Internationalization of higher education; education abroad administration, advising, assessment and program development; education abroad curriculum integration and pedagogy; intercultural communication and engagement
Dr. Sandi Smith was introduced to international education in 1986 as a kindergarten teacher in Palau, Micronesia. Teaching a class of children from multiple countries and languages, she developed a passion for learning about intercultural interactions. During her two years of teaching she also developed and published a kindergarten curriculum workbook in the Palauan language.
Throughout her career in international education Dr. Smith has traveled to Argentina, Belize, Belgium, Bermuda, Cyprus, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Guam, Italy, Iceland, Mexico, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Spain, and United Kingdom.
Ed.D. Higher Education Administration, Florida State University
M.A. Higher Education Administration and Adult Education, Appalachian State University
1. What is it that you are most passionate about?
"I am passionate about using education and international education to foster equity and social justice."
2. What do you enjoy most about teaching and/or what excites you about being a professor at MIIS?
"What excites me most about teaching at MIIS is the opportunity to contribute to the formation of scholars, educators, managers, and policy makers who will lead in a global setting."
Internationalization of higher education, ducation abroad advising and administration, education abroad curriculum and pedagogy, leadership for equity and social justice, diversity and inclusion in higher education, student services and student affairs
Chair Education Abroad Knowledge Community, NAFSA, Washington DC 2015
• Elected to provide leadership for the development and dissemination of knowledge needed by professionals engaged in education abroad.
Poster Presenter Certificate of Achievement, NAFSA Annual Conference, Houston, TX 2012
• Recognized by a panel of peer reviewers for exceptional production and presentation of a
poster in the International Education Research Poster Fair.
Lily Von Klemperer Award, NAFSA Education Abroad Knowledge Community, Houston, TX 2012
• Honored through a selection process for consistently maintaining the highest standards of professional ethics and performance, for demonstrating a concern for helping and guiding newcomers to the field of study abroad, and for displaying in professional activities an eagerness to meet new challenges and openness to new ideas.
Simon Award for Campus Internationalization, NAFSA, Washington, DC 2012
• Co-Authored successful nomination for NAFSA’s Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization.
• This award recognized SF State as a model for overall excellence in campus internationalization efforts as evidenced by the practices, philosophies, and policies described in our nomination and recognized by a distinguished selection jury.
NAFSA Advocate of the Year, Washington, DC 2011
• Presented with the 2011 Advocate of the Year Award for going above and beyond in efforts to support NAFSA’s core mission of promoting international education and exchange. Recognized for stalwart advocacy for international education at the state and federal level. Activities leading up to this honor included serving as advisor to NAFSA staff in developing the Connecting Our World Grassroots Leadership Program.
David Wick is director of study abroad at Santa Clara University, where he manages the program portfolio, staff, and systems to increase global understanding and engagement. Previously, David has served in many NAFSA leadership roles, including those on the 2012 and 2013 Annual Conference Executive Committees, the Region XII team, Trainer Corps, and Academy. He also holds leadership roles with Diversity Abroad and Lessons from Abroad. David holds a doctoral degree in educational leadership from San Francisco State University, a master’s degree in education from Arkansas State University, and a bachelor’s degree in French, German, and dance from Macalester College.
EdD, in Educational Leadership, San Francisco State University, USA; MSE, in Educational Theory and Practice, Arkansas State University, USA; BA, in French, German, and Dance, Macalester College, USA.
Abraham, K., Casey, K., Newell, L., & Wick, D. (2011). Education Abroad Advisor Guide for African-American Students. Oakland, CA: Diversity Abroad Network.
Hernandez, M., Wick, D., & Wiedenhoeft , M. (Eds.). (2014). NAFSA's Guide to Education Abroad for Advisers and Administrators (Fourth ed.). Washington DC: NAFSA: Association of International Educators. (Details online: https://www.nafsa.org/wcm/Product?prodid=396)
Wick, D. (2010). Study Abroad: Making It Happen: Your Guide to Taking Your Education Abroad. Washington DC: NAFSA: Association of International Educators.