2015 WISE Conference

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Presentations & Schedule

Access the WISE 2015 Conference Program (pdf) to view the schedule, content, speakers, and more from last year’s meeting.  The award winning conference brought together the most successful conference to date. WISE welcomed scholars from various universities and colleges for a dynamic meeting filled with motivational speakers, education sessions, workshops, and numerous networking opportunities.

Keynote, Schedules, and Presentation Materials:

  • Wednesday, February 4, 2015 [Pre-Conference]

    “Intercultural Concepts for the Overworked International Educator”

    Wednesday February 4, 2015, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Dr. Janet Bennett
    The international educator’s plate is rather full. With bureaucracy demanding time and learning requiring reflection, building intercultural competence may seem like a far-fetched luxury. But wait—it can be a pleasure in your work! This day of intercultural concepts will not only be a crash course in some enjoyable ideas, it will also provide ways for you to use these concepts in your daily work advising, teaching and administrating your programs.

    Bridging the (Multiple) Gaps in Student Learning Abroad
    Wednesday February 4, 2015, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Dr. Michael Vande Berg
    We often talk about helping students “bridge the cultural gap” when they study abroad. However, interacting effectively and appropriately within the context of student learning abroad in fact requires us to participate in bridging three different gaps: the first between our students and their own cultural experience, the second between ourselves and the students, and the third between ourselves and our institutions. This workshop asks participants to explore how they can work within and reconcile these three different gaps as they interact with their own students and colleagues.

    Designing Qualitative Assessment Questionnaires for Effective Intercultural Programs
    Wednesday February 4, 2015, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
    Lilli Engle
    Appropriate assessment tools offer valuable feedback and leverage for the evolution of program effectiveness as well as for advocacy and program funding. Unfortunately, research shows that most qualitative assessment questionnaires used in study abroad today solicit students as agents of quality control and, in the process, undermine with ethnocentric bias the values and experiences essential to intercultural learning. For those who wish to design in-house qualitative assessment questionnaires appropriate to study abroad, this workshop offers a method of targeting and formulating questions that highlight student learning and development, respect intercultural complexity, and consider the essential elements of student engagement necessary to a “successful” experience abroad.

    Re-Entry Training: Why, How, and When

    Wednesday February 4, 1:30 – 5:00 pm
    Dr. Bruce La Brack and Andrew Smith
    What can we do to help returning study abroad students make the most of their experiences? How can we assist them to better process their re-entry to life in the US, and apply overseas intercultural learning to domestic settings? After a brief overview of the rationale for re-entry courses and programs, presenters will share tips for the design, content, training materials and activities, as well as sequencing and dealing with challenges. Participants will also examine steps they can take at their own institutions to develop or improve a re-entry program or course.

  • Thursday, February 5, 2015

    Janet-BennettKeynote Speaker | 9:15 – 10:15 am

    The Transformative Educator
    Dr. Janet Bennett, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Intercultural Communication Institute and the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication

    Bennett Keynote (PDF)  | Bennett Handout (PDF)


    Concurrent Sessions, 10:30 – 11:45 am

    An Integrated Approach: The Importance of Program Design on Faculty-Led Programs
    Annique Kiel, Drake University
    Jimmy Senteza, Drake University

    Building a Foundation with the DMIS, IDI and the IDC
    Penelope Pynes, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

    How Emotion, Adaptation, and Identity Challenge and Enrich Experiences for Students and Faculty
    Vic Savicki, Western Oregon University
    Janice Abarbanel, Study Abroad Psychologist and Health Educator
    Savicki (PDF)

    Developing Intercultural Competence: Three Approaches to Engagement and Reflection
    Jack Zerbe, Guilford College; Daniel Diaz, Guilford College; Sarah Tschida, University of Minnesota; Alison Lalond Wyant, Arcadia University

    PDF| Arcadia rubricDigital Storytelling Handout | Story Circle Questions


    Keynote | 12:30 – 1:00 pm 

    Transformation Applied
    Dr. Mark Scheid, President and CEO, Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University
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    Concurrent Sessions, 1:30 – 2:45 pm

    Intercultural Effectiveness Assessment: A comprehensive program design
    Iris Berdrow, Bentley University

    Intercultural Programming Philosophies and Best Practices: the MSU Model
    Peter Briggs, Michigan State University

    Demystifying Outcomes Assessment in Education Abroad Programs
    Darla Deardorff, Association of International Education Administrators and Duke University

