2017 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 19, 2017
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sunday, February 19, 2017
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM 

Monday, February 20, 2017 
8:00 AM- 12:00 PM 

Conference participants interested in workshops related to cross-border activities may be interested in attending Foreign Universities in China, Implementing Strategic International Partnerships, and Managing Risk and Legal Issues in the Context of Internationalization.

Participants interested in internationalization of the curriculum may consider registering for International Service Learning, Intercultural Concepts for Busy University Leaders, and Inclusive Excellence and Global Learning.

Those interested in leadership development may want to attend Opportunities for SIO Leadership in Global Research, The Power of Persuasion, and Planning and Managing Your Career as an SIO.


AIEA Workshop: Opportunities for SIO Leadership in Global Research: Building your Institution’s “Global Research IQ” (GRIQ)

Sunday, February 19, 8:00 am – Noon

Workshop Description

Senior International Officers (SIOs), to be effective in supporting the third leg of Comprehensive Internationalization, can often work more closely with research offices to infuse cultural competence to enrich global research activities of faculty and students. The goal of this workshop is to study a set of diverse cases from around the country on how to improve the ability of SIOs to significantly contribute to improving and integrating international education concurrently with international research outcomes that lead to better global partnerships, more meaningful student and faculty experiences, and global scholarly productivity.

Objectives of the training are to use case study discussion to: 

1) familiarize SIOs with specific barriers facing faculty & students conducting research abroad;

2) develop awareness of the challenges facing research when dealing with international situations;

3) discuss specific opportunities for international affairs, international education and cultural competencies in order to improve international research and education outcomes.

Workshop Chair 

Rick Nader is Associate Vice President for International Programs, and Executive Director of the International Institute at Mississippi State University. Nader is active in both AIEA and the Commission on International Initiatives at APLU and presents frequently on issues of global research development. He previously held positions at Texas A&M University, University of North Texas, and the Office of International Science and Engineering at NSF. He holds Masters in Public Administration and a doctorate in higher education from Texas A&M University.

Case studies will be presented by Steve Bergen (CRDF Global), Kiki Caruson (University of South Florida), Shauncey Hill (Mississippi State University), Mark Hofmann and Cynthia Sagers (Oregon State University), Sukant Misra (Texas Tech University), Sonja Knutson (Memorial University), Joanna Regulska (UC Davis), and Mary Anne Walker (Michigan State University).


AIEA Workshop: International Service Learning: How and To What End?

Sunday, February 19, 8:00 am – Noon

Workshop Description

Preparing graduates with civic and global competencies is of keen importance to colleges and universities across the globe, yet assessing programs designed to reach these goals for student learning is challenging. An effective way to cultivate these student competencies is through international service learning (ISL) courses/programs. This preconference provides an overview of good practice in service learning in higher education (Bringle, Hatcher & Jones, 2011), highlights a rationale for valuing both ISL and domestic service learning as a means to developing intercultural competency and understanding the glocalization of contemporary social issues (Price & Whitehead, 2013), and explores how ISL contributes to the broader goals for curriculum internationalization. In addition, assessment protocols will be shared, with an emphasis on current research findings from systematic analysis of student reflection narratives used within the International Partnership for Service Learning programs (Savicki, V. & Price, M. V., in press). Participants will identify key action steps that SIOs can take on their own campus to support both the integration and the assessment of ISL into study abroad as well as other courses/programs.

Workshop Presenters

Julie Hatcher, is Associate Professor, Philanthropic Studies, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Service and Learning at IUPUI. She was co-editor of International Service Learning: Conceptual Frameworks and Research (Bringle, Hatcher & Jones, 2011).

Thomas Winston Morgan is the President of IPSL (formerly International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership). Thomas brings nearly twenty years’ experience in intercultural education and international management for profit-based and nonprofit entities. Thomas has held leadership positions in global education with AFS Intercultural Programs, headquartered in New York, and at GEO Study Abroad/University of Oregon.

Mary Price, is Director of Faculty Development, Center for Service and Learning, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and has collaborated with staff from the Office of International Affairs to co-facilitate a faculty learning community on international service learning.

Michele V. Price, retired Director of Study Abroad and International Exchanges, Western Oregon University serves as co-PI on the study of student reflection products in collaboration with IPSL.

Victor Savicki, Professor of Psychology Emeritus, Western Oregon University. He is co-editor of Assessing Study Abroad: Theory, Tools, and Practice. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, and co-PI on the study of student reflection products in collaboration with IPSL.


