The European Conference webpages are currently under construction. The information below was for the 3rd European Conference which took place in October 2016. Information for the 4th European Conference in Prague is coming soon!



Daniel Albertson joined the Gettysburg College’s Center for Global Education as Associate Director in 2014 after having served as a Study Away Advisor in Global Learning at Concordia College-Moorhead since 2011. His primary responsibilities include student advising, working with the Global Leaders of Gettysburg College, and management of program partnerships. He has an MA from the University of Chicago Divinity School and a BA from Concordia College-Moorhead. While a student, Dan studied for a semester program that went to both Greece and Turkey.

Russ Alexander is Director of Programs and Development at The Education Abroad Network (TEAN). He graduated from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, and became its Associate Director for Study Abroad. He joined The Education Abroad Network in 2000 and is responsible for program design and development of international partnerships. Based in Chicago, he is leading institutional change at TEAN by introducing new organization-wide assessment processes. He presents at NAFSA and Forum Conferences.

Kim Algeo is the Assistant Director at Rider University & has been working in the Center for International Education for 5 years. Kim handles all international student & study abroad orientations & advisement’s. Kim also leads the international service learning trips every year which have gone to Costa Rica, Belize, Morocco & the Dominican Republic. Prior to joining Rider, Kim worked at Kaplan International Colleges in Philadelphia & lived in Bangkok Thailand for 2 years teaching English. Kim has her bachelors degree from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania & Masters degree from Rider.

Christine Anderson is the academic director at the University of Minnesota’s Learning Abroad Center (LAC). Her research interests include intercultural learning on instructor-led study abroad and the impact of study abroad on career skill development. She administers, and occasionally teaches/mentors students on LAC’s on-line, culture learning and career development course, “Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience to Your Future”. She has undergraduate degrees in French and International Relations, and a Ph.D. in Comparative International Development Education.

Kari Beall is the Latin America, Spain and Portugal Program Coordinator at Michigan State University. She completed her graduate work in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies with a focus in Comparative International Education at Loyola University. Her research interests include the student experience as it relates to meaningful cultural interaction and best practice program design. Previously the on-site representative for IEP at Ohio University, she co-led short-term programs to England, Ireland and Costa Rica and recently co-led a Freshman Seminar program to Spain and Morocco.

Adrian Beaulieu is dean of international studies at Providence College, overseeing study abroad and international students/scholars. Previously he held study abroad director positions at Smith College and the George Washington University. He has served on many program advisory boards and has presented at many national conferences, He is a member of the Forum and has been a member of its working group on the Code of Ethics and a certified reviewer for the QUIP evaluation process. He has an Ed.S. degree in higher education administration and a S.T.L degree in theology and Christian ritual.

Milton Bennett directs the Intercultural Development Research Institute (Europe and USA – He was a founder of the Intercultural Communication Institute in Portland, OR and a professor of intercultural communication at Portland State University. He now teaches in Italy/ Europe. He wrote a review of intercultural learning for The Forum’s History of U.S. Study Abroad, and his recent text Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication: Paradigms, Principles, and Practices presents updates to the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity that he originated.

Rebecca Bergren is Dean for Global Initiatives at Gettysburg College. Previously, she was Associate Director of Study Abroad at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Rebecca is active in The Forum on Education Abroad as a QUIP Peer Reviewer; and in NAFSA, recently serving on the Education Abroad CEP Workshop Curriculum Team, and previously as Workshop Dean for Education Abroad Advising. She received her BA and MPS from Alfred University, NY, and studied abroad in Ecuador and England.

Magda Bernaus is the Center Director at the CIEE Barcelona Study Center. Her professional experience is varied and spans the touristic, cultural and education sectors. Her academic area of expertise is medieval architecture, and she has extensive experience designing and teaching art and architectural history courses for both Spanish and north-American universities in Spain. She has worked since 2006 with CIEE in various positions, and she is the Center Director since 2012. She holds a Ph D in Art History from the Universitat de Barcelona.

