Nina NamasteNina Namaste is Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Elon University, NC. Her core disciplinary research focuses on food-related imagery as a means to express issues of race, class, and gender identity formation within contemporary Spanish texts. Her SoTL research explores transformative learning experiences, interdisciplinary thinking skills, and intercultural development, particularly in study abroad contexts, for both students and faculty. She teaches courses about food and identity formation and has led two semester-long experiences abroad; all of her courses focus on interdisciplinarity and intercultural development, regardless of whether they are on or off-campus.

Amanda SturgillAmanda Sturgill is an associate professor of communications at Elon University in North Carolina, where she teaches undergraduate courses in journalism and media analytics and in the Interactive Media Graduate Program. As a part of iMedia, she regularly takes groups of students to other countries to develop websites for non-profits and she has taught abroad in Costa Rica and Thailand as well as domestic study away in New York City. She holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Iris Berdrow, tenured associate professor of management at Bentley University (Waltham, MA, USA), holds an MBA and Ph.D. with concentration in Organizational Behavior and International Management from the Richard Ivey School of Business, London, Canada. Research interests include intercultural effectiveness, globally oriented pedagogy, assessment, employee competencies and competency based education. Selected publications include MIT Sloan Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Long Range Planning and the Journal of World Business. She co-authored  Bases of Competence: Skills for Lifelong Learning and Employability and has held leadership positions both at Bentley and outside.

Lynette H. Bikos, PhD, ABPP, Professor, Department of Clinical Psychology, Seattle Pacific University.  She teaches statistics, research methods, and psychometrics to doctoral students in Clinical and Industrial/Organizational Psychology. The global components of her scholarship include examining expatriation/repatriation experiences, re-entry growth trajectories following education abroad, and internationalizing psychology and undergraduate curricula. Editorial board membership has included the Journal of Counseling Psychology, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Career Development, Career Development Quarterly, and International Perspectives in Psychology. She is a Fellow of the Western Psychological Association and the Vice-President for Engagement in the Division of International Psychology (American Psychological Association).

Laura E. Boudon, PhD, currently lives in Tennessee, continuing her professional journey in higher education administration.  With a background in leadership, social work and international relations, she  has a strong track record of higher education leadership, academic administration, program planning, and crisis management. Most recently Director of Study Abroad at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami from 2013 to 2018, she led her team to increase study abroad participation across campus by 24%; participated in campus internationalization efforts, and was campus representative for Boren scholarships and fellowships.  She holds a PhD in international relations from FIU. (96 words, reviewed 12/23/2019)

Ashley Brenner teaches English as a Second Language at Community College of Philadelphia and formerly coordinated the school’s study abroad programs. She earned her Ph.D. in Urban Education from Temple University, her master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Pennsylvania, and her bachelor’s degree in English and Studio Arts from Georgetown University. Ashley has led and participated in numerous international education programs in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Her research investigates the transformative potential of short-term study abroad programs for community college students.

Charles A. Calahan, Ph.D. or “Chuck” directs Global Learning in the Center for Instructional Excellence at Purdue University. As an award-winning teacher from 2000 to 2012, he taught over 12,000 students in 13 different courses on human development and family science in the College of Health and Human Sciences. His teaching and learning focus on transformative education using active and experiential learning via advanced and innovative technologies. Since 2005, he was a paradigm pioneer at Purdue University in hybrid or blended learning. He is a Purdue University Diversity Fellow, Service-Learning Fellow and a Member of the Purdue Teaching Academy.

Mike Carignan is a European intellectual historian at Elon University who teaches courses in modern Europe, intellectual history, and British history. He has led numerous study abroad programs in Europe and Turkey in the last 18 years. These experiences fanned an interest in understanding the kinds of global learning that can and do occur in study abroad. His recent scholarship is in the SoTL vein of short-term study abroad learning with special attention on intercultural competence, and a forthcoming work on honors programs and study abroad. He has also written on Victorian historical epistemology, George Eliot, and William Hogarth.

