Friday, August 18, 2017

Live Feed Today - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to address State Department Student Programs & Fellowships participants at 10:10am EST

Updated August 19, 2017

Below is the talk by Secretary Tillerson yesterday:

I assume this live feed of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addressing State Department Student Programs and Fellowships participants will be held at 10:10am EST via

It also appears that it will be recorded should you be unable to watch the live feed.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

12 students from Gaza who are participating in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program visited and bowled at The White House

On Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 12 students from Gaza who are participating in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program visited and bowled at The White House.  A key figure who appears to have worked with the Government of Israel to bring these students to the United States and then welcomed them to The White House was Jason Greenblatt.  Greenblatt is Assistant to President Donald Trump and Special Representative for International Negotiation.  I have embedded four of Greenblatt's tweets pertaining to the visit by these students below:

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A Change in Senior Leadership at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)

It appears (via @ECA_AS on Twitter) that Mark Taplin has left his role as Acting Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State yesterday and has handed the reins over to Alyson Grunder. Grunder is currently Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  It's unclear if Grunder will be Acting Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs or if she is a permanent replacement.

Many thanks to Mark Taplin for his service to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and welcome to Alyson Grunder to her new role!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Monday, July 17, 2017

"Foundational Reading for Education Abroad Scholar-Practitioners" by Anthony Ogden, Ph.D.

Recently, Dr. Anthony Ogden, Executive Director of Education Abroad and Exchanges at Michigan State University, posted to SECUSS-L informing the field of his updated Foundational Reading for Education Abroad Scholar-Practitioners resource.

This nine page resource is an extraordinary compilation of literature and resources that every colleague in the field of education abroad should read or at least have knowledge of their existence.  Are you trying to break into the field of education abroad or more broadly into the field of international education?  If so, pick a reading off this list and start consuming!  Are you teaching a course on the internationalization/globalization of higher education?  If so, at a minimum link to and highlight this resource but more importantly you can find your required readings among the 77 listed readings and six key references.

Ogden breaks the readings down by the following 21 major knowledge areas followed by the key references:
1. Comprehensive Internationalization
2. International and Comparative Education
3. U.S. Education Abroad History
4. Evaluation and Assessment
5. Student Success
6. Curriculum Integration
7. Student Learning and Development
8. Student Advising and Support
9. Ongoing Orientation
10. Intercultural Competency
11. Global Citizenship
12. Cultural Learning and engagement
13. Diversity and Underrepresentation
14. Career Development and Employability
15. Academic Engagement and Development
16. Language Acquisition
17. Experiential Learning
18. Global Health Programming
19. Short-Term Education Abroad
20. General Research and Scholarship
21. General Professional
Key References
The list of authors of these foundational readings are a who's who of scholar-practitioners in the field and there are many colleagues that I have collaborated with on projects, co-authored book chapters or as the book editor, committees and task forces, presentations and workshops or in other endeavors such as Skyping in to a graduate level course as a guest speaker on international education.  Some of these authors are good friends and we have collaborated more in depth while some of these authors and I have only shared a microphone during a conference panel presentation and haven't collaborated beyond being invited to and showing up to the panel.  To be sure, there are many authors of these foundational readings that I know well but have yet to formally collaborate and there are others I have yet to meet in person or formally interact with electronically via email or Twitter or via some NAFSA online discussion forum but I hope to some day!  A list of the authors who I have collaborated with, large & small, follows (in no particular order):

Anthony Ogden
Gary Rhodes
Martin Tillman
Darla Deardorff
Bruce La Brack
Hans de Wit
the late Tony Adams
William Gertz
Michael Woolf
Bill Hoffa
Davina Potts
Bernhard Streitwieser
Gayle Woodruff
Michael Vande Berg
Martha Johnson
Margaret Wiedenhoeft
Mell Bolen
Lilli Engle
Victor Savicki
Richard Sutton
Gerald Fry
Elizabeth Stallman
John Hudzik
Jae-Eun Jon

I've been very fortunate to cross paths with so many wonderful people and contributors to the field of international education!

Friday, July 14, 2017

NAFSA's Voice on the National Security Education Board

Nice to see that Dr. Esther Brimmer, Executive Director and CEO of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, was appointed to the National Security Education Board. My guess is that she was appointed by President Obama during the last months he was in office as the announcement that she was to become NAFSA's Executive Director and CEO was made in late September 2016.

You can learn more about the NSEB and see the see who are board members at:

This is of interest to me as I wrote my dissertation on the National Security Education Program (NSEP).