Laurie Black As dean for external relations and strategic enrollment management at the School for International Training, Laurie is responsible for university relations, admissions, financial aid, marketing, and grants management. She received her MA from SIT Graduate Institute and her BA in sociology and rhetoric and communication studies from the University of Virginia. She is a member of the Forum on Education Abroad, NAFSA, AIEA, and the Council on Undergraduate Research and has been a presenter at numerous regional and national conferences. She is particularly interested in issues of access and inclusion in international education.

Scott Blair consults in learning outcomes assessment and educational sustainability at Transnational Learning Consulting LLC. Past Research and Scholarship Network Leader for the Teaching, Learning and Scholarship Knowledge Community of NAFSA, and member of Board of Directors at NSEE (National Society for Experiential Education), he designed and directed EA programs in Paris as Director of Assessment and Academic Dean for CEA. He holds a Doctorate in History from the Sorbonne and presents and publishes regularly on learning outcomes assessment and sustainable program design for study abroad.

Gian Franco Borio is an Attorney at Law and CPA based in Florence, Italy; legal counsel to AACUPI, the Association of American College & University Programs in Italy.

Jana Čemusová heads the CIEE Study Center in Prague and is the chair of AAUP, the Association of American University Programs in the Czech Republic. She teaches International Communication and Leadership courses. Jana was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Kansas and has expertise in training language teachers and leading projects in immigrant communities. She founded and served as a chair of Association of Czech Teachers Teaching Czech as a Foreign Language in 2003–2009. Jana is a double graduate at the Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Philosophy, and Faculty of Education.

Emily Childers Brocks (Masters in Social Work, Aalborg University, 2010) is Housing Team Manager for DIS – Study Abroad in Scandinavia. At DIS since 2010, as both faculty in the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program as well as Administrator in the Housing Department, Emily has worked to develop the interdisciplinary fields of academics and student affairs in study abroad, with a particular focus on cultural engagement.

Timothy Carlson is Co-Director of IFE – French Field Study and Internship Programs, based in Paris, with programs in Paris, Strasbourg and Brussels. Tim has 28 years experience living and working in Europe, as teacher, journalist, researcher, translator and international educator. Particular areas of interest are in European thought, comparative political economy, and European social issues. Has chaired or contributed to several panels at education abroad conferences. Is an active member of the French professional study abroad organization, APUAF.

Julia Carnine, a Franco-American binational, Julia holds a doctorate in Sociology from University of Toulouse II where she is a member of LISST- CERS research lab studying comparative Study Abroad based on fieldwork in France, China and the United States. She has over 17 years experience in higher education directing international programs for the United States (Long Island University, School for International Training), China (University of Zhejiang, Hangzhou) and France where she’s currently teaching at ISAE (Toulouse) as a multi-cultural specialist and consultant in international mobility.

Scott Carpenter is professor of French, director of Cross-Cultural Studies, and co-director of Global Engagement at Carleton College. While his research focuses on nineteenth-century France (Acts of Fiction, Reading Lessons, Aesthetics of Fraudulence in Nineteenth-Century France), he also a creative writer (Theory of Remainders, This Jealous Earth), often teaching a course in creative travel writing. He is a frequent director of Carleton’s Program in Paris.

Christina Carroll serves as the Director of Risk and Emergency Management at Florida State University International Programs based in Tallahassee, Florida, USA.  Additionally, she currently teaches a Global Engagement course to study abroad students. Previous experience includes 15 years in various education abroad roles including program development, academic affairs, student services, and immigration coordination. Christina also serves as a Forum Council member and Chair of The Forum’s Working Group for Strategic Communication for Education Abroad Health & Safety.

Ray Casserly is director of the CIEE Global Institute in London. He holds a doctorate in ethnomusicology/anthropology of music from Queen’s University Belfast. Ray has taught at Queen’s University, and for CIEE Belfast he organized numerous cross-community and cross-border initiatives with various music groups in Northern Ireland. He has interwoven his research and international education work by connecting CIEE students and faculty to key community figures and leading academics in the United Kingdom. Ray participated in study-abroad in the United States in 2005 and now, with CIEE, prioritizes connecting students to their host environment.

