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Speaker Biographies

Student and friendThe following individuals will speak at WISE 2014.

Dr. Maxine P. Atkinson is professor of sociology at NC State University, where she focuses on preparing Ph.D. students to teach and conducts research on effective teaching techniques. She is the recipient of the most prestigious teaching awards given by both her discipline and the NC University system.  She created and taught a study abroad course on sociology of the family with an emphasis on the royal family in London, England, summer 2013.

Dr. Laura Bathurst is Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the University of the Pacific’s School of International Studies, Stockton, California, and Director of Pacific’s MA in Intercultural Relations program, jointly run with the Intercultural Communication Institute.  At Pacific, she provides intercultural consultation and training to students, faculty, and staff, and assists with programmatic efforts to implement and assess intercultural competencies throughout the university. Her current research focuses on the pedagogy of cultural difference.

Denise L. Bellamy is the Director of Study Abroad & Exchanges at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She joined the International Program Center team in 2007. She holds an MS Ed in International Higher Education Leadership (emphasis in Multicultural Counseling) from Old Dominion University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University. Denise enjoys encouraging others to think, learn, and experience life globally!

Dr. Iris Berdrow is an associate professor of management at Bentley University, an adjunct instructor at Harvard University Summer School, and has taught in France, Germany, Austria, Scotland and Morocco.  Her research interests are in global innovation, global alliances, knowledge management, employee competencies and competency based education.  Iris is published in MIT Sloan Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Long Range Planning and the Journal of World Business, among others.  She is coauthor of Bases of Competence: Skills for Lifelong Learning and Employability (Evers, Rush & Berdrow, 1998).

Dr. Jill Blondin is the Director of VCU Globe at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Before directing VCU Globe, a global education living-learning community, she helped to develop and to launch Global Awareness through Education (GATE), a globally-focused two-year living-learning program with an education abroad component at the University of Texas at Tyler.  She holds a doctorate in art history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Gabriele Weber Bosley is Director of International Programs and Professor of Global Languages and Cultures at Bellarmine University. She leads all campus wide international initiatives at Bellarmine, including the most recent QEP/SACS initiative. She designed and implemented BU’s Foreign Languages/International Studies Degree, a Minor in International Studies, and chaired the FLIS Department until 2008. She is the founding Director of Bellarmine’s International Programs Office, and has served in that capacity since 1995. Her research and publications focus on intercultural education, curriculum development and foreign language acquisition. She is President of Hemming & Weber Consulting, LLC.

Dr. Katharine Brooks is the Executive Director of the Office of Personal and Career Development at Wake Forest University.  A licensed and certified counselor and coach, she specializes in assisting students with international employment. She is the author of You Majored in What? and writes a blog for Psychology Today.  She holds a doctorate in Educational Psychology from West Virginia University.

Carolyn Couch is Associate Director, Career Education and Counseling in the Office of Personal and Career Development at Wake Forest University. She has twenty years of experience as a college career coach, holding certifications in career counseling and coaching.  She has also served as a columnist for the USAToday Career Center Online. In 2009, she received a Fulbright grant to study the higher education system in Germany, enhancing her ability to serve international students and domestic students studying abroad.  She coordinates the Wake Forest University International Student Career Development Committee.

Dr. Darla Deardorff is Executive Director of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) based at Duke University. She has worked in international education for more than 15 years and teaches graduate courses in international education and intercultural communication. She has experience in study abroad, international student services, cultural programming and ESL teaching/teacher training. She has also published widely on international education, including The SAGE Handbook of Intercultural Competence. She is frequently invited to consult and lecture around the world on intercultural competence and assessment. She earned a doctorate from North Carolina State University where she focused on international education.

Daniel Diaz has been working in international education for 10 years, including positions at East Carolina University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), and currently at Guilford College as the Assistant Director of Study Abroad and International Student Advisor.. He is also the Vice-President of Study North Carolina, a statewide non profit organization that connects international and out-of-state students and professionals with opportunities for quality education and training in North Carolina.

Dr. Steven Duke directs the WISE conference as well as Wake Forest’s cross-cultural engagement program for students. He also coordinates intercultural and global development initiatives for Wake Forest faculty and staff. He serves on Wake Forest’s Overseas Crisis Management Team and is a point-person on risk and crisis management issues for faculty leading study abroad programs. A specialist on modern Russia and the Baltic region, he has taught history courses and coordinated international programs at Brigham Young University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. His book Preparing to Study Abroad: Learning to Cross Cultures is forthcoming from Stylus in December 2013.

