has enabled me to understand how the Standards of Good Practice work together to increase the quality of education abroad programming. I am implementing the Standards for the programs I develop and coordinate, and this allows me to guide faculty partners, to collaborate with fellow international education staff to develop university-wide policies and procedures, and to demonstrate to students and their families that Iowa State University’s College of Human Sciences is committed to providing quality academic and cultural study abroad experiences. I look forward to further developing as an international educator by publishing and presenting to fulfill the program’s maintenance requirements.” – Erin French

 

 

Sara’s Wish Foundation Continues Its Generous Support of The Forum

This year’s $5,000 gift from Sara’s Wish Foundation provides scholarships that make it possible for colleagues from a wide range of institutions to participate in The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. This past year Sara’s Wish scholarships were awarded to individuals from two international universities, one community college, three public universities, and two private universities. Without this scholarship support, these colleagues would not have been able to advance their knowledge and skill in applying the Standards of Good Practice in Education Abroad to help to ensure a safe and meaningful education abroad experience for students.

 

 

New Certified Professional: Mike Nelson

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Mike Nelson of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign successfully completed The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. Mike joins colleagues who have effectively demonstrated the ability to articulate and apply the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, and a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.

Congratulations to Mike!

“The Professional Certification program provided me with a thorough understanding of the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad. Education abroad is complex, and the Standards have helped me develop a more comprehensive approach to student advising and a variety of projects in my office. I’m especially glad that I did the Accelerated Residency workshops to start off the program in close collaboration with several of my colleagues and to meet others in the field who work in different contexts. I highly recommend this program for professional development and for improving your contribution to the rewarding work that we all get to do in this field.” – Mike Nelson

 

 

Congratulations to the New Forum Council Members!

The Forum is pleased to announce that the following colleagues have been elected to the Forum Council for a 3-year term:

  • Keshia Abraham, Director of Strategic Initiatives, CIEE
  • Christina Carroll, Director, Risk and Emergency Management, Florida State University
  • Leo Rowland, Director of Study Abroad, University of Redlands

The new Council members will begin their terms on July 1.

Thank you to Forum members for voting in the recent election. The Forum also thanks the diverse group of highly-qualified colleagues who were nominated this year. We appreciate your commitment to The Forum and the field!

 

 

New Certified Professional: Stacy Fischer

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Stacy Fischer of Drew University successfully completed The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. Stacy joins colleagues who have effectively demonstrated the ability to articulate and apply the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, and a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.

Congratulations to Stacy!

“The Forum’s Professional Certification program has been as an opportunity to learn about and contribute to the changing landscape of Education Abroad. The role and responsibilities of the Education Abroad Professional have become increasingly complex, calling for expertise in program development, student learning, outcomes assessment, and risk management. Understanding the Standards of Good Practice and how to apply them has given me confidence and a solid foundation from which to tackle those challenges. I am looking forward to continuous professional development through fulfillment of the Certification maintenance requirements.” – Stacy Fischer

 

Latest Issue of The Forum Focus is Now Available

Forum Focus Cover - May 2018

The Forum Focus is an online publication that provides perspectives on current education abroad topics and issues. The latest issue includes the following short articles:

  • “Intercultural Competence: Literacy for the 21st Century,” by Tracy Rundstrom Williams, Director, Center for International Studies, Texas Christian University
  • “International Education 2020: Do We Need a Bigger Boat, a Different Boat, or Something Else?” by Adam Rubin, International Education Consultant, AWR International
  • “APUAF: Reflecting on 10 Years of Community,” by Loren Ringer, President, APUAF (Association des Programmes Universitaires Américains en France)
  • “A Message from the Forum Board Chair,” by Mary Anne Grant, President Emerita, ISEP

Read the May 2018 issue of The Forum Focus»

The Forum invites colleagues to submit articles for consideration and ideas for future topics for The Forum Focus. The word limit for articles is 1,200 and is strictly enforced. Please send submissions to: info@forumea.org.

 

 

Seeking Beta-Testers for the New & Improved CID

The Forum is now seeking member organizations to beta-test the new Critical Incident Database (CID) through June 30, 2018. By participating your organization will have early access to the CID, providing you with the opportunity to see just what this instrument can do for you. The Forum will seek feedback on your experience using the CID via a survey later this spring. Suggestions made will be considered as the CID undergoes further development. To apply, complete the user application and upload a list of programs that will be tracked.

Learn more»

 

 

Proposed Bylaws Change

An online vote to adopt a proposed revision to The Forum on Education Abroad’s bylaws will take place May 4-May 25, 2018. Institutional representatives from all member institutions will receive an email from The Forum on May 4 with a link to vote on the proposed change.

The proposed bylaw change will be discussed at The Forum’s Annual Business Meeting offered online on Tuesday, May 22, at 12 p.m. (EDT). The Business Meeting will also include an update to the membership on the Forum President and CEO search, a report on Forum prorgrams and services, and a report from the Forum Council. Register for the Annual Business Meeting.

View current bylaws

Proposed addition to the bylaws:

Section 8.05.01 Past Chair. The outgoing Chair shall serve for one additional term on the Board in the role of Past Chair.

Pro:
The purpose of the addition is to provide greater continuity on the Board. The Past Chair position will not replace an open position on the Board; there is no limit on the number of Directors who may serve on the Board.

Con:
The addition of the Past Chair position may increase the cost of Board meetings though members in the field are expected to pay their own travel and lodging to attend Board meetings.

For additional information or questions contact info@forumea.org.

2018 Forum Council Candidates Announced

The Nominations Committee of The Forum Council is pleased to announce the following slate of candidates for the open positions in this year’s election:

Institutional Representatives from Forum member institutions and organizations will receive an email with voting information. The deadline to vote in the 2018 election is May 19.


Keshia Abraham, Director of Strategic Initiatives, CIEE

Keshia brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with her to the Forum Council. She has been engaged in advocacy and capacity building for increasing diversity in study abroad for decades. A champion of HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) and other institutions with demonstrated commitment to supporting students of color, Dr. Abraham has participated in forums, seminars, workshops, lectures, conferences, and community-based programming promoting international educational exchange everywhere. Born in Pittsburgh, PA to African American parents who were passionate educators and community caregivers, Keshia developed a passion for international education early, being the first person in her immediate family to obtain a passport (which was used to participate in a program in Sweden at the age of 12). Following this with a more traditional study abroad program at 16, Keshia began writing and advocating for deeper intercultural knowledge and experience both for other students and for the faculty and K-12 teachers. Upon return from Italy, she founded a student United Nations team at her high school while volunteering with numerous anti-apartheid campaigns at local colleges and universities. Her choice to attend Spelman College was grounded in her expectation of going abroad to study and live in Southern Africa which became her home for many years, even while pursuing her PhD in Comparative Literature with concentrations in African/diasporic literature, women’s studies and popular education at Binghamton University.

In her role as the Director of Strategic Initiatives at CIEE, Keshia is able to draw on her many years holding simultaneous positions as Associate Professor of English, Director of International Education, Chair of Humanities and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Florida Memorial University, and prior work with other MSI-serving institutions around the world. In particular, her role involves managing CIEE’s partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) and the strategic priorities within this partnership which include the Frederick Douglass Global Fellows Program, Project Passport, Project Passport Global Fellows, the Minority Serving Institution International Faculty Development Seminar, and developing special programs with these institutions; while developing and offering workshops, trainings and specialized programs for our global faculty and staff and teaching.

She is honored to be in a position that supports our shared mission of helping people of all backgrounds surpass the barriers of cost, culture and curriculum, to acquire understanding, skills and knowledge of this globally diverse world.


Janet Alperstein, Assistant Vice President for Global Academic Planning, New York University

Janet F. Alperstein joined NYU’s Office of Global Programs in 2011 and serves as the Assistant Vice President overseeing global academic planning.  Prior to that she was the Director of the Office of Academic Affairs at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem for five years and the first full-time Dean for Study Abroad at Barnard College for six years before that. While working at Barnard College, Janet completed her PhD from Columbia University in Sociology and Education. In addition, she has annually taught a graduate class on gender and inequality and the role of schools since 2000, at Teachers College until 2011 and at NYU’s Steinhardt School from 2013 to present.

Throughout her career she has focused on helping develop study abroad opportunities for students who have had limited options. At Hebrew University, Dr. Alperstein developed innovative study abroad programs for instrumental music and dance majors at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. More than ten years later, these opportunities continue to provide students in these vertical majors an option to study away. Over the last few years in partnership with senior faculty in each of the disciplines at NYU, she has developed and implemented study abroad opportunities for students in Instrumental Music Performance, Recorded Music, Drama, Film and Television, Biology, Physics, and Computer Science. In the pipeline to launch in Spring 2019 are study abroad opportunities for Math, Chemistry and Engineering (pre-major declaration). Similar to Hebrew University, these study abroad opportunities are for students in majors which have often been underrepresented in study abroad. Since working at Barnard College, Dr. Alperstein has advocated for students with high need to be able to take advantage of all study abroad has to offer.

Advocating with students, faculty, families, faculty and administrative offices such as Career Development, Multicultural/Diversity and Financial Aid about the value of study abroad and addressing challenges to participation are an area that Dr. Alperstein hopes to work with through the Forum’s Council, committee and membership. Her involvement with The Forum on Education Abroad includes serving on the Boston and Prague Conference Committees.


Christina Carroll, Director, Risk and Emergency Management, Florida State University

In Christina’s seventeen-year tenure at Florida State University International Programs, she has worn many hats (like most of us in the field): immigration officer, U.S. ambassador, spokesperson, travel agent, tour guide, guidance counselor, financial advisor, and on more than a couple of occasions, a miracle worker.

In her latest incarnation, she serves as the Director of Risk and Emergency Management. In this role, she is in charge of codifying, evaluating and implementing relevant university standards, ethics and policies for all risk and emergency management issues related to FSU study abroad programs, as well as the application of the Standards of Good Practice established by The Forum on Education Abroad. This position has opened up yet another fascinating facet of her work, just when she thought she had experienced them all.

Among her more noteworthy accomplishments, to date: she has developed two courses for FSU that focus on global engagement through active participation in the study abroad location. Christina believes study abroad should be viewed as an essential part of higher education and that Florida State University is leading the charge on this front by including it in their liberal studies curriculum as a “formative experience.”

Previous to her current position, Christina has served in many capacities. She was the Assistant Director of Program Management that oversees the coordination of FSU’s study abroad programs, which combined, sends over 2,000 students abroad annually. She has worked as the Manager of College for High School and Faculty Services, for which she designed, implemented and marketed study abroad programs aimed at high school students for college credit. She also became FSU’s first immigration specialist, developing protocols and managing all immigration processes for students and faculty on their international programs. Christina also served as FSU’s first international internship coordinator, responsible for establishing and implementing FSU’s internship program.

Christina has actively participated with The Forum for many years and currently serves as the Chair of the Advocacy Committee and the Working Group for Strategic Communication for Health and Safety. Christina also served on the Conference Selection Committee for the 14th Annual Conference in Boston this year.

