2016 WISE Conference

Presentations & Schedule

Access the WISE 2016 Conference Program (pdf) to view the schedule, content, speakers, and more from last year’s meeting. WISE welcomed scholars from various universities and colleges for a dynamic meeting filled with motivational speakers, education sessions, workshops, and numerous networking opportunities. The 2016 conference offered the most concurrent sessions ever held at a WISE conference to date. Visit our Flickr album to view pictures of our event!

Keynote, Schedules, and Presentation Materials:

  • Wednesday, February 3, 2016 [Pre-Conference]

    From the Inside Out: Transformative Learning and Teaching

    Wednesday, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
    Dr. Michael Vande Berg and Dr. Tara Harvey, Co-Facilitators
    Vande Berg & Harvey (PDF)

    This workshop takes participants beyond traditional intercultural training approaches and teaches how to help themselves and students interact more effectively and appropriately with culturally different others through developing four core intercultural competencies. Research from a broad range of disciplines tells us when students learn away from home, they’re not being transformed merely through talking with, reading about, and coming into contact with the new and different. As researchers reveal more about the role the brain plays in constructing the worlds we perceive and act in, these new insights are being applied in various contexts including psychological and educational. Vande Berg and Harvey will show attendees how to move away from trying to transform students merely through teaching them about and immersing them in “cultural differences.” Participants in this workshop will gain a set of processes and practices to apply in their own intercultural learning and teaching activities.


    Overview of the Standards of Good Practice

    Wednesday, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    Dr. Kline Harrison, Wake Forest University

    The Forum’s Standards provide a means to assess and ensure quality in all areas of education abroad planning – academic programming, student conduct, resources, personnel, and policies & procedures. Using the Standards as a guide, participants will examine practices at their universities or organizations. This workshop will be highly interactive, drawing on case studies and issues of interest to attendees. This qualifies as a Forum Certification Workshop.


    Forum’s Standards 4 & 5: Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct & Returning Support

    Wednesday, 1:30 – 5:30 pm
    Mandy Brookings Blinn, DePauw University

    With a focus on Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct and Returning Support, this workshop will help participants identify resources and design programming in these areas. Topics include a comprehensive judicial screening process, different preparation and returning support models, and developing strategies to improve existing practices in participant’s specific context. This qualifies as a Forum Certification Workshop.

  • Thursday, February 4, 2016

    Keynote | 9:00 – 10:15 am

    Intercultural Communication Skill Building and the Critical Role of faculty in Today’s World
    James P. Pellow, Ed.D., President & CEO, Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
    Pellow (PDF)


    Concurrent Sessions, 10:45 am – 12:00 pm

    Micro-Practices to Develop Intercultural Competencies 
    Adriana Medina, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

    Cultivating Intercultural Leaders: From Assessment to Action Plans at the Global Leadership Advancement Center
    Joyce Osland, San Jose State University
    Osland (PDF) | Osland (.doc)

    Pre-Deployment Activities that Facilitate Readiness for Intercultural Learning
    Julie Cusatis, Duke University School of Nursing

    Increasing International Service Learning Participation Among African American Students at HBCUs and PWIs
    Shameka Johnson, Howard University
    Quentin Tyler, University of Kentucky

    Building a Foundation with the DMIS, IDI, and the IDC 
    Nell Pynes, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
    Pynes (PDF)


    Concurrent Sessions, 1:30 – 2:45 pm

    Putting Together the Puzzle Pieces of Faculty-Led Programming 
    Michael Tyson, Wake Forest University
    Anne Curtis, IES Abroad
    Tyson (PDF)

    Demystifying Intercultural Outcomes Assessment and the Changing Assessment Paradigm
    Darla Deardorff, AIEA and Duke University

    Assessment as a Re-Entry Tool: Utilizing Program Evaluations to Foster Global Competence
    Sarah LaRosa, Marymount University
    LaRosa (PDF) | LaRosa (.doc)

    Social Justice and Global Education: Investigating Best Practices
    Anne Hornak, Central Michigan University
    Elizabeth Kirby, Central Michigan University
    Hornak (PDF)

    Arabic in Context and Intercultural Development: Study Abroad in Morocco
    Mounia Mnouer, Northern Arizona University