Jana Čemusová serves as Center Director  of CIEE in Prague, leading study abroad programs through partnerships with Charles University, the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU), and other local educational institutions. Jana is a double graduate of Charles University in Prague, where she studied theory of culture (anthropology) and Czech language and creative studies. Jana was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Kansas. In addition to her duties as Center Director, Jana teaches the CIEE Intercultural Communication and Leadership course.

Jennifer Engel is the Executive Director of the Office of International Programs at Loyola University Chicago, which supports education abroad, ESL and ISSS. She earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration with a focus on international higher education and a cognate in anthropology.  She has experience in education abroad marketing, recruitment and advising; program development; and faculty engagement. Prior to her appointment at Loyola, she was the Executive Director of Global Learning at the University of South Carolina, and taught Spanish and managed study abroad at Marygrove College.

Martina Faltova, assistant director for student life, has worked at NYU Prague since 2002. In her role she oversees: on-site orientation, immigration, residential life, student health, and co-curricular activities. Given her expertise in student life programs she has been deployed to assist at NYU’s campuses in New York and Madrid. Martina, who has a degree in communications, is especially interested in new communication technologies.

Anette Frederiksen, Director of Housing & Student Affairs, DIS – Study Abroad in Scandinavia (Masters in International Development Studies & Cultural Encounters, Roskilde University Center, 2005). At DIS since 2004, Anette has over the years worked to enhance each of DIS’s six housing options with the purpose of enriching students’ intercultural learning as well as to develop a product portfolio that allows students various opportunities to engage in the local community outside of the traditional classroom.

Julie Anne Friend is the Director of the Office of Global Safety and Security at Northwestern University. She is a member of the U.S. Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council Executive Board and writes regularly for NAFSA’s International Educator. She has a JD in Law and an MA in English from Michigan State University as well as a BS in Speech Communication from Syracuse University. She is also a licensed attorney in the state of Michigan.

Heather Funk Theodoridi is the Director of International Programs and Student Services at the American College of Thessaloniki. Heather has over 15 years of experience in international education in the US and in Europe. She believes that experiential international education is an integral part of the modern academic experience.

Céline Garelli has been working in the field of study abroad for the last 20 years as Paris Resident Director for the State University of New-York at Oswego. Holding a PhD in Philosophy at la Sorbonne-Paris IV, she is also a Professor at The Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne teaching students from around the world coming from different cultures. She has lived and travelled in Europe, America, Africa and Asia. She has benefited both personally and professionally from this intercultural experience and is engaged in fostering cultural and personal development of students abroad.

Kerry Geffert  is the Product Evangelist with Terra Dotta where he encourages thoughtful approaches to international education. He has over 30 years of experience in the field, including more than a dozen years at universities in Oklahoma and New York working in international student services and international recruitment. He then spent two decades in education abroad taking on leadership roles with three program providers developing strong institutional relations. Kerry is a recognized NAFSA leader and was most recently chair/lead trainer of the respected NAFSA Management Development Program

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Megan Griffin is currently the Student Affairs Officer at FSU London, and a two-time graduate of study abroad and an alum of both Florida State University and the University of St Andrews, Scotland. A cultural historian by training, Megan has a particular interest in the long-term implications of the study abroad experience on students.

Lisa Guido is Director of European Programs for SAI Programs. She manages staff and administers study abroad programs in SAI locations in Europe. She is responsible for the on-site development and implementation of faculty led and custom programs. Lisa has resided in Italy since 2005 and has over 10 years experience in study abroad programming and services. Lisa joined SAI in 2009 and has held positions of increasing responsibility.