Christina is proud of the work she has accomplished these past three years on the Council and is seeking re-election to contribute far more going forward. Her background in program development and student affairs, combined with her current work in risk and emergency management will allow her to continue to contribute varying perspectives of membership interests. Christina is eager to continue to foster an increasing collaboration among her education abroad colleagues and hopes you will consider her for re-election.


Jonathan Kaplan, Vice Provost, Rothberg International School, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Jonathan (Yoni) Kaplan has been active in international education since 1978 as a teacher and administrator, most recently as the Vice Provost of the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The Rothberg School hosts over 2,200 international students annually and offers undergraduate and graduate studies in a variety of formats. As the school’s chief administrative officer, Yoni has been involved in program development, outreach, public relations, finances, and emergency management. He has also worked closely with American universities in these areas. Kaplan has brought together leading academic institutions in Jerusalem to offer joint programs in the performing and plastic arts. He has also guided the school toward increased activity within The Forum, providing sponsorship for its activities, presenting in multiple conferences and serving as a member of the 2017 conference committee. A historian by training, Yoni specializes in 20th century Jewish history and has written on the Holocaust and Jewish nationalism.

Yoni has been a major supporter of programs encouraging diversity and minority populations to study abroad. In this regard he has succeeded in raising considerable funds for diversity scholarships. During the past month he visited a number of HBCUs and MSIs in an attempt to encourage students to take advantage of these opportunities and to develop joint programs that would enable additional universities to send students to the Middle East. To this end he has also taken an active role in Diversity Abroad as a member of the 2018 conference committee.

Kaplan has been responsible for numerous collaborations with organizations and universities throughout the United States. Colleagues from prominent American universities have counseled Israeli staff in areas such as Title IX, security, student life and diversity issues. Some 30 faculty-led programs have been tailored to the needs of American institutions. Joint programs have been run with dozens of universities. Through these projects, Yoni has been in close contact with university leaders from around the country.

As the senior administrator of international programs at a prominent university abroad, Yoni is thoroughly familiar with both sides of the education abroad divide: the workings and concerns of American universities as well as the issues and challenges faced by host institutions overseas. From this vantage point, he is ideally positioned to understand changing university strategies and trends while at the same time paying attention to the minute details that make an international study experience safe and successful.

Yoni would like to contribute to the strengthening of an international perspective in The Forum’s work. As North American universities take an increasingly active role in their students’ study abroad experiences—academically and administratively—there is a greater need to understand and define the connection between home universities and those institutions that host students abroad. There may be a need for alignment in areas such as Title IX, diversity and inclusion, student safety and academic reporting. This could include services for institutions abroad that seek to better understand the needs of North American schools and wish to comply with their expectations through easily accessible training sessions, and could lead to the broader certification program specifically for foreign institutions. The promotion of The Forum among international institutions could also advance this goal. A second and related issue has to do with incoming international students. How can universities develop the competence and cultural sensitivity not only to send their students abroad, but also to receive and support students from other cultures and societies? What should be the interaction between incoming and outgoing students, in order to maximize the experience of each? A third issue of major concern today is safety and security, and Kaplan’s experience in the planning and operation of programs in conflicted areas could be of benefit to The Forum. For these reasons Yoni would be most interested in joining the Standards Committee.

Jonathan has also led various educational projects outside the university. He was very active in the development of new educational technologies, serving as the founding director of Aviv, Israel’s first virtual high school and later as the director of a state-wide project to integrate computer technology into the teaching and learning of schools located in underprivileged areas across the country.


Leo Rowland, Director of Study Abroad, University of Redlands

Leo Rowland has been involved with higher education in a variety of capacities for 15 years in the United States, Seoul, South Korea, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Close to a decade of this time was in Buenos Aires where he held faculty and administrative positions at distinct organizations including a public university (Universidad Nacional de San Martin/Lincoln University College), a U.S. educational organization (IES Abroad) and a large language school with university programs (Expanish). He also lectured at various institutions while in Argentina such as Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Industrial and Pepperdine University, Buenos Aires. In the U.S. he has taught at the State Center Community College District (CA) and at the University of Redlands where he is currently the Director of Study Abroad. Other professional experience includes work as a journalist, translator, and editor/abridger for major publishing houses.

In the arc of his experience in the U.S. and overseas, his involvement with international education has ranged from high level strategic planning, overseas program development and management, and joint-degree program creation to engagement with students through teaching a range of writing and cultural studies related courses as well as through the full cycle of student advisement and support.

Since moving to the U.S. three years ago, he has taken advantage of being stateside with corresponding opportunities to contribute to and learn from the field. He has served on The Forum’s Curriculum Toolbox Working Group and Advocacy Committee and is currently a member of the Academic Working Group of the Overseas Advisory Council (OSAC) and OSAC’s Austria Country council. As a current member of the IES Academic Council he recently chaired the assessment of an IES study center. He has also served as a panelist for the Benjamin Gilman and Boren Scholarship Programs administered by IIE. At Redlands he is a member of the Latin American Studies Program Faculty and the university President’s chartered Committee on Comprehensive Internationalization and will be leading his first overseas course for the university in Italy this summer. He will also spend the fall semester guiding a self-study for a QUIP review.

Leo is eager to contribute to the work of The Forum through joining the Forum Council. He believes his background in teaching and administration at both U.S. and international institutions on three continents along with his strengths in strategic thinking will prove valuable to the activity of the Forum Council.

 

New Certified Professional: Karl Dowling

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Karl Dowling of Foundation for International Education successfully completed The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. Karl joins colleagues who have effectively demonstrated the ability to articulate and apply the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, and a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.

Congratulations to Karl!

“The primary function of enrolling in the program was to become a more well-rounded international educator. In our field it is vital to keep your finger on the pulse of innovation, best practice and peer support, which is exactly what the professional certification offers. Going through the program has further opened my eyes to challenges my colleagues, students and partners can face and has infused my work with a greater level of expertise, understanding and empathy.” – Karl Dowling

 

 

Council Review Task Force Proposal Available for Review

The Council Review Task Force, comprised of Forum Council, Board, and staff representatives, is proposing changes to the efficiency and structure of The Forum’s Council, committees, and working groups in order to support the implementation of The Forum’s recently released strategic plan and continued growth. Forum members are invited to review the proposal and share their feedback by April 30th.

 

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Forum Board Appoints Jon V.C. Booth as The Forum’s Interim Executive Director

Jon BoothThe Forum Board of Directors announces the appointment of Jon V.C. Booth as The Forum’s Interim Executive Director. Jon is well known in international education and study abroad with more than 40 years’ experience in the field.  He served as Executive Director of SU Abroad at Syracuse University, Director of the International Study and Travel Center at the University of Minnesota, and in advising positions at the University of Michigan and the Experiment in International Living/School for International Training. Jon also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in India. Jon has held numerous leadership positions at NAFSA, including Vice President and National Conference Chair, and Chair of SECUSSA, and was awarded Life Membership in 2012. Jon was a Founding member of the Forum Board, Chair of the Standards Committee, member of the team that developed The Forum’s Professional Certification Program, and received the Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award in 2012. Jon was interviewed and featured in season 1 episode 5 of the Forum Storytellers podcast, in which he describes what motivated his work and shares his favorite memories from his career in education abroad.

The term of the Interim Executive Director will be approximately six months as the Board conducts a search for a new chief executive. Further information on the process will be provided to the membership as the search proceeds.

 

 

New Report on Student Mortality Abroad Released at 14th Annual Conference

Education abroad professionals need to know as much as they can about critical incidents and deaths occurring abroad so that they can make informed decisions about what they can do to try to keep students safe. The Forum’s latest data reporting efforts contribute to that goal.

“Comparing U.S. College Student Mortality Rates in the U.S. with Mortality Rates while Abroad” was released last week at The Forum’s Annual Conference in Boston. The report analyzes insurance claims data from two major insurance companies in the field, insuring over one million education abroad participants over seven calendar years, to determine an approximate mortality rate for U.S. students participating in education abroad and compare that with domestic mortality rates. The results suggest that students are no more likely to die while participating in education abroad than they are while studying on their domestic campuses. Additional information about geographical region and cause of death is also provided in the study.

Read the full report»

 

 

The Forum Board Welcomes Three New Members

The Forum Board of Directors voted unanimously to welcome three new Board members to begin their service on July 1. Vice Chair and incoming Chair Enda Carroll commented: ”We are really looking forward to working with Martha, Evie and Dawn on the Board of Directors to further the mission of The Forum as the collective voice for the field of education abroad.”

Dr. Martha Johnson is the Assistant Dean for Learning Abroad at the University of Minnesota. She has worked in international education since 1991 for organizations and institutions in the U.S., Ireland, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Her experience includes on-site program management, program development and marketing, management of a large university education abroad office, and teaching of short-term programs. She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies with an emphasis in drama and the performance of gender, race, and cultural identity from the University of East Anglia (UK). She has presented at numerous international conferences and has authored articles and chapters for publications including Frontiers and Text and Performance. She has served in leadership positions for NAFSA, the Global Leadership League, The Forum on Education Abroad, and the Fund for Education Abroad.

Eveadean Morrison Myers, J.D. currently serves as Special Advisor to the President for International Programs at Prairie View A&M University. As the Senior International Officer at Prairie View A&M University, Myers coordinates university-wide internationalization strategy and efforts and has been instrumental in raising the profile of PVAMU as a globally identified Historically Black Land-Grant Institution. She is the recipient of a Fulbright International Education Administrators Program award, and participated in the Fulbright U.S.-Japan 2013 program, where she had the opportunity to meet with educational leaders and visit universities across Japan. She previously served as the Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Global Outreach at North Dakota State University for seven years. Myers served as a member of the President’s Cabinet and was NDSU’s first executive director and chief diversity officer. Myers’ career expands more than two decades in administrative positions both in public higher education and corporate America. Myers earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Iowa State University and her Juris Doctorate degree at the University of Iowa, College of Law. Myers was recently appointed to the Study Texas Board for 2018-2019 where she will serve as the President-Elect. Currently, Myers serves NAFSA as the Region III Diversity & MSI Liaison, and as a Mentor for the Diversity Impact Program. Myers also serves on the Diversity Abroad Advisory Board and the ACE, American Council on Education’s Women’s Network Executive Council. Myers is a former co-chair for the NAFSA MIG Blacks and Multicultural Professionals in International Education, BMcPie and National Board Member of the National Association for Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE). She previously served as a Board Member for the American Association for Affirmative Action and national membership chair.

Dr. Dawn Michele Whitehead is the Senior Director for Global Learning and Curricular Change at the Association of American Colleges and Universities. At AAC&U, Whitehead’s work focuses on advancing practices, strategies, and projects for integrative global learning and curricular change across the undergraduate curriculum. In her work, she has advanced thematic local and global curricular and co-curricular experiences to provide students with global learning opportunities throughout their undergraduate education to prepare them for life, work, and citizenship. She has also worked on projects that integrate high-impact practices across general education and the majors and curricular change initiatives to provide students with consistent, high-quality educational experiences. The concept of inclusive excellence, ensuring that all students have access to high-quality global learning experiences, guides her work. She has presented nationally and internationally on civic engagement, curricular change, inclusive global learning, liberal education, and strategic planning for global learning initiatives. Prior to her work at AAC&U, she served as a faculty director for global service learning programs in Costa Rica, Ghana, Kenya, and the Kingdom of Swaziland, facilitated institutional partnership activities and educational opportunities in Indonesia, Mexico, and Thailand, taught Global and International Studies courses—including the use of international interactive videoconferencing—and supported development of internationalized curriculum and global service learning campus-wide. Whitehead earned her Ph.D. at Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) in Education Policy Studies with a doctoral minor in International and Comparative Education and a concentration in African Studies and her master’s degree in International and Comparative Education at IUB.