Rebecca Cruise, Associate Dean of Student Services for the University of Oklahoma’s (OU) College of International Studies, helps oversee offices of Education Abroad and International Student Services. Cruise specializes in security studies and comparative politics focusing on security community development, international organizations, post-conflict resolution, political participation and gender. She co-wrote a book exploring international maritime security policy and published in International Politics, Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Social Sciences Quarterly and the Croatian International Relations Review. She developed and taught OU courses including Global Security, Comparative National Security, Women in International Security and International Activism and led study abroad.

Darla K. Deardorff is Executive Director of the Association of International Education Administrators and author/editor of 8 books and 60+ articles/book chapters on intercultural competence, outcomes assessment, internationalization, and global leadership. An international speaker and consultant, she is affiliated faculty at numerous institutions globally including Duke University and Harvard University’s Global Education Think Tank. One of four experts for the Global Competence PISA test, Deardorff advises international organizations including the United Nations, Council of Europe, and OECD. She founded a global network that brings together educational institutions, researchers and practitioners across disciplines and languages to advance research and praxis of intercultural competence.

Linda Drake Gobbo is Associate Provost at Antioch University New England and a Consultant specializing in internationalization, curriculum design and evaluation, and shared leadership. She is a Faculty Emerita at SIT Graduate Institute, after several dual teaching and administrative roles over the span of her career there. She has designed and implemented education abroad courses to Turkey, Costa Rica and Morocco. Active in NAFSA leadership, Linda is a trainer for the Management Development Program, was one of the lead designers of NAFSA’s Academy for International Education, and the first elected chair of the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community.

Peter Felten’s research focuses on the influence of human relationships, and on individual and institutional change, in undergraduate education. His books include The Undergraduate Experience (2016) and Engaging Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching (2014). He is co-editor of the International Journal for Academic Development and a fellow of the Gardner Institute.

Zachary Frieders is Executive Director of the Global Learning Hub at University of California, Davis, a nexus of study abroad/away, experiential learning, and global living and leading opportunities to engage every UC Davis student in global learning during their time on campus. Programs unders his leadership have been recognized by Diversity Abroad’s Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion award, NASPA’s Best Practices in International Education award, and CIS Abroad’s Going Places Award. He received NASFA’s 2018 Lily von Klemperer award, and is active in Region XII leadership, serving as current Chair-Elect, previous Academy coach, and Teaching/Learning/Scholarship Chair. Zachary holds an MA in Education Policy from UC Davis.

Joan Gillespie has worked in international higher education for over 20 years as a teacher, administrator, and scholar. She is an instructor at Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy and served as Vice President and Director of Off-Campus Study Programs at the Associated Colleges of the Midwest and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Assessment at IES Abroad. She is co-author of Faculty as Global Learners: Off-Campus Study at Liberal Arts Colleges (forthcoming Summer 2020, Lever Press). She holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from Northwestern University and a B.A. in history from Vassar College.

Sarah Glasco is Associate Professor of French at Elon University. Her teaching and scholarly interests embody feminism, social justice, and intercultural competence. Publications include “Preparing Undergraduates for Research Projects in Faculty-led Short-term Study Abroad Courses” and “Integrating Cross-Cultural Studies in the University Curriculum: Intercultural Education Begins at Home.” Glasco has been an exchange student, the resident assistant for the UNC-Chapel Hill Year in Montpellier, and a lecturer at Université Paul Valéry. At Elon, she taught the J-term course abroad “Eat, Pray, Love: Sacred Space and the Place of Religion in 21st Century France.” Glasco will teach in London in 2021.

Dana Gross, Ph.D., professor of psychology at St. Olaf College, has developed and led courses for undergraduates in India, China, and Norway, and is contributing author/co-editor of Internationalizing the Undergraduate Psychology Curriculum: Practical Lessons Learned at Home and Abroad (APA Books, 2016). She is author of Infancy: Development from Birth to Age 3 (3/e, Rowman & Littlefield, 2018) and contributing author/co-editor of Faculty as Global Learners: Off-Campus Study at Liberal Arts Colleges (Lever Press, 2020). Workshops she has co-organized include “Making the Most of Immersion: Engaging Faculty to Maximize the Impact of Off-Campus Experiential Learning.”

