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Student and friendThe following individuals are scheduled to present at WISE 2015:

Dr. Janice Abarbanel recently served as NYU Berlin’s onsite psychologist. Her interest lies in the interface between study abroad, the stage of Emerging Adulthood, and mental health – an outcome of her work as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer and clinical psychologist in Washington, D.C. She writes and speaks about the “Emotional Passport,” training study abroad staff, college counselors, and faculty. She is a graduate of Harvard University and later earned her Ph.D. in Los Angeles at The Graduate Center for Child Development and Psychotherapy.

In her work at the University of Minnesota’s Learning Abroad Center, Christine Anderson’s main focus is on program development, faculty and staff training in the US and abroad, and cultural mentoring. She has worked with the University of Minnesota’s online culture learning course since 2005. She is a Ph.D candidate in Comparative International Development Education at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Beth E. Barnes is interim Assistant Provost for Internationalization and Director of the School of Journalism and Telecommunications in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky.   Barnes holds doctoral and master’s degrees from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary.  Barnes has successfully directed education abroad programs in London, England and Cape Town, South Africa.

Dr. Janet Bennett is executive director of the Intercultural Communication Institute, sponsor of the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication, and director of the Master of Arts Degree in Intercultural Relations. She specializes in developing theory and training methods for individuals who teach, train or manage across cultures. As an educator and consultant, she designs and conducts intercultural professional development for colleges and universities, corporations, social service agencies, and NGOs. Her recent publications have focused on intercultural competence, training of trainers, and the integration of diversity and global initiatives. She is currently editing the SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence.

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. Robin Brandt has served as Director of Experiential Learning at Oglethorpe University since 2011.  Her role is to increase the number of students who participate in internships and to improve the quality and quantity of available relevant internships for students.  Prior to Oglethorpe, Robin was Vice President at Federal Job Results, Client Services Consultant at PDI Ninth House and Vice President of Sales at Right Management Consultants.  She has also served in the Admissions’ offices at The American University, Washington, D.C. and Reed College in Portland, Oregon. She earned her doctorate at The American University.

Dr. William Boone is associate professor of English and Africana Studies at Winston-Salem State University, where he teaches courses on hip-hop, gender, popular culture, African American culture and African American literature. His research interests include cultural and music criticism, cultural history, popular culture, and African American masculinity. Dr. Boone’s most recent research examines the interface between Major League Baseball iconography, hip hop aesthetics and the decline of African American involvement in the sport of baseball.

Peter Briggs’ experience as an international educators spans 40 years and he recently retired as Director of Michigan State University’s Office for International Students and Scholars. Prior to his service at MSU, Briggs served in international education positions at the University of Oregon, the Institute of International Education and the ELS Language Center in Seattle. He served in numerous leadership positions with NAFSA: Association of International Educators and received the Homer Higbee Award for outstanding service to the association. He has also served on the advisory boards for the Council of International Schools, the International Baccalaureate and Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc.

Dr. Charles A. Calahan directs Global Learning Faculty Development in the Center for Instructional Excellence at Purdue University.  As an award winning teacher, he taught over 12,000 students for 12 years in the College of Health and Human Sciences. Calahan’s M.S. degree is from Purdue University and his Ph.D. degree is from Kansas State University, both in the field of Family Science. His family includes his wife, 5 children and 5 very cool grandchildren.

As Director of Intercultural Programs, Dr. Li-Chen Chin’s main responsibilities include overseeing educational programs and services for international students, scholars, and their families at Duke University and Medical Center.  She acts as chief advocate for them, and plays a key role in efforts to encourage a global perspective on campus.  In addition, Dr. Chin serves as an academic advisor for first and second year students in the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences.

Eddy Cuisinier teaches French Language and Culture at Western Kentucky University and is director of the Paris 1 program for the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS). His research interests include French Cinema, the use of technology in the classroom and the assessment of the influence of study abroad programs on students. He has led students on 5 week academic programs to Paris and Quebec offering courses on French and Francophone culture, literature, civilization and cinema.

