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Fall 2016

International Education Practicum

An important part of the International Education Management program at MIIS is the practicum. Students gain real-world experience by completing 4-6 month internships at international education organizations (either domestic or abroad), all while completing projects equivalent to 6 credits of on-campus coursework.

I completed my practicum at the non-profit WorldTeach in Cambridge, MA.

Spring 2016

Counseling Skills for Advisors

Focusing on advising roles in international education, this course will teach students introductory communication and advising/counseling techniques for use in one-on-one advising sessions. Course materials and discussion will focus on basic counseling skills, communication, cross cultural interactions, diversity, confidentiality and its limits, how to make referrals, and responding to students in crisis. This course will include experiential and role play activities.

Education Abroad Management

This course provides an introduction of the history through current day practices in US education abroad, focused on outbound student mobility (“study abroad”) in US higher education. This course is designed to explore major tenets in the field of education abroad and will cover a variety of topics including: education abroad theory, program models, standards of good practice, student learning abroad, benefits and challenges of education abroad, advising, budgets and case studies, among other key topics in education abroad.

Higher Education Administration

Viewing higher education administration through the lenses of campus business offices, student services, and academic programs, systems theory will be used to examine the impact of university culture upon higher education administration practices. This course also investigates how management and leadership styles have an impact on higher education administration practices.

International Education Program Design & Assessment

An introduction to the theory and practice of international education design and assessment, this project-based course provides an opportunity for students to study, explore and apply program development and assessment methods within the international education context. Students put their learning into practice through creation of a program proposal and execution of an assessment plan utilizing tools and research discovered throughout the course.

Introduction to Intercultural Competence

This course addresses the intercultural theories and practice of working and living in cultures other than your own, and focuses on cultural preparation and competency building to engage successfully with diverse cultures. The content of this course identifies a variety of ways for individuals to be more successful in working with diverse groups – both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S. The course is also intended to assist graduate students to develop an awareness of intercultural sensitivity and recognize its value, gain specific intercultural competencies to be more effective in the workplace, and enable students to better understand their own culture and ethnic background so they can understand others at a more meaningful level.

Staff Management in an International Context

Examining the complexities of staff management in international and multinational contexts, this course will include discussion of job description development, advertisement, selection processes, salary setting and negotiation, ethics, workers’ rights, and managing remote teams. Establishing trust, staff motivation, communication skills and leadership styles will also be studied in both organizational and cross-cultural contexts. The course is oriented from the practitioner’s perspective with relevant case studies.


Winter 2016

Campus Internationalization

This course will introduce students to the basics of comprehensive campus internationalization, with a primary focus on U.S. higher education. Through a careful reading of recent literature, institutional case analyses, intensive “committee” work and peer review, and comparative benchmarking research, students will produce a robust vision statement for comprehensive internationalization at a targeted U.S. institution. Students will examine best practices, identify emerging trends in five professional knowledge communities (as identified by NAFSA), critique innovative strategies, and recognize existing barriers to advancing comprehensive campus internationalization. This course would be particularly appropriate for those pursuing professional careers in international education, higher education leadership, and comparative higher education.

Cross-Cultural Crisis Management

The course is designed to prepare international educators to respond appropriately, expeditiously, and comprehensively to disasters that befall students and faculty in cross-cultural settings. The course is oriented from the practitioner’s perspective and will cover protocols for on-campus and overseas responses to crises such as natural disasters, political turmoil and terrorism, health issues and suicide, and criminal activity. The importance of considering cultural values and physical realities when conducting risk assessment and designing a crisis management plan is emphasized. Additional topics to explore include the challenges of dealing with the press and social media, caring for crisis survivors, navigating repatriation and legal issues, and the cultural values and assumptions that cloud cases involving relationship violence, sexual harassment, or rape.

International Partnerships

This course provides a general overview to the various types of partnerships in which universities engage, including exchanges, research partnerships, and transnational education delivery. Literature from various sources is used to help shape broad definitions of what effective partnerships may be, and service learning literature will be reviewed in order to critically characterize elements of exploitative, transactional, and transformative relationships.

