NAFSA Research Symposium

Date & Time

Friday, April 06, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (EST)

Original Broadcast

Friday, April 06, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (EST)



Recording Price

$69 (member) $109 (nonmember)

Registration Deadline

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Join NAFSA on April 6, 2018, in recognizing international education research at the fourth Research Symposium - A Critical Discussion of Theories, Methodologies, and Practices in International Education. Bringing together researchers and scholars in the field of international education and related disciplines, the Research Symposium provides an opportunity to share this work in an academic and professional environment, as well as participate in a critical discussion of the theories, methodologies, and practices being used in the research. The Research Symposium is considered relevant for international education researchers at every stage of their career – graduate students, post-docs, faculty members, and practitioners.

NAFSA invites attendees to share and learn from original international education research presented at the Research Symposium, with an active open discussion focused on how research can connect with practice.

You Should Attend

  • If you are currently engaged in research in international education and would like to share your work
  • If you want to learn more about original research in international education
  • If you are concerned with disseminating knowledge to develop the global competencies of students, scholars, and educators

What You Will Gain From Participating

  • Knowledge and examples of original research regarding theories, methodologies, and practices being used in international education
  • Insights to drive future research and practice in the field of international education


Friday, April 6, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.Open Registration and Networking
10:00 a.m. - 10:05 a.m.Welcome
10:05 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.Opening Remarks - Kevin Kinser, EdD, Pennsylvania State University
10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.First Panel
  • Niklaus Steiner, PhD, University of North Carolina
    Diversify global education through non-credit programs
  • Stephen Tippett, EdD, State University of New York
    Measuring the impacts of COIL/virtual exchange on students' intercultural awareness
  • Lily Lopez-McGee, George Mason University
    A tool for understanding U.S. undergraduates' goals and self-efficacy beliefs in study abroad
  • Kris Acheson-Clair, PhD, Purdue University
    Assessing transformation of the self in high impact learning: Methodological considerations
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.Lunch (provided for pre-registered attendees)
1:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.Second Panel
  • Jennifer L. Wiley, University of Missouri - Columbia
    Understanding relationships between global and diversity learning practice types and gains in critical thinking and awarenesses
  • Karen Ramos, Northern Kentucky University
    An analysis of the intercultural competence of higher education admissions recruiters in the United States
  • Lisa Unangst, Boston College
    International alumni affairs: Surveying the American public research university landscape
  • Jie Deng, Binghamton University, State University of New York
    Leadership challenges in education abroad offices: A case study
  • Jodi Sanger, Institute of International Education
    Bringing MENA out of the box (masters' degree research)
3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.Open Discussion – Connecting Theory to Practice
3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.Closing

*Agenda subject to change

Peer Review

NAFSA would like to thank the following individuals for their work as Peer Reviewers for the NAFSA Research Symposium:

  • Eylem Atakav, University of East Anglia
  • Jane Elizabeth Brown, One To World
  • Lauren Clarke, Amherst College
  • Robert Cole, Roger Williams University
  • Jennifer Creamer, Robert Morris University
  • Sandra Crenshaw, Arcadia University
  • Anne D'Angelo, University of Minnesota
  • Zak Frieders, University of California - Davis
  • Sora Friedman, SIT Graduate Institute
  • Kathy Gallentine, Central Washington University
  • Karen Gardenier, Colorado State University
  • Emily Gorlewski, Wesleyan University
  • Vesna Hart, James Madison University
  • Tara Harvey, True North Intercultural
  • Meredith Henderson, Go Global North Carolina
  • Cindy Xinquan Jiang, The Ohio State University
  • Taylor Nicole Kinde, University of Central Missouri
  • Makeda King-Smith, Cooper Union
  • Janine Knight-Grofe, Centennial College
  • Jonathan Larson, Grinnell College
  • Ann Mason, Mason Education Group
  • Tiffany Moy, Proviso West High School
  • Alexandra Neves, Western New Mexico University
  • Elizabeth Niehaus, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Sanjay Paul, Elizabethtown College
  • Katherine Punteney, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
  • Brenda Snider, The Language Company
  • Christian Sosa, American University
  • Stacye Fraser Thompson, Jefferson State Community College
  • William Webber, George Washington University
  • Melissa Whatley, University of Georgia
  • Christina Yao, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Jiangyuan Zhou, Stockton University

If you are interested in becoming a peer reviewer for the NAFSA Research Symposium, please email

Past Events

Programs for previous events in November 2016, April 2017, and November 2017 are available in the Library Resources on NAFSA Research Connections. You can also read about research presented in past Research Symposium events in the NAFSA Research Symposium Series.

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Call for Proposals

Proposals are no longer being accepted for this event.

Notifications about submitted proposals will be sent out by March 1, 2018.


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