Mark Hayes is the Director of American University Abroad. In this role, he manages the study abroad advisers and is also responsible for the Abroad at AU program. He also advises students interested in studying in Russia and Central Asia. While in college at Amherst, he studied in St. Petersburg, Russia, and then followed up with a semester in Sydney, Australia while getting his MBA at Duke. For 7 years, he lived all over Europe (London, Cyprus, Prague, Moscow and Munich) working first for Intel Corporation and then later a large IT distribution company.

Ann Hubbard is a vice president with AIFS Study Abroad, responsible for university relations for customized programs and academic assessment initiatives. Having previously worked 20 years in a campus education abroad office, she has conducted intercultural training, developed faculty-led programs, and taught an honors seminar.  Ann developed a workshop series for students to reflect on the benefits from studying abroad, and has continued to expand her knowledge on students integrating their career development and learning abroad. Hubbard is an IDI-qualified administrator and a QUIP reviewer.

Jon Hutchinson has been working in the field of Study Abroad for over 20 years. A strong believer in cultural exchanges, he has devoted his career to enabling intercultural understanding. After working as EUSA – Academic Internship Programs’ European Development Manager, forging links with European universities, he became the Paris Director in 2011 bringing together US university students and French professionals. Jon has lived and traveled around the globe and speaks four languages, leading to a high degree of cultural awareness.

William T. Hyndman III currently serves as Assistant Vice President for International Education at Florida A&M University.  He has held positions at Northeastern University, Rosemont College and Northwestern College.  He lived and worked in France for 15 years.  He holds a BA in International Politics from Penn State, an MA from the Universite d’Avignon and a doctorate from Widener University.

Anjouli Janzon has been actively involved with Study Abroad for over twenty years.  She created a Summer Study Abroad program for her UC Berkeley students, then directed the NYU Madrid program for fourteen years and is now the senior project manager of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid’s new Study Abroad program for incoming students.  Anjouli was herself a study abroad student and has witnessed the many changes this field has undergone of the last decades.

Eero Jesurun is Center Director for CIEE in Madrid, Spain. He oversees the onsite administration and programming including Teacher, High School, Volunteer, Faculty-led and Study Abroad programs. Eero was awarded a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and M.A. and B.S. degrees from Georgetown University´s School of Foreign Service, in Washington, DC.

Carl I. Jubran is President of IAU College in Aix en Provence, France. He joined IAU in 2011 after serving as Vice Provost for I.A. and Prof. of Ling. & Lit. at the USD. He has a degree in linguistics, he participated in a Masters program at the Sorbonne, Paris IV, through NYU. He earned his MA in Spanish Ling. & a Ph.D. in Comparative Lit. at the UCSD. He has taught courses in French, Spanish, Arabic, world civ., and global studies. He has led programs in France, Mexico, Morocco, Turkey & Spain. Dr. Jubran is an active member of AIEA, the Eur. & US Forums on Ed. Abroad, NAFSA, & AAICU.

Melody Knutson is a University of California Education Abroad Program Regional Director with program oversight for the UK/Ireland, Canada, Oceania and the Middle East. Ms. Knutson has an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and has studied abroad in Latin America and Iberia.

Elizabeth Langridge is an archaeologist with a BA from the University of California at Berkeley and PhD from Princeton University who has been excavating and teaching in Greece for the last 25 years, many of them at DEREE, The American College of Greece.  She has held the Gertrude Smith Professorship at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the Webster Fellowship at the Institute of Classical Studies in London and a Humanities-Writ-Large Fellowship at Duke University.  She is a firm believer in experiential pedagogy and is always looking for new ways to engage students.

Opal Leeman Bartzis recently earned her Doctorate in Higher Education at Ball State University, where her research focused on the impact of student teaching abroad on teaching practices. She is also vice president of academic affairs at the Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University. She is the chair of AACRAO’s national study abroad committee, a Forum member and former member of the Forum’s committee on curricular development and academic design committee and has held multiple NAFSA leadership positions. She has an M.A. in History and Honors B.A. in German.