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. She has also published widely on international education, including The SAGE Handbook of Intercultural Competence and soon to be 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 has been working in international education for 11 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. John Dizgun teaches Latin American Studies at Western Kentucky University and is assistant director of the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS).  His research interests include immigration and socio-political identity in the Southern Cone (Argentina and Chile), urban renewal efforts in Medellin, Colombia, and experiential learning on study abroad programs.  He has led students on 2-4 week academic programs to Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, and the Yucatan, offering such courses as “Buenos Aires, City of Immigrants,” “Chile, Globalization, and the Geopolitics of Place,” and “Maya Mexico, Past & Present.” An avid traveler, he has visited some 35 countries. His PhD is in Latin American History and Global and Comparative Studies from Rutgers University.

Dr. Steven Duke is Executive Director of Global Student/Faculty Development, Research and Risk Management at Wake Forest University. He 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. He earned his Ph.D. in Russian history from Indiana University. He is the author of Preparing to Study Abroad: Learning to Cross Cultures (Stylus, 2014).

Lilli Engle has been engaged in intercultural education, training, and holistic program design since 1993.  She is the founder/president of the American University Center of Provence (AUCP) in Aix-en-Provence & Marseille, France, as well as of the American Center, one of France’s largest and most well-known language schools.  Raised in the military, Lilli completed an MA and all Ph.D. coursework at UCLA, is a founding member of the Advisory Council of the Forum on Education Abroad, and a regular contributor to Frontiers: The interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad.

Alison Fleming is Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of the Department of Art + Visual Studies. Her research focuses on religious art of the early modern period, and twentieth-century African American art, exploring the concept of art and visual images as important tools of communication. She has led study abroad trips through France and Italy, and is currently a participant in WSSU’s NEH faculty seminar on “Integrating India into the Liberal Arts Curriculum.”

Bridget Fletcher is Associate Director of Academic and Student Services at Duke University’s Professional Masters Engineering Programs. She received a BA in sociology from NCSU and her MA from Duke where she focused on intercultural communication and Chinese student acclimation in the US. Bridget is the author of Jiao Shi to Classroom: Preparing for Success in the American Graduate School Classroom, a guidebook for Chinese students preparing to come to the US. Bridget received her ESL teaching certification from Duke and also received an Intercultural Foundations certification from the Intercultural Communications Institute.

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 PhD in Comparative and International Development Education from the University of Minnesota, Tara is now Manager of Intercultural Learning and Curriculum Development at CIEE.

Dr. Carol Jambor-Smith is Vice President Institutional Relations and Marketing at CAPA International Education. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and a B.A. and M.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has a background in relationship building and advocacy, issues management, and business development as well as experience synthesizing and communicating complex issues to various constituents and stakeholders. Prior to CAPA International Education, Carol was associated with IES Abroad, the University of Notre Dame, and Northern Illinois University.

Virginia (Jenny) Johnson is Associate Director of Career Services at Duke University’s Professional Masters Engineering Programs, where she co-coordinates career development activities for the MEM Program, with a focus on student counseling. She holds a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration (with a concentration in Student Affairs) from NC State University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Meredith College.

Annique Kiel is Director of Drake Administered Programs Abroad at Drake University. She oversees the development of Drake’s short-term programs abroad, and has a keen interest in program design that results in meaningful intercultural learning. Annique has a degree in International Studies and French from Central College, and a Master’s of French Studies from UW-Madison. She is a member of the External Advisory Board for the Professional French Master’s Program at UW-Madison, and has presented at national conferences including NAFSA, the Forum on Education Abroad, and the Academy of International Business.

