Global Learning Lab Presenters


Tools, Practices, and Integration

May 29, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
New York University
1307 L Street, Washington, DC

Featured Speakers

Karen MarrongelleKaren Marrongelle, PhD
National Science Foundation
Karen Marrongelle is the assistant director of the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). She leads the EHR directorate in supporting research that enhances learning and teaching to achieve excellence in U.S. science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Prior to joining NSF, Marrongelle was dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Portland State University and professor of Mathematics and Statistics, where she oversaw 24 departments and programs across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. In addition to her work as dean, Marrongelle, has served as a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Portland State University since 2001. Prior to her appointment as dean, she held positions as the vice chancellor for academic strategies and assistant vice chancellor for academic standards and collaboration with the Oregon University System. From 2007-2009, Marrongelle served on a rotation as a program officer at NSF and led numerous grants, collaborating with researchers nationally and internationally to improve undergraduate mathematics education and K-12 mathematics professional development. Marrongelle has a bachelor's degree in mathematics and philosophy from Albright College, a master's degree in mathematics from Lehigh University and a doctorate in mathematics education from the University of New Hampshire.

Ilir MitezaIlir Miteza, PhD
University of Michigan-Dearborn
Ilir Miteza is the associate provost for graduate, global, and digital education at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He previously served as associate dean in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters at the university. Prior to joining the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2001, Dr. Miteza held senior economist positions at the Central Bank of Albania’s Monetary Policy Department, and Issue and Treasure Department.


Mohamed Abdel-KaderMohamed Abdel-Kader
The Stevens Initiative, The Aspen Institute
Mohamed Abdel-Kader is executive director of the Stevens Initiative at the Aspen Institute. He previously served in the administration of President Barack Obama as deputy assistant secretary for international and foreign language education at the US Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education. In that role, Mohamed was responsible for encouraging and promoting the study of foreign languages and the study of the cultures of other countries at the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary levels in the United States. He led his division’s work in administering grants for overseas studies and research programs funded through the Fulbright-Hays Act as well as Title VI grants to support language and area studies programs in the United States. He speaks fluent Arabic and basic Spanish, is a Truman National Security Fellow and is the author of a children’s book about stereotypes. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University, a master’s degree in higher education from Vanderbilt University, and an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Mohamed is a trustee of the Longview Foundation for International Education & World Affairs.

Kenneth BallKenneth Ball, PhD
ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology)
George Mason University

Kenneth Ball currently serves on the Academic Advisory Council for ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). He also serves as commissioner of the Engineering Accreditation Commission; and on the Executive Board, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Engineering Deans Council. Ball was appointed dean of the Volgenau School of Engineering in August 2012. He previously served as the L.S. Randolph Professor and head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech from 2004-12, overseeing rapid growth in the department with research expenditures increasing five-fold to approximately $20M, and with large increases in student enrollment. In his role at George Mason University, he oversees the secretariat of the International Federation of Engineering Societies (IFEES) and the secretariat for the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC). Ball received his BS, mechanical engineering from Lehigh University, and both MS and PhD in mechanical engineering from Drexel University.

Diana CvitanDiana Cvitan
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Diana Cvitan is the director of global learning and partnerships at Fairleigh Dickinson University and oversees the University’s international education programs and global partnerships activities. She joined FDU in 2001, coming from a career in international marketing in the travel industry. Diana’s experience includes campus internationalization, faculty/staff development, student engagement, fellowship advising, grants management, assessment and evaluation, partnership development, global learning pedagogy and curricular integration, and she was a major contributor in the redesign of FDU’s core curriculum. She has presented at national and international conferences and co-authored recent publications on the topics of global learning, global competencies and culturally relevant pedagogy. Her research area focuses on global competencies and employability and she is currently pursuing her doctorate at the University of Bath, UK.

Stephanie DoscherStephanie Doscher, EdD
Florida International University
Stephanie Doscher, EdD, is a higher education leader who partners with colleagues and institutions to achieve bold goals for learning and visions for change. She is co-author of Making Global Learning Universal: Promoting Inclusion and Success for All Students (Stylus & NAFSA, 2018), a comprehensive handbook for engaging all undergraduates in collaborative global problem solving with diverse others. Stephanie currently serves as director of Florida International University’s institution-wide Global Learning for Global Citizenship initiative and is Program Evaluator for FIU’s Title VI-funded Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean National Resource Center. Stephanie researches, writes, speaks, and consults on topics related to integrative curricular and co-curricular development and higher education leadership. Her recent work focuses on the integral relationship between global learning, diversity, and the production and exchange of knowledge across borders, as well the promotion of transformational organizational change through collective impact. Stephanie’s recent articles can be found in Peer Review, Diversity & Democracy, and the International Association of Universities’ Handbook of Internationalisation of Higher Education. Rubrics she developed for performance assessment of students’ global learning are used around the world and are cited as part of the OECD PISA global competence framework.

