2018 Pre-Conference Workshops 

AIEA is pleased to offer nine pre-conference workshops, often in partnership with sister associations working in international higher education. All workshops will take place at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. Workshops are not included the conference registration and incur an additional fee. 

Sunday, February 18, 2018
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sunday, February 18, 2018
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM 

Monday, February 19, 2018 
8:00 AM- 12:00 PM 


AIEA/AIRC Workshop: International Student Recruitment: Trends, Hot Topics, and Key Considerations for SIOs

Sunday, February 18, 2018
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This workshop includes both a “big picture” overview and in-depth analysis of several key topics of relevance to all SIOs involved directly or indirectly with international student recruitment. The workshop will explore latest trends in international student flows, international recruitment models, considerations for recruitment budgets, and recruitment strategies. Hot topics such as agent-based recruitment and accreditation and future directions of international student recruitment such as pathway programs or competing with other countries for students will also be addressed.

Experts will give brief presentations on the topics above, and workshop participants will have the opportunity to discuss these issues and the relevance or implications for their institutions.

Participants will:

  • Come away understanding recruitment trends and international student flows
  • Be able to better understand, identify, and select recruitment strategies for their own institutions
  • Gain knowledge towards creating an effective recruitment budget
  • Increase knowledge around hot topics and relevant issues in recruitment

Chair: 

Pia Wood is the Vice Provost and Dean of International Studies at the University of North Texas. Her responsibilities include Study Abroad, International Student and Scholar Services, Sponsored Students, International Partnerships, Intensive English Language Program, and International Recruitment. She is a past president of AIEA. Pia Wood earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Geneva in Switzerland.

Presenter(s): 

David di Maria is the Associate Vice Provost for International Education at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is a former chair of NAFSA’s International Enrollment Management Knowledge Community, past-president of the American International Recruitment Council and a former AIEA Presidential Fellow. He regularly presents and publishes on critical issues and trends impacting international education. His recently edited book is Managing a Successful International Admissions Office: NAFSA’s Guide to International Admissions.


AIEA/AAC&U Workshop: What’s New in Global Learning: The Latest Developments in Approaches, Strategies, and Methods from the US and the World

Sunday, February 18, 2018
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This workshop focuses on national and international trends in approaches, strategies, and methods for global learning for all.  Drawing on examples from universities within the USA and outside, participants will engage with these concepts to ensure students of all backgrounds and majors have opportunities to experience global learning. Participants will have time and space to discuss, respond, and apply lessons learned from these global developments with facilitators who will provide support for the application of these developments in participants’ institutional contexts. The developments explored will include structure of global learning, curricular and co-curricular alignment, and assessment.

Participants will: 

  • Develop a structure for global learning. 
  • Start an assessment plan for global learning 
  • Develop strategies for curricular and co-curricular global learning 

Chair: 

Dawn Michele Whitehead is Senior Director for Global Learning and Curricular Change at the Association of American Colleges and Universities. She previously served as the Director of Curriculum Internationalization at IUPUI, faculty director for global service learning programs, and taught for the International Studies Program.  Whitehead’s most recent publication is Essential Global Learning. She holds a Ph.D. in Education Policy Studies with concentrations in African Studies and International and Comparative Education from Indiana University, Bloomington. 

Presenter(s): 

David Killick is Emeritus Fellow at Leeds Beckett University. He has been Head of International Programmes and Head of Academic Staff Development. David is a National Teaching Fellow and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and has published extensively on curriculum internationalisation and inclusive education. His most recent book is Developing Intercultural Practice: Academic Development in a Multicultural and Globalizing World, published by Routledge. He holds an MEd and a doctorate in Internationalisation.

Hilary Landorf is Director of the Office of Global Learning Initiatives and Associate Professor of International/Intercultural Education at Florida International University. She also serves as Executive Director of the Comparative and International Education Society. Her forthcoming book, co-authored with Stephanie Doscher and Jaffus Hardrickis Making Global Learning Universal: Promoting Inclusion and Success for All Students. She holds a B.A. in English from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in International Education from New York University.


AIEA/IIE Workshop: Developing an Institutional Partnership Strategy

Sunday, February 18, 2018
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This workshop explores how your institution can develop a purposeful international partnership strategy that results in a effective portfolio of linkages that advance the institution, engage a wide range of faculty, staff, and students, and can be sustained over time.  Experienced practitioners provide research findings, practical knowledge, and models for establishing the goals, criteria, policies, supports, and processes that foster partnership success and bring clarity and intentionality to partnership decision-making. This workshop is geared towards international education professionals with several years of experience, especially those who are responsible for partnership building at their institutions.

