2019 AIEA Leadership Academy for New SIOs 

April 29-May 3, 2019 
Durham, NC 

2019 Academy Participants in front of the Kings Daughters Inn
2019 Faculty and Participants 


Harvey Charles serves as Dean for International Education and Vice Provost for Global Strategy at the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY).  He is Past President of the Association of International Education Administrators.  Beyond his administrative responsibilities, Charles presents and publishes regularly on issues including global learning, internationalizing the curriculum and comprehensive internationalization. Charles has been an SIO at various institutions around the US over the past 25 years.

Darla K. Deardorff is AIEA Executive Director and affiliated faculty at Duke and numerous institutions worldwide.  Author/editor of seven books and over 50 articles and book chapters, she is regularly invited to speak and consult around the world including the UN and OECD.  Her doctorate is from NC State University.

David L. Di Maria is Associate Vice Provost for International Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is a member of AIEA’s Editorial Committee and a former AIEA Presidential Fellow. Di Maria has also held leadership positions within AIRC, APLU and NAFSA. He regularly, presents, publishes, and consults on key issues pertaining to international education. He earned a doctorate from the University of Minnesota, where his research focused on services for international students. 

Riall Nolan is Professor of Anthropology at Purdue, where he was formerly Associate Provost and Dean of International Programs. He has also held administrative and/or teaching positions at the University of Cincinnati, Golden Gate University, the University of Pittsburgh, the School for International Training, Georgia State University, the University of Papua New Guinea, and at Cambridge University.

Penelope "Nell" Pynes is Associate Provost for International Programs at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, leading internationalization efforts, directing the University's Global Engagement Quality Enhancement Plan and promoting student/faculty exchange. She has recently served as chair of NAFSA's International Education Leadership Knowledge Community and is currently the President of AIEA. A regular presenter on comprehensive internationalization and co-designer of several SIO training programs, she has a doctorate in Germanic linguistics from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Pia Wood is the Vice Provost and Dean of International Studies at the University of North Texas. Her responsibilities include Study Abroad, International Student and Scholar Services, Sponsored Students, International Partnerships, Intensive English Language Program, and International Recruitment. She is a past president of AIEA. Wood earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Geneva in Switzerland.

Guest Speaker

Heather H. Ward is the Associate Dean for Study Abroad and International Exchanges. She is responsible for coordinating global education opportunities for the College of Arts and Sciences and overseeing operations of the Study Abroad Office. Prior to joining UNC Chapel Hill in January 2019, Heather served as Associate Director for Internationalization and Global Engagement at the American Council on Education (ACE) in Washington, D.C., where she developed programs and resources to support the internationalization of colleges and universities, as well as increased collaboration among global higher education institutions and systems. Heather also led ACE’s efforts to promote the use of technology to deliver global learning and strengthen international partnerships. Heather previously served as Associate Director for Internationalization and Outreach at George Mason University (VA) and Director of International Programs at Mary Baldwin University (VA). Her previous experience in international affairs focused on human rights, criminal justice reform, and immigration, and she has held positions with the Vera Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, Americas Society, and U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Ward holds a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies and Spanish from Vanderbilt University and a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University. Her passion for global education began with an undergraduate semester in Madrid, Spain, followed by a summer internship and field studies in Guatemala.


Amy Baker portrait photograph  Wendy Baker is the Director of Global Initiatives at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. She leads campus-wide internationalization efforts and oversees education abroad, international student services, international partnerships, and international programming. Baker received the USF award for Global Engagement in 2017. She holds an MBA from the University of South Florida (USF) and is currently a doctoral student in Education Program Development at USF. 
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Aryn Baxter began working as the Executive Director of International Programs at the University of Idaho in January 2019. Previously, she was a faculty member and director of the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Arizona State University. Aryn is a scholar-practitioner with a longstanding commitment to expanding access to transformative global learning opportunities. She holds a doctorate in Comparative and International Development Education from the University of Minnesota and has worked with study abroad programs in Rwanda, Tanzania and Haiti. She currently serves on the board of the Comparative and International Education Society and has presented her research on engaging underrepresented international students, higher education scholarship programs, and university partnerships at NAFSA, CIES and ASHE.