 

 

Brian Whalen to Depart from Forum President & CEO Post After 12 Years of Outstanding Service

The Forum on Education Abroad Board of Directors announces that Brian Whalen will be stepping down on April 30, 2018, after a successful 12-year career serving as The Forum’s President and CEO, and will continue to serve as Senior Advisor to assist with the transition to a new President and CEO. Whalen commented: “With the implementation of the new strategic plan actively underway, The Forum is in excellent shape and is thriving. This is the right time for me to help with the transition to a new President and CEO who will lead The Forum into the future, as I embrace new opportunities myself.”

The Chair of The Forum Board of Directors Mary Anne Grant commented, “Brian Whalen has been instrumental in The Forum’s growth and development from a fledgling non-profit to the vibrant membership association that it is today. Brian’s commitment and contributions to The Forum will be a lasting legacy for the field.”

During Brian’s 12 years at the helm, The Forum has had rapid and sustained growth in all areas of the organization. With the leadership and guidance of highly dedicated Boards and Councils, Brian has helped to lead the transformation of The Forum from a young organization to a global membership association, with 208 members in 2006 to more than 800 today. In 2006, Brian led the establishment of a strategic relationship with Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, set up central office operations on campus, and hired a professional staff that has grown from one to nine full-time employees. Attendance at the annual conference has gone from 212 to 1,400+, while a bi-annual European conference attracts over 400 attendees. During his tenure as President and CEO, Brian directed the development of a wide range of signature resources to support Forum members, including the Quality Improvement Program, the Professional Certification Program, regional and customized workshops, Standards Institutes, Critical Dialogues and webinars, and a variety of print and online resources. Under Brian’s leadership, The Forum’s financial reserves have increased from less than $1,000 to over $1.8 million.

Brian’s association with The Forum began in 2002 when he met with the Board of Directors in his role as founding editor and publisher of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, the field’s first peer-reviewed academic journal. The result was a strategic partnership that resulted in every Forum member receiving a complimentary subscription to Frontiers. In 2015, The Forum became Frontiers permanent home.

In 2002, Brian was elected to the first Forum Advisory Council, chaired its Outcomes Committee, and assumed the duties of chair when then chair Peter Wollitzer became too ill to serve. Brian also served in 2005 as chair of the Second Annual Forum Conference in Miami. In 2005, The Forum Board asked Dickinson College to serve as host and strategic partner of The Forum and for Brian to be released half-time from his College positions to serve as The Forum’s President and CEO. In 2010, Brian resigned his positions at Dickinson to devote his full time to The Forum’s presidency.

In 2007, Brian steered The Forum through the scrutiny of the field initiated by a front-page story in The New York Times questioning business arrangements in study abroad, and the subsequent issuing of subpoenas by the New York and Connecticut Attorneys General. Brian led The Forum’s immediate, proactive response by convening an Ethics Summit that led to the creation of a Code of Ethics. He responded to the widespread media attention, and, as the sole representative of the field, personally met with the New York and Connecticut Attorneys General offices to advocate for the ways in which the field takes seriously ethics and the Standards of Good Practice.

A hallmark of Brian’s leadership has been the establishment of mutually beneficial partnerships to advance The Forum’s mission. Examples include a partnership with The New York Times to develop a Digital Resource, a joint initiative with the Institute of International Education (IIE) to train EducationUSA and Fulbright advisors in Brazil, India, and Turkey in the Standards of Good Practice, and a collaboration with AIFS and the AIFS Foundation to establish a special permanent collection of education abroad historical materials in the archives of the Dickinson College library.

Brian worked closely with Forum colleagues to pilot the first Standards workshops in many venues in the United States, and in Australia, Egypt, India, England and Spain. In addition, Brian launched a task force to study the idea of offering a professional certification program as envisioned by the Forum founders. As The Forum grew, Brian hired outstanding staff to develop and deliver member programs and services and expanded capacity by winning two grants from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Mellon Foundation to fund recent Ph.D.s at the central office at a critical time of expansion.

During his tenure, Brian has represented The Forum at increasingly higher levels of national and international engagement, most notably in joining Secretary of State John Kerry’s delegation to the U.S. – India Higher Education Summit in New Delhi. Other activities include participation in the White House Travel Blogger and Global Citizenship Summit and interactions with regional and disciplinary accreditation entities to promote The Forum’s quality assurance role in higher education.

Brian summed up his service to The Forum this way: “My tenure as Forum President and CEO has been an amazing, wonderful experience. Working with so many talented and diverse colleagues over the years has been what I have enjoyed most. Our field has dedicated, smart, creative and interesting professionals with whom it is a genuine pleasure to work, and collaborating with them to serve our membership has been both a privilege and an honor.”

Vice Chair and incoming Chair of the Board Enda Carroll commented, “We are very fortunate that Brian has agreed to remain as a Senior Advisor to assist with the transition to a new President and CEO.”

 

 

New Certified Professional: Naomi Otterness

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Naomi Otterness of Davidson College successfully completed The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. Naomi joins colleagues who have effectively demonstrated the ability to articulate and apply the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, and a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.

Congratulations to Naomi!

“It was especially valuable for me to be working toward Forum certification while being a relative newcomer at my institution. Drawing my focus from deep within the framework of recognized Standards of Good Practice enabled me to understand our strengths as well as uncover areas where we may adjust procedures to achieve stronger outcomes. It has been reassuring to tap into the abundant resources that many experts in our field have contributed to The Forum to help in the process.” – Naomi Otterness

 

 

New Certified Professional: Oleksandra Sehin

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Oleksandra Sehin of Texas State University successfully completed The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. Oleksandra joins colleagues who have effectively demonstrated the ability to articulate and apply the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, and a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.

Congratulations to Oleksandra!

“It was an intensive but at the same time rewarding journey through the Professional Certification Program. This program has helped me to endorse my knowledge of the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad and to establish advanced capacities in applying the Standards to our Study Abroad Office situations. With the knowledge I obtained, I am ready to take the next step, that is, to conduct the QUIP Review for our office to assess how education aboard programs conform to the Standards of Good Practice and to continue working towards maintaining ongoing quality improvement processes in our Study Abroad Office. To sum up, this certificate is just the beginning of my next big projects…” – Oleksandra Sehin

 

 

New Certified Professional: Jessica Sun

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Jessica Sun of the University of Pittsburgh successfully completed The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. Jessica joins colleagues who have effectively demonstrated the ability to articulate and apply the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, and a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.

Congratulations to Jessica!

“In the increasingly competitive field of international education, especially study abroad, I wanted to stand out and show that I’m eager to learn and improve my skills, especially as more new positions prefer professional certification as a preferred qualification. Additionally, as an exchange program manager, I have little experience in faculty-led study abroad programming, so participation in this program provided me training in this area to expand my expertise.” –Jessica Sun

 

 

Latest Issue of The Forum Focus is Now Available

The Forum FocusForum Focus - February 2018 is an online publication that provides perspectives on current education abroad topics and issues. The February 2018 issue includes the following short articles:

  • “Ten Years Since: Ethical Imperatives and the Field of Education Abroad,” by Andrea Custodi, CET Academic Programs
  • “Your Guide to the New U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories,” by Julie Anne Friend, Northwestern University; Jaime Molyneux, University of Pennsylvania; Kalpen Trivedi, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Read the February 2018 issue»

The Forum invites colleagues to submit articles for consideration and ideas for future topics for The Forum Focus. The word limit for articles is 1,200 and is strictly enforced. Please send submissions to: info@forumea.org.

 

 

New Certified Professional: Jonathan Larson

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Jonathan Larson of Grinnell College successfully completed The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. Jonathan joins colleagues who have effectively demonstrated the ability to articulate and apply the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, and a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.

Congratulations to Jonathan!

“I enrolled in the Professional Certification Program and attended the Accelerated Residency to learn more about the Standards, but not certain that I wanted to go through with certification. The workshops in my accelerated residency engaged me with the Standards in a way that made me eager to continue. The process of doing the assignments, including responding to feedback and figuring out where I needed to put in more thought, was incredibly worthwhile. I recommend certification for anyone wanting to engage with the Standards through a stimulating range of everyday problems that we encounter in the field.” – Jonathan Larson

 

 

New Certified Professional: Scott Ozaroski

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Scott Ozaroski of DePaul University successfully completed The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. Scott joins colleagues who have effectively demonstrated the ability to articulate and apply the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, and a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.

Congratulations to Scott!

“I enrolled in the Forum’s Certification Program to deepen my knowledge of study abroad best practices—both for my own professional development and to help make my institution and the programs we operate the best they can be. I’ve appreciated the structure and flexibility of the program, which allows you to complete the requirements at your own pace, both online and in-person. I’ve already been putting the Standards to use, and it’s been an incredibly valuable experience.” – Scott Ozaroski

 

 

Plenary Speaker for the 9th Annual Standards Institute: Michael Dennis O’Neill

The Forum is pleased to announce Michael Dennis O’Neill as the plenary speaker for the 9th Annual Standards of Good Practice InstituteBeyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management. O’Neill is a recognized leader in international safety and security risk management having begun his professional career in 1995. He is a highly respected global thought leader and strategist in the development and professionalization of international NGO safety and security risk management.

Plenary Address: “Duty Bound”
University-sponsored education abroad programs take many forms. Whereas education abroad programs entail unique risks for faculty, employees and students, the University has a moral, ethical, and legal responsibility to understand the foreseeable risks and to put in place reasonable measures to mitigate these risks. This session explores with participants pragmatic and effective measures that Universities can put in place to meet their duty of care responsibilities by integrating risk management principles into education abroad program design and delivery; by empowering faculty and students to take responsible decisions through a better understanding of the complex environments in which they live, work, and study; and, by investing sufficient resources to develop innovative tools and systems that enable Universities to manage risks in support of rewarding and meaningful education abroad experiences.

O’Neill will deliver his Institute plenary address on June 20 at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA. Registration for the Institute will open on March 1.

Learn more»

 

 

Religion and Study Abroad – A Special Issue of Frontiers

Thought-provoking and off the beaten path of education abroad discourse, this special issue of Frontiers features a series of essays that explore the questions: how do we teach religion in education abroad? How can religion and faith inform education abroad? How do the religious beliefs of our students impact their study abroad experience? Guest editors Michael Woolf, Timothy Lynn Elliott, William Hyndman, Nora Larkin and Donna Scarboro have curated articles on a broad range of topics, including traditional African religion in Cameroon and its effect on worldviews, tenets of Hinduism in higher education and historic convivencia in Spain. Together, they raise critical perspectives and stimulate fresh dialogue about how we understand our students and the communities that welcome them abroad.