    Concurrent Sessions, 3:15 – 4:30 pm 

    Improving Learning by Design: Logic Models for Study Abroad Program Design
    Paige Butler, Middlebury Institute of International Studies

    Badges, Seals, and Endorsements: Digital Documentation of International Competency, Capacity, and Accomplishment
    Ann Cunningham, Wake Forest University
    Helga Fasciano, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
    Mary Lynn Redmond, Wake Forest University
    Ivonne Chirino-Klevans, North Carolina-State University
    Cunningham (PDF)

    Systematically Evaluating and Focusing Study Abroad Activities to Best Promote Intercultural Learning
    Emily Maeckelbergh, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
    Maeckelbergh (PDF)

    Meet Me at the Fair: A Collaborative, Multidisciplinary First-Year Seminar Model
    Christina Soriano, Wake Forest University
    Ryan Shirey, Wake Forest University
    Christa Colyer,Wake Forest University
    Soriano (PDF)

    International Education Experiences – Why Do Students Take Them, and More Importantly, Why Do They Choose Not to Take Them?
    Iris Berdrow, Bentley University
    Berdrow (PDF)

  • Friday, February 5, 2016

    Concurrent Sessions, 9:00 – 10:15 am

    Student Contact with Local Peers Abroad 
    David Limburg, Guilford College
    Daniel Diaz, Guilford College; Logan Stanfield, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
    Limburg (PDF)

    Interactive Methods for Teaching about Cultural Differences 
    Janet Bennett, Intercultural Communication Institute
    Bennett (PDF)

    Climbing the Summit: Collaborative and Comprehensive Global Learning in a Liberal Arts Setting
    Janelle Peifer, Agnes Scott College
    Toby Emert, Agnes Scott College; Gayatri Sethi, Agnes Scott College
    Peifer (PDF)

    Planning International Service Programs 
    Mary Gerardy, Wake Forest University
    Gerardy (PDF)

    “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall,” How Do We Make Meaning of it All? Going Beyond Surface Reflection in Short-Term Study Abroad
    Prudence Layne, Elon University


    Concurrent Sessions, 10:45 am – 12:00 pm

    Embedding Undergraduate Research into Faculty-Led Programs 
    Sarah Mullen, The College of William & Mary
    Francie Cate-Arries, The College of William & Mary
    Chantal Houglan, The College of William & Mary
    Stephanie Heredia, The College of William & Mary
    Mullen (PDF)

    Assessing and Addressing Student Readiness for Intercultural Learning
    Patti Brown, Institute for Study Abroad- Butler University
    Jennifer Wiley, CoreCollaborative International and Universityof Missouri- Columbia
    Brown (PDF), Brown (.doc), Brown 2 (.doc)

    Mentoring for International Student Support
    Ananda Mitra, Wake Forest University
    Mitra (PDF)

    Study Abroad 101
    Marie Henry, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
    Jessica Francis, Wake Forest University

    Language Matters, Even in Non-Language Programs
    Rebecca Thomas, Wake Forest University


    Concurrent Sessions, 1:30 – 2:45 pm

    Mindfulness and Intercultural Learning from the Inside Out 
    Tara Harvey, True North Intercultural
    Catherine Menyhart, CIEE
    Harvey (PDF)

    Independent Research as Conduit to Cross-Cultural Engagement 
    Tom Phillips, Wake Forest University
    Harsh Patolia, Wake Forest University
    Amy Xie,Wake Forest University
    Phillips (Zachary Thomas, PDF) | Phillips (Julian Gilyard, PDF) | Phillips (Harsh Patolia, PDF) | Phillips (Amy Xie, PDF)

    Profiles that Expand Global Citizenship: Approaches that Develop Intercultural Competencies in Higher Education
    Marty Petrone, Miami University of Ohio and CISV International
    Jesse Rowell, Aperian Global

    Are They Picking Up What We’re Putting Down? Efficacy and Impact of a Cultural Transition Course For First-Year International Student
    Nelson Brunsting, Wake Forest University
    Brunsting (PDF)

    Friends Beyond Borders: Cultural Variations in Close Friendship 
    Roger Baumgarte, Winthrop University
    Baumgarte (.doc)