AIEA Leadership

AIEA Board: Officers

Board

AIEA Committees

Past Presidents

AIEA Board: Officers

adel el zaim headshot

President

Adel El Zaïm is Chief Internationalization Officer at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Previous positions include Executive Director of the International Office, at The University of British Columbia (UBC), Director General Internationalization at Université de Sherbrooke, and Senior Programme specialist in Middle East and North Africa at Canada’s International Development Research Centre. Member of the board of AIEA, member of the Editorial committee, he chairs the AIEA Awards Committee. He holds a PhD in Linguistics.

 David Fleshler- headshot

President-Elect

David Fleshler is the inaugural Vice Provost for International Affairs at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), where he provides university-level vision and leadership for international activities across campus. He is an advisor to the American Council on Education’s Internationalization Laboratory. Previous positions included Chief of Staff to a U.S. congressman, attorney at an international law firm, and Director of International Operations at a non-profit. He serves on the boards of Global Cleveland and the Cleveland Council on World Affairs.

Cheryl Matherly headshot

Immediate Past President

Dr. Cheryl Matherly is Vice President and Vice Provost for International Affairs at Lehigh University and Professor of Practice in Comparative and International Education. She previously served as SIO for the University of Tulsa. Matherly is an AIEA board member, co-author of the AIEA Standards of Professional Practice, a two-time mentor for the AIEA Presidential Fellows Program, and frequent conference presenter. She writes on international education and employability. Her doctorate is from the University of Houston.
 Leigh Poole-headshot

Secretary

Dr. Leigh Poole is the Senior International Officer at Winthrop University where she leads internationalization initiatives as the Director of the International Center. Previously she served on the AIEA Board, was a Presidential Fellow, and served on several AIEA committees.  Poole has held national leadership positions with NAFSA and studied higher education as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, South Korea, and France.  Currently an Assistant Professor, she received her BA from Wofford College and holds a PhD from the University of Georgia.
Gil Merkx- headshot

Treasurer

Dr. Gilbert W. Merkx is Duke University's Director of International and Area Studies; Professor of the Practice of Sociology; Director of the Center for International Studies; and Director of the Duke Center for Islamic Studies. He is co-Chairman of the Council of Title VI National Resource Center Directors, a member of the Steering Committee of the Coalition for International Education, and serves on Scholars at Risk Network and Venice International University boards.
Terence Miller-headshot

Legal Adviser

Dr. Terence Miller is Director of the Office of International Education at Marquette University. He has 14 years of experience working in the field of international education. Miller is an Adjunct Law Professor at Marquette’s Law School teaching International Human Rights. He received his BA from Manhattan College and holds a JD from St. John’s University.
Darla Deardorff-headshot

Executive Director

Darla K. Deardorff is Executive Director of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA). In addition, she is a research scholar at Duke University's Social Science Research Institute and holds faculty positions at universities in several countries, including as a research associate at Nelson Mandela University (S. Africa), Meiji University (Japan), Shanghai International Studies University (China) and adjunct faculty at North Carolina State University. She is on the faculty of Harvard University's Global Education Think Tank and has served as faculty for Harvard's Future of Learning Institute as well as the Summer Institute of Intercultural Communication in Portland, OR. With over 20 years of experience in international education, she has also held national leadership positions with NAFSA and with Forum on Education Abroad. Author/editor of 8 books and over 60 book chapters and articles, her publications include The Sage Handbook of Intercultural Competence (Sage, 2009), Sage Handbook of International Higher Education (Sage, 2012), Building Cultural Competence (Stylus, 2012), Demystifying Outcome Assessment for International Educators (Stylus 2015), Intercultural Competence in Higher Education: International Approaches, Assessment and Application (Routledge, 2017), and Leading Internationalization: A Handbook for International Education Leaders (Stylus, 2018). Her most recent publication is an open access book entitled Manual for Developing Intercultural Competencies: Story Circles (Routledge/UNESCO, 2020) available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, and Russian at https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000370336. She regularly gives invited talks, trainings and workshops around the world on intercultural competence, international education assessment and global leadership, and serves as a consultant and trainer on these topics, including with UNESCO and OECD. The intercultural competence models developed from her research are being used in numerous countries and she is recipient of several awards related to her work. Founder of ICC Global, her areas of specialty include cross-cultural training, assessment and evaluation, teacher/faculty preparation/development, curriculum internationalization, global leadership, and intercultural coaching. She received her master’s and doctorate degrees from North Carolina State University.