Read Frontiers»

New Certified Professional: Christopher Quinlan

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Christopher Quinlan of Brigham Young University successfully completed The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. Christopher joins colleagues who have effectively demonstrated the ability to articulate and apply the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, and a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.

Congratulations to Christopher!

“I enrolled in the Forum Certification program in order to gain a better understanding of the Standards and how to apply them. Certification has helped me to sharpen my skills, while gaining new insight into the critical components of high-quality, life-changing experiences for our students and faculty. Christopher Quinlan

Comment on the Guidelines for Community Engagement, Service-Learning & Volunteer Experiences Abroad

The Forum is working to update the Guidelines series to keep pace with changes in the field and education abroad practices. Each set of guidelines is being revised with input from members of the Forum Council, Standards Committee, staff, and advisors with specialized experience. Guidelines are intended to be used in conjunction with the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad to address the specific needs and challenges presented by particular types of education abroad experiences.

The Guidelines for Community Engagement, Service-Learning, and Volunteer Experiences Abroad are now available for open comment. We encourage sharing the draft widely, including to professionals from outside of the field of education abroad with relevant experience. Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. EST on January 22.

Learn more»

 

 

New Certified Professional: Laura Cano Rodriguez

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Laura Cano Rodriguez of Stanford University successfully completed The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. Laura joins colleagues who have effectively demonstrated the ability to articulate and apply the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, and a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.

Congratulations to Laura!

“The Standards make you think about your institution and how to ensure its proper functioning. Certification has allowed me to improve our study abroad programs, in order to benefit students, staff and faculty, taking into consideration the point of view of both the sending and the receiving institution. Laura Cano Rodriguez

 

 

New Certified Professional: Dana Currier

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Dana Currier of the University of Chicago successfully completed The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. Dana joins colleagues who have effectively demonstrated the ability to articulate and apply the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, and a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.

Congratulations to Dana!

“I am thrilled to have completed the Certification Program. Working toward Professional Certification has allowed me to keep an eye on the bigger picture and continue to reflect on how I work with students before, during, and after they study abroad. I feel more confident now that I have a solid foundational knowledge of the Standards that I can draw on to evaluate the practices of my institution and my own approach to working with students, faculty, and other colleagues.”  Dana Currier

Forum Announces Recipient of the Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design

James Kelly, recipient of 2017 Curriculum AwardIn celebration of International Education Week, The Forum is pleased to announce the 2017 recipient of the Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design: James Kelly of Indiana University, for his course “Reporting HIV/AIDS in Africa.” As reporting interns at Uganda’s Daily Monitor, students in Professor Kelly’s embedded program acquire the skills to report complicated stories in a cross-cultural setting through a mix of academic work and interaction with local reporters and editors. In addition to their classroom study and internship, students benefit from a two-day seminar at the African Centre for Media Excellence and a visit to Makerere University’s journalism program to meet Ugandan students.

Kathleen Sideli, Associate Vice President for Overseas Study at Indiana University, responded with enthusiasm upon learning that Professor Kelly’s course had been selected:

I have always been amazed at the confluence of learning levels embedded in Jim Kelly’s reporting program on HIV-AIDS. Although he is ostensibly teaching students how to write journalistic articles, he opens them up to the sobering health epidemic in many ways. They develop their own compassion and understanding for the human face behind this disease which has many social and economic reverberations for those living with HIV-AIDS and their families. And working out a system by which the IU students work side-by-side with Ugandan reporters, learning from them in a real newsroom, is a significant dimension of this program. Each year I follow the student articles and photos online and am always moved by the depth of their experience. Every university should have a Jim Kelly of their own!

Selection committee chair Wendy Lombardo of Arcadia University’s College of Global Studies remarked, “This year the committee had a strong group of submissions covering current and important subject matter. Reporting HIV/AIDS in Africa rose to the top based on an innovative model carefully aligning the topic with the location. This course gives students the unique opportunity to gain expertise while reporting on a complex issue in a highly experiential environment.”

The Forum’s Award for Excellence in Curriculum Design honors instructors who develop and implement innovative and effective education abroad curricula. It is the education abroad field’s only award presented to an individual or group of individuals for excellence in the design of an education abroad course. By recognizing the outstanding efforts of instructors who are committed to the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, The Forum hopes to inspire the field to strive for enrichment of education abroad curricula, and to continually reflect on how to best encourage student learning abroad.

The award will be presented at The Forum’s 14th Annual Conference, Building on Strong Foundations: Best Practices for an Evolving Field, in Boston on March 23, 2018, where Professor Kelly will present a session about the course.

Read more about the Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design»

 

 

Call for Proposals: Standards Institute on Health & Safety

The Forum on Education Abroad announces a call for session proposals for the 9th Annual Standards of Good Practice InstituteBeyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management, to be held at Arcadia University on June 20, 2018.

Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management is education abroad’s signature annual event focusing on the risk management issues faced daily by organizations and institutions. Education abroad professionals gather each year at this Standards Institute to debrief, train, improve and learn the latest in best practices in risk management, including regulatory compliance.

The deadline for submitting proposals is January 15, 2018.

Read the Call for Proposals»

 

 

Latest Issue of The Forum Focus is Now Available

The Forum Focus - November 2017 coverThe Forum Focus is an online publication that provides perspectives on current education abroad topics and issues. The November 2017 issue includes the following short articles:

  • “Confronting the Challenge of Rationalization in Education Abroad; Part 4: Control,” by David English, Co-Founder, Study Abroad Mendoza
  • “Creating Global Citizens: Is It Enough?” by Carlise Womack Wynne, Associate Director, Center for Global Engagement, University of North Georgia – Gainesville
  • “Bridging Leadership Gaps for Women International Educators,” by Sarah E. Spencer, Director of Study Abroad, University of St. Thomas; Co-Executive Director, Global Leadership League

Read the November 2017 issue»

The Forum invites colleagues to submit articles for consideration and ideas for future topics for The Forum Focus. The word limit for articles is 1,200 and is strictly enforced. Please send submissions to: info@forumea.org.

 

 

Read the Latest Issue of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad

Read Volume XXIX, Issue 2 of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, education abroad’s only online, open-access, peer-reviewed scholarly journal.

Featured in this issue:

  • Teaching Mathematics in Multi-Lingual Classrooms: Developing Intercultural Competence via a Study Abroad Program by Lisa Anne Kasmer & Esther Billings
  • Using a PRISM for Reflecting: Providing Tools for Study Abroad Students to Increase their Intercultural Competency by Tracy Rundstrom Williams
  • Doing More With Less: Civic Practices for Longer-Term Impact in Global Service Learning by Nuria Alonso García & Nicholas V. Longo
  • Components of Reflection: A Longitudinal Analysis of Study Abroad Student Blog Posts by Victor Savicki & Michele V. Price
  • Studios Abroad: A Challenge in Innovative Pedagogy by Joseli Macedo
  • Feeling Our Way: Emotions and the Politics of Global Citizenship in Study Abroad Programming by Nicole Laliberté & Charlene Waddell
  • Stereotype Threat in U.S. Students Abroad: Negotiating American Identity in the Age of Trump by Susan Goldstein
  • Intercultural Competence in Short-Term Study Abroad by Annie Nguyen
  • Book Review of Assessing Study Abroad: Theory, Tools, and Practice. Savicki, V. & Brewer, E. (eds.), by Paige Butler

Read Frontiers»

 

 

Forum Announces Recipients of the 2017 Award for Academic Achievement Abroad

In celebration of International Education Week, The Forum on Education Abroad is proud to announce the recipients of its 2017 Award for Academic Achievement Abroad, which recognizes excellence in academic work completed by students as part of an education abroad program. This year’s winners highlight the broad spectrum of learning experiences offered through education abroad opportunities.

Nathanael Bartosch,, winner of the 2017 Award for Academic Achievement Abroad

 

Student: Nathanael Bartosch 
Nominating member:
Eastern Kentucky University
Program: EKU Anthropology Custom Program: Primates in Analabe Gallery Forest, Northern Madagascar
Project: “Lemurs Living Near Farmers (Year 2): Behavioral Study of Endangered Primates”

 

 

Cassandra Wanna, winner of the 2017 Award for Academic Achievement Abroad

 

Student: Cassandra Wanna
Nominating member: Middlebury College
Program: Middlebury-C.V. Starr School in Jordan
Project: “Life in Blue: Perspectives of Syrian Refugees in Azraq Camp”

 

 

Nathanael Bartosch, a student at Eastern Kentucky University, completed his work while participating in a faculty-led anthropology program in Analabe, Madagascar. Collaborating with his professor and other students, Bartosch documented the ecology and social behavior of two endangered and rare species of lemurs living near local farmers. Commenting on Bartosch’s work abroad, his mentor, Benjamin Z. Freed, Assistant Professor of Anthropology writes: “Every moment became etched in his mind (and in his journal). If rain fell, he talked with people. He took in every plant, animal, and geological formation he could. He took in every star in the night sky. No matter which direction Mr. Bartosch goes, I sense that he now appreciates humans, wildlife, and the world around him in ways that not many people experience.”

Cassandra Wanna, a student at Middlebury College, spent a year studying at the Middlebury-C.V. Starr School in Jordan, where she completed an internship in the Azraq refugee camp with CARE Jordan. While there, she conducted extensive interviews with Syrian refugees about their experiences in the camp and explored the topic of early marriage among daughters of families living in the camp. Wanna’s faculty advisor at the University of Jordan’s Center for Women’s Studies, Dr. Abeer Dababneh, writes “Cassandra’s original research truly added to current knowledge about the lives of refugees in Jordan, particularly those of refugee women.”

Both students will present their work at a plenary session at The Forum’s 14th Annual Conference in Boston on March 23, 2018.

The students’ projects were judged by faculty reviewers from Forum member institutions and organizations. Among the 56 nominated projects this year, a range of fields was represented that also included education, business and entrepreneurship, political science, and public health, exemplifying that education abroad programs can inform many academic disciplines.

Read more about the Award for Academic Achievement Abroad»

 

 

Comment on the Guidelines for Health-Related Experiences & Internships Abroad

The Forum is working to update the Guidelines series to keep pace with changes in the field and education abroad practices. Each set of guidelines is being revised with input from members of the Forum Council, Standards Committee, staff, and advisors with specialized experience. Guidelines are intended to be used in conjunction with the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad to address the specific needs and challenges presented by particular types of education abroad experiences.

The Guidelines for Internships Abroad and the Guidelines for Undergraduate Health-Related Experiences are now available for open comment. We encourage sharing the drafts widely, including to professionals from outside of the field of education abroad with relevant experience.

Comments on the Guidelines for Internships Abroad will be accepted until 5 p.m. EST on November 13.

Comments on the Guidelines for Undergraduate Health-Related Experiences will be accepted until 5 p.m. EST on November 20.

Read and comment on the Guidelines»

 

 

New Certified Professional: Ryan Dye

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Ryan Dye of St. Ambrose University successfully completed The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. Ryan joins colleagues who have effectively demonstrated the ability to articulate and apply the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, and a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.

Congratulations to Ryan!