Participants will:

  • Understand the basics of how to plan, organize, and partnerships between their home institutions and those in other countries
  • Learn strategies for how to sustain and evaluate international partnerships

Co-chairs:                                            

Clare Overmann is a Director at Institute of International Education, overseeing IIE’s strategic partnership work. Her most recent publication, Global Perspectives on Strategic International Partnerships: A Guide to Building Sustainable Academic Linkages (2016), assembles good practices in partnership development from practitioners around the world. She holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MA from NYU.

Susan Buck Sutton is a consultant on global learning and engagement in higher education, with 40 years as faculty and chief international administrator at two institutions: Bryn Mawr College and Indiana University. She has been President of AIEA, and officer or adviser at NAFSA, IIE, ACE, AAC&U, IAU, the Forum on Education Abroad, and other organizations. Sutton has published 5 books and 70+ articles, and given numerous presentations on international planning, partnerships, and curriculum development.

Tim Barnes is the Executive Director of International Partnerships and Research at the University of Kentucky. Prior to his appointment at UK, Barnes served as Director of the Illinois Strategic International Partnerships Initiative at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2011 through 2017, which focused on developing deeply impactful institutional relationships with a small, highly selective group of peer institutions around the world. Barnes has managed hundreds institutional partnerships, as well as drafting, negotiating, and tracking written memoranda of understanding or contractual instruments that formalize institutional linkages.


AIEA Workshop: Use and Application of the New AIEA Standards of Professional Practice for International Education Leaders and Senior International Officers

Sunday, February 18, 2018
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This informative and interactive workshop unpacks and offers discussion about the newly published AIEA Standards of Professional Practice for International Education Leaders and SIOs.   Small break-out sessions facilitated by seasoned IE professionals will discuss both the aspirational and realistic goals of the four Standards of Professional Practice subgroups. 

Participants will:

  • Better understand the new AIEA Standards of Professional Practice
  • Increase awareness of various perceptions of the Standards of Professional Practice from colleagues in the field
  • Identify goals and strategies of building competencies around the Standards of Professional Practice 

Chair:

Kati Bell is the director for Global Education and Dominican University of California. She has worked at universities in the U.S., Australia, and Ukraine. Her experience includes establishing international exchange programs, co-creating diversity improvement plans, leading campus internationalization committees, and developing student learning outcomes for global learning programs. Her current research interests focus on implementing and assessing internationalization policy that reflects achievable curricular goals and outcomes for both international and domestic students.

Presenter(s):

Elizabeth Brewer is Director of International Education at Beloit College, where she facilitates comprehensive internationalization. She earlier worked at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Boston University, and the New School. Her publications include Integrating Study Abroad Across the Curriculum: Theory and Practice Across the Disciplines, and Assessing Study Abroad: Theory, Tools, and Practice, and she is working on a volume on study abroad and the educational continuum. She is past chair of the AIEA Editorial Committee.

Harvey Charles serves as Dean and Vice Provost for International Education and Global Strategy at the University of Albany, State University of New York. He is Past President of the Association of International Education Administrators. Beyond his administrative responsibilities, Charles presents and publishes regularly on issues including global learning, internationalizing the curriculum, and comprehensive internationalization. A past president of AIEA, Charles has been an SIO at various institutions around the U.S. for over 25 years.


AIEA Workshop: Making a Case for Internationalization: Telling Memorable Stories

Sunday, February 18, 2018
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This workshop actively engages participants to develop the skills necessary for communicating effectively with stakeholders through narrative and stories. SIOs often need to make a case for internationalization and attempt to do so by connecting the goals of internationalization with the goals of multiple stakeholders.  While individuals may use logic to make that connection, a more resonant strategy is narrative. In this session, participants will learn to tell memorable stories that inform and inspire others. 