Sarah Egan Warren is Assistant Director of the Professional Writing Program at North Carolina State University. She created a new study abroad program in London designed for engineering students. She has been teaching professional writing courses (face-to-face, hybrid, and online) since 1999. In addition to her classroom teaching, she trains TAs to teach in the Professional Writing Program.  She designed and delivered NC State’s first online course for the Professional Writing Program and trains other instructors to teach online.

Lilli Engle co-founded and now directs the American University Center of Provence (AUCP) in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, France.  She has spoken and written extensively in defense of the enhancement of intercultural learning in study abroad since 1993. She is a graduate of UCLA, a founding member of the Advisory Council of the Forum on Education Abroad, founder/director of one of France’s largest and well-known language schools, and faculty member at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication.

Mercy Eyadiel has 19 years of experience in higher education administration with specialized experience in employer relations and outreach, career management, alumni relations, leadership development, and human resources. As Executive Director, Employer Relations, Mercy oversees strategy and operations for Wake Forest University’s Employer Relations and the School of Business Market Readiness & Employment, Center of Excellence. She previously worked at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Vanderbilt University.

Meredith P. Field has worked in higher education for more than eight years.  She advises business students, coordinates a semester-long program in London, and leads service-learning programs abroad. Meredith holds a MSED from Bucknell University and a graduate certificate in International Education from SIT.  Her research interests include best practices for mentoring the millennial generation, mentoring models used within education abroad, and supporting Greek Letter students who study abroad.

Dr. Steven Folmar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Wake Forest University. He began conducting anthropological research in Nepal in 1979. In 2001, he led his first study abroad trip to Nepal. Since then, he has led six study abroad groups to Nepal, where his students have home-stay accommodations, study Nepali and conduct independent projects related to tourism, health, development and the social conditions of marginalized people.

Maureen Gibson is the Coordinator of International Initiatives in the Office of International Programs at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she supports the expansion of international education through program development and implementation, classroom teaching, and campus engagement initiatives. Maureen earned her M.A. in English: Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Dr. Tara Harvey is passionate about helping students maximize the intercultural learning opportunities inherent in international education experiences.  In addition to teaching English abroad, advising international students, and working as an intercultural trainer, Tara has been involved with three different intercultural courses specifically designed for study abroad participants.  Having earned her Ph.D. in Comparative and International Development Education from the University of Minnesota, Tara is now Manager of Intercultural Learning and Curriculum Development at CIEE.

Adam Henry is the Assistant Director of the Arizona State University (ASU) Study Abroad Office. His dissertation research focuses on a pre-departure study abroad course designed for ASU students to prepare them to be successful while abroad, and to develop cultural competencies. Graduating in spring 2014, Adam’s doctorate will be in Education with an emphasis in Leadership/Innovation. Previous to ASU, Adam worked for an international non-governmental organization and developed a volunteer, service-learning program.

Shayla Herndon-Edmunds is the Manager of Diversity Education in the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at Wake Forest University.  Her primary responsibilities are to develop and manage programs and initiatives that will elevate faculty competence and scholarship regarding diversity and inclusion; develop and implement student diversity education programs; enhance existing staff diversity education programming; and expand all facets of diversity education within the Wake Forest community.  She received her B.A. in English and Business Administration from George Mason University; and certification as a diversity trainer from Executive Diversity Services.

Dr. Amber Bennett Hill is the Director of International Student and Scholar Programs in the Global Education Office at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Her office provides targeted academic, cultural, and immigration advising and special programs to support international students and scholars in achieving their goals and enriching their experiences.  She previously taught anthropology and conducted archaeological research on historic sites in Virginia.  She holds a doctorate in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Anne Hornak is 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.

Carl Jaramillo is the President of Minds Abroad, a study abroad organization that conducts cultural immersion programs in Asia. He designs a variety of customized faculty-led programs for academic groups and Minds Abroad’s own summer programs for individual students. He is responsible for the in-depth analysis and monitoring of his organization’s financials as well as the final human resource related decisions.

Dr. Elizabeth Kirby is the associate dean and recent chair and faculty member in the Educational Leadership Department of the College of Education and Human Services at Central Michigan University.  She has over 20 years of 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.

