AIEA Leadership

AIEA Board: Officers


AIEA Committees

Past Presidents

AIEA Board: Officers

Cheryl Matherly headshot


Dr. Cheryl Matherly is Vice President and Vice Provost for International Affairs at Lehigh University and Professor of Practice in Comparative and International Education.  She previously served as SIO for the University of Tulsa.  She is an AIEA board member, co-author of the AIEA Standards of Professional Practice, a two-time mentor for the AIEA Presidential Fellows Program, and frequent conference presenter.  She writes on international education and employability. Her doctorate is from the University of Houston.

adel el zaim


Adel El Zaïm is Chief Internationalization Officer at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Previous positions include Executive Director of the International Office, at The University of British Columbia (UBC), Director General Internationalization at Université de Sherbrooke, and Senior Programme specialist in Middle East and North Africa at Canada’s International Development Research Centre. Member of the board of AIEA, member of the Editorial committee, he chairs the AIEA Awards Committee. He holds a PhD in Linguistics.

Immediate Past President

Dr. Penelope "Nell" Pynes is Associate Provost for International Programs at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She co-authored with John K. Hudzik, Developing Sustainable Resources for Internationalization (Washington, DC: NAFSA. 2014). She has been active in both NAFSA and AIEA, serving on the board, as professional development chair, as well as faculty for the AIEA SIO Academy. She holds a doctorate in Germanic Linguistics from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Dr. Rodolfo Hernandez Guerrero leads the Office of International Partnership Development (IPD) at The University of Texas at Dallas since 2014. He has more than 19 years of experience working in the field of international education, including teaching courses on contemporary politics of U.S-Mexico. Prior to UT Dallas, he worked as researcher at several non – governmental and governmental organizations focusing on the analysis of Latin American democratization. He has participated in documentary T.V. and radio programs in Argentina, Australia, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, United Kingdom, and United States.


Dr. 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.

Legal Adviser

Dr. Terence Miller is Director of the Office of International Education at Marquette University. He has 14 years of experience working in the field of international education. Miller is an Adjunct Law Professor at Marquette’s Law School teaching International Human Rights. He received his BA from Manhattan College and holds a JD from St. John’s University.

Executive Director

Dr. Darla K. Deardorff has held national leadership positions with NAFSA and Forum on Education Abroad. Editor of The Sage Handbook of Intercultural Competence (Sage, 2009) and lead editor of The Sage Handbook of International Higher Education (Sage, 2012), she has published widely on international education and cross-cultural issues. With nearly 20 years of experience in intercultural education, she gives invited talks, trainings and workshops around the world.

AIEA Board

Erich Dietrich, New York University (2022)
Meredith McQuaid, The University of Minnesota (2022) 

Teresa Wise, University of Alabama (2022)
Thomas Bogenschild, Independent Consultant (2021)
Victoria Jones, University of California, Irvine (2021)
Kelechi Kalu, University of California, Riverside (2021) 
Sharon Nagy, Clemson University (2021) 
Kati Csoman, Juniata College (2021) 
Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2021) 

Leigh Poole, Winthrop University (2020)
Torian L. Lee, Independent Consultant (2020) 


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. AIEA members are encouraged to contact the chairs to learn more about committee plans and activities and to indicate their interest in committee participation.

Leadership Development Committee (formerly under the Professional Development Committee)

Chair: Erich Dietrich (New York University)
Vice-Chair: Kati Bell (Dominican University of California)
Vice-Chair for Gender Equity: Helen Gaudette (Fashion Institute of Technology)
Members: Gianmario Besana (Depaul University), Eny Di Iorio (Lorenzo de' Medici Institute), Stephanie Doscher (Florida International University), Susan Popko (Santa Clara University), Shelley Stephenson (Arizona State University), Downing Thomas (University of Iowa), Malene Torp (S: Study Abroad in Scandinavia), Witold Wolny( University of Virginia's College at Wise), Hong Yang (Bryant University).

Strategic Issues Committee (formerly under the Professional Development Committee)

Chair: Meredith McQuaid (University of Minnesota)
Members: Vinita Bahri-Mehra (Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter), Marcellus Caldas (Kansas State University), Imara Dawson (University of Michigan), Terrence F. Graham (California State University, Long Beach), Ryan Griffith (University of the Pacific California), Mariella Hernandez (Universidad del Pacifico Peru), Randy Kluver (Oklahoma State University), Lisa M Lancia (Fordham University NY), Stephen D. McDowell (Florida State University), John Sunnygard (Western Kentucky University).

Membership Committee

Chair: Victoria Jones (University of California, Irvine)
Members: Jennifer Engel (Loyola University Chicago), Esther Gottlieb (Richard Stockton College of New Jersey), Ling Gao LeBeau (Western Carolina University), George T. Sipos (The College at Brockport, SUNY, María Soloeta (Universidad Del Salvador), H Stephen Straight (Binghamton University), R. Anderson Sutton (University of Hawaii at Manoa), Jewell Winn (Tennessee State University), Carrie Wojenski (SUNY Albany), Katie Bowler Young (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).