Ben Levy is the Senior International Officer at Ramapo College of New Jersey. His role is comprehensive of all international programs and initiatives, including strategic planning, program development, and risk management. Mr. Levy has worked in international education for more than 14 years, both in the U.S. and abroad. He is an active presenter at domestic and international conferences and offers training on a variety of subjects. He is currently working towards his PhD in Higher Education Internationalization.

Christina LoBrutto is the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator at Rutgers University and has been working in GAIA’s Center for Global Education for eight months. Christina handles the promotion of study abroad to Rutgers students through print materials, social media, presentations, and events. Prior to joining Rutgers, Christina worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Center for International Education at Rider University in New Jersey. Christina has her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Rider.

Benjamin Lorch is a double graduate of The University of Chicago where he studied urban development policy, sociology and media. Prior to his work with CIEE, Lorch served at Head of Communications for the Berlin School of Creative Leadership. From 2000-2006 Lorch served as Managing Director of the Chicago Public Schools | University of Chicago Internet Project. In 2006, upon being selected as a Robert Bosch Fellow, Lorch returned to his ancestral German roots and moved to Berlin. He has worked at the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (International and EU Cooperation Division — Bonn).

James Lucas is currently the Assistant Dean of Global Education and Curriculum in the Office of Undergraduate Education in the Provost’s Office at Michigan State University. In this capacity he consults with academic and student affairs units on issues related to diversity, intercultural, and global education; curriculum development and assessment; faculty and staff development; and global program development. Dr. Lucas over 15 years of college teaching experience—including courses in environmental problem-solving and sustainability, and he has designed and/or coordinated a diverse range of study abroad programs—including MSU’s innovative first-year experiences.

Franz Luthi holds the highest State academic certification, the “Agregation” in German Civilization, and is the Director of the Communications and Information Management Department of the University of Strasbourg’s Robert Schuman Technology Institute (IUT), where he is also responsible for International Relations for the Institute. Franz has extensive experience in university international relations.

Irene Martin is professor for Political Science and currently the University President’s delegate for Internationalization.  She studied abroad in Athens, Greece and firmly believes that it was this opportunity that led her to pursue a Ph.D. in Political Science with a special focus on Greece.  She is instrumental in all efforts to internationalize the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, advocating for more courses to be taught in English as well as creating a more international faculty and research community.

Dorothee Mackowiak holds a Master of French Studies from Freie Universität Berlin and has been with FUBiS since 2011. A study stay in France has fuelled her enthusiasm for international student exchange.

Francesca Manchi liaisons with government, parliament, business, trade unions and civil society. Her focuses include the environment, agriculture, climate change and energy.

Susan McGury has led over 20 study abroad programs to more than 15 countries. Her scholarship concerns  teaching intercultural understanding though arts and culture. She has directed BA and MA programs in Hong Kong and Bangkok and currently oversees one of the only scholarship programs for adult students to study abroad. Her work related to the ethics of study abroad  has been long standing and she has presented and published in this field in both scholarly and legal journals.

Dan Meier is the Coordinator for Undergraduate Student Affairs in the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University. His role includes study abroad, study away, experiential learning and academic advising. Prior to his current position, he was a program coordinator for MSU Office of Study Abroad. He received his M.A. in International Studies from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He has worked for several years in the field of international education as well as the non-profit sector.

Nadia Meliniotis is the Student Affairs Director at CYA, with 27 years of experience in the field. One of her main responsibilities is facilitating volunteer positions for study abroad students.  She holds an MA in Counseling Education (LaVerne University).

Natalie A. Mello is The Forum’s Vice President for Member Services and Training and oversees initiatives to train members in the Standards of Good Practice through workshops, the Critical Incident Database, the Professional Certification Program, and Standards Institutes. She has long involvement with education abroad organizations, particularly in the area of risk management, and is recognized as developing a model for responsible risk management for off-campus experiences. Natalie has published and presented on engineering education, education abroad and educational outcomes assessment.