Dr. Bruce La Brack, Professor Emeritus, School of International Studies, University of the Pacific, Stockton, California, created Pacific’s innovative and integrated cross-cultural training programs to support international educational exchange. He is the primary author/editor of “What’s Up With Culture?” http://www2.pacific.edu/sis/culture/,  a free Internet resource for preparing U.S. American study abroad students. In 2012, he was presented the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Award for Innovative Research & Scholarship in Internationalization, by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Dr. Prudence Layne is an associate professor of English and Coordinator of African and African-American Studies at Elon University. She began her international education experiences as a year-long American Field Scholar in the Faroe Islands. She has more than eight years of experience developing and leading a short-term study abroad program, teaching in a variety of international contexts, directing a semester program, and serving as a curriculum development administrator for faculty-led education abroad programs.

Dr. Kris Hemming Lou is Director of International Education and Associate Professor of International Studies at Willamette University since 2003. He is an active member of AIEA, CIEE, EAIE, Forum on Education Abroad, ISEP and NAFSA.  He presents frequently on issues of Intercultural Learning Abroad and has taught in the US, Austria, and Japan. Dr. Lou is a co-editor of Student Learning Abroad and CEO of Hemming & Weber Consulting, LLC, which provides intercultural consulting services to educational institutions.

Marianne Magjuka is Director of Campus Life and My Journey at Wake Forest University. In this role, she oversees a holistic student development program that assists students in their personal and professional development throughout their undergraduate career. She coordinates Wake Forest’s Volunteer Service Corps, which facilitates domestic service trips as well as international service trips to India, Vietnam, Russia, and Nicaragua. Prior to joining Wake Forest, she coordinated community service and service learning programs at Baylor University. She earned a master of education degree at the University of Notre Dame.

Tom Martinek has been working as the Assistant Director of Study Abroad and Exchange Programs at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) since 2004. He received a bachelor’s degree from UNCG in Anthropology and a master’s degree from UNCG in Peace and Conflict studies. During his undergraduate studies he studied abroad at the University of Oulu in Finland.

Dr. Ananda Mitra is a Professor in the Department of Communication. 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 doctorate in speech communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Kevin Morrison is the Director of Study Abroad and Assistant Dean of Global Studies at Elon University.  Throughout his 15 year career he has been a frequent presenter at conferences and currently serves as a trained facilitator for the Forum on Education Abroad, presenting their Standards of Good Practice workshops.

Dr. Joyce Osland is the Lucas Endowed Professor of Global Leadership and Executive Director, Global Leadership Advancement Center in San Jose State University’s College of Business.  She has co-/authored over 90 articles, chapters books, and cases on international management and experiential education; her latest book is Global Leadership: Research, Practice, and Development.  In addition to consulting, Dr. Osland is a senior partner in the Kozai Group, which creates assessment instruments to measure global competency and intercultural effectiveness.

Dr. Kacy Peckenpaugh is Assistant Professor of German and French at Weber State University in Ogden, UT. Her dissertation, completed at the University of Arizona in April, 2013, was entitled, “Becoming Transcultural: Maximizing Study Abroad” and was based on a course that served as a forum for students to develop intercultural competence pre- and post-study abroad. Her research interests include fostering intercultural competence and intercultural learning through medieval texts and in the language classroom.

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 doctorate in German linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Steven J. Randall is Intensive English Program Coordinator in the Center for English as a Second Language at the University of Arizona, where has has worked for four years. In addition, he is a Ph.D. candidate in the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching program at the University in Arizona. Holding an M.A. in German studies, Steve led students on study abroad programs to Germany, which led to research interests in aiding international students better transition into the U.S. academic environment.

Dr. Tracy Rundstrom Williams is Associate Director in the Center for International Studies at Texas Christian University, where she also teaches in the Honors College. In addition to her responsibilities for study abroad, she directs the Certificate in International Studies and teaches a 3-course sequence on global citizenship for study abroad students. Tracy holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics and her research on sociolinguistics and intercultural learning has been published in various journals.  Tracy has developed the PRISM pedagogy for intercultural learning and the “Examine Your LENS” process for understanding intercultural encounters.

Dr. Christina Sanchez is the Associate Director for the Office of International Programs at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She teaches and presents frequently on the intersect of cultural identity, intercultural sensitivity, and global dimensions of leadership. She serves on the Lessons from Abroad Board and contributed to the Forum’s online guide for Best Practices, Resources, and Programming for Returned Students. Christina received her doctorate in Intercultural Communication at the University of New Mexico.