Jane E. Hardy is Associate Professor of Spanish and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Wabash College, where she teaches courses in Spanish language and linguistics. She became interested in global studies as a result of her own experiences studying, living, and working in Europe, Asia, and South America. At Wabash, she has co-directed a summer study program in Ecuador, and she frequently serves on the College’s Off-Campus Study Committee. Her other scholarly pursuits include second language acquisition and language teaching methodology, specifically the effects of extensive reading on language proficiency and attitudes toward reading.

Joseph Hoff is Director of the Office of Global Education and Engagement within the Office of International Programs at UNC Charlotte. He has a Ph.D. in the Comparative and International Development Education Program from the University of Minnesota and has an M.A. in International Administration from the School for International Training and an M.A. in Spanish from Saint Louis University. He currently teaches and coordinates globally focused-academic and co-curricular programming at UNC Charlotte that provides the university community opportunities to engage with other cultures as well as to develop global and intercultural competency skills.

Horane Holgate is a PhD Candidate at Purdue University in Educational Psychology and Research Methodology program. Horane also works as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Center for Instructional Excellence (CIE) specifically with the office of Global Learning Faculty and Student Development. Horane’s work in CIE involves support for faculty, teaching assistants and staff assessing and integrating global learning outcomes in their courses and facilitating intercultural development among faculty, staff and students. Horane’s research focuses on diversity and motivation in university classrooms with respect to developing culturally responsive classroom environments.

Lisa Jasinski, Ph.D. is special assistant to the vice president for academic affairs at Trinity University. She has led multiple academic service-learning programs for pre-service teachers to the Eastern Caribbean island of Dominica. She directed the Study Abroad Summit, a pedagogical workshop to promote information sharing among faculty members who lead off-campus study programs at liberal arts colleges in the Associated Colleges of the South. She is co-author of Faculty as Global Learners: Off-Campus Study at Liberal Arts Colleges (Lever Press). Jasinski is a Fulbright Specialist for the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Prudence Layne, Ph.D. an experienced global educator, academic and scholar, is highly skilled at developing and implementing programming that guides students to recognize the realities of privilege and social exclusion, guiding learners in personal growth and discovery. Her work reflects a commitment to fostering inclusion and diversity, empowering marginalized groups with opportunities to incorporate these values into their lives and work. She has developed study abroad curricula and programs in Africa, Europe and the Caribbean, focused on unpacking the relationships between faculty and student learning, and strengthening the impact of short-term study abroad programs. She is an associate professor at Elon University.

Ekaterina Levintova is Professor of Political Science, Global Studies, and Democracy & Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where she teaches first-year seminars and courses on comparative politics and international relations and directs undergraduate internships. She is a co-editor (with Alison Staudinger) of Gender in the Political Science Classroom (Indiana University Press, 2018). Levintova’s SoTL research appeared in Big Picture Pedagogy, Journal of Political Science Education, and The Canadian Journal for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She is a recipient of UW-Green Bay’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and co-editor of Syllabus Journal (with Caroline Boswell).

Jodi Malmgren is Director of International and Off-Campus Studies for St. Olaf College, responsible for program and faculty development initiatives and enhancement of access to off-campus study. Jodi has twenty years of experience in international and higher education, managing education abroad programs, working with faculty, and teaching and advising students. She has published on a variety of international education topics, including short-term program development and inclusion for students with disabilities. She is presently conducting a grant-funded study of intersectional identities and faculty-led short-term programs. Jodi has a B.A. from St. Olaf College and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Scott Manning is Dean of Global Programs and Associate Professor of French at Susquehanna University. He is the founding director of the Susquehanna Global Opportunities (GO) Program: a graduation requirement for all students that includes a cross-cultural immersion experience bookended by course work on campus before and after. He has written and presented on a range of international education topics, including program assessment, student preparation and choice-making, and domestic study away. His current research focuses on strengths-based models of study away and questions of universal access.