Policy Advisory Committee (Formerly Taskforce on Advocacy)

Chair: Thomas Bogenschild (Independent Consultant)
Vice-Chair: Paulo Zagalo-Melo (Western Michigan University)
Vice-Chair: Lisa Lancia (Fordham University)
Members: Mimi Barnard (Belmont University), Sherif Barsoum (New York University), Petra Hejnova (Syracuse University), Ling Lebeau (Western Carolina University), Torian Lee (Independent Consultant), Gilbert Merkx (Duke University), Terence Miller (Marquette University),  Sylvester Osagie(Penn State University), Jennifer Robertson (Valencia College),  JR Swanegan (Stetson University), Peter Vanderwater (Institute for International Education).

Editorial Committee

Chair: Teresa Wise (University of Alabama)
Members: Roger Adkins (Gustavus Adolphus College), David Di Maria (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) Steven Duke (University of Nebraska), Nick Gozik (Boston College), Binbin Jiang (Kennesaw State University), James Lynch (College of Coastal Georgia), MaryTheresa Seig(Ball State University), Cheryl Young (Miami University).

Nominating Committee

Chair: Nell Pynes (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
Members: Darla K. Deardorff (Ex-officio, AIEA), Torian Lee (Independent Consultant), Cheryl Matherly (Lehigh University), Sharon Nagy, (Clemson University), Leigh Poole (Winthrop University), Cheryl Young (Miami University)

Awards Committee

Chair: Sean Michael Cox (Bahçeşehir University)
Members: Thomas Bogenschild (University of Oregon), Marcellus Caldas (Kansas State University), Svetlana Filiatreau (Virginia Tech), Jane Gatewood (University of Rochester).

2020 Annual Conference Committee

Chair: Adel El Zaïm (University of Ottawa)
Members: Aaron D. Clevenger (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University), Eny Di Iorio (LdM-Lorenzo de' Medici Institute), Daniel Diaz (Guilford College), Erich Dietrich (New York University), Hala Dimechkie (The American University of Beirut), Jennifer Evanuik (Central Michigan University), Svetlana Filiatreau (Virginia Tech), José Celso Freire Junior (Sao Paulo State University), Wondwossen Gebreyes (Ohio State university), Dennis Hart (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley), Carrie Hesco (University of Wyoming), Ni Jadon (McMaster University), Yu Jiang (Xavier University of Louisiana), Dafna Kariv (COLLMAN, Rishon Lezion, Israel), Jamie McGowan (Pennsylvania State University), Meredith McQuaid (University of Minnesota), Peter Mascher (McMaster University), Peter F May (Peter F May Consulting International), Vinita Mehra (Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter), Heike Michelsen (Cornell University, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies), Alyssa Nota (USAC), José Manuel Páez Borrallo  (TEC de Monterrey), Judy Peter (University of Johannesburg), Leigh Poole (Winthrop University), Richard Poulin (Université Laval, Canada), Piram Prakasam (Ferris State University), Jaishankar Raman (Valparaiso University), Joanna Regulska (UC Davis), Mamiko Reeves (Northwood University), Christina Sanchez (California Lutheran University), Amanda Sayan (University of Sydney), H Stephen Straight (Binghamton University), Robert Summers (SUNY Buffalo State), Dmytro Yakovenko (University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway), JY Zhou (Stockton University).

Endowment Committee

Chair: Gil Merkx (Duke University)
Members: Kati Csoman (Juniata College), David Flesher (Case Western Reserve University), Darla Deardorff (Ex-officio, AIEA).

Presidential Fellows Committee

Chair: Nell Pynes (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
Members: Erich Dietrich (New York University), Cheryl Matherly (Lehigh University), Adel el Zaim, (The University of Ottawa), Victoria Jones (University of California, Irvine). 

Forum Committee

Chair: Nell Pynes (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
Members: Victoria Jones (University of California, Irvine), Cheryl Matherly (Lehigh University), Adel el Zaim, (The University of Ottawa) Meredith McQuaid (University of Minnesota), Teresa Wise (University of Alabama).

AIEA SIO Academy Committee

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

AIEA Audit Committee

Chair: Torian Lee (Independent Consultant)
Members: Tom Bogenschild (Independent Consultant), Amir Reza (Babson College).

Task Force on AIEA Governance

Chair: Cheryl Matherly (Lehigh University)
Members: Adel El Zaïm (The University of Ottawa), Victoria Jones (University of California, Irvine), Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Meredith McQuaid (University of Minnesota), Terence Miller (Ex-officio, Marquette University).

Task Force on AIEA Mission

Chair: Kati Csoman (Juniata College)
Members: Susie Bender (Independent Consultant), Kelechi Kalu (University of California, Riverside).

Task Force on AIEA Strategic Plan 

Chair: Susan Buck Sutton (Center for International and Global Engagement, ACE)
Members: Michael Brennan (Hillsboro Community College), Harvey Charles (SUNY Albany), James Cooney (Colorado State University), Kati Csoman (Juniata College), Darla Deardorff (AIEA), Hans de Wit (Boston College), Adel El Zaim (University of British Columbia), Hilary Kahn (Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis), Cheryl Matherly (Lehigh University), Douglas Proctor (University College, Dublin), Penelope Pynes (UNC Greensboro), Donna Scarboro (George Washington University), Jewel Winn (Tennessee 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.

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...