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Staff Achievements

    2018

    December

    Jill Reister

    Received her PhD in Educational Studies from the University of Cincinnati. Dissertation: “Diversifying Destinations: Examining Study Abroad in Non-Traditional Locations”

    October

    Bradley Titus

    Australian International Education Conference 2018
    To Disclose or Not Disclose: Emerging Considerations from the United States, Europe and Australia

    September

    Martha Johnson 

    Nominated for The Global Leadership League's 'Mentor of the Year 2018' Award

    August

    Maria Wentworth

    2018 Career Integration Conference (Washington, DC)
    Career-Minded Marketing: Exposing employability benefits of study abroad

    May

    Josie Kahlenbeck

    Received her Master of Liberal Studies degree, combining Public Affairs and History. Thesis “The More Influential, the More Controversial: How Eleanor Roosevelt and Eva Perón Broke Gender Norms and Redefined the Role of First Lady”

    Bradley Titus

    NAFSA Annual Conference (Philadelphia, PA), presenter
    Expanding Our Rainbow focusing on identity and GLBTQ issues in International Education

    Maria Wentworth 

    Appointed to the board of the UMTC Career Development Network

    Vanessa Walton

    Received her M.S in Architecture: Heritage Conservation & Preservation from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Plan B Thesis: "Reframing Integrity: The Whitney Plantation"

    April

    Eric Leinen

    Invited to be a guest speaker at the AIEA Thematic Forum held in Limerick, Ireland in the following two sessions: Opportunities and Benefits of Engaged Learning for Study Abroad Students—Perspectives from All Stakeholders; and Unpacking the UL Practicum

    Bradley Titus

    Diversity Abroad Conference, presenter
    A Fork in the Road(map): Assessment to Navigate Change

    March

    Ellen Reid & Christine Anderson

    The Forum on Education Abroad conference (Boston, MA), presenters with Helle Rytkønen of DIS
    Undergraduate research in study abroad: ethics, curriculum, and trends

    Erica Qualheim & Vanessa Walton

    The Forum on Education Abroad conference (Boston, MA), presenters with Mark Ritchie of ISDSI,
    Applying Best Practices from Sustainable Tourism and Heritage Tourism to Study Abroad

    Ellen Reid & Heidi Soneson

    Advancing Publicly-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning conference in (Minneapolis, MN), presenters with June Nobbe and Ross VeLure Roholt (faculty)
    Public engagement in undergraduate study abroad experiences: addressing society’s grand challenges

    2017

    Martha Johnson

    Served in the following positions during 2017:

    • DIS Board of Directors
    • IFSA Butler National Advisory Committee Executive Committee
    • Diversity Abroad Advisory Council
    • Fund for Education Abroad Advisory Board

    November

    Matt McGilvray 

    NAFSA Tri Regional Conference 2017, presenter

    • Supporting First-Gen Students: From a Deficit to a Strengths-Based Approach
    • Creative Funding Approaches for Education Abroad Students

    Bradley Titus

    NAFSA Tri Regional Conference 2017, presenter
    Getting Involved in Leadership in Education Abroad

    Maria Wentworth

    NAFSA Tri Regional Conference 2017, presenter
    Help Students Help Themselves: Developing Successful Returnee Programming.Student Career Development Through a Returnee Internship

    October

    The following staff members presented at the AIEC: Australian International Education Conference (Hobart, Tasmania):

    • Bradley Titus

      Mapping a New Path: Strategies for Building Diversity & Inclusion in Outbound Mobility
      Stop Preaching to the Converted: Get Off Your Tail and Get Some Diversity

    • Brook Blahnik

      Unintended Consequences of Well Intentioned People: Effects of system and process on diverse student mobility

    • Martha Johnson

      Diversity in Practice: Supporting the next generation of women leaders
      Pre-conference Workshop: Risky Business: Mitigating Risk in Learning Abroad

    Ashley Metz

    Co-presented the session Teachable Moments: Service Learning as Means Toward Student Engagement, Development and Compassion at the 2017 IES Conference (Chicago, IL).