“The process of becoming a Certified Professional in Education Abroad afforded me the opportunity to review our policies and procedures to ensure that we are adhering to The Forum’s Standards of Good Practice. Now that I have earned my certification and can proudly display my certification badge, I expect to have more credibility with my faculty and staff colleagues when I encourage them to follow the Standards.”  Ryan Dye

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2018 Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award

The Forum is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award.

The Forum’s Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award honors a Forum member who has been remarkably effective in influencing institutions of higher learning to understand and support education abroad through the dissemination of The Forum’s goals: standards of good practice, data collection and research, curricular development and academic design, and assessment. The 2018 award will be presented at the 14th Annual Conference in Boston, MA.

Previous winners include:

  • Margery Ganz (2017)
  • Joe Brockington (2016)
  • Michael Steinberg (2015)
  • Liam Ó Dochartaigh (2013)
  • Jon Booth (2012)
  • Michael Vande Berg (2012)
  • Susan Pugh (2011)
  • James Langridge (2010)
  • David Larsen (2008)
  • R. Michael Paige (2007)
  • Peter Wollitzer

The deadline to nominate a deserving colleague for the 2018 Wollitzer Award is December 15.

Learn more»

 

 

Introducing: Practical Expertise Webinars

Every member of your staff is vital to your operations, but lack of resources and logistical challenges can make professional development opportunities out of reach for key employees. The Forum is pleased to announce the launch of a new webinar series, Practical Expertise, to bring timely training from experts in related fields right to your doorstep. Easy to fit into your workday, these one-hour webinars will offer specific strategies and operational-level advice for some of the most pressing challenges in our field.

Forum Member Fee: $60
Non-Member Fee: $100

The first webinar in the Practical Expertise series will be offered on Tuesday, October 10.

Practical Expertise #1: Responding to Mental Health Events During Study Away
Tuesday, October 10, 12:30 p.m. (EDT)

Charlie Morse, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Director of Counseling at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Bill Frederick, Principal of Lodestone Safety International, will use real-world scenarios to present tools and tips for responding to mental health events during education abroad programs. Topics include:

  • External Resources – What is out there and what they can do for you
  • Management Plans – Preparation for known pre-existing mental health conditions
  • Staff Training – What staff can do
  • Performing Triage – Levels of response and how to assess

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Unable to attend the live webinar? Visit our webinar webpage after the event to purchase the recording.

 

 

Angélique Kidjo to Deliver Opening Plenary at the 14th Annual Conference

Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer, activist, and humanitarian, Angélique Kidjo, will give the Opening Plenary Address at the 14th Annual Conference in Boston. Her address, Education is Hope: Investing in the Future, will be delivered on Wednesday evening, March 21, followed immediately by the Welcome Reception.

Kidjo’s career began in her native Benin, where she performed with her mother’s theater troupe at age six. When the Communist takeover of Benin threatened her artistic expression, she fled to France, and later, New York City.

One of The Guardian‘s 100 most inspiring women in the world, she was the first woman on Forbes’s list of the Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa. As a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and OXFAM campaigner, Angélique speaks out for human rights and female empowerment through op-eds for CNN and The New York Times.

We can’t wait to hear what advice she might have for international educators.

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New Events at the 14th Annual Conference: Critical Dialogues

New Events at the 14th Annual Conference: Critical Dialogues

The Forum’s Critical Dialogues will bring together no more than 50 participants and facilitators in an informal setting for facilitated, collegial discussion focusing on issues of concern to the field.

Critical Dialogues provide participants with the time and space to explore significant topics in depth. Spontaneous and authentic discourse is the goal. The discussion will be facilitated by experts from inside and outside the field, yet largely free-form and unscripted. We expect that after indulging in a day of dialogue for dialogue’s sake, attendees will return to their offices refreshed, recharged, and inspired. Let’s allow the conversation to wander and see where it takes us.

The Forum will offer two Critical Dialogues on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in conjunction with the 14th Annual Conference in Boston. The fee to participate in a Critical Dialogue is $45 and you can sign up when conference registration opens on October 26.

Ethics in Education Abroad
It has been 10 years since the summer of subpoenas that jolted the field of education abroad, prompting a summit of leaders across the field and leading to the development of The Forum’s Code of Ethics for Education Abroad.  Has the ethical landscape of the field shifted since then, and if so, in what ways? What are the current ethical issues facing education abroad, or what might be lying just over the horizon? This Critical Dialogue invites free and wide-ranging discussion of ethical issues among education abroad professionals, with a view to continuing to develop best practices and a shared ethical compass. Hosted by Boston University.

Women and Leadership: Building Influence and Blazing a Path
A 2017 Survey by CUPA determined that the percentage of women holding leadership positions in higher education remains at less than 30% (Bichsel and McChesney, 2017). How might these statistics compare with women leaders in education abroad? Are there practices and support structures that we should change to better address gender equality and leadership in the field? What roles should authenticity and influence play in redefining successful leadership for women? This Critical Dialogue will encourage education abroad professionals to identify challenges and next steps to change the future of women’s leadership in education abroad. Offered in collaboration with the Global Leadership League and hosted by Emerson College.

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Forum Issues Statement on DACA

The Forum on Education Abroad is deeply concerned about the proposed rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) order. Education abroad students who legally identified themselves as DACA expected certain legal protections, including the ability to return to the U.S. after studying abroad. The Forum encourages a swift legislative solution to keep the promises made to these students, so DACA students may fully access the benefits of education abroad.

 

 

Update on the Munn v. Hotchkiss School Case

The Forum was one of a group of associations which joined an amicus brief, led by the American Council on Education (ACE), in Munn v. Hotchkiss School, in which a suit was brought against the Hotchkiss School for failing to prevent one of its students from contracting tick-borne encephalitis on a school-run trip to China. Recent developments in the case may have implications for higher education.

This week, The Forum and the other associations received an email from Peter McDonough, Vice President and General Counsel of ACE, offering a summary of the most recent legal decision. Mr. McDonough has kindly allowed us to reprint the email:

Colleagues:

I write regarding Munn v. Hotchkiss School, the negligence action brought against The Hotchkiss School for failing to prevent one of its students (15 years old at the time) from contracting tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) on a school-run trip to China. As you will recall, at trial in the federal district court in Connecticut the jury found in favor of the student and her family, and awarded $41.5 million in damages. Hotchkiss appealed to the federal 2nd Circuit court of appeals, which, in turn referred two specific questions to the Connecticut Supreme Court before it finally rules on the appeal. Your associations all joined in filing an amicus brief.  (Thank you!)

Last week the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled against Hotchkiss, holding that Connecticut public policy did not preclude liability for a reasonably foreseeable injury, and that remittitur, i.e. reduction of the amount of the verdict, was unwarranted in this case as a matter of state law. All five justices on the panel joined in the court’s decision on August 11th, which is attached. However, and perhaps significantly, two justices wrote concurring opinions which frustratingly emphasized the constraints imposed by the narrow questions put to them; indeed one justice went on at length to clearly explain why the case was wrongly decided in federal court. I provide excerpts from that concurring opinion at the bottom of this email.

Undoubtedly encouraged by these concurring opinions, Hotchkiss filed a request this week with the federal appeals court asking the court to entertain additional briefing and oral argument before the court finally rules. Hotchkiss’ motion is attached, in case you are interested in reading it.

As for the Connecticut Supreme Court’s majority decision, it appears that some unfortunate facts may have colored their analysis. For example, the court took particular note that the Hotchkiss students and parents “received some written medical advice for the trip in an e-mail including a hyperlink to a… CDC website that erroneously directed users to the page addressing Central America, rather than the one addressing China; they also were given “a generic predeparture manual [that] indicated that the defendant’s infirmary could serve as a travel clinic, although the infirmary was not qualified to provide travel related medical advice;” and bug spray was referenced on the trip’s packing list “only under the heading ‘Miscellaneous Items,’ along with other, seemingly optional things like ‘[t]ravel umbrella’ and ‘[m]usical instrument.’” As for the day the student contracted TBE in China, the court highlighted this: “Most students, teachers and chaperones rode a cable car down the mountain. The plaintiff and two or three other students, however, were permitted to walk down the mountain by themselves.”

The Connecticut Supreme Court went to great lengths to emphasize that it did not decide the public policy issue referred to it on the basis of an undeniably remote risk of contracting TBE, but rather on the basis of a risk that already was ruled as reasonably foreseeable by the federal courts ahead of referral to the Connecticut court. Helpfully, in terms of the decision’s applicability to the higher education context, the court took particular note of the fact that the student was a minor (15 years old) at the time, saying that Hotchkiss “is obligated” to exercise the same care over students in its charge “that a parent of ordinary prudence would exercise under comparable circumstances.” The court went on to note that “a school having custody of minor children has an obligation to use reasonable care to protect those children from foreseeable harms during school sponsored activities, including educational trips abroad.”

One justice’s concurring opinion said that “the damages award in the present case shocks my conscience,” but lamented that “our existing standard does not provide a recognized basis to conclude that the trial court’s conclusion to the contrary was improper.” He said he had prepared a concurring opinion “in the hope that this issue will be remedied—either legislatively or by this court—at the earliest appropriate opportunity.”

The other concurring opinion bore directly on the extraordinary remoteness of the TBE risk, and – with reference to our amicus brief – worried that the message of this case to trip planners and leaders will result in less, rather than more, attentiveness to actually foreseeable risks.  Highlights from that concurring opinion include:

“I… hope that the [federal] Court of Appeals will revisit its legal determination that there was sufficient evidence to support the jury’s finding that the injuries suffered by the plaintiff Cara Munn were reasonably foreseeable…  a question on which that court has not sought our counsel.”

“The record reveals the following undisputed facts. The plaintiff was the first known United States citizen— and quite possibly the first foreign traveler—ever to contract TBE in China. She caught the disease at a popular tourist destination within commuting distance of Beijing—one that receives over 600,000 visitors each year, including more than 50,000 foreign tourists—in a province in which no human case had ever been reported.”

“TBE is an extremely rare disease. In total, only 10,000 to 12,000 individuals worldwide contract the disease each year. Of those cases, the vast majority occur in Russia and central Europe.”

“Even in areas in which TBE is endemic, the vast majority of ticks do not carry the disease. If bitten by an infected tick, a person has just a 0.005 to 0.001 chance of contracting TBE. Among those infected, most do not suffer any neurological injury.”

“[T]he probability that one of the defendant’s students, having requested permission to walk down Mt. Pan and promising to remain on the path, would disregard her teacher’s warnings, leave the trail, become lost in the vegetation, get bitten by one of the rare infected ticks, contract the disease, and suffer permanent injury was infinitesimally low.”

“[T]he CDC, having reviewed all laboratory records for [2000-2009], concluded that only five United States travelers had contracted TBE while overseas and that the plaintiff was the first ever to have contracted the disease in China.”

“[T]h CDC… reached the following conclusion: ‘’For unvaccinated travelers to areas in which TBE is endemic, the estimated risk for TBE during… transmission season is approximately one case per 10,000 person months.’ One case per 10,000 months. In other words, if the plaintiff and ten thousand of her classmates spent the full month of July living in the semirural area around Mt. Pan, only one of them would likely contract TBE.”