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Gwen Burrows is Executive Director, International at the University of Toronto (U of T).  As part of the executive team of the Office of the Vice President International, she is responsible for strategy development and for leading the implementation of the International Strategic Plan.  Her portfolio includes deepening international research partnerships, brand building, as well as a focus on enhancing international student experience. Before joining U of T in August 2017, Gwen held various leadership roles at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), serving as Executive Director, Communications, Public Affairs and Advocacy (2013-17); Director of Strategic Projects at the Research Institute (2006-13); and Director of the SickKids Foundation National Grants Program (2000-2006). Gwen holds a Masters in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins and a BA from McGill University.

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Paul Clark serves as Senior International Officer at West Texas A&M University where he previously held the positions of Coordinator of East Asian Studies and Coordinator of International Studies.  He is also a Professor of History and is a two-time Fulbright Research Fellow to Japan.  He has published widely on topics related to Japanese language policy, foreign policy, education policy and scandals.  He holds a doctorate in East Asian History from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Jeff W. Cohen, PhD, currently serves as the Executive Director of the Office of Global Affairs and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Washington Tacoma. The Office of Global Affairs at UW Tacoma supports global learning through study abroad, international student and scholar services, and student fellowships and awards. In his capacity as Executive Director, Dr. Cohen also serves as the senior international officer at UW Tacoma. As a faculty member, he has (co)led study abroad programs to South Korea, The Netherlands, and Ireland/Northern Ireland. 

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Claire Cox is the Deputy Head of the International Office at Griffith College.  As Deputy Head of the International Office, Claire is responsible for supporting the Director of the International Office in overseeing international marketing, recruitment and academic collaborations. She is an active member representing Griffith College in the following international higher education associations: EAIE: the European Association of International Education; Forum on Education Abroad; AIEA: Association of International Education Administrators, NAFSA: Association of International Educators. She holds a BA (Hons) in Applied Languages and an MSc in Management from Dublin City University.

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Nishi Dhupa is Executive Director of the Einaudi Center and serves as Associate Vice Provost for International Affairs at Cornell University. Her work focuses on aligning infrastructure to support the international activities of faculty and students, enhancing support for international students, and improving student access to global experiences by addressing financial and informational barriers. She is also executive director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, where she handles administrative oversight for the center and its eight area- and thematic-studies programs. Dhupa holds a bachelor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Nairobi and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.

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Roberta Espinoza, Ph.D. serves as Vice Provost for Global-Local Initiatives and Professor of Sociology at Loyola Marymount University (LMU). As LMU’s inaugural Senior International Officer, her role is to facilitate collaborations and professional relationships among LMU faculty, staff, alumni, and other institutions on efforts related to comprehensive internalization (global) and strategic community engagement (local). She draws from 10+ years of professional experience in diverse higher education environments, including at a large, public Hispanic-Serving Institution (California State University, Fullerton) and at a small, highly selective private liberal arts college (Pitzer College). Dr. Espinoza received her B.A. from Pomona College and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Megan Gibbons is Coordinator of International Education for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.  In this capacity, she oversees the HEPC J-1 Consortium, the Global WV education abroad programs, and the statewide virtual exchange Collaborative Online International Learning program.  She is also a tenured Associate Professor of Spanish at Glenville State College. In addition to teaching language, literature and culture, she serves as Director of International Programs at Glenville State, focusing on virtual exchange and faculty-led study abroad. Dr. Gibbons received her Ph.D in Hispanic Language and Literature from Boston University. Her international experience includes time spent in Italy and Panama, as well as completing a master’s degree in Madrid and a Fulbright placement in Oviedo, Spain where she conducted research on COIL. 