    September

    Maria Wentworth

    IIE Presentation 2017 (DC)
    Career-Minded Marketing: Exposing employability benefits of study abroad

    June

    Emily Mraz

    Joined the Study Abroad Committee for AACRAO

    Ellen Reid

    Symposium on the Ethics of Help, Minneapolis, June 2017, presenter with Julia Wheeler Ludden, DIS 
    DIY: Strategies and best practices for building a “hands-on” study abroad program for undergraduates 

    Ashley Metz

    Appointed to Diversity Abroad's Religion Task Force

    May

    Ashley Metz

    Graduated with an M.Ed. in Leadership in Education

    Martha Johnson

    Earned Ph.D. in American Studies and Drama at the University of East Anglia in England

    March

    Ashley Metz

    Published article in Career Integration: Reviewing the Impact of Experience Abroad on Employment No. 2.
    The Advantage of Self-Authorship for Career Readiness

    Martha Johnson

    • Published article in the Career Integration: Reviewing the Impact of Experience Abroad on Employment No. 2.
    • Finding the Right Words
    • Published article in the Forum: EAIE Member Magazine
    • Risks Worth Taking

    The following staff members presented at The Forum on Education Abroad annual conference (Seattle, WA).

    • Bradley Titus

      Back to the Future: Heritage Seeking in the Study Abroad Setting

    • Martha Johnson

      Supervisor's Toolkit: Managing and Supervising Education Abroad Professionals

    • Timothy Dohmen

      Workshop: Building and Designing Career Development into Education Abroad Programming

    • Eric Leinen

      Living Life on the Edge (Of the World): Student Risk-Taking Behavior and the Continuum of Concern

    • Ellen Reid

      New advice for an old problem: gutsy strategies with pre-health students—health careers competencies, not clinical experiences while abroad
      Presented with Tricia Todd of the Pre-Health Student Resource Center 

    The following staff members presented at the Diversity Abroad annual conference (Minneapolis, MN)

    • Sarah Tschida

      Workshop: Recruitment to Retention: Inclusive Hiring in Education Abroad

    • Bradley Titus

      Facilitating Diversity on the Ground

    • Martha Johnson

      The Body in Study Abroad

    February

    Ashley Metz

    Published in the January/February edition of NAFSA International Educator magazine, In Focus column

    Timothy Dohmen

    Appointed to CAPA International's Academic Advisory Board

    January

    Bradley Titus

    Named to the National NAFSA Education Abroad team: Regional and Outreach Management Content Coordinator

    2016

    October

    Antonia Lortis & Harriet Guerrero 

    Presented Sending Diverse Students from Minneapolis to Cuernavaca at Partnership 2016: Inclusion and Innovation in the Americas (Guadalajara, Mexico).

    Antonia Lortis

    Presented the session Branding for Beginners: Marketing Study Abroad on Campus at the NAFSA Region IV Conference (Springfield, MO).

    Christine Anderson 

    Presented the session Re-Reading the City: By the Sea at the Forum on Education Abroad European Conference (Athens, Greece).

    September

    Martha Johnson

    Presented the session How to Recruit Gen-Y Students at the EAIE Conference (Liverpool, United Kingdom)

    July

    The following staff members presented at the Curriculum Integration Conference (Boston, MA):

    • Christine Anderson

      Research on the Impact of Study Abroad on Career Skill Development

    • Martha Johnson

      Short Term, Long Impact: Articulating the Skills and Value of Short-Term Study Abroad

    • Mohamud Jama & Antonia Lortis

      Career Development & the Minnesota Studies International Development (MSID) Program Model

    • Martha Johnson & Françoise Chaton

      La Nouvelle-France: Creating Non-traditional and Career Relevant Programs in a “Traditional” Location

    June

    Jessica Hartnett & Maria Wentworth 

    Presented the session Setting the Stage for Successful Career Development Abroad at the Global Internship Conference (Boston, MA).

    Amy Garwood-Díaz

    Presented Career Integration: Reframing the Career Component of Learning Abroad(poster session) at the Global Internship Conference (Boston, MA).

