Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Paige E. Butler

Assistant Professor, International Education Management

1. What is it that you are most passionate about?

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world – Nelson Mandela.” I passionately believe in the power of education, particularly international education, to transform societies, breakdown cross-cultural barriers and foster intergroup dialogue.

2. What do you enjoy most about teaching and/or what excites you about being a professor at MIIS?

Being in the classroom is rewarding at MIIS because it is truly focused on continuous learning and growth in an internationally-focused and professionally-centered environment. Courses are designed to cultivate deep learning through hands-on experience. It’s a joy to learn from the wealth of experience students bring to the classroom and watch students evolve and develop their passion in pursuing a career that I am deeply committed to as a scholar and practitioner. Knowing MIIS students will make such a positive impact in the world is truly motivating and inspiring.


Study Abroad and International Exchange Management, Student Development Theory, Program Design and Assessment, Education Research Methods, Academic Leadership, Curriculum Development, Accreditation, Higher Education Administration and Career Development

Previous Work

Dr. Paige Butler is an administrator of higher and international education, and has worked in both public and private sectors since 2003. Dr. Butler’s primary roles have been in education abroad leadership in university and provider organizations and she has been deeply involved in all aspects of education abroad programs.

Prior to joining MIIS in Spring 2015, Professor Butler was in Phoenix, Arizona where she served as the Director of Academic Affairs at CEA Study Abroad. In this role, she managed global academic operations and provided academic leadership for multi-site education abroad programs located in seven countries and 10 cities around the world. Previously, Paige was the Director of Faculty-Led and Custom Programs at CEA where she developed and implemented customized group and faculty-led program initiatives in partnership with numerous U.S. colleges and universities. While at CEA, Professor Butler was part of a small team that won the Student Philanthropy Award and the Innovative Program Award from GoAbroad.com for service and diversity focused study abroad program initiatives in partnership with U.S. university partners. Professor Butler was also nominated for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design from the Forum on Education Abroad for the Global Career Development Certificate Program she founded while at CEA.

Before working at CEA, Paige was an administrator at Arizona State University, where she held various positions in study abroad, student development, academic affairs and first-year success programs. At ASU, Dr. Butler taught courses in leadership, academic success and higher education. Dr. Butler also held past roles at the Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center and served as a civilian youth counselor with Camp Adventure for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, stationed in Japan, Germany and Italy. Paige currently holds a position as an editor for the Journal of International Students.


Ed.D., Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in Higher Education
M.Ed., Higher & Post-secondary Education, Arizona State University, Arizona
B.A., Psychology & Spanish, Cornell College, Iowa
Experiential Education Certification, National Society of Experiential Education


Select publications, published as Paige E. Sindt, include:

Sindt, P. & Lucas, J. (2014). Inquiry-Based Learning for Faculty and Institutional Development: A Conceptual and Practical Resource for Educators. Emerald Group Publishing.

Sindt, P (2014). The Quest for the Global Ready Graduate. NAFSA International Educator Advertorial, May/June.

Sindt, P (2014). Reflective Leadership Case Study found in book “Leadership Theory and the Community College: Applying Theory to Practice.” Authors: Wood, J.L., Nevarez, C. & Penrose, R. Sterling, VA, Stylus Publishing.

Sindt, P. & Lucas, J. (2013). It’s a Process, Not a Program: The Role of Student Affairs in Education Abroad. ACPA Global Dimensions Webinar. Available online.

Lucas, J., Sindt, P. Espiritu, K., Luchesi, J. (2012) Early-College Study Abroad: A Gateway for Faculty Engagement in Internationalization. IIENetworker Spring 2012 edition. Article. Institute of International Education. New York, NY.

Sindt, P. & Brand, L. (2008). From Access to Success: Exploring Readiness and Retention at Arizona’s Universities. A Policy Brief. Arizona Education Policy Fellowship Program and the Lincoln Center of Applied Ethics.

Sindt, P. (2008). Internationalization and higher education: Understanding the impact of short-term study abroad. Dissertation. Pro-Quest.

Course List

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IEMG 8510 - Intl Educ Design & Assessment      

This project-based course provides an opportunity for students to study the stages of program development as well as learn and practice assessment methods. Students put their learning into practice through creation of a program proposal and assessment plan and instruments.

Spring 2017 - MIIS, Spring 2018 - MIIS

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IEMG 8511 - Logic Model Framework for IE      

Spring 2017 - MIIS, MIIS Workshop

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IEMG 8550 - Budgeting In Educational Orgs      

An introduction to the theory and practice of budgeting and financial management with a focus on educational organizations. The course introduces the student to a broad array of budget issues relevant to successful management of educational organizations. The course will examine the role of the budget manager, primary budget elements, phases of the budget cycle, and interpersonal communication skills necessary for effective budgeting and financial management. The course will use a hybrid format combining on-site and on-line sessions as outlined in the syllabus. Content will be provided by the textbook and iLearn [Moodle] using lecture and case study methods requiring active student participation in groups.

Fall 2017 - MIIS

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IEMG 8610 - Education Abroad Management      

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.

Fall 2016 - MIIS, Spring 2017 - MIIS, Fall 2017 - MIIS

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IEMG 8650 - Intl Education Mgmt Practicum      

While undertaking an approved professional practicum in the International Education Management field, students will be responsible for rigorous academic performance, equivalent in quantity and quality to the requirements for equivalent on-campus coursework. Students will demonstrate their application of theory to practice through completion of multiple deliverables.

Fall 2016 - MIIS

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IEMG 8660 - Onsite Perspectives: Spain      

Participants will explore onsite management of international education programs in Madrid, Spain. Middlebury’s Madrid School Abroad, Sede Prim, will serve as the primary case study for the course. MIIS students will engage with Middlebury staff and undergraduate students to better understand the onsite perspectives of managing education abroad for U.S. college students. Participants will also explore a variety of international education models through visits and project work with program providers and Spanish universities hosting U.S. education abroad programs in Madrid. Application is required. Course information available at http://sites.miis.edu/iemabroad/.

Spring 2017 - MIIS, MIIS Winter/J Term only

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