Speaker Biographies

Presenters from WISE 2016

Dr. Roger Baumgarte taught research methods and cross-cultural psychology for 30 years at Winthrop University. He also taught for a year at the American University in Paris and for another year in the University of Maryland’s Overseas Program in South Korea. Since 1990, he has focused his research on cultural differences in close friendships. He is the author of Friends Beyond Borders: Cultural Variations in Close Friendship.

Janet Bennett, Ph.D., is executive director of the Intercultural Communication Institute, sponsor of the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication, and director of the ICI Master of Arts Degree. As an educator and consultant, she designs and conducts intercultural training for higher education institutions, corporations, government, and non-profit agencies. She publishes on intercultural training and adjustment and is editor of the recently published SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence.

Dr. Iris Berdrow is a tenured Associate Professor of Management at Bentley University in Waltham, MA, USA, and has taught in France, Germany, Austria, Scotland, and Morocco.  She holds an MBA and Ph.D. with a concentration in Organizational Behavior and International Management from the Richard Ivey School of Business, London, Canada.  Her research interests are in intercultural effectiveness, student-centered competence based education, and global innovation management.  She is coauthor of Bases of Competence: Skills for Lifelong Learning and Employability (Evers, Rush & Berdrow, 1998).

Pre-Conference FacilitatorMandy Brookins Blinn is the Director of Off-Campus Programs at the Hubbard Center for Student Engagement at DePauw University. For 15 years, she has held roles in international education at small private colleges and a large research I university. At the Hubbard Center, Mandy works with faculty and colleagues to help students make connections between their academic studies and co-curricular activities such as study abroad, internships, undergraduate research, and service learning. She lives near Indianapolis with her husband and two children.

Patti Brown came to her current position with forty years of experience in higher education and over twenty in international education. Her work with the Institute for Study Abroad – Butler University (IFSA-Butler) involves the development of an intercultural learning component. Previously, she was Associate Dean for International Programs at Franklin & Marshall College where she oversaw strategic development of their education abroad program and international student services. Active in many of the field’s professional organizations, Patti has presented numerous times at both regional and national conferences.

Nelson Brunsting serves as the Director of Global Outreach, Research and Professional Education in the Wake Forest University Provost’s Office of Global Affairs. He also teaches Introduction to American Culture and U.S. University Life for first-year international students. Nelson is fascinated by human development, especially within an intercultural context, and is in the process of completing his PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Paige E. Butler is an Assistant Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, CA in the M.A. International Education Management Program.  Dr. Butler teaches international education courses including Student Development Theory, Study Abroad and International Exchange, and Program Design and Assessment.  Paige previously held administrative and faculty positions at CEA Study Abroad and Arizona State University.  She holds an M.Ed and Ed.D. in Higher and Postsecondary Education from ASU.

Francie Cate-Arries has taught Spanish cultural studies at the College of William & Mary since 1986. A specialist in the Spanish Civil War and exile, her current research project is based on oral testimonies she recorded in Andalusia with family members of the ‘disappeared’ victims of the Franco regime. As co-founder of the Cádiz summer program, she has directed 150 on-site student projects; supported by numerous grants, she has also supervised teams of undergraduate field researchers in both Madrid and Cádiz.

Dr. Ivonne Chirino-Klevans is currently Director of International and Distance Education at North Carolina State University’s College of Education. An expert in integrating technology and cultural dimensions in e-learning, she has been recognized internationally for innovative ways to integrate technology into education as well as in training and development programs in global learning environments. Dr. Chirino-Klevans has been invited to teach and deliver presentations on this topic in Latin America, Europe, Asia and America. She is a frequent keynote speaker for large conferences internationally. Her research interests are in developing intercultural competence in virtual learning environments as well as cultural competency for educators in China.

Dr. Christa Colyer joined the faculty in the Department of Chemistry at Wake Forest University in 1997 after having completed her B.Sc. at Trent University (Peterborough, Canada), her Ph.D. at Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada), and an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada). Christa has developed a research program in the area of analytical chemistry with active international collaborations. She endeavors to employ active learning strategies in her classes ranging from the First Year Seminar to the graduate level.