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. Alison LaLond Wyant serves as the College of Global Studies Assistant Dean for Experiential Education at Arcadia University. She provides leadership on a rich array of experiential education offerings, such as service-learning, internships, field research, practicum courses, and Arcadia’s Co-curricular Learning Certificate, which motivates students to engage with their host community. Alison earned her B.A. in Political Science from Loyola University in Maryland, and her M.S.Ed. and Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Skip Langley, Study Abroad Advisor at the University of Mississippi, advises most students wishing to take part on an international internship and for all School of Education programs. In addition to regular advising duties, Skip also works with all Enrollment Services recruitment events and serves as part of the marketing team for the Office of Study Abroad. Skip earned a Bachelors of Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. Prior to entering higher education, he served as the Middle Georgia Field Representative for United States Senator Johnny Isakson.

Dr. John Lucas is Provost at SIT.

Elsa Maxwell is an intercultural educator, trainer and coach. She lived in Santiago, Chile for nine years while working for CIEE’s study abroad program and teaching the intercultural learning course, the Seminar on Living and Learning Abroad. More recently, she served as an intercultural coach for CIEE’s employee training program. Elsa has a master’s in Latin American Studies from the Universidad de Chile and is a doctoral candidate in literature at the same institution. She recently relocated to Minneapolis, MN where she leads Inti Intercultural Consulting.

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 doctorate in speech communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Leonard Muaka is associate professor of English and Swahili at Winston-Salem State University, where he teaches courses in linguistics, English, African literature, and Swahili language and culture. His research interests include youth language, discourse analysis, language ideology, and language acquisition. He also leads a study abroad to Kenya and Tanzania every summer that focuses on language, culture, and politics of the East African region.

Dr. Kyoung-Ah Nam is an assistant professor in the School of International Service at American University School of International Service, where she is an Advisory Council member of the Intercultural Management Institute. She has extensive research, teaching, and consulting experience in intercultural training, cross-cultural communication, international education, and study/work abroad. She has published widely in leading peer-reviewed publications and is a faculty member at the Summer Institute of Intercultural Communication (SIIC). Originally from Korea, she has worked and/or traveled in more than 40 countries working with key international organizations and multinational corporations.

Dr. Anthony C. Ogden is executive director of Education Abroad and Exchanges and an adjunct assistant professor in Educational Policy and Evaluation Studies at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Ogden earned his bachelor’s degree from Berea College, master’s degree in International and Intercultural Management at the SIT Graduate Institute, and his Ph.D. at The Pennsylvania State University in Educational Theory and Policy with a dual title in Comparative and International Education.

Seun Bello Olamosu is the Associate Director for Intercultural Development & Outreach at Duke University’s International House. She oversees the planning, designing, coordination, and facilitation of trainings that promote cross-cultural awareness through the International House. She acts as liaison among International House and various university and community groups to develop and apply contemporary knowledge in cross-cultural education and training. She is a doctoral candidate in the University of Minnesota’s Leadership in Intercultural and International Education program. Her research interests include cultural identities, immigration, globalization of education and how it influences the internationalization of academic institutions.

Emily Oliver, as Director of Program Management at Global Experiences, is responsible for the overall program preparation, execution, and delivery standards and customer service from initial enrollment of each student through on-the-ground programming.  She completed a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Wake Forest University, subsequently traveled internationally working on a cruise ship, and has been with Global Experiences for the past five years.  Emily has worked with students, universities, and partners at all stages of the international programming process.

Alex Paisner is Director of Enrollment & Marketing at Global Experiences and responsible for the marketing, admissions, and onboarding process for the organization’s international internship programs. He holds a business degree from The George Washington University and has been with the organization for five years. Alex has worked in most areas of the organization and has lived in Australia and Ireland, the latter as a participant of the Global Experiences program.

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.

Dr. Mary Lynn Redmond is Professor of Education and Coordinator of K-12 Foreign Language Education at Wake Forest University and President (2014) of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).  Mary Lynn teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in K-12 methodology and research and supervises student interns. As ACTFL president she chose Reaching Global Competence as the theme for the 2014 conference. She earned an Ed.D. at UNC-Greensboro.

