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AIEA Board: Officers


AIEA Committees

Past Presidents

AIEA Board: Officers



Jewell Green Winn serves Tennessee State University as Senior International Officer, Exec Dir for Int'l Affairs, Chief Diversity Officer, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Administration. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), Tennessee Diversity Consortium and Alignment Nashville. She is a graduate of Leadership Nashville, the Maxine Smith Fellows Program, the Middle Tennessee Leadership Development Program, the Millennium Leadership Institute, the American Council on Education's Spectrum Executive Leadership Program and the Senior International Officer's Institute.

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Jeet Joshee is Associate Vice President and Dean of International Education and Global Engagement at California State University, Long Beach. As the Chief International Officer, he advises the President and Provost on international strategic initiatives and advances the university’s global mission by establishing institutional partnerships and programs worldwide. Joshee works closely with campus leadership and departments to enhance the university’s comprehensive internationalization goals. He holds a doctorate in international education from University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Immediate Past President

David Fleshler is the inaugural Vice Provost for International Affairs at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), where he provides university-level vision and leadership for international activities across campus. He is an advisor to the American Council on Education’s Internationalization Laboratory. Previous positions included Chief of Staff to a U.S. congressman, attorney at an international law firm, and Director of International Operations at a non-profit. He serves on the boards of Global Cleveland and the Cleveland Council on World Affairs.

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Leigh Poole is the Senior International Officer at Winthrop University where she leads internationalization initiatives as the Director of the International Center. Previously she served on the AIEA Board, was a Presidential Fellow, and served on several AIEA committees. Poole has held national leadership positions with NAFSA and studied higher education as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, South Korea, and France. Currently an Assistant Professor, she received her BA from Wofford College and holds a PhD from the University of Georgia.


Gilbert W. Merkx is Duke University's Director of International and Area Studies; Professor of the Practice of Sociology; Director of the Center for International Studies; and Director of the Duke Center for Islamic Studies. He is co-Chairman of the Council of Title VI National Resource Center Directors, a member of the Steering Committee of the Coalition for International Education, and serves on Scholars at Risk Network and Venice International University boards.
Darla Deardorff

Executive Director

Darla K. Deardorff is Executive Director of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA). In addition, she is a research scholar at Duke University's Social Science Research Institute and holds faculty positions at universities in several countries, including as a research associate at Nelson Mandela University (S. Africa), Meiji University (Japan), Shanghai International Studies University (China) and adjunct faculty at North Carolina State University. She is on the faculty of Harvard University's Global Education Think Tank and has served as faculty for Harvard's Future of Learning Institute as well as the Summer Institute of Intercultural Communication in Portland, OR. With over 20 years of experience in international education, she has also held national leadership positions with NAFSA and with Forum on Education Abroad. Author/editor of 8 books and over 60 book chapters and articles, her publications include The Sage Handbook of Intercultural Competence (Sage, 2009), Sage Handbook of International Higher Education, (Sage, 2012), Building Cultural Competence (Stylus, 2012), Demystifying Outcome Assessment for International Educators (Stylus, 2015), Intercultural Competence in Higher Education: International Approaches, Assessment and Application (Routledge, 2017), and Leading Internationalization: A Handbook for International Education Leaders (Stylus, 2018). Her most recent publication is an open access book entitled Manual for Developing Intercultural Competencies: Story Circles (Routledge/UNESCO, 2020) available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, and Russian at She regularly gives invited talks, trainings and workshops around the world on intercultural competence, international education assessment, and global leadership and serves as a consultant and trainer on these topics, including with UNESCO and OECD. The intercultural competence models developed from her research are being used in numerous countries, and she is the recipient of several awards related to her work. Founder of ICC Global, her areas of specialty include cross-cultural training, assessment and evaluation, teacher/faculty preparation/development, curriculum internationalization, global leadership, and intercultural coaching. She received her master’s and doctorate degrees from North Carolina State University.