AIEA Workshop: Foreign Universities in China: Impact of China's New NGO Law

Sunday, February 19, 8:00 am – Noon

Workshop Description

Many foreign universities have set up active educational programs in China, ranging from student exchange, summer program, faculty research, joint academic program to a branch campus. China’s new legal and policy framework, including the Foreign NGO Law that goes into effect in January 1, 2017, may impact some of these programs. This workshop will discuss various foreign educational programs in China and how the new law might increase the new compliance burdens in China. This workshop features experts on this lawand senior international officers who will discuss the most recent information available on China’s new legal and policy framework on these issues, as well as current information on enforcement and implementation efforts in China. Specific examples and questions from participants on these issues will be discussed.

Workshop Presenter

Bailian Li is the Vice Provost for International Affairs at NC State University. He provides leadership for the University’s overall mission of global engagement in research, education, and economic development. Under his leadership, NC State has made significant progress for campus internationalization and won the Senator Paul Simon Awards for outstanding and innovative campus internationalization. He has extensive experience in developing effective international partnerships for student mobility, faculty research and joint academic programs.

William Nicholson is an Associate Counsel at Duke University, focusing on activities in other countries, including areas such as legal registration, taxes, regulatory oversight, immigration, cross-border contracting, and finance.  He regularly presents on these subjects.  He has also been a lawyer for the University of Washington, the Washington Attorney General Antitrust and Consumer Protection Division, and the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division.  Bill graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law and Syracuse University. 


AIEA/ICI Workshop: Intercultural Concepts for Busy University Leaders
"There is Nothing as Practical as a Good Theory"
- Kurt Lewin

Sunday, February 19, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Workshop Description

As leaders in international education, we are in the delightful and profound business of facilitating transformation. And part of that transformation is our own. To support us in this life’s work, the field of intercultural communication offers an array of useful theories that we seldom have time to contemplate. The international educator’s plate is rather full. With bureaucracy demanding time and learning requiring reflection, applying intercultural concepts may seem like a far-fetched luxury. But wait—it can be a pleasure in your work!

This afternoon 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 work with faculty, staff, and others.

  • Review four key concepts that you can use every day
  • Identify the role of anxiety in intercultural interaction
  • Analyze the effects of cultural differences in cognitive styles
  • Attempt to avoid discussing ideas you have discussed before

Workshop Presenter

Janet Bennett is executive director of the Intercultural Communication Institute, sponsor of the Summer Institute, and director of the Master of Arts Degree in Intercultural Relations. She designs and conducts intercultural professional development for universities, corporations, social service agencies, and international education associations. She teaches at Portland State University, and short courses at Groningen University (Netherlands), Beijing International University (China), and Aoyama Gakuin (Japan), She has recently edited the SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence.


AIEA Workshop: The Power of Persuasion

Sunday, February 19, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Workshop Description

This workshop actively engages participants to develop a fundamental skill set necessary for their success – persuasive communication. To reach their objectives, Senior International Officers (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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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

Workshop Presenters

Victoria Jones is the senior international officer for the University of California, 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.

Paaige K. Turner is an associate dean and professor in the School of Communications at Webster University. In 2013 she received a Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators Seminar Award 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/IIE Workshop: Implementing Strategic International Partnerships

Sunday, February 19, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Workshop Description

This workshop focuses on how to prepare your institution to develop strategic and sustainable international partnerships, providing in-depth models and lessons learned from experienced partnership practitioners. Expert trainers will use their combined wealth of experience building partnerships to provide audience members with practical knowledge and best practices for engaging in strategic international partnerships with counterparts in other countries. Geared towards international education professionals with several years of experience and who are responsible for partnership building at their institution, this workshop will equip participants with the basics of how to prepare, organize, initiate, sustain, and evaluate academic partnerships between their home institutions and counterparts in other countries.

Workshop Presenters

Clare Banks is the Director for IIE Initiatives at the Institute of International Education. In this role, she leads programs and initiatives that bring individuals and institutions together to address pressing global issues. Current focus areas include academic partnerships, education in emergencies, international research, and international education training. Her most recent publication is Global Perspectives on Strategic International Partnerships: A Guide to Building Sustainable Academic Linkages (IIE, 2016). She holds degrees from Georgetown and NYU.

Susan Buck Sutton is Senior Advisor for International Initiatives at Bryn Mawr College. Sutton has been President of the Association of International Education Administrators, Chair of the International Education Leadership unit of NAFSA, and on numerous advisory councils relating to international education. Among Sutton’s numerous publications is Developing Strategic International Partnerships: Models for Initiating and Sustaining Innovative Institutional Linkages (IIE, 2011). Sutton received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr and her Ph.D. from UNC Chapel Hill.

Tim Barnes is the Director of the Illinois Strategic International Partnerships Initiative at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which focuses on developing deeply impactful institutional relationships with a small, highly selective group of peer institutions around the world. In addition to launching ISIP, Barnes continues to manage more than 300 institutional partnerships, as well as drafting, negotiating, and tracking all written memoranda of understanding or contractual instruments that formalize institutional linkages for the campus. 


