Jenifer Cushman

Adjunct Professor in International Education Management

I am passionate about:

I am passionate about travel and intercultural exchange as a means to cultivate compassion among the peoples of the world.

What excites me about being a professor at MIIS:

What excites me about being a professor at MIIS is the opportunity to interact with enthusiastic future professionals, through thoughtful and meaningful dialogue about considerations, concerns, and visions in the field of international education.


My areas of expertise include comprehensive internationalization, curriculum integration of international initiatives, vision and strategic planning, financial management, institutional and cross-campus collaboration, and assessment of student learning outcomes.

Recent Accomplishments 

--Successfully nominated campus for the 2012 NAFSA Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization

--Collaborated across campus to establish a Global Village Living and Learning Community

--Identified and allocated faculty/ staff development funds for partner site visits and cultivation of international initiatives

Previous Work 

After teaching English in Russia with the Peace Corps and then privately in Poland, I served as Assistant Professor of German and Russian at the University of Minnesota, Morris.  As part of the system-wide University of Minnesota study abroad curriculum integration effort in the early years of this century, I developed and ran short-term study abroad programs and spearheaded an ambitious, campus-wide study-abroad pilot project.  Following a successful tenure process, I moved into the international education administration field first as Director of Off-Campus Study at the College of Wooster, then in my current position as Dean of International Education at Juniata College.


PhD in German, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, June 1996

MA in German, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, March 1992

BA in German and Psychology, cum laude with Honors in German, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN, June 1989

ESL Teacher Training, United States Peace Corps, Vladimir, Russia, Summer 1996

Course List

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IEMG 8610 - Study Abroad & Intl Exchange      

Through reading of the literature and extensive interactions with practitioners, students will explore study abroad models, student advising, orientation programs, financial aid issues, challenges of academic credit transfer, benefits of study abroad, faculty-led programs, risk management strategies, institutional partnership establishment, and growth of the work/intern/volunteer abroad sector.

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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