2016 AIEA Academy for New SIOs 

May 2-6, 2016 
Duke University, Durham, NC 

2016 Faculty: Gil Merkx, Riall Nolan, Penelope Pynes, Pia Wood 
2016 Participants: Ariel Armony, Miriam Barnard, Sara Demko, Joel Ferguson, Laura Fernandez, Terri Flanagan, Lara Foley, Stephen Hales,  Paula Hentz, Patricia Juza, Amy Lancaster, Theresa Kaiser-Jarvis, Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela, Pauline Rankin, Patricia Sendall, George Sipos, and Nicole Tami.

2016 Participants

Ariel C. Armony is Senior Director of International Programs and Director, University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Armony earned a PhD in Political Science and a Certificate in Latin American Studies from the University of Pittsburgh where he now holds faculty appointments in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of Political Science, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.

Joel Ferguson was recently appointed the interim Vice Provost of Global Engagement at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he has been a member of the faculty since 1987. He is charged with developing a strategic plan for internationalizing UCSC, building the division of global engagement, and developing relationships to increase international research and educational collaborations. 

Laura Fernandez is Assistant Dean for International and Graduate Affairs at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Prior to joining OSU, she worked in public international law (human rights and international criminal law) and held various positions in Europe. She is originally from Latin America. While  active in both AIEA and NAFSA, she is particularly interested in issues of international student and scholar inclusion and the globalization of the legal profession. 

Terri Flanagan is Director of NAIT International, responsible for international pathways and recruitment, international learning opportunities and international student services. She is passionate about the importance and value international education brings to both the classroom and the campus. Terri previously held positions at UBC’s Okanagan campus. She holds an MA from Royal Roads University in Professional Communications, Specialization in International and Intercultural Communication.
Lara Foley is Assistant Provost for Global Education and Director of Global Scholars at the University of Tulsa.  She is also the founding director of TU Global Scholars, a selective program with an interdisciplinary global issues curriculum, language study, education abroad and community engaged learning focus.  She previously chaired the Department of Sociology and served as interim director of the Women's and Gender Studies program.  She received her BA from the University of Georgia and her PhD from the University of Florida.
Theresa Kaiser-Jarvis is Assistant Dean for International Affairs at the University of Michigan Law School. She leads the Center for International and Comparative Law, which oversees the LLM, SJD, and Research Scholars programs, provides global opportunities for J.D. students, and serves as focal point for the institution’s international activities. She earned her JD from Emory University School of Law, her MEd from Harvard University, and BA and BSJ degrees from the University of Kansas.
Amy Lancaster serves as Dean of International Programs at Wofford College. A member of NAFSA, AIEA, and the Forum on Education Abroad, she has co-presented at the national level on a variety of topics. She has previously served as a lecturer in Spanish for Wofford’s Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Lancaster holds a master’s degree in Spanish from Middlebury College and studied in Havana, Cuba, La Plata, Argentina, and Madrid, Spain.


Reitumetse (Reitu) Obakeng Mabokela is Vice-Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategy and Professor of Higher Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Prior to joining the University of Illinois, she served as the Assistant Dean for International Studies in the College of Education and Professor of Higher Education at Michigan State University. She is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of seven books, and has published extensively in a variety of scholarly journals.

George T. Sipos is Director and Associate Professor at the International Education Center at Yamanashi Gakuin University in Japan, coordinating globalization efforts. Additionally, as Dean of Students at YGU’s International College of Liberal Arts, he supports a diverse international student population. Before YGU, Sipos was Director at the Global Admissions Office at Osaka University, and program manager at the University of Chicago. Sipos holds a PhD in Japan studies from the University of Chicago.

Nicole Tami is the Executive Director of Global Education Initiatives at the University of New Mexico (UNM). She holds a doctorate in cultural anthropology, with regional expertise in East Africa. Nicole brings a collaborative and holistic approach to her role as SIO, working with a wide-range of campus constituents to promote global education both on and off campus. She’s been an active member of the CIC, AIEA and NAFSA, and speaks four languages, including Swiss-German, her mother tongue.