The final Twitter metrics from the 2016 Australian International Education Conference (#aiec2016) are available via Tweet Binder at https://www.tweetbinder.com/rs/w8kA2XTIlJi

Like most international education conferences that I’m unable to attend I followed and engaged with the conference and attendees via the conference hashtag from Chicago as I find this to be a valuable exercise on many levels.  What was great about AIEC 2016 this year is that the conference (I presume) teamed up with Tweet Binder and they provided some very informative Twitter metrics about the conference.

Following are screen shots (click on photos to enlarge) I took of some of the most interesting metrics and two include how well my #aiec2016 engagement fared compared to others.  I’m particularly proud to be ranked 2nd as a contributor with the highest impact at 869,033 Impacts (I was also the 5th most active and second in terms of retweets).  The contributor with the greatest impact was IDP Database (@IDPDRIE) at 2,154,439 Impacts and the third highest ranked contributor was The PIE News (@ThePIENews) with 509,139 Impacts.  I’m in good company!

aiec-1 aiec-3 aiec-4 aiec-2


I’ll be attending theupcoming IIE Generation Study Abroad Summit as a member of the media (for IHEC Blog) and not as being from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. I’ll be blogging, tweeting and posting to Facebook before, during and after the Summit!  I’m hoping to secure some great interviews with key people associated with Generation Study Abroad as well as other prominent stakeholders in the field.  I also plan to try out Facebook Live so stay tuned to IHEC Blog‘s Facebook page!

This Summit will be my first officialpress credentials for an international education event…although I had quasi-press credentials for my blog when the Fulbright Scholarship Board held their quarterly meeting at the University of Chicago back in May 2013.

Will you be there? It would be great to connect!

#GenerationStudyAbroad #IIESummit2016


I frequently receive requests for informational interviews from people eager to enter the field of international education and I’m more than happy to schedule a meeting or phone/skype call (schedule permitting). To be sure, there are several opportunities for those wanting to enter the field to learn more and engage others in the process. One such resource that I’ve been affiliated with for some time now is the Global Pro Institute offered by Brooke Roberts and Inside Study Abroad. More information on the Global Pro Institute follows below.

Inside Study Abroad is excited to announce the open enrollment for the Fall 2016 Cohort of the Global Pro Institute, a 6-week online professional development, training, and coaching program for aspiring professionals in international education.

Learn more from Inside Study Abroad here!

This program provides a much-needed community of support and comprehensive information to help bridge the gap between being a passionate international programs participant and to a competent international education professional. Enrollment for the program ends Sunday, October 2 , and the program officially begins Monday, October 3, 2016.

What You’ll Learn & What You’ll Get

  • Module 1: Gain an experienced, insider’s view of the International Education and Meaningful Travel field/industry from how the space is structured, who the key players are, the big issues/topics of the day, and the inside baseball of what makes this industry tick.

  • Module 2: Learn how to build your professional brand in a way that works and helps you stand out in the crowded international education space.

  • Module 3: Learn how to identify, establish, and grow relationships in a way that feels good to everyone. Your professional network never looked so good!

  • Module 4: You’ll need more than passion to land a job in international education. In this module we dive into the knowledge and skills necessary to transform from participant to professional.

  • Module 5: Everyone says you need experience to get a job in IE. In this module, I show you how to get practical and relevant experience in international education to help you land your dream job.

  • Module 6: This is the culmination of everything we’ve tackled in the program. We’ll package up your brand, knowledge and skills, network, and experience to create resumes and cover letters that get noticed, read, and onto the “yes” pile.

  • 6 In-depth Training Modules will take you through the course material. The modules are video-based, but you’ll also have access to the slides to follow along. You have lifetime access to the material so you can keep up week to week or go at your own pace.

  • 6 Live Group Coaching Calls. Each week you can join me for a live group video chat where I answer any and all questions you have about the program, launching your career, the IE industry, and more. These are candid and we dive deep! (Of course, all of these are recorded and you can go back to them any time.)

  • Lifetime access to the video lessons(as well as access to the slides for each one). I’ve designed this program so you can complete it in just 6 weeks, but you also have the option of going at your own pace. Review your favorite modules and pick it back up whenever you’d like.

