I am a big fan of Elspeth Jones, Emerita Professor at Leeds Beckett University, and I have been for many years! So when she invited me to connect for her new #IntlEdChat interview series I jumped at the opportunity. It was our first time meeting and while making that virtual connection was great I look forward to an in person connection sometime in the [hopefully near] future!

You can subscribe to Espeth’s International Education YouTube channel here and if you are on Twitter you should follow her at @ElspethJones.

I also want to highlight the Routledge Internationalization in Higher Education book series of which Elspeth serves as the series editor! It’s an excellent collection of topics, editors and authors with more on the way! You can learn more about the Routledge Internationalization in Higher Education book series here.


I’m proud to announce that my colleague Jessica Oldford and I have been selected as a finalist for the 2020 GoAbroad Innovation Awards “Innovation in Crisis Response” category! Our initiative for which we are a finalist is: IHEC Blog: Policies and Statements on Study Abroad Programs and International & Domestic Travel Due to COVID-19. You can see all of the finalists and categories on the 2020 Innovation Awards Finalist page at https://blog.goabroad.com/innovation-awards-2020-finalists/.

I also want to thank Travolucion for sponsoring this award category!

GoAbroad 2020 Finalist Badge

I’m excited to be a panelist on the upcoming free webinar titled “The Future of Student Mobility: A Student-Centric Approach” hosted by The Global Learning Collective. The webinar will be held this Thursday May 21st at 4:00pm EDT/1:00pm PST.

I am very fortunate to find myself included on a panel with the following colleagues:

I also want to thank Rebecca SmietanaDirector of Partner Relations at The Global Learning Collective for all her work in bringing this collaboration and webinar together! Very much appreciated!


Happy to have contributed a piece on the “History of Undergraduate Research Abroad” for the newly published book edited by Kate Patch and Louis Berends.entitled “Undergraduate Research Abroad: Approaches, Models, and Challenges” which was published yesterday by NAFSA.

More information about the book is available here.

Undergraduate Research Flyer side by side

Update: My colleague Jessica Oldford and I will no longer be updating our institutional/organizational Coronavirus travel/study abroad policy statements list on IHEC Blog. The Forum on Education Abroad has started a COVID-19 Program Status Tracker.  Jessica and I will collaborate with the Forum on Education Abroad on this tracking project and I encourage everyone to visit their COVID-19 Program Status Tracker page and contribute to the project via the instructions listed there.

Forum Tracker

Over on IHEC Blog I have been collaborating with my colleague Jessica Oldford, Director of Global Student Experience Global Initiatives, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor in compiling two lists with links to institutional and organizational policy statements pertaining to academic travel related to 2019-nCoV (Coronavirus).  Following are the two IHEC Blog posts/lists if you are interested in learning more:

Higher Education Institutional & Organizational Policies/Statements on Academic Travel to China Related to 2019-nCoV (Coronavirus) – January 29, 2019

Status of Study Abroad Programs (other than in China) and 2019-nCoV (Coronavirus) – March 2, 2019

Jessica and I have been collaborating for many years now and our goal for compiling both of these lists has been for them to serve as a useful benchmarking tool for colleagues in the field and the greater higher education community to see what other institutions and organizations are doing as a result of the Coronavirus.

This was my first post: “Initiatives in 2006 to Increase Student Diversity in Education Abroad” at bit.ly/397NwhG

First IHEC Blog post

Columbia College Chicago is looking for a highly motivated and results driven person to join our team! Under the broad direction of the Assistant Provost for Global Education, the Director of Education Abroad designs and develops study abroad opportunities, exchange programs and faculty-led study abroad programs. The Director manages all aspects of the operations of the Office of Education Abroad, such as advising, risk management, communication, program marketing and timely and accurate records and data management. This position focuses on increased participation, curriculum integration, enhancement of services, including incorporating of technology, and expansion of diversity and inclusion. The role interfaces with students and their families, faculty and staff, and external partners.

To learn more about Columbia College Chicago please visit:  https://about.colum.edu/index.html

To access the full job description and application link please visit:  http://bit.ly/2LyCLws


buenos airesI want to highlight a recent guest post over on IHEC Blog by three of my colleagues working in the MBA international programs side of our field.  Prior to my current role at Columbia College Chicago I worked at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and ran the International Business Exchange Program and the International MBA degree program.  This guest post was written by:

Jessica Oldford, Director of Global Student Experience Global Initiatives, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

Alex Markman, Director of International ProgramsUniversidad Torcuato di Tella

Debbie Carney, Sr. Program CoordinatorMcCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin

You can access the full guest post here!

Columbia College Chicago has opened a search for a Director of International Student and Scholar Services and the position description has posted to the Careers at Columbia College Chicago page at https://colum.taleo.net/careersection/ex/joblist.ftl.

After reading the position description, I encourage prospective applicants to peruse the Columbia College Chicago website at https://www.colum.edu/ to learn more about the College and what we’re all about.

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