Dr. Ann Cunningham is an Associate Professor of Instructional Design in the Department of Education at Wake Forest University. She teaches Globalization, Education, and Technology courses as well as an instructional design course for future teachers that focuses on integration of the North Carolina State Board of Education’s global-ready goals for schools and classrooms. Her interests also include designing experiential learning opportunities for future teachers in international schools and learning environments. She leads a summer study abroad program for students that places them in a Pacifica/Maori/Asian Islander school outside of Auckland, New Zealand.

Anne Curtis has worked with the IES Abroad Customized Team in Chicago for over three years. In her role with IES, she acts as a liaison between the U.S. faculty and study abroad professionals and the IES Abroad Centers to plan faculty-led programming throughout the world. Anne works with a select number of schools in her region which spreads across the East coast. Prior to working with IES Abroad, Anne worked in the study abroad field for another provider initially on-site in Prague, Czech Republic, and then more recently in Portland, ME and Chicago. She has presented at the IES Abroad Conference and the Northwest Symposium on Study Abroad. Anne has been in the professional study abroad world for over ten years and loves to encourage faculty and students to go abroad and enjoy the experiences that international education can offer.

Julie Cusatis is the Senior Manager of International Programs for the Office of Global and Community Health Initiatives at the Duke University School of Nursing. She facilitates, leads, and manages projects including global clinical immersion experiences, federally funded diversity and inclusion initiatives, and experiential training programs for an array of audiences. Julie’s passion is to prepare global citizens with the intercultural skills, self and social awareness, and cross-cultural understanding necessary to positively impact the world.

Dr. Darla Deardorff is Executive Director of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) based at Duke University, where she is also a Research Scholar. She has worked in international education for more than 20 years and teaches graduate courses in international education and intercultural communication at numerous institutions. She has experience in study abroad, international student services, cultural programming, and ESL teaching/teacher training. Darla has also published widely on international education, includingThe SAGE Handbook of Intercultural Competence and recently published Demystifying Outcomes Assessment for International Educators. She is frequently invited to consult and lecture around the world on intercultural competence and assessment.

Daniel Diaz is the Interim Director of Study Abroad and International Student Advisor at Guilford College.  Including five years at Guilford, Daniel has over 11 years of experience in international higher education, starting with his study abroad experiences in Sweden and Finland as a student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Daniel has also lived and worked in Southern China as a visiting English language professor.  Daniel holds an M.A. in International Studies from Eastern Carolina University.

Toby Emert holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and is chair of the Department of Education at Agnes Scott College, where he teaches courses on language and literacy, pedagogy, and technology. His scholarship includes participatory action research on issues of cross-cultural and intercultural education, specifically work with refugee communities near Atlanta, Georgia. He has designed culturally sensitive curriculum for a literacy initiative for the children of refugees and regularly creates partnerships between refugee service agencies and undergraduate students.

Helga Fasciano is the Special Assistant for Global Education at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the NC State Board of Education’s strategic plan for global education.  Previously, she served as K-12 Programs Section Chief (Arts Education, ESL, Healthful Living, Student Support Services and World Languages), 2007 – 2013, and World Languages Consultant, 2003-2007.  Helga is involved at the state, national, and international levels in development of curriculum, policy and standards.

Jessica Francis is the Associate Director for Global Abroad Programs at Wake Forest University. At the Center for Global Programs and Studies, Jessica is responsible for coordinating the Wake Forest semester programs and is involved with development of new semester opportunities for students. She advises students on Wake Forest semester options and general study abroad in non-traditional locations, oversees student programming and serves as the study abroad scholarship advisor & member of the campus Fulbright committee. In recent years, Jessica has focused on increasing participation in study abroad among first generation college students including serving as chair of the Diversity Abroad Task Force on First Generation Students. Additionally, Jessica has been active in presenting at national and international conferences (Forum on Education Abroad, CIEE, IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad and NAFSA Regional) on topics ranging from advising first generation college students to best practices for working with faculty on abroad programs.