Participants will: 

  • Understand an audience-centered approach to communication, including storytelling
  • Understand Internationalization as both a grand and local narrative
  • Develop skills to construct, identify and (re)write stories that support both grand and local narratives
  • Practice the essential steps in creating and telling a memorable story

Chair: 

Paaige K. Turner is a member of Webster University. In 2013 she received a Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators Seminar Award to travel to India and explore cross-culture education and in 2012 the Outstanding New Professional Award from NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region IV.  She teaches, conducts research and consults in the general area of organizational communication.  She holds an M.S. and doctorate in Organizational Communication from Purdue University. Presenter(s):

Robert L. Krizek is an Emeritus Associate Professor at Saint Louis University.  He is also a founding partner in Communication Resource Associates, LLC and Distilled Expertise, LLC.   His teaching and research focuses on storytelling, leadership development, organizational communication and culture, and ethnographic methodologies. His most recent publication is a chapter in the 2017 International Encyclopedia of Organizational Communication entitled “Narrative and Storytelling.” Krizek holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from Arizona State University.   

Victoria Jones is the senior international officer for UC Irvine. For the past fifteen years Dr Jones has been building dynamic international programs for growing universities in Brazil and the US. Her degrees were earned from Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School, and the University of Southern California. Her academic areas are international marketing and management. She is a frequent lecturer and workshop leader.  


AIEA/EducationUSA: The Potential of Sub-Saharan Africa – Recruitment and Partnerships

Sunday, February 18, 2018
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

There are economic, governance, technology and demographic changes which are fueling the opportunities for U.S. universities and colleges to expand their recruitment and partnerships in sub-Saharan Africa. Among these changes is strong economic growth exceeding many emerging and advanced economies, the emergence of a middle class with discretionary income, population growth, and an increase in mobile technology. These developments are all catalysts in an increasing demand for quality tertiary education which often exceeds the capacity and academic resources of many sub-Saharan African countries. The result is an opportunity for U.S. universities and colleges to begin or expand partnerships and recruitment efforts to diversify their student populations.

There is no systemic formula . . . one shoe fits all approach to creating and establishing institutional partnerships between sub-Saharan Africa and U.S. higher education institutions. The examples presented in this session explore the dynamics and steps taken to engage institutions on both sides in developing sustainable partnerships in the areas of graduate programs, faculty exchanges and the benefits to both institutions and the SSA country's communities. The discussions will revolve around recommendations, and strategies for initiating, managing and sustaining these types of partnerships.

This session offers a well-rounded discussion from several sources:

  • A synopsis of Sub-Saharan Africa economic and demographic trends
  • An overview, based on the IIE Open Doors Report, of trends in Sub-Saharan African students studying in the U.S. 
  • Interactive discussions involving long-term partnership models’ best practices and challenges; and perspectives from a sub-Saharan Africa SIO

    Participants will: 
  • Understand why sub-Saharan Africa recruitment and partnerships should be included in their institution's internationalization strategies.
  • Learn about SSA economic, demographic and technological developments and why and how these developments are important to U.S. colleges and universities
  • Increase knowledge about Sub-Saharan African students studying in the U.S 
  • Develop strategies derived from best practices and learning from long-term partnership models and a SSA perspective on lesson learned on what may or may not work.

Chair:

Clara Priester is EducationUSA Regional Director for east and southern Africa, develops and trains EducationUSA Advisers in 27 countries. Previously Clara was Marketing and Communications Directors for McDonalds South Africa and Wits Business School and served as the Businesswomen's Association (BWA) Johannesburg branch chair and CAF Southern Africa board member. Currently, she is a Women's Private Equity Fund trustee and holds a University of Chicago Booth School of Business MBA and is a Chartered Marketer.

Presenters: 

Leolyn Jackson has been in the higher education sector for more than 25 years as an academic and administrator. He was previously the Director of the International Relations Office and the Southern African-Nordic Centre at UWC. Currently he is the President of the International Education Association of South Africa and the Director of the International Office at the Central University of Technology. He is a member of various international education networks.

David Plater is Associate Director of Research for the Indiana University Center for Global Health, where he serves as the research programs administrative. With his counterpart in Kenya, he serves as the co-manager for the Academic Model Providing Access to Health Care’s research program and network, which supports the collaborative research efforts of more than 20 academic research institutions from North America in Kenya. As part of these operations, Plater and his team coordinates the AMPATH consortium institutions.

Anne Schneller is Co-Director of the Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) program. She previously served as the Coordinator of Sponsored Student Recruitment for the Graduate School/Office of Admissions at Michigan State University where she co-designed and co-led study abroad programs in Zimbabwe and South Africa for MSU students and student teachers for over a decade. Anne has worked on education programs for 15 years in Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Kenya and South Africa.