    May

    The following staff members presented at the NAFSA annual conference (Denver, CO)

    • Christine Anderson

      Aligning Education Abroad Outcomes With Employability

    • Ashley Metz

      Breaking In and Establishing Yourself in International Education Before A Master's Degree

    • Antonia Lortis

      The Student Journey Through Technology: User Experience and Game Design

    • Brook Blahnik

      Finding Efficiencies in Education Abroad: Common Processes and Resources

    • Amy Garwood-Díaz & Ashley Metz

      Creating Opportunities for Internal Peer Professional Development (poster session)

    April

    The following staff members presented at the Forum on Education Abroad annual conference (Atlanta, GA):

    • Martha Johnson

      Comfort Zones and Conflict Zones: Balancing the Act

    • BJ Titus

      To Disclose or Not to Disclose? Communication with Partners Regarding On-Site Issues

    • Christine Anderson

      The Essential Role of Reflection: Navigating the Intersection between Student Development and Intercultural Learning

    The following staff members presented at the Diversity Abroad annual conference (Atlanta, GA):

    • Martha Johnson

      It's a Culture Thing: Honest Talk about Diversity Abroad
      US Diversity 101: What Every Onsite Team Member Should Know

    • BJ Titus

      Help! No one looks like me: Strategies for student inclusion

    March

    Cathy Huber

    CIMAS awarded an Award for Excellence for her long term support and dedication for the development of University of Minnesota programs in Ecuador.

    Amber Bathke

    Article, What Our Borders Really Protect: A Discussion of Human Rights, Undocumented Immigration, and White Privilege, will be published in CAPA’s upcoming Human Rights publication. This publication will be debuted at the 2016 NAFSA National Conference.

    Ashley Metz & Whitney Westley

    Presented the session So You Studied Abroad—Now What? Resources and Advising for Returned Studentsat the Tate Conference (Minneapolis, MN).

    2015

    Maria Wentworth

    Article Career-Minded Marketing published in Career Integration: Reviewing the Impact of Study Abroad on Employment. 

    November

    BJ Titus

    CIEE Annual Conference (Berlin, Germany)
    Presented the session Innovative Programming and Funding Models for Students with Diverse Backgrounds

    Amber Bathke

    Article, Keep Calm and Go Abroad: The Effect of Learning Abroad on Student Mental Health, will be published in the spring 2016 Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad.

    Jill Reister

    Presented the following sessions at the Region VI NAFSA Conference (Cincinnati, OH):

    • Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig... Reentry Programming, Insights and More
    • Finding Balance: Managing the Demands of Work, Life and Family

    October

    The following staff members presented at the NAFSA Region IV Conference (Des Moines, IA):

    • Lindsey Lahr & Whitney Westley

      Cultivating the Next Generation of International Mentors

    • Amy Garwood-Díaz & Ashley Metz

      Collegial Collaborations

    • Ashley Metz

      Strategies for Break In & Establishing Yourself in IE Before a Master's Degree—Won Best of Region!

    • Amy Garwood-Díaz & Ashley Metz

      Creating Opportunities for Internal Peer Professional Development (poster session)

    Martha Johnson

    Presented the session Commitments that Work: Making Study Abroad Work for Your State at the Generation Study Abroad IIE Summit (Washington, DC).

    Vanessa Walton

    Selected as the 2015 College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Alumna for the Department of Modern Languages at Wright State University (Dayton, OH).

    BJ Titus

    Appointed chair of the Diversity Abroad's International Student Task Force.

    September

    Eric Leinen

    Presented at Guilford College as a guest lecturer to speak about digital storytelling and its uses with study abroad returnees (Greensboro, NC).

    Martha Johnson

    Presented the following sessions at the EAIE conference (Glasgow, Scotland):

    • Video Killed the Radio Star 2.0: Smart Use of Social Media Across the Student Life Cycle
    • Navigating Careers in International Education: A Discussion for Aspiring Women Leaders

    Zach Mohs

    Presented the session Study Abroad & Career Integration: Strategies for Before, During, and After the Study Abroad Experience at the IFSA-Butler NAC Conference (Indianapolis, IN)

    June

    Martha Johnson

    Presented the session Before, During, and After: Strategies for Maximal Career Integration at the annual Global Internship Conference (Dublin, Ireland).