Dr. Richard W. Slatta is professor of history at NC State University, where he has taught courses on Latin America and comparative frontiers since 1980. He has published 10 books and hundreds of articles and reviews. He also directs the university’s First Year Inquiry program and leads workshops promoting the program pedagogy [inquiry-guided learning] and the key cognitive goal of enhancing critical and creative thinking. He taught a study abroad course on human-horse interactions in London, summer 2013.

Andrew C. Smith is Program Coordinator for the Cross-Cultural Engagement and English Language Skills Enhancement programs at Wake Forest University.  He works with both outbound study abroad students and inbound international students at Wake Forest. He has extensive experience teaching English as a second language to immigrants around the U.S.  He earned master’s degrees at American University and the School for International Training.

Elizabeth Hervey Stephen is associate professor of demography at Georgetown University, where she has worked for 27 years.  She recently taught at Georgetown’s Villa Le Balze in Italy and will again teach abroad at Georgetown’s McGhee Center in Turkey during fall 2014.  She utilizes blogs and ePortfolios with her students in the living and learning communities to capture their high impact experiences contemporaneously and to link study abroad experiences to course work at home.

Dr. Doug Stuart is an independent consultant in the field of global leadership, specializing in evidence-based assessment. Doug is licensed to deliver several assessment instruments measuring vertical or horizontal development, including the Intercultural Development Inventory, Culture in the Workplace Questionnaire, Global Competencies Inventory, and Tucker Assessment Profile. Doug’s overview of such instruments was published in Contemporary Leadership and Intercultural Competence (SAGE), and his article “Taking Stage Development Theory Seriously: Implications for Study Abroad” was published in Student Learning Abroad (Stylus, 2012).

Stephanie Tignor is the Director of Education Abroad at Virginia Commonwealth University where she oversees administration of the University’s study abroad and exchange programs, including approximately 30 faculty-led programs.  She is an alumna of VCU, at which she earned her master’s degree in English.  She has worked in VCU’s Global Education Office in a variety of positions for more than eight years, and became Director in 2008.

Marion Tizon is Resident Coordinator for CIEE in Lima, Peru where she also teaches the Seminar on Living and Learning Abroad.  She is currently studying for her Master’s degree in Social Management at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, and she attended the Summer Institute of Intercultural Communication in 2009. Her B.A. is from Swarthmore College, in Sociology and Anthropology. She is also an Intercultural Training Consultant for Cartus Intercultural and Language Solutions.  Originally from Maine, Marion is bilingual and works and resides in Lima, Peru with her husband and two young daughters.

Mike Tyson has been a study abroad advisor at Wake Forest University for four years, focusing on summer programs. He has assisted dozens of Wake Forest faculty to plan, market, and execute summer programs. He touches every aspect of summer programs, from the budget-building process to marketing, agreements, and student advising. He previously worked at the University of South Carolina’s study abroad office as an advisor and coordinated a ten-day service trip to Jamaica. He earned a master’s degree at the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Michael Vande Berg has held international education leadership positions at CIEE, Georgetown University, The School for International Training, Michigan State University, Kalamazoo College, and el Instituto Internacional.  He has published extensively, including the recently released Student Learning Abroad: What Our Students Are Learning, What They’re Not, and What We Can Do About It (Stylus, 2012).  Director of several research studies on student learning abroad, he frequently provides intercultural training and coaching at universities in U.S. and Europe.  He is a founding Board member of the Forum on Education Abroad, a recipient of the Forum’s Peter A. Wollitzer award, and a senior faculty member at The Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication.

Karen Wardzala is Assistant Director of Overseas Living and Learning Communities at Georgetown University. She has been working in the field of international education for more than 15 years and has extensive experience working with students and faculty before, during and after their time abroad. Her current professional interests lie in program development, maximizing the living learning community model for student-faculty engagement, and investigate the impact that teaching abroad has on faculty.

Jack Zerbe is the Director of Study Abroad and a Professor of Theatre Studies at Guilford College, where has served on the faculty for 25 years. He has been engaged with international education since 2002, teaching in Spoleto, Italy each summer, leading and designing semester programs, and helping launch the college’s new January term. He is currently leading the effort to strengthen international education at Guilford College by chairing the Strategic Planning Subcommittee on International/Global Education.