AIEA Board

Jewell Winn, Tennessee State University (2023)
GianMario Besana, DePaul University (2023)
José Celso Friere Jr., São Paulo State University (2023)
Erich Dietrich, New York University (2022)

Meredith McQuaid, The University of Minnesota (2022) 

Teresa Wise, University of Alabama (2022)
Thomas Bogenschild, Independent Consultant (2021)
Victoria Jones, University of California, Irvine (2021)
Kelechi Kalu, University of California, Riverside (2021) 
Sharon Nagy, Clemson University (2021) 
Kati Csoman, Juniata College (2021) 
Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2021) 


Committees

Much of the work of AIEA is accomplished through committees that focus on various aspects of AIEA's mission. Any member of the Association is welcome to participate in the work of these committees. Committee chairs maintain a roster of currently active members. AIEA's Executive Director serves as an ex-officio member of all committees and boards within AIEA except the Audit Committee. AIEA members are encouraged to contact the chairs to learn more about committee plans and activities and to indicate their interest in committee participation.

*Due to the recently passed bylaws, members of the board and standing committees are still being determined. 

Board Committees 

Executive Committee

Chair: Adel El Zaïm (University of Ottawa)
Members: Cheryl Matherly (Lehigh University), David Fleshler (Case Western Reserve University), Secretary Leigh Poole (Winthrop University), Gil Merkx (Duke University), Darla Deardorff (ex-officio)

Governance Committee

Chair: Adel El Zaïm (University of Ottawa)
Members: Kati Csoman (Juniata College), David Fleshler (Case Western Reserve University), Cheryl Matherly (Lehigh University), Terrence Miller (Marquette University), Darla K. Deardorff (Ex-officio, AIEA)

AIEA Audit Committee

Chair: GianMario Besana (DePaul University) 
Members: Tom Bogenschild (Independent Consultant), Amir Reza (Babson College)

Finance Committee 

Chair: David Fleshler (Case Western Reserve University)
Members: Gil Merkx (Duke University), Victoria Jones (University of California, Irvine), Sharon Nagy (Clemson University), Jewell Winn (Tennessee State University), Darla K. Deardorff (Ex-officio, AIEA)

Standing Committees 

Professional Development and Engagement Committee (Formerly Leadership Development & Strategic Issues Committees)

Co-Chair: Meredith McQuaid (University of Minnesota)
Co-Chair: Erich Dietrich (New York University)
Vice-Chair for Gender Equity: Helen Gaudette (Fashion Institute of Technology)
Liaison to Public Policy Committee: Lisa M. Lancia (Fordham University NY)
Liaison to Publications Committee: Marcellus Caldas (Kansas State University)
AIEA Thematic Forum: Helen Gaudette, Sylvain St-Amand (Université du Luxembourg), Stephanie Doscher (Florida International University)
AIEA Presidential Fellows Program: Susan Popko (Santa Clara University), Stephen D. McDowell (Florida State University), Mariella Hernandez (Universidad del Pacifico Peru)
Senior Advisers Program: Hong Yang (Bryant University), Maria Anastasiou (Appalachian State University)
SIO Academy Program: Shannon Marquez (Columbia University), Tim Lewis (University of St. Thomas), Sylvain St-Amand 
Members: Eny Di Iorio (Lorenzo de' Medici Institute), Downing Thomas (University of Iowa), Vinita Bahri-Mehra (Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter), Terrence F. Graham (California State University, Long Beach), Ryan Griffith (University of the Pacific California), Randy Kluver (Oklahoma State University), Richard Harvey (University of East Anglia), Sharon Nagy (Clemson University).

Member Outreach and Awards Committee (Formerly Membership Committee and Awards Committee) 

Chair: Victoria Jones (University of California, Irvine)
Sean Michael Cox (Bahçeşehir University)
Members: Jennifer Engel (Loyola University Chicago), Ling Gao LeBeau (Western Carolina University), George T. Sipos (The College at Brockport SUNY), María Soloeta (Universidad Del Salvador), H Stephen Straight (Binghamton University), R. Anderson Sutton (University of Hawaii at Manoa), Jewell Winn (Tennessee State University), Carrie Wojenski (SUNY Albany), Katie Bowler Young (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Thomas Bogenschild (University of Oregon), Marcellus Caldas (Kansas State University), Svetlana Filiatreau (Virginia Tech), Jane Gatewood (University of Rochester), Paulo Zagalo-Melo (Western Michigan University).

Public Policy Committee (Formerly Policy Advisory)

Chair: Thomas Bogenschild (Independent Consultant)
Vice-Chair: Lisa Lancia (Fordham University)
Members: Mimi Barnard (Belmont University), Sherif Barsoum (New York University), Petra Hejnova (Syracuse University), Ling Lebeau (Western Carolina University), Gilbert Merkx (Duke University), Terence Miller (Marquette University), Sylvester Osagie (Penn State University), Jennifer Robertson (Valencia College), Peter Vanderwater (Institute for International Education), Imara Dawson (University of Michigan), Hannah Buxbaum (Indiana University), Wesley Milner (Evansville University).