Lynne Mitchell has been working in international education for over 25 years. She is Director of the Centre for International Programs (CIP) and International Liaison Officer for the University of Guelph and is well known across Canada for her contributions to the international education profession. Her current work centers around students’ intercultural competency development and ethical and respectful experiential learning abroad.

Jessie Moore is Director of the Center for Engaged Learning and Professor of Professional Writing and Rhetoric in the Department of English at Elon University. Jessie leads planning, implementation, and assessment of the Center’s research seminars, which support multi-institutional inquiry on high-impact pedagogies and other focused engaged learning topics. With Peter Felten, she edits the Stylus Publishing/Center for Engaged Learning Series on Engaged Learning and Teaching (see

Dan Paracka is Director of Campus Internationalization in the Division of Global Affairs and Professor of Education in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department at Kennesaw State University. He teaches courses aimed at helping students develop strategies to internationalize their college experience and reflect on today’s complex interdependent world. He previously served as Chair of NAFSA Region VII. Dan coordinates KSU’s annual country study program and serves as editor of KSU’s Journal of Global Initiatives. With more than 25 years of international education experience, Dr. Paracka’s scholarship focuses on intercultural competence and global learning.

Andrea Paras is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph. In addition to studying the history and politics of international humanitarianism, she conducts research on study abroad and intercultural competence development. In 2015 and 2017, she designed and led the University of Guelph’s India Field School, an experiential course on the ethics of international voluntourism that takes place in Canada and India. She was the recipient of the 2016 CSAHS Faculty Teaching Award, as well as the 2016 Panorama Award for Outstanding Academic Program from the Canadian Bureau of International Education.

Heidi Parker is Assistant Director for Purdue’s Global Engineering Programs and Partnerships. She works with increasing study abroad, internships abroad, and international research collaborations in the Americas. She leads study abroad programs and teaches College of Engineering courses designed to develop global and intercultural competence and spearheads the college-wide “Global Competence Initiative” to assess students’ development at the university. She has published in global and intercultural development assessment and co-developed numerous resources. She is qualified to administer several global learning assessment tools tools, and has experience promoting and assessing curricular and co-curricular intercultural learning experiences and studying intercultural competence topics.

Tim Peeples is Senior Associate Provost and Professor of Professional Writing and Rhetoric at Elon University. He was instrumental in creating – and works with – a number of centers dedicated to researching and enhancing high-impact, engaged teaching and learning, including the Center for Research on Global Engagement, the Center for Engaged Learning, and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning at Elon. An author of rhetoric and writing textbooks, chapters, and articles, Peeples’ scholarly agenda has extended into studying and advancing high-impact pedagogies and practices that (re)form educational actors (e.g., students and faculty) and institutions.

Melanie Rathburn is an Associate Professor of Biology at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada. She has led multiple field schools focusing on biodiversity, conservation and global sustainability. These experiences led her to question how experiential activities influence student learning. Her research explores the role of field schools and service-learning experiences in developing intercultural competency, advancing academic skills, and fostering global learning. She has published on critical reading, the use of the Decoding methodology to uncover faculty understanding, and an investigation into the meaning of global citizenship across Canadian universities.

Joan Ruelle is Dean of the Carol Grotnes Belk Library at Elon University. Previously she was University Librarian at Hollins University which won the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award for innovative outreach during her leadership. She is currently editing a book on high-impact educational practices in academic libraries for ACRL.

Sabine Smith is Professor of German and Program Coordinator for German Studies at Kennesaw State University. With over two decades of experience, she facilitates grants, partnerships and students’ study-/work-abroad experiences. Drawing on the scholarship of teaching and learning in her research, she focuses on learners’ development of intercultural skills through experiential learning opportunities. Recently, she co-authored (with Dr. Dan Paracka) “Global learning is shared learning: Interdisciplinary intercultural competence at a comprehensive regional university” in the International Journal for Intercultural Relations (2018). Her expertise has been recognized in numerous grants and awards at the local, regional and international level.