Dr. Margaret Sass is the Assistant Director of Service-Learning at Purdue University. Dr. Sass has her Juris Doctorate from Western State University School of Law, and her Ed.D. from Boise State University. Dr. Sass assists faculty on incorporating reflective journaling with international service-learning in study abroad programs and in   classes on campus. Her research specifically aims at service-learning impact. She also teaches law and communications.

Dr. Vic Savicki is Professor of Psychology, Emeritus at Western Oregon University. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and later added specialties in industrial/organizational psychology, and cross-cultural psychology.  He has taught university students in Austria, Germany, Greece, Argentina, and the UK.  Twenty-eight of his peer reviewed publications emphasize some aspect of culture, including a six year research study as a book, “Burnout Across Thirteen Cultures” (2002); and the edited book “Developing Intercultural Competence and Transformation” (Stylus, 2008).

Joti Sekhon is director of international programs and professor of sociology at Winston-Salem State University. She provides leadership and coordination for programs and initiatives designed to promote internationalization of the institution including international exchange partnerships; integration of international programs in academic areas; and promoting faculty scholarship and research to internationalize the curriculum. She has authored several books and articles including “Modern India,” (McGraw-Hill), part of a series designed to enhance globalization of the undergraduate curriculum.

Dr. Jimmy Senteza is an Associate Professor of Finance at Drake University where he has taught since 2000. A native of Uganda, he spearheaded efforts to build an institutional partnership between Drake and Makerere University Business School in Uganda, which has led to the development of a successful faculty-led program. His scholarly work has appeared in the Journal of Real Estate Research, Journal of Applied Business Research, and Journal of Financial Education among others.

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.

Dr. Rebecca Thomas is Acting Dean in the College of Arts and Science at Wake Forest University. She teaches German language, literature and culture courses at all levels and specializes in modern Austrian studies. She has served twice as resident director of the Wake Forest Flow House in Vienna. Since 1988 she has taught German at a six-week summer course for musicians in Graz, Austria. She is currently collaborating with other foreign language faculty on campus to implement a comprehensive Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum program at Wake Forest. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UCLA and a doctorate in German at Ohio State University.

Sarah Tschida is Program Director for Faculty & Staff-led Programs at the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center. In this role, she works to design, develop, and administer these short-term programs and to prepare instructors to lead students abroad. Sarah holds a Master of Arts in Comparative & International Development Education from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a Bachelor of Arts from the College of St. Benedict.

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. Jacque Bott Van Houten is President (2015) of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). She has taught middle school through university, language and teacher education. World Language/International Education consultant at the KY DOE 2000-14, she developed the first state standards document to include intercultural competencies.  She led several groups abroad, including home stays for elementary and high school students, and peer seminars for teachers and school administrators. She has published several articles on interculturality. She earned her Ph.D.  in Educational Leadership from Miami University (Ohio).

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.

Dr. Uchenna Vasser teaches courses in Spanish language, literature, and cultures. Her area of expertise is Afro-Hispanic literature resulting in the development of courses for undergraduate students at WSSU that explore the dynamism of the African Diaspora in the Americas. She has published articles on the subject. She is the Academic Coordinator for study abroad programs for the Spanish majors and minors, and has published on the benefits of study abroad for students enrolled at HBCUs.

Stacy Wood has worked in the field of international education for nearly two decades. Prior to her current position as Institutional Relations Manager with CAPA International Education, she served as a Marketing Manager at AFS International, Regional College Relations Manager at IES Abroad, and Associate Director of Recruitment at the New York Film Academy. She also spent several years as a freelance Casting Producer and Co-host for a variety of television productions. She earned a master’s degree in communication from the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jack Zerbe serves as the Director of Study Abroad and International Programs at Guilford College. He has been engaged with international education since 2002, teaching in Italy each summer, leading and designing semester programs, and currently spear-heading the college’s efforts to strengthen international education by chairing the Strategic Planning Subcommittee on International and Global Education. He is a former professional actor and has served as a Professor of Theatre Studies for over 26 years.