 Gundalf Graml professional headshot  Gundolf Graml is Assistant Dean for Global Learning and Professor of German Studies at Agnes Scott College. In addition to overseeing Agnes Scott's Center for Global Learning, Graml designs and teaches faculty-led study abroad courses to places such as Austria, Germany, Hungary, and Peru. In his current role he also creates and facilitates annual faculty-development workshops on curricular planning, risk management, and inclusive teaching for faculty-led courses. Graml has presented numerous papers and published articles on the historical connections between tourism and national identity as well as on Austrian and German film. He has shared his experience in the areas of study abroad and curricular planning at national and international conferences such as NAFSA, AACU, AIEA, and WISE.
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Binbin Jiang is Executive Director of the Division of Global Affairs, Director of CIFAL Atlanta and professor of international education, leadership and research at Kennesaw State University. Dr. Jiang is an international scholar and leader with over 25 years of experience in teaching, research and administration in multiple international contexts. She presents frequently at national and international conferences on international education, diversity and leadership preparation. Her books include Transforming America (2011) and Transforming Education: Global Perspectives, Experiences and Implications (2013). She also served as the Editor-in-Chief of a peer-reviewed international journal New Waves: Educational Research and Development (2011-2014).

 Randy Kluver professional photo  Randy Kluver is the Dean of the School of Global Studies and Partnerships at Oklahoma State University. His responsibilities include oversight of the Study Abroad/National Student Exchange Office, International Students and Scholars, the Center for International Trade and Development, the English Language Institute, and the academic programs of the School of Global Studies and Partnerships. Previously, Dr. Kluver served as a faculty member and administrator at Texas A&M. He has extensive international experience, having previously taught at Jiangxi Normal University (China), National University of Singapore, and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He has published widely in the fields of new media, Asian politics, the Internet in Asian societies, public diplomacy, and international communication.
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James (Jim) Lynch is Senior International Officer and Director of Institutional Effectiveness at the College of Coastal Georgia, where he leads global initiatives to advance campus internationalization. His institutional effectiveness portfolio has contributed significantly in helping build the academic infrastructure to provide access to global opportunities, intercultural collaboration, and international partnerships. Jim completed a Fulbright Scholarship Program in the United Kingdom that provided him with new perspectives on how to promote a diverse and global education for students through potential educational partnerships and student exchange opportunities. He holds an MFA from Columbia University in the City of New York and a doctorate from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. On a personal note, Jim grew up in Athens, Greece, and is fluent in modern Greek; he enjoys reading, writing, athletics, community service, and outdoor family activities in his spare time.

 Blair McElroy professional photo Blair McElroy is the Senior International Officer and Director of Study Abroad at the University of Mississippi.  McElroy has presented and exhibited at the NAFSA, EAIE, APAIE, and IES annual conferences throughout the years on topics such as social media in international education, faculty and staff exchange, and creative models for financial aid.  In June 2018 she participated in the Fulbright International Education Administrators program in South Korea.  She also teaches in the Department of Legal Studies and the First Year Experience program at the University of Mississippi.  McElroy holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi and is a licensed attorney.
 Fedelma McNamara professional photo  Fedelma McNamara is the Director of Internationalisation at Trinity College Dublin and leads a transnational team in the development and implementation of Trinity's Global Relations Strategy and internationalisation policies. Previous to this appointment, Ms McNamara held the position of Project Manager, Trinity Education Project, one of the central initiatives of Trinity’s Strategic Plan with the overall purpose of renewing the Trinity Education, promoting a research-inspired curriculum, introducing flexibility in programme patterns, ensuring curricula are enhanced through technology and equipping our graduates with key skills that enable them to be career ready. Prior to this Ms McNamara spent 10 years working in various senior administrative roles in the School and Faculty of Medicine at Trinity College. Ms McNamara holds a BBS in Business and Personnel Management from the University of Limerick.
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Jenifer Saffi has been the Vice-President and Head of the Internationalization Office at the Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre (UFCSPA), in Brazil, for the last two years. She is a Biochemistry Professor at UFCSPA, researching in the area of DNA repair and  cancer, and was the first coordinator of the Graduate Program in Biosciences. She holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and Post-Doc from the Institut de Cancérologie Gustave Roussy, France.

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Andrea Thomas is the Director of International Education at the State University of New York at Farmingdale State College where she builds strategic partnerships with international universities for global programs and Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL).  A U.S. State Department Alumna, Andrea has worked in Southern Africa, South and Central America, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. Andrea is the vice president of the Long Island chapter of Partners of the Americas and on the Board of Directors for One World United and Virtuous.  Currently, Andrea attends the Global Executive Doctor of Education program at the University of Southern California where she studies the impact of virtual exchange programs on building cultural intelligence and applying it to Educational Leadership and Administration.