By my calculations, she had less than a one in two million chance of contracting TBE during her brief field trip to Mt. Pan, lower even than her chance of being struck and killed by a meteorite.  If that was foreseeable, then it is difficult to imagine any misfortune that would not be.

There simply was no basis, then, on which a jury reasonably could have concluded that it was likely or probable that the plaintiff would contract TBE at Mt. Pan, as our law requires before liability for negligence will lie.

“I am not aware of a single case in any jurisdiction in which a risk that was as quantifiably improbable as this was deemed to be reasonably foreseeable.”

“Consider just a few of the freak accidents, illnesses, and injuries that might befall a visitor to China. In recent years, tourists to China have been mauled to death by zoo tigers, caught up in airport riots, murdered by Uighur terrorists, robbed in bars, injured under collapsing bridges, and killed in various ways at scenic lookout points. Chinese authorities have imprisoned tourists for using their cellphones on airplane mode and for watching a British Broadcasting Corporation documentary. A visitor to the country could fall victim to a novel strain of avian flu or to an ancient affliction such as the bubonic plague. They could be poisoned by street food or contaminated sashimi; knocked off the Great Wall of China or stoned by Buddhist monks. In bus accidents alone, foreign travelers have been injured or killed when their tour buses burst into flames, plummeted into a valley, fell off a cliff, or were buffeted by falling rocks during an earthquake.”

“If a school such as the defendant is required to not only warn students about the risk of a disease as rare as TBE but also to protect them from such a risk while travelling abroad, then it must take comparable precautions with respect to all of the other singular risks that attend foreign travel.”

“The defendant’s staff could have spent many pages and many hours warning their students about and preparing them against these and numerous other serious but undeniably remote risks…. It is difficult to know how the risk of a rare tick-borne illness would have rated in this parade of horribles, but one suspects that the typical teenager would have paid it less mind than some of the more outlandish dangers.”

REFERRING TO OUR AMICUS BRIEF: “As the amici wisely caution, ‘[e]ven if educators could warn of and guard against every such risk, the information overload would leave students and parents in a maze of warnings…. [Such a requirement] would have the… negative effect of… burying warnings about imminent risks among a litany of other warnings….’ Indeed, requiring that trip planners lecture teen travelers about every possible foreseeable risk would likely have the unintended consequence of jeopardizing student safety by diverting their attention from the more credible risks.”

Thank you again for joining in our amicus briefing to the Connecticut Supreme Court, and thank you, as well, for many of you joining in the earlier amicus brief in this case to the federal 2nd Circuit court of appeals. We will let you know when and how that court finally rules on Hotchkiss’ appeal.

Peter McDonough
Vice President and General Counsel
American Council on Education

 

 

The Forum Focus – Volume 4, Issue 1

Cover art for The Forum Focus, Volume 4, Issue 1The August 2017 issue of The Forum Focus is now available online. This issue includes the following short articles:

  • “Engaging our Local Communities as Education Abroad Professionals,” by Brian Whalen, Forum President and CEO
  • “Confronting the Challenge of Rationalization in Education Abroad; Part 3: Calculability,” by David English, Co-Founder, Study Abroad Mendoza
  • “Avoiding the Echo Chamber: A Need for Outside Voices and Perspectives,” by Nick J. Gozik, Director of the Office of International Programs and McGillycuddy-Logue Center for Undergraduate Global Studies, Boston College

The Forum welcomes responses to articles, ideas for future topics, and submissions. Please send correspondence and submissions to: info@forumea.org.

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Forum Board Approves Strategic Plan

At its July 2017 meeting, The Forum’s Board of Directors approved the 2017-21 Strategic Plan. The culmination of nearly 18 months of work involving hundreds of Forum colleagues, the Strategic Plan will act as a roadmap for The Forum to serve its members, and the field, to benefit students abroad. This Strategic Plan also articulates The Forum’s Mission, Vision and Foundational Principles.

The Forum thanks the Strategic Planning Team (Enda Carroll, University College Dublin; Nick Gozik, Boston College; Mary Anne Grant, Forum Board Chair and ISEP emerita; Susan Popko, Santa Clara University; Lorna Stern, Arcadia University; Natalie A. Mello and Annmarie Whalen, Forum staff) and the many Forum members, too numerous to name here, who offered their knowledge, expertise and opinions during plan’s development. Our special thanks to Mark Lenhart (CET Academic Programs) and John Lucas (ISEP) for serving as ex officio team members.

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2017-2018 Forum Workshop Schedule is Now Available

The Forum’s schedule of 2017-18 Regional Workshops is now available.

Workshops focus on issues of concern to the field of education abroad. Led by experienced Forum Trained Facilitators, they are highly interactive, timely and informative, providing participants with current best practices and how these practices can be implemented to meet the field’s Standards of Good Practice. Many of the workshop offerings also count towards earning Professional Certification in Education Abroad and Competency Credentials.

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Forum Announces New Competency Credentials

Competency Credentials represent advanced professional development based on the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad. A Competency demonstrates that you have done more than attend workshops; it signifies that you are able to articulate and apply the Standards for the field. As a competency earner, you will gain confidence in your knowledge of the Standards, understand how to examine your institution/organization’s practices based upon the Standards, and develop ways to improve those practices. Finally, by utilizing the digital badge issued upon completion you will differentiate yourself in the field by clearly communicating the skills it represents.

If you have attended a Standards Workshop since 2015, you are already on your way to earning a Competency Credential. And, if you are currently enrolled in the Professional Certification in Education Abroad program you will earn competency credentials as you progress through the program.

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Digitial badges for Competency Credentials: Foundations of Good Practice, Fundamentals of Student Preparation and Risk Management, and Principles of Program Development and Administration

 

Forum Responds to Recent Article

Forum President and CEO Brian Whalen has submitted a letter to the editor in response to an article that appeared on July 7 in The Washington Post. A copy of this letter is available below.


July 11, 2017

To the editor:

I am writing in response to an article that appeared in The Washington Post on July 7 (“When study abroad ends in death, US parents find few answers”).

Research indicates that U.S. college students are no more likely to die while studying abroad than on U.S. campuses. Even so, every student death, whether it occurs abroad or at home, is a tragedy.

Through widely-accepted Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, the education abroad field is committed to keeping students safe and preparing them to be safe while studying abroad. This is achieved through a wide range of best practices, including:

  • Requiring pre-departure and onsite orientation related to travel risks as well as risks specific to the education abroad site(s);
  • Conducting regular, thorough risk assessments of program sites and activities;
  • Hiring and training professional staff who are knowledgeable about the location and local risks;
  • Complying with local laws and regulations;
  • Reporting incidents as required by the Clery Act and Title IX/VAWA;
  • Monitoring of and responding to State Department, and other health, safety, and security alerts.

Universities that offer education abroad opportunities provide valuable learning experiences that transform students. An important aspect of offering these opportunities is making sure that all programs offered by universities and their partners are meeting the field’s Standards.

Students and their families should ask their universities and potential program providers about these efforts so that they can make an informed decision when choosing an education abroad program.

Brian Whalen
President and CEO
The Forum on Education Abroad

 

Get Involved in The Forum: Call for Facilitators, Certification Assessors & QUIP Peer Reviewers

Looking for ways to get more involved in The Forum’s work and contribute to the field? The Forum welcomes your experience and knowledge with a number of different opportunities to join colleagues in improving our work:

QUIP Peer Reviewers play a critical role in making The Forum’s Quality Improvement Program (QUIP) the only objective, independent review system in education abroad. Learn more»

Forum Trained Facilitators are part of the Forum Trained Facilitator Team that delivers the Standards of Good Practice workshops. These workshops are a primary way that the field learns to apply the Standards of Good Practice. Learn more»

Forum Certification Assessors for the Professional Certification in Education Abroad program are trained to review and evaluate Standards Assignments submitted by program participants. Learn more»

 

 

New Session Type for 2018: Best Practice Laboratories

In conference and workshop evaluations, attendees have requested more opportunities to exchange small but impactful best practices. In response, we’ve imagined a new session format, a direct exchange of best practices, where attendees will be able to present best practice examples with the goal of building education abroad’s community of shared knowledge: Best Practice Laboratories.

 

 

2017 State of the Field Survey is now open

The 2017 State of the Field Survey was sent to Institutional Representatives at Forum member institutions and organizations last week. This updated survey explores current practices in the field of education abroad. Member participation on behalf of their institution or organization will help Forum members benchmark current practices against others, advocate for education abroad within their institution or organization, and help The Forum learn how to better serve its membership in the future. The Survey will be open until September 19, 2017.

Members responding before 5pm EDT on August 1, 2017 will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a free workshop registration for an employee working in education abroad at their institution or organization.

Preview the survey here.

New Certified Professional: Mandy Brookins Blinn

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Mandy Brookins Blinn of DePauw University successfully completed The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. Mandy joins colleagues who have effectively demonstrated the ability to articulate and apply the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, and a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.

Congratulations to Mandy!

“Participating in the Accelerated Residency Program was extremely helpful in that I was able to dedicate time to focus exclusively on the Forum Standards of Good Practice, and collaborate with colleagues from other institutions. I look forward to working with colleagues across the globe in making the field of education abroad the best it can be for our students, communities, and organizations.”  Mandy Brookins Blinn

 

 

Congratulations to New Forum Council Members!

The Forum is pleased to announce that the following colleagues have been elected to the Forum Council for a 3-year term:

  • Rob Hallworth, IES Abroad
  • Julie Maddox, MIT
  • Mark Odenwelder, CEDEI
  • Anthony (Tony) Pinder, Emerson College
  • Craig Rinker, Georgetown University
  • Tynelle A. Stewart, University of Rochester

The new Council members will begin their terms on July 1.

 

Special Funding Opportunity to Participate in QUIP

The Forum is pleased to announce a specially-funded opportunity for member institutions to participate in a Quality Improvement Program (QUIP) review. Selected institutions will pay only a $500 fee and will be eligible for a grant to fund up to 75% of estimated site visit expenses.

The selection of member institutions will be based both on a demonstrated commitment to completing a QUIP review and the need for financial support. The Forum encourages applications from a diverse range of institutions, including community colleges, minority-serving institutions, state colleges and universities, and organizations and institutions located outside the U.S.

Application deadline is October 16.

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Forum Storytellers Podcast: A Conversation with Mary-Elizabeth Debicki

The latest episode of Forum Storytellers is now available!

Mary-Elizabeth Debicki is a true education abroad pioneer, who chose to build her career in education abroad long before it was a recognized field. Listen as she describes her experience studying abroad in France in the 1950s—which began with a voyage on a transatlantic ocean liner—and how it shaped the rest of her life. Interviewed by her longtime friend and colleague, Mary Anne Grant, Mary-Elizabeth traces her path from undergraduate to Director of Study Abroad at the University of Kansas.

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Advocacy Alert: Title VI and Fulbright-Hays Under Threat

Last week the Trump Administration issued a Presidential Budget Request that calls for the reduction or elimination of international education programs in the Department of Education (Title VI & Fulbright-Hays).

As a member of the Coalition for International Education, The Forum urges its members to take action. Please consider urging your Members of Congress to oppose these proposals! Visit The Coalition’s convenient web form to contact your Representatives now.