Dr. Mary T. Gerardy is the Associate Vice President for Campus Life and the Director of Global Engagement for the Pro Humanitate Institute at Wake Forest University.  She holds a B.A. in Religion from Hiram College, an M.Ed. in higher education administration from Kent State University, an MBA from Wake Forest, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University. She has traveled internationally with students 17 times since 1998.  Her first such experience with students was as a member of the City of Joy Scholars program in Calcutta, India.  Since that time, she has developed and implemented service and service learning programs for students in Vietnam, traveling to the country 12 times with students groups (plus seven logistical visits on her own).

Pre-Conference FacilitatorJ. Kline Harrison is the Associate Provost for Global Affairs at Wake Forest University, where he also serves as Kemper Professor of Business in the School of Business. Prior to becoming associate provost in 2007, he served as an associate dean in the undergraduate business school where he also taught courses in organizational behavior and international business since 1990. He received his undergraduate degree in organizational management from the University of Virginia and his doctorate from the University of Maryland. His dissertation examined the comparative effects of training methods in preparing managers for cross-cultural assignments. His research has focused on various aspects of international human resource management with a current emphasis on the impact of personality variables on students’ study abroad experiences.

Pre-Conference FacilitatorDr. Tara Harvey has been in the field of international/intercultural education for more than fifteen years—teaching English abroad, advising international students, researching international education, facilitating intercultural training, teaching intercultural courses for study abroad participants, designing curriculum, and training fellow educators.  She has worked at Texas A&M University, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Minnesota, and CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange). As founder of True North Intercultural, Tara offers intercultural consulting, training, and coaching focused on helping educators and institutions of higher education further students’ intercultural learning.

Marie Henry serves as an Assistant Director of Study Abroad and Exchange Programs in the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s International Programs Center.  Working primarily with faculty-led programs, Marie advises students, provides training for program directors, and supports faculty through the process of program planning and implementation.  Marie has been supporting faculty-led study abroad programs for three years.

Student PresenterStephanie Heredia is a senior at the College of William & Mary. After a semester studying and traveling across Europe, Stephanie continued her studies this past summer in Western Europe’s oldest city, Cádiz. Completing her on-site Cádiz research paper “La fiesta del Corpus Christi en Cádiz: una fiesta para la communitas gaditana,” Stephanie explored how the gaditanos, the people of Cádiz, have celebrated the popular summer Catholic Feast of Corpus Christi over the past centuries. Stephanie is currently applying to graduate schools with the hopes of continuing to research Hispanic popular religious culture.

Student Presenter: Chantal Houglan is a senior at the College of William & Mary. At the end of her freshman year, Chantal completed her on-site Cádiz research paper based on the intersections of material culture (fashion) and the Spanish economic crisis, using as her case study the annual fashion festival, South 36.32N/New Fashion Latitude, held in June 2013 in Cádiz. Her current senior honors thesis, “Salvador Dalí, Surrealism, and the Luxury Fashion Industry,” was inspired in part by her previous field work with the Cádiz summer study program.

Dr. Anne Hornak is currently an Associate Professor and Chairperson of Educational Leadership at Central Michigan University. Her research interests include international education and intercultural competency, as well as multicultural identity development. She is a strong advocate for international education and the impact of those experiences on student learning and development.

Loren Intolubbe-Chmil is Director of International & Intercultural Engagement at Johnson & Wales University. Loren has a Ph.D.in Education from the University of Virginia and has devoted her professional life to social justice education for change, community-university partnerships, the engagement of scholars and citizens, and transformative learning in diverse contexts.   She is also a partner at CoreCollaborative International, a consulting firm that provides program evaluation and intercultural competency training support to organizations.

Dr. Shameka Johnson earned a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders specializing in Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Severe Disabilities within multicultural populations from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Howard University in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department. Dr. Johnson’s current research focuses on increasing augmentative and alternative communication awareness and utilization internationally, and severe disabilities within Caribbean cultures and under-served populations. Her additional research interests include literacy and reading delays in African-American and Caribbean children.

Dr. Elizabeth Kirby is currently the Senior Associate Dean and Professor in the Educational Leadership Department of the College of Education and Human Services at Central Michigan University. She has over 20 years experience in K-12 and higher education teaching, administration, and leadership. Areas of expertise include organizational culture and change theory coupled with a passion for international studies. She is a strong advocate for faculty-led study abroad experiences for adult students.