Neal W. Sobania provided leadership to global education programs for more than 35 years, first at Hope College (Holland, MI) and then at Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA). He is the editor of the groundbreaking, Putting the Local in Global Education: Models for Transformative Learning Through Domestic Off-Campus Programs (Stylus 2015). As a teacher-scholar he also publishes widely on African history and visual culture. He earned a BA from Hope College, an MA  from Ohio University, a PhD from the University of London, and is a Professor Emeritus in History.

Linda Stuart is the Head of Global Competence Certificate at AFS Intercultural Programs, Inc. where she directs the GCC Educational Products. She is President of Alma, Inc. and previously was Global Citizens Network’s Executive Director. Linda is a Qualified Administrator of the IDI, GCI, IES and holds an executive coaching certificate from the U of MN. Linda has an MA from the University of Chile and a BA from Augsburg University.

Michael Vande Berg completed his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  His publications include numerous articles and chapters, Spanish-to-English translations of two twentieth-century Spanish literary classics, and Student learning abroad: What our students are learning, what they’re not, and what we can do about it. A founding member of the Forum on Education Abroad, he has received the Forum’s Peter A. Wollitzer award for his “remarkable effectiveness in influencing institutions of higher education to understand and support study abroad,” and the IDI Intercultural Competence award “for outstanding contributions to organizational development in increasing intercultural competence.”

Maureen Vandermaas-Peeler is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Research on Global Engagement (CRGE) at Elon University. As director of CRGE, she works to foster the scholarship of global engagement on campus and with national and international collaborators. Her scholarly interests include sociocultural and global contexts of learning and mentoring of high-impact practices. Maureen has led off-campus study programs in the United Kingdom, Italy, Turkey, Denmark, and Hawaii. She directed the Honors Program from 2008 to 2013 and was a co-leader of a research seminar on Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research with Elon’s Center for Engaged Learning.

Bert Vercamer promotes global competence in educational institutions, corporations, and non-profit organizations in more than 45 countries. As former Chief Program Innovation and Educational Products Officer at AFS Intercultural Programs, Inc he drove strategy to transform student exchange into intercultural learning leading to global competence. He has a Masters in Economics from Ghent University (Belgium) and Intercultural Relations from University of the Pacific (USA), additionally has completed coursework in Management and Law in Zurich (Switzerland), University of South Africa, and the Intercultural Institute in Portland (USA). Bert is qualified administrator of IDI, Kozai’s GCI/IES, and Trompenaars’ IAP.

Dawn Michele Whitehead is a Vice President at the Association of American Colleges and Universities in Washington, DC. She earned her PhD at Indiana University in 2007, and she has taught Global and International Studies and African Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis both on campus and off campus in international locations. Her research areas are global learning, global service learning, civic engagement, education, ethical community engagement, and education in Ghana.

Paul M. Worley is Associate Professor of Global Literature at Western Carolina University. He is the author of Telling and Being Told: Storytelling and Cultural Control in Contemporary Yucatec Maya Literatures (2013; oral performances recorded as part of this book project are available at, and with Rita M Palacios is co-author of Unwriting Maya Literature: Ts’íib as Recorded Knowledge (2019). In addition to his academic work, he has translated selected works by Indigenous authors, serves as editor-at-large for México for the journal of world literature in English translation, Asymptote, and as poetry editor for the North Dakota Quarterly.

Hazar Yildirim is the Director of Strategic Alliances at AFS Intercultural Programs. He is a seasoned trainer in non-formal education and intercultural learning. He has 15+ years of experience developing curriculums for international education, facilitating training events and organizing large-scale  conferences including the annual AFS Global Conference. His educational background is in architecture but his passion is education, organizational development and global competence. Yildirim lived and worked in Turkey, Cyprus, UK, France and is currently based in New York.