 

 

Sara’s Wish Foundation Continues Its Support of The Forum

The Forum is very pleased to announce a generous gift from Sara’s Wish Foundation. The $4,000 gift from Sara’s Wish will provide scholarships that make it possible for colleagues from a wide range of institutions to participate in The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. This past year Sara’s Wish scholarships were awarded to individuals from three public universities, one private institution and one independent program provider organization. Without this scholarship support, these colleagues would not have been able to advance their knowledge and skill in applying the Standards of Good Practice in Education Abroad to help to ensure a safe and meaningful education abroad experience for students.

The Forum Focus – Volume 3, Issue 2

The May 2017 issue of The Forum Focus is now available online. This issue includes the following short articles:

  • “Growth, Outreach, and Community,” by Brian Whalen, Forum President and CEO
  • “Confronting the Challenge of Rationalization in Education Abroad; Part 2: Predictability,” by David English, Co-Founder, Study Abroad Mendoza
  • “Setting New Standards of Excellence in Education Abroad,” by Alma R. Clayton-Pedersen, Ph.D., CEO, Emeritus Consulting Group, Senior Scholar, Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • “From the Forum Board Chair: Strategic Planning & Advocacy,” by Mary Anne Grant, President Emerita, ISEP

The Forum welcomes responses to articles, ideas for future topics, and submissions. Please send correspondence and submissions to: info@forumea.org.

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2017 Forum Council Candidates Announced

The Nominations Committee of the Forum Council is pleased to announce the following slate of candidates for the open positions in this year’s election:

Institutional Representatives from Forum member institutions and organizations have received an email with voting information. If you are an Institutional Representative and have not received this email, please contact info@forumea.org.


Timothy L. Carlson, Co-Director, IFE (Institute for Field Education, formerly Internships in Francophone Europe), Paris

Timothy L. Carlson is Co-Director of the Europe-based, not-for-profit, educational institute IFE (Institute for Field Education, formerly Internships in Francophone Europe). Tim has worked with IFE – first as a consultant and later joining the leadership team – since 1995. During his tenure IFE has grown from a pocket program serving a few students to a well-known institute operating highly-regarded programs in three European cities.

Bi-cultural and bi-national, Tim would bring to the Council critical overseas perspective. Not by chance, IFE’s reputation for excellence includes the vital twin facets of being a fully-embedded local institute also  able to work sensitively and productively with US partner universities for innovative, field-based programming.

As the longest-term member of IFE leadership, Tim has played a pivotal role in bringing a tiny, unknown overseas organization into its present position as a well-respected multi-city educational institute, working in close collaboration with more than two dozen top-ranked public and private US colleges and universities. At the same time IFE has built dense networks connecting it to civil society, the private sector, public administration and the university community in each of its sites (Paris, Strasbourg, Brussels). This double-ended strategy has earned IFE praise and—more importantly—fruitful collaborations on both sides of the Atlantic.

Building in this way a truly bi-cultural institution, Tim and his colleagues have amassed—in addition to a detailed understanding of how diverse forms of U.S. higher education function—important savoir-faire in several areas, including:

  • dialoging with U.S. institutions about in situ local opportunities and how to tap into valuable local differences compared to home campus and society, while navigating local constraints;
  • in a similar vein, developing productive, innovative and above all cooperative sender-provider relations;
  • devising ways study abroad can drive language acquisition—and vice-versa—at all levels of language learning;
  • making sure experiential education when abroad adheres to the principles of academic excellence on which it was originally founded;
  • experimenting with little and not-so-little ways to build inter-cultural consciousness into study abroad programming.

In his leadership role at IFE, Tim has developed an interest in curriculum integration including across the curriculum, in rethinking the equivalence question, in putting forward the role study abroad can play in reinforcing the career-relevance of liberal arts education, in supporting French language acquisition in the U.S., and other issues.

He has organized or participated in the following Forum conference sessions:

  • Denver 2012 – “What is Study Abroad’s Campus Address?: Concrete steps for integrating education abroad into the undergraduate curriculum” (session organizer)
  • Dublin 2012 – “How to get to Europe”, comments as part of the session “De-familarizing Europe”, suggesting ways to use experiential education and research to get inside supposedly well-known destinations. (presenter, session organized by Helena Kaufman)
  • Chicago 2013 – Comments on managing risk and fear by distinguishing real and apparent risk as part of the session “Diffusing Drama in Perceived Crises (presenter, session organized by Julie Friend)
  • Atlanta 2016 – “When Worlds (don’t need to) Collide: Study Abroad, Liberal Education, Internships, Careers”. (session organizer)
  • Athens 2016 – Universities, Culture, and Communication: Identifying the inter-cultural dimensions of inter-institutional dialog. (session organizer)

With a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts in Philosophy and a Master’s of Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, Tim has experience as teacher, as journalist and as communications consultant to the French higher education and research system.

In his own words: “I would be honored to participate in the work and deliberations of The Forum’s Council. I bring to this role a habit of mind engendered through building IFE’s position as an inter-institutional inter-cultural actor, putting down roots on both sides of the Atlantic. This bi-cultural and collaborative habit of mind has also led my colleagues and myself to reflect continually—from a field-based perspective—on how education abroad can be academically challenging and inter-culturally effective. The Forum’s Council would seem the obvious setting to pursue and extend that reflection.”


Rob Hallworth, Vice President and Deputy Director of Academic Programs, IES Abroad

Rob Hallworth has been in the field of education abroad for more than twenty years. He is currently the Vice President and Deputy Director of Academic Programs at IES Abroad. Prior to that, he worked as a study abroad and academic advisor for international affairs majors at the University of New Hampshire, the inaugural Director of International Education at Salisbury University and the Director of Study Abroad at The George Washington University. He has worked with The Forum on Education Abroad in a number of roles. He has facilitated more than ten Standards Workshops as part of the Forum Trained Facilitator Team, chaired or presented at six Forum conferences, and run a webinar on the Code of Ethics.  He has served on The Forum’s Curriculum Committee and the Curriculum Award Selection Committee. He has been a member of the Forum Institute Planning Committee and hosted a Beyond the Basics of Health and Safety Institute while at GWU. In his more than two decades in the field, he has served on a number of advisory boards in the field and presented on more than three dozen panels at national and international conferences. While at UNH and Salisbury University, he taught courses in U.S. and World History. He holds a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire in History and an M.A. from Georgetown University in Russian Area Studies.


Jonathan Kaplan, Vice Provost, Rothberg International School, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Jonathan Kaplan has been active in international education since 1978 as a teacher and administrator, most recently as the Vice Provost of the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, one of the oldest study abroad providers which hosts some 2,200 students every year from over 50 countries. The school offers study abroad and exchange programs, short-term programs throughout the year, graduate degree programs, language programs and pre-academic preparatory programs for international students. As the chief administrative officer of the school, Jon has been involved in program development, outreach, public relations, finances, and emergency management. He has also worked closely with North American universities in most of these areas. Kaplan has brought together other leading academic institutions in Jerusalem in order to offer joint programs in the performing and studio arts. He has also guided the school toward increased activity within The Forum and served as a member of the 2017 conference committee.

Kaplan has also led various educational projects outside the university. He was very active in the development of new educational technologies, serving as the founding director of Aviv, Israel’s first virtual high school and later as the director of a state-wide project to integrate computer technology into the teaching and learning of schools located in underprivileged areas across the country. Kaplan has a B.A. in Education and Jewish History and an M.A. in Jewish History from the Hebrew University. His doctoral dissertation will be presented there later this year.

Jon would like to contribute to the strengthening of an international perspective in The Forum’s work. As North American universities take an increasingly active role in their students’ study abroad experiences—academically and administratively—there is a greater need to understand and define the connection between home universities and those institutions that host students abroad. There may be a need for alignment in areas such as Title IX, diversity and inclusion, student safety and academic reporting. This could include services for institutions abroad that seek to better understand the needs of North American schools and wish to comply with their expectations through easily accessible training sessions. This could also lead to the broader certification program specifically for foreign institutions. The promotion of The Forum among international institutions could also advance this goal. A second and related issue has to do with incoming international students. How can universities develop the competence and cultural sensitivity not only to send their students abroad, but also to receive and support students from other cultures and societies? What should be the interaction between incoming and outgoing students, in order to maximize the experience of each? For these reasons Jon would be most interested in joining the Standards Committee.


Julie Maddox, Assistant Dean for Global Education, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

During her twelve years as a study abroad professional, Julie has managed overseas programs that included experiences for students to pursue academic study, internship, research and service-learning opportunities. In her current role as Assistant Dean for Global Education, she assists in providing direction and leadership for MIT’s Global Education team by overseeing study abroad operations, programs and services. Her responsibilities also include providing support in strategic planning, gap analysis, program assessment, data collection and other university-wide initiatives. Before joining MIT, Julie served as Director of Study Abroad Programs at Valparaiso University in Indiana.

Julie has a particular interest in helping the field further develop resources and tools for curricular design and integration, specifically for the STEM fields. Her work on curriculum design and integration is varied. She’s worked closely with faculty to develop courses for semester-long programs overseas as well as faculty-led short-term programs. While at Valparaiso University, she participated in the American Council of Education’s Internationalization Laboratory, an 18-month strategic planning initiative. She chaired a subcommittee on long-term international and domestic opportunities and worked closely with faculty on curriculum integration. At MIT, she was appointed by the Dean for Undergraduate Education to serve on the Dean’s Diversity and Inclusion Council to help advance MIT’s mission and values of a diverse and inclusive working environment.

Her experience in the field also includes work with organizations and associations at the national and state levels. She currently sits on the advisory board of a non-profit study abroad organization, CISabroad, and previously represented Valparaiso University on board of the Indiana Consortium of International Programs and as a representative for the New Association of Universities & Colleges (NAC&U). While working at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, she chaired the Illinois State Resolution on International Education through the International Educators of Illinois.

Julie is compelled to give back to The Forum and to serve other colleagues in the field more broadly. She is passionate about advocating for best practices and excellence in education abroad and looks forward to the opportunity to brainstorm with others about this important work. By serving on the council, she hopes to have a direct impact on providing global education opportunities to students beyond her own institution.


Mark Odenwelder, Executive Director , CEDEI (Centro de Estudios Interamericanos), Cuenca, Ecuador

Mark Odenwelder has been involved the field of international education for fifteen years. Specifically, he has been the Executive Director of CEDEI (Centro de Estudios Interamericanos) in Cuenca, Ecuador for the past 9 years. Before that, he was the Director of International Programs at CEDEI for nearly 3 years. Prior to directing CEDEI, Mark worked in private consulting, as a Spanish teacher, as an English Teacher, and as an on-site study abroad coordinator.

CEDEI is a large, multi-faceted not-for-profit educational institution in Ecuador, providing quality customized study abroad programming primarily for U.S. students, a large English institute for Ecuadorian students, as well as a bilingual pre-K through High School for students from Ecuador and all over the world. It supports study opportunities for Ecuadorians in the U.S. by hosting EducationUSA in conjunction with the U.S. State Department, as well.