Publications and Resources Committee (Formerly Editorial)

Chair: Teresa Wise (University of Alabama)
Members: David Di Maria (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) Steven Duke (University of Nebraska), Nick Gozik (Boston College), Binbin Jiang (Kennesaw State University), James Lynch (College of Coastal Georgia), MaryTheresa Seig (Ball State University), Cheryl Young (Miami University).

2021 Annual Conference Committee

Lead Planning Committee: Cheryl Matherly (Lehigh University) , Teresa Wise (University of Alabama), Meredith McQuaid (University of Minnesota), Darla K. Deardorff (AIEA) 
Members: Jeffrey Belnap (Texas Tech University-Costa Rica), Marcellus Caldas (Kansas State University), Kati Csoman (Juniata College), Andrea Custodi (CET Academic Programs), Eny Di Iorio (Lorenzo de' Medici Institute), Steven Duke (University of Nebraska System), Natalia Dyba (University of Washington Bothell), Jennifer Evanuik (Central Michigan University), Esther Gottlieb (The Ohio State University), Ni Jadon (McMaster University), Yu Jiang (Xavier University of Louisiana), CK Kwai (Jacksonville University), Lisa Lancia (Fordham University), Mark Lazar (Open World Solutions), Jonathan Lee (Chicago State University), Peter May (Peter F May Consulting International), Jamie McGowan (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), Vinita Mehra (Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter), Martha Merritt (University of Richmond), Judy Peter (University of Johannesburg), Susan Popko (University of Johannesburg), Piram Prakasam (Ferris State University), Matthew Pucciarelli (St. John's University), Joanna Regulska (University of California, Davis), Amanda Sayan (University of Sydney), H Stephen Straight (Binghamton University), Ngozi Taffe (University of Connecticut), JY Zhou (Stockton University).

AIEA SIO Academy Faculty

Chair: Penelope Pynes (UNC Greensboro)
Members: Harvey Charles (SUNY Albany), David Di Maria (University of Maryland, Baltimore County),  Pia Wood (University of Tennessee - Knoxville).


 AIEA Presidential Leadership and Past Presidents

AIEA Past Presidents (left to right)

Harvey Charles, Susan Sutton, William Brustein, Adel El Zaïm, Cheryl Matherly, Nell Pynes, Hilary Kahn, Donna Scarboro, Bill Lacy, JoAnn McCarthy, Earl Kellogg.

Cheryl Matherly, Lehigh University 

2019

Penelope Pynes, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

2018

Hilary Kahn, Indiana University 

2017

Gil Latz, Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis

2016

Jenifer Cushman, Penn State Beaver

2015

Harvey Charles, Northern Arizona University

2014

Sabine C. Klahr, University of Utah

2013

Donna Scarboro, The George Washington University

2012

Susan Buck Sutton, Bryn Mawr College

2011

Bill Lacy, University of California - Davis

2010

Pia Wood, University of Tennessee - Knoxville

2009

Gilbert Merkx, Duke University

2008

William Brustein, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

2007

Uliana Gabara, University of Richmond

2006

Stephen C. Dunnett, SUNY Buffalo

2005

Earl Kellogg, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

2004

Maria Krane, Creighton University

2003

John K. Hudzik, Michigan State University

2002

JoAnn McCarthy, University of South Florida

2001

John D. Heyl, Old Dominion University

2000

Joyce M. Randolph, University of Pennsylvania

1999

John H. Petersen, Western Kentucky University

1998

Margaret A. Kidd, University of Texas at Austin

1997

Edward H. Moseley*, University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa

1996

Jean S. Aigner, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

1995

Barbara B. Burn*, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

1994

Davydd Greenwood, Cornell University

1993

Thomas H. Hoemeke, University of North Texas

1992

Gerald M. Slavin*, The University of New Mexico

1991

Burkart Holzner*, University of Pittsburgh

1990

Felix V. Gagliano, Ohio University

1989

George C. Christensen, Iowa State University

1988

Ralph H. Smuckler*, Michigan State University

1987

Charles Klasek*, Southern Illinois - Carbondale

1986

Jack Van de Water, Oregon State University

1985

Joe W. Neal*, University of Texas at Austin

1982, '83, '84


* deceased

AIEA Counselors

Counselor status was previously awarded by AIEA to long-standing members of AIEA who have made significant contributions to the organization throughout the years. The AIEA Board voted to bestow counselor-status on deserving members. Learn more...