AIEA Board

Judy Peter, Cape Peninsula University of Technology (2025)
Funwi Ayuninjam, Georgia Gwinnett College (2025)
Matthew Pucciarelli, (2025)
Sherif Barsoum, New York University (2024)
Paulo Zagalo-Melo, Western Michigan University (2024)
Jane Gatewood, University of Rochester (2024)
Shannon Márquez, Columbia University (2024)
GianMario Besana, DePaul University (2023)
José Celso Friere Jr., São Paulo State University (2023)
*AIEA Legal Advisor- Lisa Lancia, Fordham University  (2023)


Much of the work of AIEA is accomplished through committees that focus on various aspects of AIEA's mission. Any member of the Association is welcome to participate in the work of these committees. Committee chairs maintain a roster of currently active members. AIEA's Executive Director serves as an ex-officio member of all committees and boards within AIEA except the Audit Committee. AIEA members are encouraged to contact the chairs to learn more about committee plans and activities and to indicate their interest in committee participation.

*Due to the recently passed bylaws, members of the board and standing committees are still being determined. 

Board Committees 

Executive Committee

Chair: Jewell Winn (Tennessee State University)
Members: David Fleshler (Case Western Reserve University), Jeet Joshee (California State University-Long Beach), Leigh Poole (Winthrop University), Gil Merkx (Duke University), Darla Deardorff (ex-officio)

Governance Committee

Chair: Jewell Winn (Tennessee State University)
Members: Jeet Joshee (California State University-Long Beach)David Fleshler (Case Western Reserve University), Shannon Márquez (Columbia University), José Celso Friere Jr. (São Paulo State University), Darla K. Deardorff (Ex-officio, AIEA)

AIEA Audit Committee

Chair: GianMario Besana (DePaul University) 
Members: Tom Bogenschild (Gateway International Group), Amir Reza (Babson College)

Finance Committee 

Chair: David Fleshler (Case Western Reserve University)
Members: Gil Merkx (Duke University), Jeet Joshee (California State University-Long Beach), Jane Gatewood (University of Rochester), Darla K. Deardorff (Ex-officio, AIEA)

Standing Committees 

Professional Development and Engagement Committee (Formerly Leadership Development & Strategic Issues Committees)

Chair: Matthew Pucciarelli (Kramer Levin)
AIEA Thematic Forum: Judy Peter (Cape Peninsula University of Technology), Jennifer Evanuik (Central Michigan University)
AIEA Presidential Fellows Program: Kalpen Trivedi (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Matthew Pucciarelli
Senior Advisers Program: Maria Anastasiou (University of North Carolina at Greensboro), Jennifer Evanuik (Central Michigan University)
SIO Academy Program: Tim Lewis (University of St. Thomas), Kathleen Fairfax (Colorado State University), Annie Phillips Munson (Texas Woman's University) 
Town Halls SubCommitteeRichard Harvey (University of East Anglia), Rick Lee (Cornell University), Wing-kai To (Bridgewater State University), Vinitha Gengatharan (York University), CK Kwai (Cleveland State University), JY Zhou (Stockton University)
Liaison to Public Policy Committee: (to be determined)
Liaison to Publications Committee: (to be determined)

Member Outreach and Awards Committee (Formerly Membership Committee and Awards Committee) 

Chair: Paulo Zagalo-Melo (Western Michigan University)
Members: R. Anderson Sutton (University of Hawaii at Manoa), Jane Gatewood (University of Rochester), Andrew Ness (Humber College), Neal McCrillis (University of Illinois at Chicago), Mariella Hernandez Salazar (Universidad del Pacfico), Judith Pennywell (University of Michigan), Lise Laporte (Western University), Jill Blondin (Virginia Commonwealth University), Philipp Reichert (University of British Columbia (Okanagan)

Public Policy Committee (Formerly Policy Advisory)

Chair: Sherif Barsoum (New York University) 
Members: Petra Hejnova (Syracuse University), Gilbert Merkx (Duke University), Imara Dawson (University of Michigan), Hannah Buxbaum (Indiana University), Wesley Milner (Evansville University), Mihela Metianu (Florida Atlantic University), Marja Unkuri-Chaudhry (University of Montana), Michael Pippenger (University of Notre Dame), Sue Roberts (University of Kentucky)

Publications and Resources Committee (Formerly Editorial)

Chair: Funwi Ayuninjam (Georgia Gwinnett College)
Members: Shafika Khayatt (The American University in Cairo), Kati Csoman (The Pennsylvania State University), Blair McElroy (University of Mississippi), Yu Jiang (Xavier University of Louisiana), Yimin Wang (Weber State University), Voytek Wloch (Sacred Heart University)