Hilary LandorfHilary Landorf, PhD
Florida International University
Hilary Landorf is the founding executive director of the Office of Global Learning Initiatives at Florida International University (FIU). In this position, she oversees FIU’s university-wide initiative, Global Learning for Global Citizenship, recognized by the Institute of International Education as winner of the 2016 Heiskell Award for Internationalizing the Campus. She is an associate professor in the School of Education and Human Development, and leader of FIU’s Master of Science degree program in International and Intercultural Education. Since 2016 she has served as the executive director of the Comparative and International Education Society, the oldest and largest of 47 such associations in the world, with the mission of fostering cross-cultural understanding and scholarship. She holds a PhD in international education from New York University, an MA in English literature from the University of Virginia, and a BA in English literature from Stanford University. Her most recent book, co-authored with Dr. Stephanie Doscher and Dr. Jaffus Hardrick, is titled Making Global Learning Universal: Promoting Inclusion and Success for All Students.

Reyes QuezadaReyes L. Quezada, EdD
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
International Council for the Education of Teachers (ICET)
University of San Diego

Reyes L. Quezada, EdD, serves on the board of directors for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the board of directors for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), and as chair, board of directors for the International Council for the Education of Teachers (ICET). He is also professor and chair of the Department of Learning and Teaching, School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego. Quezada has been a teacher, teacher educator, and professor for the past 28 years and has been serving at the University of San Diego since 1999. His teaching and research focus on issues of equity, inclusion, diversity, family-school, community engagement, and international education. He is also past chair of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing-Committee on Accreditation.

Amir RezaAmir Reza, PhD
Babson Academy for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurial Learning, Babson College
Amir Reza is the dean of the Babson Academy for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurial Learning (Babson Academy), a dedicated unit within Babson College that inspires change in the way universities, specifically their faculty and students, teach and learn entrepreneurship. In this role, he is responsible for leading and collaborative advancement of Babson Academy’s strategy. He also is responsible for advancing overall internationalization efforts for Babson College through curricular and cocurricular programs. Reza formerly was vice provost for International & Multicultural Education at Babson College. His leadership efforts in internationalization of Babson College were recognized through the prestigious Senator Paul Simon Comprehensive Internationalization Award, and Forbes ranking Babson as the best school for international students in the U.S. He has held numerous positions in academic affairs, student affairs, and international education during the past 19 years at Babson. Reza has served on regional leadership boards for NAFSA: Association of International Educators, has served on the international advisory board of Tongji University, Shanghai, China, and CIEE Entrepreneurship Lab in Berlin, Germany. He currently serves as the chair of the Editorial Committee of the Association of International Education Administrators. Reza earned his Bachelor of Arts in international relations and his master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Maine. He earned his PhD in higher education administration at Boston College’s Center for International Higher Education.

Janette SamaanJanette Samaan, PhD
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
Janette (Jenny) Samaan, PhD, is currently the senior director, Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). She joined the AAMC as the founding director of Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO) in 2010 following an extensive career in international education that spans over 30 years. Dr. Samaan’s professional portfolio, as a life-long NAFSAN, has included international education positions with Ohio University, the University of Maryland, the University of Houston, and assistant vice chancellor for international and exchange programs at the University of Hawaii, prior to joining the AAMC. Dr. Samaan’s PhD in international higher education administration, MA in international affairs and BA degrees in psychology and French complement her vast international education positions.

Patrice TwomeyPatrice Twomey
University of Limerick
Patrice Twomey is the director of cooperative education and careers at the University of Limerick (UL). She has responsibility for leading employability provision at UL, which has one of the largest undergraduate work placement programmes in Europe. Her professional interests are in the areas of work-integrated learning, university-industry engagement, graduate readiness and competencies, and regional development. A graduate of University College Cork and postgraduate of the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP), Patrice is currently pursuing a professional doctorate at the University of Bath (UK). Her thesis focuses on the role of organisational socialisation in internship outcomes. She is a governor of the World Association for Cooperative Education.

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