Survey Design

Survey Design will focus on the various ways that surveys can be used to collect necessary information for program design, development, and assessment. The course will begin with a discussion of the research process (establishing an area of interest, conducting a literature review, developing research questions, selecting an appropriate research design, data collection, data analysis, sharing of findings, building an argument, identifying implications). After a consideration of the possibilities and limitations associated with surveys, we will discuss the macro- and micro-level details of survey design (organization, question order, question types, word choice) and analysis (qualitative, quantitative). We will also consider online tools for collecting survey data, as well as discuss how survey data can be used in conjunction with other data collection methods. Throughout the course students will have an opportunity to evaluate existing surveys and create their own surveys for particular purposes related to their professional interests and goals.


Fall 2015

Budgeting in Educational Organizations

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 skills necessary for effective financial management. The course will be conducted using lecture and case study methods requiring active student participation.

Citizen Diplomacy

This course will examine how “Citizen Diplomacy,” or people-to-people exchanges that operate outside traditional diplomatic channels, can be utilized to enhance international education programs. The course will look at best practices in designing, running and evaluating citizen diplomacy programs with relevant case studies and class exercises. Topical areas including English teaching, academic and professional exchanges, homestays, and internships will be explored within the citizen diplomacy context. Readings and discussions on the related fields of public diplomacy and corporate diplomacy/CSR will explore the interplay of government and non-government entities with citizen diplomats.

Comparative International Education

This course offers an introduction to the breadth of educational systems and structures around the world, and the cultural, historical, philosophical, and economic forces that shape these systems. Additional topics to be studied include the effects of globalization on education systems; the role of NGOs in the provision of formal and non – formal education; and issues of diversity, access, and inclusion as they manifest internationally.

Educación Comparada e Internacional en América Latina

El curso ofrece una panorámica de los principales aspectos teóricos, prácticos y de políticas que afectan los sistemas educativos latinoamericanos en la actualidad. Con la expansión de la globalización, se presta cada vez más atención a los sistemas educativos como el instrumento fundamental para procurar la inclusión social y la competitividad laboral a la vez que son objeto de desafíos internos y externos. En el curso se explorará el papel de los sistemas educativos en los procesos de democratización de las sociedades latinoamericanas, lo cual se persigue por medio de la universalización de la educación básica, la inclusión social, las reformas educativas universitarias y las iniciativas de internacionalización. Dado que el financiamiento es un aspecto fundamental para el mantenimiento y el mejoramiento de los programas educativos, se examinará el papel que desempeñan el Estado, el sector privado, las organizaciones no gubernamentales e internacionales en el ámbito educativo. Asimismo, se analizará  la situación de poblaciones en desventaja y algunas iniciativas innovadoras y reformistas dirigidas a la inclusión, el mejoramiento de la calidad educativa y la internacionalización.

Maximizing Intercultural Learning: Theory to Holistic Practice

Changing global demographics, increased conflict across the world, and other factors have heightened the awareness of the value of intercultural competence. Many programs across varied fields and for varied audiences have the development of intercultural knowledge, skills, and attitudes as primary goals yet they do not effectively incorporate intercultural content, processes, and contextual factors into program design. In this interactive course, students will learn about a holistic whole-person model of culture-based learning that incorporates intercultural theory, intercultural tools and activities, interpersonal dynamics, and continuous reflection on learning by program participants as a means to create sustainable and impactful personal and professional growth. Students will learn about and experience intercultural tools and methods and explore their use based on participant learning styles, experience levels, and target level of challenge and support. These include real-world case studies and Day In The Life storytelling techniques that illustrate effective intercultural learning tenets. Students will incorporate what they learn into their own design of an intercultural learning scenario as a final product, which they can use to foster intercultural competence development in their own work.

Principles and Practices of International Education

This foundational course will introduce students to the breadth of the international education field. Course content will emphasize fundamental principles of international education through a focus on seminal literature in the field. Additionally, the course will emphasize exploration of career specializations through interactions with practitioners and individual course assignments.

Recruiting and Marketing for International Education

This course introduces the fundamental essentials of marketing and recruiting as a managerial process. Students who complete the course will understand how to make decisions as manager in educational organizations responsible for defining and operating recruiting and marketing strategies according to their selected mission. This decision-making process includes understanding how to identify and evaluate target market opportunities, define and articulate a value proposition for an educational service, and develop a promotional strategy that takes into consideration competitors and price sensitivities of the target market.