    Liberal Education & Study Abroad: Cultivating Students with a Global Mindset
    Alison Fleming, Winston-Salem State University; Joti Sekhon, Winston-Salem State University; Uchenna Vasser, Winston-Salem State University; William Boone, Winston-Salem State University; Leonard Muaka, Winston-Salem State University

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

    Concurrent Sessions, 3:15 – 4:30 pm

    The AAC&U VALUE Rubric and Concept Mapping of Intercultural Learning Assignments That Use Technology, Digital Devices, and Social Media
    Charles A. Calahan, Purdue University; Margaret Sass, Purdue University

    Walking the Talk: A Skills Development Approach to Internationalization
    Dr. Li-Chen Chin, Duke University; Seun Bello Olamosu, Duke University

    “This trip has changed my life!” Assessing the effects of studying abroad
    Eddy Cuisinier, Western Kentucky University & Kentucky Institute for International Studies; John Dizgun, Kentucky Institute for International Studies

    Proven Strategies for Effective Intercultural Learning Abroad
    Lilli Engle, American University Center of Provence
    Elsa Maxwell, Inti Intercultural Consulting

    Engle PDF | Engle Alignment and Accountability Handbook

    The Platinum Rule: Enhancing Education Abroad Through Faculty Engagement
    Anthony Ogden, University of Kentucky; Beth Barnes, University of Kentucky


  • Friday, February 6, 2015

    Concurrent Sessions, 9:00 – 10:15 am

    Developing Successful Pre-Arrival Programs for Incoming Chinese Students
    Bridget Fletcher, Duke University; Virginia (Jenny) Johnson, Duke University

    Why Didn’t Somebody Tell Me This Before Now?
    Bruce La Brack, University of the Pacific

    Methods and Outcomes of Unpacking the Study Abroad Experience
    Dr. Kacy M. Peckenpaugh, Weber State University

    The Basics of Budgeting and Marketing for Short Term Programs
    Mike Tyson, Wake Forest University

     Concurrent Sessions, 10:30 – 11:45 am

    A Community Approach: Overcoming resistance and taking intercultural interventions beyond curricular solutions
    Tara Harvey, CIEE; Christine Anderson, University of Minnesota

    Mentoring for international student support
    Ananda Mitra, Wake Forest University
    Harvey PDFAnderson PDF

    Demonstrating Progress in Global Competence and Language Proficiency
    Jacque Bott Van Houten, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL); Mary Lynn Redmond, ACTFL and Wake Forest University

    Training students for intercultural development
    Nam Kyoung-Ah Nam, American University; Adriana Medina-López-Portillo, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    Medina PDF | Nam article

    Study Abroad 101: Things to Consider
    Logan Stanfield, UNC-Greensboro; David Taylor, Wake Forest University


    Concurrent Sessions, 1:00 – 2:15 pm

    Do You Speak ‘Millennial?’ New Media as a Platform for Program Management
    Emily Oliver, Global Experiences; Alex Paisner, Global Experiences

    The Intersection of Language Learning and Intercultural Learning
    John Lucas, School for International Training; Ana Maria Wiseman, Wofford College; Lee L’Hote, IES Abroad

    Managing Risks Across Cultures
    Steven Duke, Wake Forest University
    PDF | Prezi

    Maximizing the Benefits of an International Internship
    Stacy Benjamin Wood, CAPA International Education; Carol Jambor-Smith, CAPA International Education; Robin Brandt, Oglethorpe University; Skip Langley, University of Mississippi

    What Do They Need To Know? Pre-college programming for incoming international students
    Nelson Brunsting, Wake Forest University; Michelle Klosterman, Wake Forest University

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“Participating in WISE helped to solidify some ideas about the benefit and value of pre-trip planning and post-trip debriefing and reflection to students’ study abroad experiences. I had been working with colleagues here at Elon University on designing a set of pre-trip activities for students in a graduate program who would later take an international service-learning course. The international experiences in this course are short—about 10 days—and thus demand that students “hit the ground running.” Our thinking was that any advance intercultural preparation work that we could facilitate as faculty leaders would be beneficial to the students during the in-county portion of the course. After spending two days at WISE learning about the experiences of other faculty, programs, and institutions, I was even more convinced that we were on the right track with our ideas. Our work here at Elon had, at the time, been mostly focused on pre-trip activities and preparation. My experience at WISE was instrumental in also helping me see that post-trip work with students involved with international experiences can be just as important to their academic—and intercultural—growth.” Phillip Motley, Assistant Professor of Visual Communication + Interactive Media, Elon University | WISE Participant