Ignacio Messana is the Dean, business faculty and Director of the FSU program in Spain since 2001. He is the coordinator of the projects of FSU in Valencia including the public relations, acquisition and restoration of buildings and collaborative agreements signed with public and private entities such as the City Hall, local universities, schools, museums, etc. His PhD from the Polytechnic University of Valencia is in Management, Business Administration and Entrepreneurship. Previous experience includes 10 years in management and multinational business in the fields of technology and construction

Amy Muse is Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department at the University of St. Thomas. She has been teaching study abroad courses in Greece since 2004 and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Athens in 2010. Her current research involves intersections between theatre and tourism in Greece. She presented at the Forum conference in New Orleans (2015) on helping students deepen their study abroad experience by writing in silence onsite. Her essay “On Teaching The Portrait of a Lady as a Tale of Two Travelers” appeared in Frontiers vol. XXV (Spring 2015).

Cary Nathenson is director of the CIEE Global Institute in Berlin where he is responsible for the management of all aspects of its programs to ensure the highest levels of quality. Prior to joining CIEE, he served as associate dean for Humanities, Arts, and Sciences at the University of Chicago Graham School, and as assistant dean for graduate programs at Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies. He also co-founded The Public Square, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting intersections between intellectual work and the general public.

Lynn Neddo is the Director of Continental Europe Programs in the Study Abroad Office at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Lynn has been working here since 2009. She has worked in international education for 13 years. Prior to that, Lynn taught languages (French, Spanish and English) in universities, community colleges and also started her own company to teach languages to business people. Although she has a US passport, Lynn was raised in France and lived in Europe for many years and considers herself to be a global citizen.

Christopher Nicolussi has worked in higher education for over twenty years with a focus in education abroad for the past 15 years. As the Senior Director for Student Services in NYU’s Office of Global Programs he overseas EA advising, study away enrollment, and student engagement at NYU’s Global centers. He has served on numerous task forces and committees addressing: student life, intercultural awareness, and student health and incident response. He has presented at the On-line Visibility Management Conference at Fondacion Universidades Espana; and the Safety and Security Conference (OSAC).

Margit Pestalits is the Program Coordinator at Corvinus University of Budapest. She is responsible for student recruiting, pre-departure orientations, and on-site support for students mainly from the U.S., Mexico and Germany. With an M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Szeged, Margit has over 15 years of experience working in international education.

Victoria Pineda has been the Resident Director of the Kalamazoo College Study Abroad in Cáceres, Spain, since 2002. She has had experience with the study abroad programs of the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Purdue University Calumet, Randolph Macon College, The College of Charleston, and Coker College. Victoria received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and she currently teaches Comparative Literature at Universidad de Extremadura (Cáceres, Spain), where she also serves as vice-chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literatures.

Aimee Placas holds a PhD in anthropology from Rice University and has been working as a faculty member in the study abroad field for 15 years.  She has been teaching an evolving service learning course for the past 8 years, integrating volunteer work with a curriculum in political anthropology specific to Greek society.

Menelaos Prokos is a theater improviser, instructor, photographer, life-long traveler and the mastermind behind Applied Improvisation in Greece. He has spent more than a third of his life traveling around the world. Menelaos teaches improv theater to individuals, corporations, NGOs and public entities, organizes/presents/plays in improv shows regularly and gives interviews that his mom loves sharing on Facebook. He often travels all around Greece and abroad for teaching and performing.

David Puente is ISA’s Regional VP for Academic Affairs and Global Mobility. He holds a PhD in literary studies from U. California, Irvine, and has lectured and published on a wide range of topics. His responsibilities in Europe include university relations, new business development, student recruitment, and the implementation of learning objectives. Though widely traveled he has yet to visit Athens, and he looks forward to discussing his favorite topics—Europe and education—in the place where both began.

Uttiyo Raychaudhuri is the Director for Study Abroad at Clemson University. Dr. Raychaudhuri’s PhD is focused in the area of sustainable development. Dr. Raychaudhuri through his work has actively promoted international education and the cause of inter-cultural competence and environmental stewardship. His work and research advance the cause of global citizenship by arguing the case of dignity for life by nurturing love and respect for the peoples and environments of our world.