  • A comprehensive workbook we call the Roadmap filled with checklists, questionnaires, cheat sheets, scripts and worksheets for each module.

  • Lifetime access to the GPI Community, an exclusive forum for asking questions, sharing your progress, offering feedback, meeting others in the course, posting opportunities, and linking to helpful resources.

  • Lifetime access to any future trainings, masterclasses, and bonuses added to the Global Pro Institute.

“Mostly, I felt deflated because no one would give me a chance to apply my talents, knowledge, and experience,” Brooke says, about her own experience breaking into the field of international education.

The Global Pro Institute is the culmination of Brooke’s decade-long career in international education and meaningful travel – from grad assistant, to senior vice president, to founder and CEO of her own travel company. The program weaves together tried and true approaches to networking, skills building, knowledge development, gaining experience, and the mechanics of applying for and landing a job you love. Brooke has not only applied these strategies to her own career, but has hired, trained and coached others to do the same.

The Global Pro Institute will prepare individuals to take charge of their career and prepares them to tackle any transition from getting a job, landing a promotion, transitioning in and around the various roles within the field, and anything else they can dream up.

Learn more about the Global Pro Institute here.

Enrollment closes on Sunday, October 3 at 11pm CST.

Note:  David Comp and IHEC Blog are affiliates of the Global Pro Institute


The idea of the professional who bridges both research and practice has been largely overlooked and at times even disregarded by the academic and administrative structures that govern activity in higher education today. In international higher education, the number of students who now engage in mobility and exchange has expanded globally, along with the administrative cadre that manages all facets of internationalization, and the quickly growing scholarly attention to understanding the phenomenon. In this process, two distinct professional categories have emerged: those who ‘study it’ and those who ‘do it’ – the scholars and the practitioners. Practitioners are seen as those who manage the daily logistical flow of students and personnel around the globe, while scholars are seen as those who conduct research, collect and analyze data, and publish findings to inform, improve, and justify the activity. Yet this dichotomy is overly simplistic, outdated, and excludes the large and growing class of hybrid scholar-practitioners who now engage regularly in both kinds of activity.
It is this rapidly growing population of bridge builders that are profiled and discussed in this book through critical essays on the notion of the scholar-practitioner and its implication for the further development of international higher education. The chapters include detailed analyses from university faculty, senior international officers and other high-level administrators, directors of research centers, key leaders from influential professional associations and private organizations, managers of study abroad and exchange, and graduate students. This book launches a much-needed dialogue about the perception and reality, potential and promise, of the scholar-practitioner in higher education today. It will be of relevance to a wide variety of readers, from those within universities and organizations to those who are outside observers of higher education.
Contents and Authors
Hans de Wit Foreword
Bernhard Streitwieser & Anthony C. Ogden International Higher Education’s Scholar-Practitioners: bridging research and practice
Bernhard Streitwieser & Anthony C. Ogden Heralding the Scholar-Practitioner in International Higher Education
John K. Hudzik Internationalization Practitioners and Scholarship: dichotomies and crosswalks
John D. Heyl The Emergence of the Scholar-Practitioner Identity in International Education: a 25-year review
David Comp A Historical Overview of International Education Scholarship and the Role of the Scholar-Practitioner
Donna Scarboro The Benefits and Limits of Scholarship and Self-expression among International Education Professionals
Giselda Beaudin & Louis Berends The Education Abroad Practitioner as Transdisciplinary Scholar
David B. Austell Scholar-Practitioners and the ISSS Professional
Mandy Reinig The Small/One-person Office: the challenge of being both practitioner and scholar
Rosalind Latiner Raby Studying Community Colleges: administrator, practitioner and scholar voices promoting international education
Brian Whalen The Scholar-Practitioner’s Role in Advancing Education Abroad Quality Assurance
Bruce La Brack The Interplay and Co-evolution of Theory and Practice in Preparing Students for International Education Experiences: a retrospective analysis
Elizabeth Brewer Lessons from a Late-blooming International Education Scholar-Practitioner for Combining Practice with Scholarship
Richard Slimbach Deschooling International Education: toward an alternative paradigm of practice
Michael Woolf An Unholy Trinity: conservative dynamics and the scholar-practitioner
Gregory Light Blind Spots, Troublesome Narratives and Arrested Fields: towards the scholar-practitioner
Jane Edwards The Scholar-Practitioner and Translating Research into Working Practice
Darla K. Deardorff Key Theoretical Frameworks Guiding the Scholar-Practitioner in International Education
Taylor C. Woodman & Katherine N. Punteney Graduate Education in Context: preparing scholar-practitioners as future international education leaders
Tamar Breslauer A Librarian’s Lens: thoughts for scholar-practitioners
Fiona Hunter & Laura E. Rumbley Exploring a Possible Future for the Scholar-Practitioner
All contributors Pathways of the Scholar-Practitioner
2016 paperback 340 pages £39.00
ISBN 978-1-873927-77-9
FREE delivery on all orders and all books are sent AIRMAIL worldwide
Disclaimer:  I have a chapter in this book and I receive no profit from the publication or sales of this book.