Sarah LaRosa manages faculty-led short-term study abroad programs at Marymount University’s Center for Global Education. She teaches a freshman seminar titled Global Competence: Preparing for Life and Work in the 21st Century. Before Marymount, Sarah administered Department of State funded student exchange programs at World Learning. Sarah’s career was inspired by her Peace Corps experience in Tonga. She holds an M.A. in International Education from George Washington University and a B.S. in Child Development from Colby-Sawyer College.

Prudence Layne has nearly two decades of international education experience. She has developed and led a short-term study abroad program, taught in a variety of international contexts, directed a semester program, and served as a curriculum development administrator for faculty-led education abroad programs.  Dr. Layne is Associate Professor of English at Elon University.

David Limburg has a Ph.D. in German from the Ohio State University and has been teaching German at Guilford College since 1993.  He has served as the Faculty Leader for Guilford’s Semester Abroad in Munich four times.  He also accompanied the group as Orientation Leader twice and has helped to coordinate and develop the program since 1994.  In the summer of 2012, he organized and led a 35-year program reunion in Munich.

Dr. Mary Lynn Redmond is Professor of Education and Coordinator of K-12 Foreign Language Education at Wake Forest University.  She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in K-12 methodology and research and also supervises student interns.  Mary Lynn served as President of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) in 2014. During her two terms on the ACTFL board, she has worked on numerous projects to promote global competence and inter-culturalism in K-20. She earned an Ed.D. at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, specializing in foreign language education.

Emily Maeckelbergh graduated from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) in 2015 with an M.A. in Educational Studies where she co-authored a thesis on promoting learning in study abroad. She has an M.A. in Special Education and has taught English as a foreign language at the Innovative University of Eurasia (Kazakhstan) and at Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.). She currently resides in Amsterdam and works for Laureate Online Education as an academic advisor for the online programs at University of Roehampton (London).

Adriana Medina-López-Portillo is Associate Professor of Intercultural Communication and Spanish at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). An intercultural trainer, she has designed and led workshops for higher education, not-for-profit, governmental, and corporate clients in the United States and abroad. Currently, she is working with universities in Myanmar to implement the first class in intercultural communication in the country. She has published on study abroad and intercultural competence, among other topics.

Catherine Menyhart has worked in international education since 2002 and is currently the Manager of Training and Development at CIEE where she facilitates intercultural training and coaching in the workplace.  Previously, she worked as Resident Coordinator at the CIEE Study Center in Dakar, Senegal.  She holds an M.A. in Education from the University of Southern Maine and taught at Expeditionary Learning Schools in Portland, Maine.  She received her B.A. in International Relations and French from Grand Valley State University.  She is an IDI Qualified Administrator and Associate Facilitator of Personal Leadership.

Dr. Ananda Mitra is a Professor in the Department of Communication at Wake Forest University. He designed and directed Wake Forest’s summer study abroad program in India, which began in 2010. He teaches courses on communication and electronic media and specializes in survey research. He has also taught and conducted research on various communication and cultural issues in India. His recent publications have focused on the impact of new technologies on global communication and culture. He holds a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Mounia Mnouer has her M.A. in TESL and is currently a Lecturer of Arabic at Northern Arizona University. Her research interests are study abroad immersive programs and the development of intercultural competence. She created the Northern Arizona University Arabic language minor and a course about Arabic Language and Moroccan History and Culture taught abroad.

Sarah Mullen manages a portfolio of William & Mary Faculty-Led Summer Study Abroad programs as Short-Term Programs Coordinator. She advises for academic-year study abroad, and previously served as the program administrator for the 25th annual Keio University/William & Mary Cross-Cultural Collaboration. Sarah holds a B.A. in International Relations and an M.S.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the College of William & Mary’s Reves Center for International Studies, Sarah managed summer study abroad programs at the University of Pennsylvania.

Joyce Osland is the Lucas Endowed Professor of Global Leadership and the Executive Director of the Global Leadership Advancement Center at San José State University’s College of Business. She spent 14 years working in seven countries.  She is also a Kozai Group partner and consults internationally. Dr. Osland authored The Adventure of Working Abroad and over 80 publications on global topics and pedagogy. Her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior is from Case Western Reserve University.