Morgan Reiss has held numerous positions in more than 15 years of employment with CIEE, most recently as professor of “Human Rights Service-Learning Practicum: theory and practice” as well as the Director of Student Services with the CIEE Study Center in Seville, which hosted over 800 participants last year across a variety of programs: study abroad/short-term/Faculty and Custom, Gap Year, High School & Teach In Spain.

Loren Ringer is the Director of Administration and Planning at Parsons Paris and president of APUAF. In the field of study abroad for 20 years, he has made intercultural learning one of his top priorities and has accompanied many American students in successfully adapting to living and studying abroad. Loren holds a PhD in French Literature from the UW-Madison and has taught French and English as a second language.

Stephen Robinson is Director and Associate Professor with Champlain College Dublin, the Irish study abroad campus of Champlain College of Burlington, Vermont, USA. British born and Canadian raised and educated, he holds a PhD from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and previously held the Chapin Chair in Geology at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. He is a co-founder and member of the board of the Association of Study Abroad Providers in Ireland (ASAPI) and Board Chair for the Irish Council of International Students (ICOS).

Pia Schneider is a Collaborative Professor in the Departments of Art and Design and Architecture at the Iowa State University of Science and Technology and the resident director of the College of Design Rome program. Originally from Switzerland, she is the recipient of numerous fellowships and prizes, including an Exchange Fellowship at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, and the Rome Prize at the Swiss Academy. Recently she published a survey on fifty years of Study Abroad in Italy and in 2016 has been nominated the chair of EUASA, the European Association of Study Abroad.

Daniel Schuval received his BA in History and Political Science from Warren Wilson College, and an MSW from Yeshiva University. He is the Manager of International Partnerships and Project Development in the Office of the Vice-Rector at Bar-Ilan University. Prior to joining BIU he was the Director of Academic Affairs for Masa Israel Journey, a project of the Government of Israel to advance the country’s profile in International Education. He has served as a consultant for many institutions and organizations throughout Israel and North America.

David Shallenberger has facilitated and overseen mobility programs in Latin America, Asia (including the Middle East), and Europe for over twenty years, and has taught hundreds of graduate and undergraduate students pursuing careers in international education about practice, policy and theory of the field – including ethics. He lives in Brasilia, and is in leadership positions in both NAFSA and The Forum on Education Abroad.

Robert Sherratt is Director of International Relations at Université Jean Moulin Lyon II.

Kimberly Simmons received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from MSU in 2002 (Dissertation: Reconfiguring Dominicanness: Competing Discourses Surrounding Race, Nation, and Identity in the Dominican Republic). From 2000-2004, she was the Resident Director of the CIEE Program in Spanish Language and Caribbean Studies in Santiago, Dominican Republic. In 2004, she started a tenure-track position at the University of South Carolina (USC) in Anthropology and African American Studies where she is currently. At present, she is an Associate Dean in the Honors College and Associate Professor of Anthropology/African American Studies.

Renée Spruit, Resident Director, CIEE Amsterdam, originates from northern Netherlands, and moved to Amsterdam to attend university. While doing a bachelor’s in communications she went abroad twice; one semester at Seneca College in Toronto, Canada, and one semester to intern in the tourism industry in Cape Town, South Africa. She loved to be in an international environment, learn new things, and meet new people. When she got back to the Netherlands she earned an international master’s degree in sociology (with a special focus on migration and ethnic studies) at the University of Amsterdam.

Susan Buck Sutton is Senior Advisor for International Initiatives, Bryn Mawr College, and Emerita Associate Vice President of International Affairs and Chancellor’s Professor of Anthropology, Indiana University.  Past President of AIEA and active in the American Council of Education, NAFSA, IIE, and the Forum, Sutton has presented and published extensively on the changing nature of internationalization, institutional partnerships, curriculum internationalization, and international service learning.  She has been involved in study abroad, as faculty leader and program developer, for 40 years.