    May

    BJ Titus

    Awarded the 2015 Lily von Klemperer Award at the NAFSA annual conference in Boston, MA.

    The following staff members presented at the NAFSA annual conference (Boston, MA):

    • BJ Titus

      Home Universities and Overseas Partners: Optimizing Communication Involving On-Site Student Issues

    • Heidi Soneson

      The Transatlantic Friendship and Mobility Initiative: Increasing US Student Mobility to France
      Diversity Outreach and Support in Education Abroad (poster session)

    • Martha Johnson

      Region IV Highlight: Fostering Senior Leadership Excellence for Women in Education Abroad

    • Amber Bathke

      Keep Calm and Study Abroad: The Effect of Learning Abroad on Student Mental Health (poster session)

    March

    The following staff members presented at the Diversity Abroad annual conference (New Orleans, LA):

    • Eric Leinen

      Gotta Have Faith?: The Impact of Religion on Study Abroad

    • BJ Titus

      Assessing Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives with the Access, Inclusion & Diversity in International Education Roadmap

    • Martha Johnson & BJ Titus

      Drag Race: Performing Identity in Education Abroad

    February

    Eric Leinen 

    Appointed to the Foundation for Global Scholars scholarship selection committee.

    Sarah Tschida

    • Presented the session Developing Intercultural Competence: Three Approaches to Engagement & Reflection at the Workshop on Intercultural Skills Enhancement (WISE) Winston-Salem, NC).
    • Presented the session Tales from the Trenches: Transitioning First-Year Students Using International Experiences at the National Conference on the First-Year Experience (Dallas, TX).

    January

    The Learning Abroad Center received an Andrew Heiskell Honorable Mention for Innovation in International Education in the Study Abroad category for its Bridging Loan Program.

    2014

    December

    Mike Trost

    Appointed to NAFSA's Visa Education Subcommittee

    November

    The following staff members presented at the CIEE annual conference (Baltimore, MD):

    • BJ Titus

      Engaging Diverse Identities to Promote Intercultural Competence (pre-conference workshop)

    • Amanda Fischer & Thuy Doan

      The Psychology of Scholarships: Lessening the Barriers for Students and Reviewers

    Maria Wentworth

    NAFSA Regional Conference, St. Paul, MN, presenter

    Marketing to Gen Z

    October

    The following staff members presented at the Forum on Education Abroad European Conference (Barcelona, Spain):

    • Martha Johnson

      Site Visits: A Partner Perspective on Good Collaboration

    • Christine Anderson

      Are Two Locations "Better" than One?

    Kim Hindbjorgen & Antonia Lortis

    Presented the session Career Integration: Re-framing the Career Component of Learning Abroad at the Association of American Colleges & Universities' "Global Learning in College" conference (Minneapolis, MN).

    August

    Zach Mohs

    Appointed to CAPA International's Academic Advisory Board

    July

    Maria Wentworth

    Career Integration Conference, Minneapolis, MN, presenter
    The University of Minnesota Twin Cities Career Integration Initiative: How Learning Abroad and Careers Connect

    June

    Cathy Huber & Dr Mohamud Jama

    (Dr. Jama is Resident Director, Minnesota Studies in International Development—Kenya)
    Presented the session Philosophy-Driven Experiential Learning: Lessons Learned from Thirty Years of Engagement at the Global Internship Conference (Toronto, ON).

    Eric Leinen 

    Appointed to Diversity Abroad's Religion Task Force

    May

    The following staff members presented at the NAFSA annual conference (San Diego, CA):

    • Heidi Soneson

      US Regulations on Travel to Cuba and Recent Education Abroad Program Experiences

    • BJ Titus

      Tips on Navigating and Networking in the Field of International Education

    • Holly Zimmerman LeVoir

      Education Abroad Visa Updates: Critical Considerations for Students Studying Abroad

    • Martha Johnson

      Advancing Global Competence Through Collaboration with Faculty

    • Kim Hindbjorgen & Amanda Fischer

      The University of Minnesota's Career Integration Initiative

    Zach Mohs

    Presented the CIC webinar Attrition and Retention: Sealing the Deal from Application to Participation

    April

    The following staff members presented at the Forum on Education Abroad annual conference (San Diego, CA):

    • Antonia Lortis & Martha Johnson

      Career Integration: Reframing the Career Component of Learning Abroad

    • Cathy Huber

      Developing Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety

    Ryan McCarthy, Amanda Fischer & Erica Qualheim 

    Served on Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship selection panels with the Institute of International Education (Houston, TX).

