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Contributions to International Education

As a leader in the field of International Education, ISA recognizes that it is our responsibility to fully commit to its relevance, growth, evolution and progression. In order to fulfill this responsibility, our team of experienced international educators is dedicated to providing innovative and personal contributions to the field.

Below is a current list of our presentations and publications.

Generation Study Abroad

ISA is proud to announce its participation in the Generation Study Abroad initiative which aims to double "the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade."

NAFSA: National Conference

San Diego, CA, May 25-30, 2014

  • ISA's Associate Director of University Relations, Nick Zappitelli, presented alongside Marguerite Castelnau-Santorine and Meredith Field of Bucknell University and Jane Dickson of The Foundation for International Education. The presentation, "Supporting Fraternity and Sorority Members who Study Abroad," aims to provide information as well as facilitate a dialogue regarding innovative ways to support students from Greek organizations before, during, and after their time abroad.
  • The Director of ISA Service-Learning, Natalie Bates, presented in a session titled "Creating Global Competence Using Technology and Synergetic Pedagogical Methods." Natalie joined the presentation from our Austin office via Skype, while fellow presenters Uttiyo Raychaudhuri and Laura Braun of Clemson University, and Randy Nichols of Limestone College lead the presentation in San Diego. Session information encompassed how Global knowledge delivery uses technology such as simulation and blended classrooms for interactive learning. A conceptual framework of constructivist thinking and other pedagogical tools were illustrated in this presentation. Additionally, the utilization of Google hangouts, twitter and other social media tools will help to demonstrate innovative delivery methods.

NAFSA: Regional Conferences


Tuscon, AZ, October 14-17, 2014

  • Rafael Hoyle, Executive Vice-President, Academic Affairs, co-presented a session at the NAFSA Region II conference titled, "Finding Water in the Desert - Effective Study Abroad Risk Management with Limited Resources." The session explored ways in which education abroad offices can successfully manage health, safety, and security responsibilities when there is no dedicated study abroad risk manager on campus. Two panelists representing a large public and small private university will discuss strategies that have worked on their campuses, while Dr. Hoyle will focus on ways in which study abroad service providers can add value to education abroad offices.


Fort Worth, TX, November 3-7, 2014

  • The Director of ISA Service-Learning, Natalie Bates, will form part of a team of international educators conducting a workshop titled, "Service-Learning and Internships Abroad: Programming and Implementation," on November 2, from 1 to 5 pm at the Renaissance Worthington Fort Worth Hotel. The workshop will focus on the development, facilitation, and enhancement of internships and service-learning programs.
  • The Director of ISA?s Custom Programs Department, Laura Pierce Weldon, will co-present in a session titled, "Faculty-Led Hybrid Program Development," at the NAFSA Region III conference. The session will focus on how new university study abroad programs can be developed using the faculty-led model and external program providers' existing networks and resources.


Lexington, KY, November 9-11, 2014

  • Nick Zappitelli, Associate Director of University Relations, will co-present a session at the NAFSA Region VI conference titled, "Emerging Trends in Education Abroad Partnerships: Interrogating the Embedded Education Abroad Provider Model," with Dr. Tony Ogden of the University of Kentucky. The ISA office at the University of Kentucky will be presented as an example of the "embedded office" model to facilitate a candid reflection on the merits and challenges of such partnerships.


Albany, NY, October 28-30, 2014

  • Andrew Wingfield, Director of ISA Degrees Abroad, will co-present at the upcoming NAFSA Region X/XI Conference. The session is titled "Preparing Students for Postgraduate Degree Programs Abroad: Advising Resources for International Educators," and will be presented in collaboration with Dr. Jon Stauff, Director of the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement; Dr. Joe Stanley, Institutional Relations Manager for CAPA International Education; Ginny Casper, Program Specialist of International Education at Union College; and Dr. Eric Derr, International Office Coordinator at Carlow College, Ireland. This session introduces the study abroad advisor to available resources, strategies for the student to consider in gaining both admission and funding, and the perspective of the recent graduate exploring post-graduation employment in the United States.

Additional Domestic Conferences


Los Angeles, CA, May 7-10, 2014

  • Kimi Shao, ISA's Site Specialist for China and South Korea, and Jessie Brewer, ISA-HS Study Abroad Coordinator, exhibited at the National Chinese Language Conference in Los Angeles. The conference was designed for Chinese language educators and professionals from kindergarten through university level.


Lincoln, NE, September 21, 2014

  • Megan Fulmer served as Content Chair of the Nebraska Lessons from Abroad conference at the University of Nebraska. Megan worked directly with the Content Committee to create and design the conference schedule and select sessions that pertain to the theme of the conference.

International Conferences


Toronto, Canada, June 10-13, 2014

  • Natalie Bates, Director of ISA-ELAP, will facilitate a presentation titled, "Adding Structure, Oversight and Support to Students' International Internship and Service-Learning Programs through E-Portfolios." The main objective of the presentation is to provide information pertaining to the effective design of an e-portfolio, which consists of online individual reflective essays, group discussions, a weekly log of hours, a supervisor evaluation and a certificate of completion. The design of an effective e-portfolio should satisfy and exceed standard university requirements for students to receive academic credit, as well as serve as an impetus for students to consider the long-term impact of their experience


  • Nathan Frank, ISA's Custom Program Manager for the Pacific Region, will publish two articles that will appear in peer-reviewed journals. The first, a book review titled, "Arthur Kroker's 'Beautifully Tangled Knot' of Contingency, Complexity, and Hybridity," will appear in Kudzu Review 4.4 (print and online). The second is an article titled, "Remapping the Present: Dave Eggers' Spatial Virtuality and the Condition of Literature," and will be published in the journal Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture 14.4 (online).