AIEA SIO Academy Faculty

Members: Penelope Pynes (UNC Greensboro), Harvey Charles (SUNY Albany), David Di Maria (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), Pia Wood (University of Tennessee - Knoxville)

AIEA Task Forces 

AIEA 40th Anniversary Task Force
Chairs: Dafina Diabate (Lincoln University of Pennsylvania), Gilbert Merkx (Duke University)
Members: Imara Dawson (University of Michigan), Sabine Klahr (The University of Utah), Judy Peter (University of Johannesburg), Yacob Astatke (Morgan State University), Blase Scarnati (Northern Arizona University), Kati Csoman (Penn State University), Jack Vanderwater (Retiree), Jeet Joshee (California State University, Long Beach), Vinicio Lopez (City College of San Francisco)

AIEA Futures Task Force

Chair: Jewell Winn (Tennessee State University) 
Members: Vinitha Gengatharan (York University), Carolyn J. Stefanco (Baret Leadership Consulting), Richard Nader(Long Island University),Luchen Li (Goucher College),Keisha Nichols (UC Davis), Mohamed Abdel-Kader (Aspen Institute),Piram Prakasam (Ferris State University), Christina Sanchez(California Lutheran University), Philipp Reichert (University of British Columbia-Okanagan), Erin Hillis (Rhodes College),
Jill Blondin (Virginia Commonwealth University)

AIEA IDEA+Justice Task Force
Chairs: Shannon Marquez (Columbia University),  Jose Celso Freire Junior (Sao Paulo State University) 
Members: Imara Dawson (University of Michigan), Athena Mision Fulay (The Institute of International Education), Marisa Atencio (Oglethorpe University), Garett Heysel (Emory College of Arts and Sciences), Jon Stauff (South Dakota State University), Yimin Wang (Weber State University)

AIEA Presidential Leadership and Past Presidents

AIEA Past Presidents (left to right)

Harvey Charles, Susan Sutton, William Brustein, Adel El Zaïm, Cheryl Matherly, Nell Pynes, Hilary Kahn, Donna Scarboro, Bill Lacy, JoAnn McCarthy, Earl Kellogg.


David Fleshler, Case Western Reserve University


Adel El Zaïm, Université du Québec en Outaouais


Cheryl Matherly, Lehigh University 


Penelope Pynes, University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Hilary Kahn, Indiana University 


Gil Latz, Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis


Jenifer Cushman, Penn State Beaver


Harvey Charles, Northern Arizona University


Sabine C. Klahr, University of Utah


Donna Scarboro, The George Washington University


Susan Buck Sutton, Bryn Mawr College


Bill Lacy, University of California - Davis


Pia Wood, University of Tennessee - Knoxville


Gilbert Merkx, Duke University


William Brustein, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign


Uliana Gabara, University of Richmond


Stephen C. Dunnett, SUNY Buffalo


Earl Kellogg, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign


Maria Krane, Creighton University


John K. Hudzik, Michigan State University


JoAnn McCarthy, University of South Florida


John D. Heyl, Old Dominion University


Joyce M. Randolph, University of Pennsylvania


John H. Petersen, Western Kentucky University


Margaret A. Kidd, University of Texas at Austin


Edward H. Moseley,* University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa


Jean S. Aigner, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona


Barbara B. Burn,* University of Massachusetts - Amherst


Davydd Greenwood, Cornell University


Thomas H. Hoemeke, University of North Texas


Gerald M. Slavin,* The University of New Mexico


Burkart Holzner,* University of Pittsburgh


Felix V. Gagliano, Ohio University


George C. Christensen,*  Iowa State University


Ralph H. Smuckler,* Michigan State University


Charles Klasek,* Southern Illinois - Carbondale


Jack Van de Water, Oregon State University


Joe W. Neal*, University of Texas at Austin

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* deceased

AIEA Counselors

Counselor status was previously awarded by AIEA to long-standing members of AIEA who have made significant contributions to the organization throughout the years. The AIEA Board voted to bestow counselor-status on deserving members. Learn more...