    March

    Martha Johnson

    Presented the session Assessing Health & Safety Risk for Diverse and Underrepresented Student Populations at the Diversity Abroad Network's annual conference (San Diego, CA).

    January

    Scott Daby

    Appointed to the Forum on Education Abroad's Standards Committee

    2013

    November

    The following staff members presented at the CIEE annual conference (Minneapolis, MN):

    • Kim Hindbjorgen

      Planning, Implementing and Sustaining Curriculum Integration of Education Abroad (pre-conference workshop)

    • Sarah Tschida

      Demystifying Digital Storytelling: Narrating International Experience with Digital Media (pre-conference workshop)

    • Scott Daby

      Collaborative Approaches to Supporting Pre-Health Professional, Nursing, and Health Sciences Undergraduate Students in Education Abroad

    • Antonia Lortis

      Building Bridges: Connecting Families to Education Abroad

    • Heidi Soneson

      Designing Effective Student Learning Outcomes for Education Abroad

    • BJ Titus

      Fostering Cultural & Self-Awareness in Students: Negotiating Identity in Intercultural Transitions

    The following staff members resented at the NAFSA Region IV conference (Rapid City, SD):

    • Heidi Soneson

      Education Abroad Hot Topic: Visa Updates

    • Jeremy Pieper

      Best Practices and Pitfalls of Writing for the Web

    • BJ Titus

      American Citizen Services Abroad: Resources from the US Department of State

    June

    BJ Titus 

    Co-edited the NAFSA e-publication By Example: Resources for Education Abroad Offices.

    May

    The following staff members presented at the NAFSA annual conference (St. Louis, MO):

    • Heidi Soneson & Holly Zimmerman-Levoir

      Education Abroad Visa Updates: Critical Considerations for US Students Studying Abroad

    • Martha Johnson

      Creative Financing Initiatives for Expanding Access to Study Abroad

    • Christine Anderson

      Cross-Cultural Engagement Courses Predeparture and While Abroad: What Makes Them Effective

    • Heidi Soneson

      Developing a Study Abroad Program in Cuba: Understanding Federal Government Regulations

    • BJ Titus & Sarah Tschida

      Best Practices in Addressing Gender and Sexuality in International Education (poster session)

    • Brook Blahnik

      Open Dialogue on Underrepresented Groups in Study Abroad

    • Kim Hindbjorgen & Martha Johnson

      Curriculum Integration of Education Abroad: Introducing NAFSA's New E-Publication

    • BJ Titus

      How to Navigate the Field of International Education as a Young Professional

    Thuy Doan

    Served on a Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship panel through the Institute of International Education (Houston, TX).

    Ryan McCarthy 

    Served on a scholarship selection panel for the Foundation for Global Scholars (May–December 2013).

    March

    Thuy Doan, Lindsey Lahr & Eric Leinen

    Served on the Fund for Education Abroad's national scholarship selection panel.

    The following staff members presented at the Forum on Education Abroad conference (Chicago, IL):

    • Martha Johnson

      Challenging the Lens: Examining Symbolism and Meaning in the Promotion of Education Abroad (pre-conference workshop) and The Empire Talks Back: Issues of Language in the Postcolonial and Postmodern World

    • Brook Blahnik

      Moving Beyond Narrow Definitions of Learning Mobility: CIC Collective Benchmarking

    February

    Christine Anderson, Sarah Tschida & Allison Suhan

    Presented the session Learning Abroad for First-Year Students: Opportunities, Benefits & Challenges at the University of Minnesota's biennial Focusing on the First Year conference (Minneapolis, MN).