John Tansey is executive director of the Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Education at Dartmouth College where he is responsible for oversight of the College’s foreign study and student exchange programs. John has extensive experience in the areas of international programs administration and higher education administration. Earlier in his career, John worked in a variety of field-based positions with the Peace Corps. John received his BS in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University and his Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) from Dartmouth College.

Amy Tondu is the Associate Director and Undergraduate Academic Advisor for the Middlebury C.V. Starr School in France. Prior to joining Middlebury in 2009, she was responsible for the American Fulbright program for Research Scholars and Lecturers, Advanced Students, Teaching Assistants and Secondary School Teachers in France. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Area Studies and French from Duke University, a Master of Arts in French literature from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and a Ph.D. in French literature from Vanderbilt University.

Sylvie Toux is currently director of the Dickinson program in France.  She has been involved in Study Abroad Programs since 1991 and has served as director for the Brown Program in France and the Dickinson in France program. During these last 25 years, she has had experience with both long and short programs abroad. She recently co- organized and directed a Mosaic program dedicated to immigration in France, Spain and Morocco. She also served the field of Study Abroad as Programs’ evaluator and as a member of the board of the APUAF (Associations of American University Programs in France).

Stacey Bolton Tsantir is the Director of Health and Safety for DIS – Study Abroad in Scandinavia. In this role, she monitors world events in relation to program-sponsored travel, manages risk and supports emergency response efforts. She is a licensed attorney in the state of Minnesota as well as a certified advocate for survivors of sexual violence. She is also a founding member of Pulse: Higher Education International Health and Safety Professionals.

Deivida Vandzinskaite holds a Ph.D. in Education (SU, Lithuania) and has international research experience in cross-cultural studies with a focus on multiculturalism, identity formation and gender equality. She is a full-time faculty at DIS, teaching courses in sociology and gender studies. One of her courses is a comparative study of the social, cultural, and political mechanisms lying at the heart of cultural conflicts and integration issues in Denmark, Sweden and Turkey. The course includes a short study tour to Sweden (Malmo, Gothenburg) and a long study tour to Turkey (Istanbul).

Carole Viers-Andronico is the Academic Coordinator for University of California programs in Paris. She holds a PhD from UCLA.

Katrin Völkner is Associate Professor of Instruction at Northwestern University and is the former director of its Multimedia Learning Center. She studied at the Freie Universität Berlin before receiving her MA in German from Washington University in St. Louis. She holds a Ph.D. in German Studies from Duke University. Katrin works on in the impact of digital technologies in teaching and learning and how best to integrate a variety of media and technologies into the curriculum. At the Multimedia Learning Center, Katrin explored how emerging technologies can support curricular goals. She also advised on Northwestern’s transition to the Canvas LMS.

Margaret Wiedenhoeft is the Acting Director of the Center for International Programs at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Currently she manages the operations of the Center, as well as the Kalamazoo study abroad programs in Australia, China, France, India, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Thailand. Margaret received her B.A. in International Studies from Emory University her M.B.A. and doctorate from Western Michigan University.

Lauren Winogron is the Senior Program Manager at Rutgers University and has been working in the GAIA’s Center for Global Education for 3 years. Lauren supervises semester study abroad and exchange students from Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania. Prior to joining Rutgers, Lauren worked at Global Citizens for Sustainable Development in Bangalore, India. Lauren has her bachelors degree from Ramapo College of New Jersey and Masters degree from Drexel University in Pennsylvania.

Alexandra Wood facilitates the design and delivery of study abroad experiences that are learner-centered, experiential, holistic, and transformational. Prior to joining CIEE, Alexandra was a Visiting Assistant Professor at NYU, where she received a Ph.D. in International Education. While at NYU, Alexandra also managed the Multinational Institute of American Studies – a summer program for visiting scholars funded by the U.S. Department of State – and taught undergraduate and graduate courses.

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