AIEA Workshop: Managing Risk and Legal Issues in the Context of Internationalization

Monday, February 20, 8:00 am – Noon

Workshop Description

The issue of managing risk and legal issues in the context of internationalization is a critical one for Senior International Officers. To date, many conversations on this subject have been limited to study abroad, rather than focusing more broadly on comprehensive internationalization efforts. This interactive workshop will take an interdisciplinary approach to exploring the broader risk and legal issues a SIO must contend with on a daily basis, including for example partnership agreements and MOU’s, student mobility, international agent recruitment, international campuses, the importance of creating integrated local and international crisis and risk plans, doing business in and with a foreign country and more.

This inter-disciplinary workshop will be facilitated by 3 experienced and thoughtful scholars and practitioners, including a Senior International Officer, a General Counsel and a Risk Manager with deep campus experience on legal, risk assessment, risk management and crisis management issues in the context of internationalization.

Workshop Presenters

William Hoye is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at IES Abroad. Bill served as university counsel and a concurrent professor of law at Notre Dame, and as Faculty Editor of The Journal of College and University Law. Expert in legal and risk issues involving international programs, Bill has given 100+ talks, published many scholarly articles, and been quoted in The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, the BBC and NPR.

J. Kline Harrison is Associate Provost for Global Affairs at Wake Forest University. As SIO, he administers the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan focused on building a global campus community. Harrison is also a professor in the School of Business where his research focuses on personality variables impacting expatriate adjustment and study abroad experiences. He received a B.S. in Management from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Maryland.

Paul Pousson is Area Senior Vice President with Arthur J. Gallagher & Company. Paul served The University of Texas System as Associate Director of Risk Management prior to joining Gallagher. While at UT, he administered comprehensive risk management programs to support UT System’s global initiatives. He is a past recipient of URMIA’s Distinguished Risk Manager award, and former Board member. He holds the designation of Associate in Risk Management from the Insurance Institute of America. 


AIEA/AAC&U Workshop: Inclusive Excellence and Global Learning:
Intersections between Internationalization and Diversity/Inclusion Initiatives to Advance Student Learning

Monday, February 20, 8:00 am – Noon

Workshop Description

As campuses develop and implement comprehensive internationalization plans, effort often focus on creating an environment where international becomes ubiquitous. Many institutions are successful in creating structures and plans for student and scholar mobility, but in order for internationalization to truly become part of the institutional fabric, the connection between internationalization and global learning must be articulated, and all students must be engaged in global learning across the curriculum and co-curricular activities. How do you create the structures for an equity-minded global learning program that touches all students? How do you engage students who are seemingly unwilling to study away? How are local partnerships leveraged to provide students with problem-based learning experiences that provide students with structured opportunities to engage with individuals from different cultural and possibly disciplinary backgrounds? This workshop will explore these questions and provide resources to create an equity-minded global learning plan that ensures inclusive excellence.

Workshop Presenters

Dawn Whitehead, Senior Director for Global Learning and Curricular Change at the Association of American Colleges and Universities, previously served as the Director of Curriculum Internationalization at IUPUI, was faculty director for global service learning programs, and taught for the Global and 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.

Hilary Landorf is Director of the Office of Global Learning Initiatives at Florida International University, where she leads a university-wide curriculum and co-curriculum internationalization initiative. She is also an Associate Professor in the College of Education. Among her recent publications is “Defining global learning at Florida International University” in the AAC&U publication, Diversity & Democracy. She holds a Ph.D. in International Education from New York University and a B.A. in English from Stanford University.


AIEA Workshop: Now What? Planning and Managing Your Career as an SIO

Monday, February 20, 8:00 am – Noon

Workshop Description

This workshop is designed for people already in SIO positions. No matter where you are in your career, you’ll need to plan ahead and manage your career. The workshop will help you identify challenges and opportunities, and make decisions which will – hopefully – result in your being happier and more effective in your role. The workshop will also give you time to share your experiences with other SIOs, and to learn from them. We’ll cover some key issues which tend to arise at the various stages of one’s career, including how you can better operate within your university, working effectively with faculty there, and the development of leadership skills. We’ll also talk about how to deal with setback and failure, and when and how to think about moving on.

Participants will come away with a better understanding of some of the important issues which surround the SIO career, as well as with a set of proactive strategies and responses which will be helpful to them. The aim is to help you become the SIO you’ve always wanted to be.

Workshop Presenter

Riall Nolan is Professor of Anthropology at Purdue University, and until July 0f 2009, he was Associate Provost and Dean of International Programs there. Dr. Nolan has also managed international programs at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Cincinnati. He is active in AIEA, and has helped develop both the SIO Academy and AIEA’s Strategic Plan. His most recent book (with Gil Merkx) is Internationalizing the Academy (Harvard University Press, 2015).