AIEA Workshop: The Power of Persuasion 

Monday, February 19, 2018
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This workshop actively engages participants to develop a fundamental skill set necessary for their success – persuasive communication. To reach their objectives, SIOs need the support of a wide variety of campus and community stakeholders. Their role is often to be change agent, advocate, and visionary. They need to understand multiple perspectives and find ways to align diverse perspectives towards a common cause. SIOs need the power of persuasion.

This workshop is skills-based and highly interactive. Each participant will start the workshop by identifying a message they want to communicate and will leave with a revised message that is tailored to a specific audience and ready to use back on campus. The skills they will apply to create a persuasive message include gap analysis, audience analysis, listening, channel selection, and content selection (emotion versus reason). With each concept, participants will engage in an application exercise. They will actively engage throughout the workshop to share their experiences and apply new concepts. 

Participants will: 

  • Be able to identify objectives and the communication process necessary to reach them
  • Understand diverse stakeholders and be able to listen effectively to their perspectives
  • Know how to adapt a message to be most effective for the target audience

Chair: 

Victoria Jones is the senior international officer for UC Irvine. For the past fifteen years, Jones has been building dynamic international programs for growing universities in Brazil and the US. Her degrees were earned from Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School, and the University of Southern California. Her academic areas are international marketing and management. She is a frequent lecturer and workshop leader.  

Presenter(s):

Paaige K. Turner is a member of Webster University. In 2013 she received a Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators Seminar Award to travel to India and explore cross-culture education and in 2012 the Outstanding New Professional Award from NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region IV.  She teaches, conducts research and consults in the general area of organizational communication.  She holds an M.S. and doctorate in Organizational Communication from Purdue University. 


AIEA Workshop: Internationalization of Higher Education and the UN Sustainable Development Goals: The SIO’s Role in International Development

Monday, February 19, 2018
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Today’s students, faculty and staff are concerned by the future of the planet and want to help at home and abroad to overcome the sustainability challenges. They are using technology to connect with the world and they hope that science and knowledge will contribute to the international and sustainable development of less developed societies.

This workshop will explore how SIOs can support stakeholders and how to integrate those aspirations into an internationalization strategy and a plan of action in our higher education institutions. We will also try to clarify what and why HEIs can contribute to International development through knowledge and research. 

Taking the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as example, participants will be invited to reflect on questions like:

  • Is international development part of the University mandate? And why?
  • What is the role of the SIOs and of the higher education institutions (HEI) in international development?
  • How can SIOs support faculty and students engaged in international development projects and how to plan for International development initiatives?
  • What issues, challenges and concerns arise when we engage in international development projects?

Participants will: 

  • Develop a clear understanding of their role as SIOs in international development initiatives
  • Learn about the HEI expected contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals 
  • Draft an action plan to support international development projects in their institutions

Chair: 

Adel El Zaïm is Executive Director of the International Office, at The University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. Previous positions include Director General Internationalization at Université de Sherbrooke, and Senior Programme specialist in Middle East and North Africa at Canada’s International Development Research Centre. He is member of the AIEA Board, member of the Editorial committee as well as chair of the AIEA Awards Committee.  He earned his PhD in Linguistics from La Sorbonne in 1994.


Stakeholders, Influence, and Spanning Boundaries: Advanced Leadership Skills for Senior International Officers

Monday, February 19, 2018
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

This workshop is designed for seasoned leaders who want to take their skills to the next level, and will introduce and explore Social Identity and Neuro-leadership with respect to influencing and leading across the boundaries social group membership creates and the challenges individual identity threat responses present to leading and influencing. Theory and frameworks will be introduced with which participants will identify and explore their own unique organizational challenges. Some ideas for tactics to address challenges will be presented and then reviewed, expanded, and adapted by participants to their context through peer learning groups.

Participants will:

  • Learn and be able to use social identity theory to work effectively with and influence stakeholder groups.  
  • Create, modify, and extend tactics used in leading effective collaboration across stakeholder groups adapted to individual leader’s context.
  • Learn the major categories of social threats and the consequences of evoking them.
  • Generate guidelines and principles of influence that address social threats adapted to individual leader’s context.

Chair: 

Jerry Abrams is an Envisioneer with the Center for Creative Leadership and an adjunct faculty with Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability. He has more than a decade of experience creating innovative leadership development experiences for senior managers and leaders in both executive education and academic settings. He also has more than two decades experience helping senior teams improve their performance through application of processes and technology to team work. He holds a Master in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and B.A. from St. John’s College.