Student PresenterHarsh Patolia is a senior Biophysics major at Wake Forest University from Roanoke, Virginia.  He holds the Gordon Scholarship for top academics and leadership. Harsh has conducted science research overseas, on the Wake Forest campus, and at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine.  He hopes to pursue M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. programs upon graduation. Harsh’s research in Vienna concentrated on Austrian and sprachraum film evolution from early expressionist films to late works by artists such as Michael Haneke.  He engaged staff from the Vienna Film Museum in identifying characteristics of this evolution.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. James P. Pellow joined CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange in June 2011 as the fourth president and CEO in the organization’s 65 year history. During his hour years at CIEE, Dr. Pellow has led various access initiatives, including increasing financial aid and increasing access to study abroad programs for underserved students by adding short-term programs and supporting faculty-led and custom programs. Under his leadership, CIEE continues to integrate intercultural learning into the curriculum of programs in more than 40 countries and provides intercultural training for CIEE’s 700+ staff members worldwide.

Previously, Pellow served St. John’s University, New York, for 20 years in various leadership positions. He played a leading role in the transformation of the university from a commuter school to a national and international university. Dr. Pellow served on the faculty of the School of Education and taught classes on organizational strategy and higher education administration at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the schools of arts & sciences, business, education and professional studies. Pellow was instrumental in engaging students in service-learning projects with nonprofit organizations in Rome, Paris, New York City, and New Orleans.

Pellow received his doctorate in education from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, his master’s degree in finance and bachelor’s degree in accounting from Niagara University, and an honorary doctorate from Kokushikan University in Japan for his commitment to global programs and international cultural exchanges.

Marty Petrone is Professor Emerita in the Department of Strategic Communication at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.  She served as the Director of Assessment, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, and Coordinator of Cultural Immersion. She is currently consulting for CISV International. Marty has over 30 years of experience as a teacher and administrator in higher education and a trainer and facilitator for clients including the Department of Energy, Reynolds & Reynolds, Ralston-Purina, and AK Steel.

Janelle S. Peifer is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Agnes Scott College. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology at the University of Virginia and is an alumna of Wake Forest University. Her research examines intra- and inter-cultural processes of college students’ global competence development. Peifer’s clinical and applied interests include emerging adult’s identity formation, trauma and resilience, and the impact of travel-based experiences on young women’s leadership development.

Tom Phillips holds a B.A. and M.A. in English from Wake Forest University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He has taught and served as administrator at Wake Forest since 1982. Tom is the Director of Wake Forest Scholars, a program for pre-graduate and post-graduate scholarship preparation and nomination of Wake Forest students and alumni/ae. As Associate Teaching Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities, Tom has extensive experience leading students in Wake Forest semester abroad programs. He is preparing for his fifth semester abroad program in spring 2017 to Vienna, Austria.

Dr. Penelope Pynes is Associate Provost for International Programs at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she leads campus internationalization efforts. In 2005, she represented the UNC system in an administrative exchange at the Ministry of Science and Arts in Baden-Wuerttemberg. Since then, she has worked to promote student/faculty exchange and piloted the Baden-Wuerttemberg state-to-state program, which led to the establishment of UNC’s system-wide exchange program. She facilitates diversity and intercultural workshops on and off campus to prepare faculty and students for successful experiences abroad. She earned a Ph.D. in German Linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jesse Rowell leads the Global Account Team at Aperian Global in support of client relationships and new business development. He has been with the company since 2007 when he joined in a client strategy capacity. Having worked prior at IBM, Harbinger Corporation, and Lowendal Masai, the last 16 years of his career have focused on cross-border business development and account management. In addition to living in parts of South America, he has worked across the globe in support of market development needs. Jesse earned a B.S. in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA in International Marketing from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Gayatri Sethi’s current role at Agnes Scott College builds on her international background and long standing commitment to undergraduate teaching and advising at liberal arts colleges. She earned her Ph.D. in International Comparative Education from Stanford University and an M.A. in International Relations at the University of Chicago. She has taught courses on human rights, international development, and global feminisms at Stanford, Spelman and Agnes Scott, and she has served as a consultant for The National Center for Human Rights Education, UNICEF, and New Era College in Botswana. She was born in Tanzania and grew up in Botswana. Gayatri is fluent in French and Hindi and proficient in Swahili and Setswana.