IHEC ad for IEI Conference 2016

GPI sidebarBack in November 2015 I posted here to IHEC Blog supporting the Global Pro Institute which was a new comprehensive professional development and training program for aspiring international education professionals and that I had signed up to be an affiliate.

Well, my wonderful colleague Brooke Roberts has just launched the second Global Pro Institute for Spring 2016 and based off of feedback from alumni of the Fall 2015 Global Pro Institute there are two options for you to choose from this spring if you are interested.

GPI Foundations – This is a self-study, self-guided version of the program. You’ll get full access to all of the video lessons and materials for each of the six Foundations modules. On top of that, you’ll be able to download all the PDF Workbooks, checklists, and calendars associated with each module. This is a GREAT option for anyone who just wants the content and doesn’t feel they need the community, weekly/monthly coaching, master classes, etc.

GPI Mastery – This is the FULL PROGRAM EXPERIENCE! You’ll get all the GPI Foundations modules, workbooks, checklists, and calendars PLUS 24/7 access in our online community, group coaching with Brooke and the Inside Study Abroad team, access to our full library of masterclass interviews, over 8 hours of resume critiques, 7+ hours of past group coaching call recordings….AND several other bonuses to enhance your experience.

Here’s everything included in the Mastery (Full Program) experience:

  • Complete 6-module Foundations curriculum designed to help you gain an insider’s perspective of the field, grow your network, develop your personal brand, and rock your job search
  • Downloadable, action-oriented Career Roadmap including pro development activities, reflections, and checklists
  • 14 Masterclass interviews (and counting!) with established thought leaders in International Education and Meaningful Travel (with more being added each cohort) – I’m one of the Masterclass interviews
  • 6 Live weekly group coaching calls with Brooke and the GPI team
  • Lifetime access to the GPI curriculum including anything we add to the program
  • BONUS:  Private cohort and networking group on Facebook
  • BONUS:  Discounted NAFSA membership and national conference registration fees
  • BONUS: Exclusive invitation to all GPI real-world networking events
  • BONUS: On-going support via our year of monthly coaching calls with Brooke to continue your development and get ongoing feedback
  • BONUS: Access to 8+ hours of video resume and cover letter critiques!
  • BONUS: Access to all past group coaching call recordings – that’s 7+ hours of invaluable coaching!

Brooke will also be offering some free training this week if you are interested

I’m a big fan of Brooke and I fully support what she is doing to help new international education professionals as they enter and navigate the field.  If you are interested in learning more you can link to the Global Pro Institute through my affiliate link here.

International Higher Education Consulting is an official sponsor of the 2016 International Educators of Illinois (IEI) Conference being held March 23-24, 2016. I was added as a late presenter to the panel talking about “The Power of Habit in International Education” and I’ll be presenting with Sara McGuinn of Northwestern University (session Chair) and Derek Shouba of Morton College.

I will be attending the conference all day as well as the evening reception on Thursday, March 24th but won’t be attending/presenting at a workshop on Wednesday, March 23rd as I will be giving a talk at Morton College that day to faculty and other key stakeholders on globalizing the curriculum and syllabus.  However, I do plan to attend the informal reception scheduled in the evening on Wednesday, March 23rd.  If you are attending the IEI conference I do hope our paths cross!

You can view the conference program below to view my presentation description (page 21) and sponsorship advertisement (page 11).