I am passionate about:
I am passionate about fostering the basic connections we can make with one another across cultures and languages through empathy and compassion.
What excites me about being a professor at MIIS:
I am excited about the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience from working in the field of international education for over twenty years in a variety of roles and institutional settings. I look forward to interacting with emerging professionals who have a commitment to intercultural learning and global citizenship and to assist them in applying theory to practice.
All aspects of management in international education administration, U.S. immigration regulations, study abroad safety, security and emergency preparedness, and short-term faculty led study abroad program development and management
- Assistant Dean of the Center for International Education at Juniata College which was awarded the 2012 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization, NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
- Elected Chair of the Hungarian Room Committee of the Nationality Rooms Program at the University of Pittsburgh in September 2012.
- Appointed as a Board Member (2008-2012) and Treasurer (2009 to September 2011) of the Pennsylvania Council for International Education.
Upon completion of my undergraduate studies with a regional focus on Russia and East Europe and study of the Hungarian language, I was awarded a Fascell Fellowship from the US Department of State and was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Budapest, Hungary. When I returned for graduate study at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, I worked in the Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University Center for International Studies (USCIS) as the Coordinator for the Business and Economics Fellowships in East Europe program. I held other positions at USCIS, including Outreach Coordinator and Undergraduate Advisor and Lecture Series Coordinator for the Center for Russian and East European Studies and Office Manager for the Pennsylvania Governor's School for International Studies. In 1998, I began working as an Education Abroad Advisor at the University Office of International Programs at the Pennsylvania State University. One of my primary responsibilities was to handle promotion for study abroad and coordination of over forty reciprocal undergraduate exchange programs. As a member of the Computer and Technology Committee (CAT) we developed and implemented an on-line application for Education Abroad - one of the first on-line study abroad application databases used in U.S. study abroad offices. I came to Juniata in 2001 to oversee immigration and international student and scholar support services for the college. I have served as the Assistant Dean of the Center International Education since 2008 and as Acting Dean in 2010-11. My current responsibilities include the management of short-term faculty led programs abroad. I am also the manager for Juniata study abroad programs offered through the Keystone Study Away Consortium (KSAC) and will serve as the consortium President in the 2013-14 academic year. A highlight of my work at Juniata was when I lived and worked in The Gambia, West Africa in 2010 as the on-site program coordinator for the KSAC semester study abroad program.
M.P.A. Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, 1996 B.A., Political Science; Certificate: Russian and East European Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 1989
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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