Dr. Ryan D. Shirey is Associate Teaching Professor in the Writing Program and English Department of Wake Forest University and Director of the Writing Center. He serves on Wake Forest’s LIAISE (Linked Integrative Attention to International Student Experiences) committee and has a particular interest in helping international students develop English language writing skills. He is currently collaborating with six other faculty members on an interdisciplinary first-year seminar designed to foster intercultural competencies.

Christina Soriano is an Associate Professor in the Theatre & Dance Department at Wake Forest University. She  teaches courses in dance composition, improvisation, modern technique, and dance and film history, and co-teaches the course “Movement and the Molecular” with a chemistry colleague. Her research examines the ways that improvisational movement can improve the mobility and balance of people living with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Her choreography has been seen throughout New England, North Carolina and in Vienna, Austria, where she also performed with her Wake Forest students in 2011.

Logan Stanfield has served as Coordinator of Study Abroad and Exchange programs for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for seven years. He manages the development process UNCG’s faculty utilize for over 20 study abroad programs each year and serves as an advisor to UNCG’s 400+ students participating in international experiences annually. Logan facilitates UNCG’s “full-cycle study abroad advising” approach to enhance students’ educational successes, personal growth, intercultural gains, and professional preparation.

Dr. Rebecca Thomas is Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of German at Wake Forest University. She has extensive experience traveling with students abroad in both summer and semester programs. In addition to teaching all levels of German language, literature, and culture at the University, Professor Thomas is a regular member of the language faculty of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria (Summer Music Academy) where she also offers Survival German modules for students with no prior language experience. Dr. Thomas publishes on modern Austrian literature and culture. She is currently developing teaching modules on simple yet indispensable language and cultural competencies for all students studying abroad.

Dr. Quentin R. Tyler is a graduate of the University of Kentucky where he received his B.S. in Agricultural Economics, an M.S. in Agricultural Economics, and a Ph.D. in Sociology. He has had multiple experiences which have ultimately shaped his understanding of and commitment to diversity. He has worked with the United States Department of Agriculture as an Economist, with ConAgra Foods in Omaha, Nebraska assessing risk of trades, and spent seven years in the role of Diversity Recruitment and Retention at the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Michael Tyson is the Assistant Director for Study Abroad: Summer and Short Term Programs at Wake Forest University. He has been the dedicated representative for all summer related programming at Wake Forest since 2010, managing all short term faculty-led programs, assisting faculty in their program development, and handling details like marketing, the budgetary process, and student registration. Mike also advises all students interested in summer study abroad programs.

Pre-Conference FacilitatorDr. Michael Vande Berg completed his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Now Principal at MVB Associates, he has held leadership positions at several institutions and organizations unusually committed to international education.  A senior faculty member of the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication (SIIC), he is a founding Board member of the Forum on Education Abroad.  He has received the Forum’s 2012 Peter A. Wollitzer award for his “remarkable effectiveness in influencing institutions of higher education to understand and support study abroad;” and the 2014 IDI Intercultural Competence Award “for outstanding contributions to organizational development in increasing intercultural competence in study abroad.”

Jennifer Wiley is a partner at CoreCollaborative International where she focuses on quantitative assessment and intercultural competency training.  She took up this role after nine years of work and research in higher education in the U.S. and abroad.  Her professional areas of strength are international program development and evaluation.  She is currently a doctoral student in the University of Missouri’s Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis program.

Student PresenterAmy Xie is a senior Biology major at Wake Forest University from Cary, NC.  She holds the Gordon Scholarship for top academics and leadership.  She has conducted science and entrepreneurial research overseas, at Wake Forest, and through NASA. In high school she won a national competition to design zero gravity sleeping beds for the space shuttle. Active on campus and in service, Amy hopes to pursue consulting, public health, and entrepreneurial ventures upon graduation.  Amy’s research in Vienna concentrated on the mathematical principles and historical evolutions of urban centers such as Budapest, Vienna, and Paris, including evidence of Fibonacci series design sequences.  She combined archival, scientific, and experiential study in her project.