In his role as Executive Director, Mark has dealt with everything from program conceptual development to on the ground program management (including, but not limited to, academic oversight, emergency management, student well-being, budget development and management, policy and procedure development, etc.) to post-program evaluation and fine-tuning. With each of these responsibilities, Mark has worked diligently to include the standards at every step of the way. One of the more gratifying pieces of his day-to-day work is finding ways to get locals and US partners to understand one another better by using the standards as a bridge.

Mark was part of the first cohort to complete The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad program, and has applied his theoretical and practical knowledge of the Standards as one of The Forum’s Trained Facilitators, offering trainings all over the world to various international education professionals. Mark has also been a frequent presenter at both Forum and other conferences, as well as a facilitator at a Forum workshop on mental health issues in education abroad.

Mark provides an entrepreneurial spirit, having worked to bring The Forum on Education Abroad and the U.S. Embassy in Quito together to provide Best Practices workshops for Ecuadorian universities, and helping to extend the reach of The Forum’s work abroad. He continues to advocate for best practices both nationally in Ecuador, and regionally, and has found there to be excellent opportunities through working with local embassies, consulates, and universities.

Mark served for two years as the President of AAPLAC (the Association of Academic Programs of Latin America and the Caribbean), as well as on AAPLAC’s board of directors for the three years previous. Now, Mark is part of the editorial board of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, as well as the co-Editor of Frontiers’ book review.

Mark currently serves on The Forum’s Standards Committee, and served on the conference committee for The Forum’s conference in Chicago in 2013. He found the selection process for the presentations offered at that conference to be an extremely enlightening, though challenging, process, given both the quality and breadth of topics that were submitted.

If elected, Mark will bring a balanced and easy-going, but thoughtful perspective to the Forum Council. He is a passionate advocate for study abroad in Latin America, and would be honored to serve the needs of all members as well as working to continue to open the doors of The Forum to new members.

Mark has an MNA (Masters in Nonprofit Administration) from the University of Notre Dame, and a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish from the University of Richmond.


Anthony L. Pinder, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs-Internationalization & Global Engagement, Emerson College

In February 2014, Anthony L. Pinder became the inaugural Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs for Internationalization and Global Engagement at Emerson College in Boston, MA. In this role, he plays a pivotal role in helping the College determine what it means to be a leading institution in the arts and communication in a global way. He is responsible for managing and providing leadership to all of the College’s international operations, such as the Emerson College European Center at Kasteel Well, The Netherlands; English Language Learning (ELL); long-standing programmatic partnerships with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Academy of Performing Arts for Film and Television in the Czech Republic (FAMU); among other initiatives.

Upon his arrival to Emerson, Anthony established Emerson’s Global Pathways Program, which now numbers 18 faculty-led education abroad programs around the world. In collaboration with the Office of the President, Anthony launched the College’s annual Curriculum Internationalization Studio, a stipend granting low-residency faculty development program focusing on internationalizing the curriculum. In three years, the studio has awarded grants to 42 faculty members to support the creation/development of 19 new courses/programs with high international content and depth. As Emerson’s senior international officer (SIO), Anthony also oversees the Offices of International Student Affairs, Education Abroad & Domestic Programs, and International Partnerships/Exchanges.

Anthony’s research and professional interests focus on the international dimensions of higher education at the institutional, system, national and international levels, student global learning outcomes/assessment and minority serving institutions. His nearly 20 years in higher education has included serving as the SIO at two historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA) and Dillard University (New Orleans, LA) respectively; Georgia Gwinnett College, the newest 4-year Liberal Arts institution within the University System of Georgia; and Assistant Professor of Education.

Anthony is interested in serving on the Forum Council to leverage his experience in leading and implementing comprehensive internationalization strategies at institutions with distinct profiles and missions. His experience in facilitating inclusive excellence practices in education abroad would also be an asset to The Forum’s efforts to remain relevant in this regard. The Forum’s evolving standards have served as important parameters, which have guided Anthony’s work for nearly two decades.

His service and leadership in the field of international education is evidenced by his current membership on the Advisory Guild of Arcadia’s College of Global Studies; AIEA’s Leadership Development Committee; Board of Directors for Diversity Abroad; as well as a frequent consultant and program reviewer for the American Council on Education’s Internationalization Laboratory.  Anthony has presented and/or served as guest speaker at the annual conferences of NAFSA, AIEA, Diversity Abroad, SACSOC, Diversity Abroad, NACUBO, AAC&U, among others.

Currently, completing a book on the Internationalization of HBCUs, his article Historically Black Colleges/Universities: Transformative, Redemptive and Liberating will appear in CAPA: The Global Education Network’s upcoming Occasional Publication Series #6 (May 2017). Anthony holds the doctorate in educational leadership and higher education administration from Clark Atlanta University; M.A. in international economics and Latin American studies from The Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); and a B.A. in finance from Morehouse College.


Craig Rinker, Director, Office of Global Education, Georgetown University

Craig Rinker has spent over 20 years as a higher education professional promoting student development through intentional, transformative learning experiences. He believes in the critical role education abroad plays as a high impact practice for student engagement and intercultural learning. Through his work, Craig has been able to engage in nearly every facet of education abroad management including on-site program delivery, student advising, program development and marketing, and health, safety, security, and risk management. In his current role as Director of Global Education at Georgetown University, he provides strategic leadership and oversight to a diverse study abroad unit within a complex private research university. Prior to joining Georgetown in 2012, Craig served as the Director of Education Abroad at Babson College in Wellesley, MA. He has worked in international education since 2002, including on-site in the United Kingdom and institutional relations management for Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies.

Since 2009, Craig has been actively engaged with The Forum on Education Abroad. Serving first as a volunteer on the Marketing Committee to develop best practices for marketing on college and university campuses. In the same year, Craig completed the QUIP (Quality Improvement Program) Peer Review Training.  Currently, he serves as a member of the Advocacy Committee, working to develop a clearinghouse of campus-based advocacy resources for the benefit of the Forum membership. In addition, Craig has provided ongoing contributions to The Forum through volunteering as a new member resource, participation in discussions about the progression of the field of education abroad, and facilitation in conference presentations and workshops.

As higher education evolves, the field of education abroad must continue to be innovative while maintaining its commitment to standards and best practices.  Craig would be honored to serve the needs of The Forum on Education Abroad member institutions.


Tynelle A Stewart, Assistant Dean & Director, Education Abroad, University of Rochester

In 2007 Tynelle A Stewart (Ty) was appointed as Director of Study Abroad and Fellowships, at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Ty was instrumental in the conceptualization and development of the Study Abroad Office at RIT. During her tenure as Director, she designed and implemented diverse programs to promote study abroad and global education across RIT- Rochester and global campuses. Ty continued to provide strategic direction for the office, as the scope of the programming increased.

Ty successfully developed and managed global programs, which enhanced the RIT portfolio, these included faculty-led programs. Further, she developed programs for deaf and hard of hearing students, providing them with access to study abroad and to engage in a transformative experiences. Ty’s commitment to the evolution of the office led to a 32% increase of student participation in study abroad. Prior to her appointment, there was no publicity of an office which focused on study abroad interest, no budget, and no designated staff. Ty trained and mentored her staff, while designing and implementing programs that enhance international education and global learning opportunities for both students and faculty.

Under Ty’s leadership, the Study Abroad Office at RIT was transformed into a broad program focused on global education, scholarship, professional development internships, and cooperative learning opportunities. Over those eight academic years, she worked with faculty, deans, the Provost, and high level administrators to develop a comprehensive global education program that enabled students to engage in study abroad at all stages of their academic careers.

In her newly appointed role as Assistant Dean & Director of Education Abroad at The University of Rochester, Ty is responsible for leading education abroad at Rochester to a new level of genuine excellence, institutional prominence, and to greater student and faculty participation. Ty is devoted to assuring that the Education Abroad Office at Rochester exemplifies best practices in a rapidly changing profession, and is also fully integrated with newly emerging institution-wide internationalization strategies.

Ty brings a fresh perspective to education abroad operations at Rochester and thinks “outside the box”. She is focused on the advancement of dynamic exchanges with international partner institutions, which is a very high priority for the University. In addition she is working on developing initiatives regarding student research, international internships, international volunteering programs, and the expansion of opportunities for STEM students.

Ty currently serves as a member of the Forum Trained Facilitator Team leading workshops on the Standards of Good Practice which are a part of The Forum’s Certification in Education Abroad program. She is also on the SAI (Study Abroad Italy) Advisory Board and previously served on the Arcadia University National Advisory Board. Through these involvements she has gained experience conducting comprehensive reviews of current education abroad strategies, program evaluations as well as policies and procedures; all while providing recommendations for best practice. Ty will bring a wealth of experience, knowledge, dedication, and eagerness to learn to the Council.

 

 

New Certified Professional: Timothy Lynn Elliott

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Timothy Lynn Elliott of Brigham Young University has successfully completed The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. Lynn joins colleagues who have effectively demonstrated the ability to articulate and apply the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, and a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.

Congratulations to Lynn!

“The Professional Certification Program gave me a chance to think more deeply about what we do in education abroad and then to have those thoughts helpfully critiqued by colleagues in the field. In the process I learned a lot. The in-depth learning on The Forum’s Standards was very much worth my time and effort.”  Timothy Lynn Elliott

Host Forum Workshops at Your Organization

The Forum seeks Forum member institutions and organizations to host workshops during the 2017-18 academic year. Hosts may choose from one full-day or two half-day workshops that focus on The Forum’s Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad. Host benefits include complimentary workshop registrations, recognition on The Forum’s website and in social media, and bringing high-quality training right to your doorstep. The Forum seeks diverse hosts, both in the U.S. and abroad, from all types of Forum member institutions and organizations.

Proposal deadline is June 12.

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Nominations Invited for Forum Council

Nominations are now being collected for colleagues who can dedicate their time and provide their expertise by serving on the Forum Council. The Forum Council, an elected body of 15 colleagues, works collaboratively with Forum staff to produce member resources and benefits. Council members are elected to a three-year term, and are eligible to serve two terms.

The Forum Council seeks to engage diverse representatives from education abroad and higher education to represent the breadth of The Forum’s membership on the Council. In seeking nominations, the Council is particularly interested in nominees from underrepresented institutions and demographics.

To learn more about the Forum Council, review the position description and Council member obligations, and nominate yourself or a colleague, please visit: www.forumea.org/get-involved/forum-council.

There are eight places available on this year’s slate of candidates for six open Forum Council seats. The deadline for nominations is April 20.

New Certified Professional: Whitney Strickler

The Forum is very pleased to announce that Whitney Strickler of University of North Carolina, Charlotte has successfully completed The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. Whitney joins colleagues who have effectively demonstrated the ability to articulate and apply the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, and a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.

Congratulations to Whitney!

“I began working on my Forum Certification in spring of 2015. My goal was to establish a solid foundation in best practices that would support my growth in the field for the rest of my career. I participated in the inaugural Accelerated Residency Program in June of 2015 and really appreciated the opportunity to get all of my workshops done at one time so I could then focus on completing my assignments and final project at my own pace. I truly feel that I have accomplished my original goal and that Certification will continue to aid me in my future career advancement. I look forward to continuing to work with The Forum as I now move into the Certification maintenance phase!”  Whitney Strickler