2017 Forum Council Candidates Announced

The Nominations Committee of the Forum Council is pleased to announce the following slate of candidates for the open positions in this year’s election:

Institutional Representatives from Forum member institutions and organizations have received an email with voting information. If you are an Institutional Representative and have not received this email, please contact

Timothy L. Carlson, Co-Director, IFE (Institute for Field Education, formerly Internships in Francophone Europe), Paris

Timothy L. Carlson is Co-Director of the Europe-based, not-for-profit, educational institute IFE (Institute for Field Education, formerly Internships in Francophone Europe). Tim has worked with IFE – first as a consultant and later joining the leadership team – since 1995. During his tenure IFE has grown from a pocket program serving a few students to a well-known institute operating highly-regarded programs in three European cities.

Bi-cultural and bi-national, Tim would bring to the Council critical overseas perspective. Not by chance, IFE’s reputation for excellence includes the vital twin facets of being a fully-embedded local institute also  able to work sensitively and productively with US partner universities for innovative, field-based programming.

As the longest-term member of IFE leadership, Tim has played a pivotal role in bringing a tiny, unknown overseas organization into its present position as a well-respected multi-city educational institute, working in close collaboration with more than two dozen top-ranked public and private US colleges and universities. At the same time IFE has built dense networks connecting it to civil society, the private sector, public administration and the university community in each of its sites (Paris, Strasbourg, Brussels). This double-ended strategy has earned IFE praise and—more importantly—fruitful collaborations on both sides of the Atlantic.

Building in this way a truly bi-cultural institution, Tim and his colleagues have amassed—in addition to a detailed understanding of how diverse forms of U.S. higher education function—important savoir-faire in several areas, including:

  • dialoging with U.S. institutions about in situ local opportunities and how to tap into valuable local differences compared to home campus and society, while navigating local constraints;
  • in a similar vein, developing productive, innovative and above all cooperative sender-provider relations;
  • devising ways study abroad can drive language acquisition—and vice-versa—at all levels of language learning;
  • making sure experiential education when abroad adheres to the principles of academic excellence on which it was originally founded;
  • experimenting with little and not-so-little ways to build inter-cultural consciousness into study abroad programming.

In his leadership role at IFE, Tim has developed an interest in curriculum integration including across the curriculum, in rethinking the equivalence question, in putting forward the role study abroad can play in reinforcing the career-relevance of liberal arts education, in supporting French language acquisition in the U.S., and other issues.

He has organized or participated in the following Forum conference sessions:

  • Denver 2012 – “What is Study Abroad’s Campus Address?: Concrete steps for integrating education abroad into the undergraduate curriculum” (session organizer)
  • Dublin 2012 – “How to get to Europe”, comments as part of the session “De-familarizing Europe”, suggesting ways to use experiential education and research to get inside supposedly well-known destinations. (presenter, session organized by Helena Kaufman)
  • Chicago 2013 – Comments on managing risk and fear by distinguishing real and apparent risk as part of the session “Diffusing Drama in Perceived Crises (presenter, session organized by Julie Friend)
  • Atlanta 2016 – “When Worlds (don’t need to) Collide: Study Abroad, Liberal Education, Internships, Careers”. (session organizer)
  • Athens 2016 – Universities, Culture, and Communication: Identifying the inter-cultural dimensions of inter-institutional dialog. (session organizer)

With a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts in Philosophy and a Master’s of Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, Tim has experience as teacher, as journalist and as communications consultant to the French higher education and research system.

In his own words: “I would be honored to participate in the work and deliberations of The Forum’s Council. I bring to this role a habit of mind engendered through building IFE’s position as an inter-institutional inter-cultural actor, putting down roots on both sides of the Atlantic. This bi-cultural and collaborative habit of mind has also led my colleagues and myself to reflect continually—from a field-based perspective—on how education abroad can be academically challenging and inter-culturally effective. The Forum’s Council would seem the obvious setting to pursue and extend that reflection.”

Rob Hallworth, Vice President and Deputy Director of Academic Programs, IES Abroad

Rob Hallworth has been in the field of education abroad for more than twenty years. He is currently the Vice President and Deputy Director of Academic Programs at IES Abroad. Prior to that, he worked as a study abroad and academic advisor for international affairs majors at the University of New Hampshire, the inaugural Director of International Education at Salisbury University and the Director of Study Abroad at The George Washington University. He has worked with The Forum on Education Abroad in a number of roles. He has facilitated more than ten Standards Workshops as part of the Forum Trained Facilitator Team, chaired or presented at six Forum conferences, and run a webinar on the Code of Ethics.  He has served on The Forum’s Curriculum Committee and the Curriculum Award Selection Committee. He has been a member of the Forum Institute Planning Committee and hosted a Beyond the Basics of Health and Safety Institute while at GWU. In his more than two decades in the field, he has served on a number of advisory boards in the field and presented on more than three dozen panels at national and international conferences. While at UNH and Salisbury University, he taught courses in U.S. and World History. He holds a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire in History and an M.A. from Georgetown University in Russian Area Studies.

Jonathan Kaplan, Vice Provost, Rothberg International School, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Jonathan Kaplan has been active in international education since 1978 as a teacher and administrator, most recently as the Vice Provost of the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, one of the oldest study abroad providers which hosts some 2,200 students every year from over 50 countries. The school offers study abroad and exchange programs, short-term programs throughout the year, graduate degree programs, language programs and pre-academic preparatory programs for international students. As the chief administrative officer of the school, Jon has been involved in program development, outreach, public relations, finances, and emergency management. He has also worked closely with North American universities in most of these areas. Kaplan has brought together other leading academic institutions in Jerusalem in order to offer joint programs in the performing and studio arts. He has also guided the school toward increased activity within The Forum and served as a member of the 2017 conference committee.

Kaplan has also led various educational projects outside the university. He was very active in the development of new educational technologies, serving as the founding director of Aviv, Israel’s first virtual high school and later as the director of a state-wide project to integrate computer technology into the teaching and learning of schools located in underprivileged areas across the country. Kaplan has a B.A. in Education and Jewish History and an M.A. in Jewish History from the Hebrew University. His doctoral dissertation will be presented there later this year.

Jon would like to contribute to the strengthening of an international perspective in The Forum’s work. As North American universities take an increasingly active role in their students’ study abroad experiences—academically and administratively—there is a greater need to understand and define the connection between home universities and those institutions that host students abroad. There may be a need for alignment in areas such as Title IX, diversity and inclusion, student safety and academic reporting. This could include services for institutions abroad that seek to better understand the needs of North American schools and wish to comply with their expectations through easily accessible training sessions. This could also lead to the broader certification program specifically for foreign institutions. The promotion of The Forum among international institutions could also advance this goal. A second and related issue has to do with incoming international students. How can universities develop the competence and cultural sensitivity not only to send their students abroad, but also to receive and support students from other cultures and societies? What should be the interaction between incoming and outgoing students, in order to maximize the experience of each? For these reasons Jon would be most interested in joining the Standards Committee.

Julie Maddox, Assistant Dean for Global Education, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

During her twelve years as a study abroad professional, Julie has managed overseas programs that included experiences for students to pursue academic study, internship, research and service-learning opportunities. In her current role as Assistant Dean for Global Education, she assists in providing direction and leadership for MIT’s Global Education team by overseeing study abroad operations, programs and services. Her responsibilities also include providing support in strategic planning, gap analysis, program assessment, data collection and other university-wide initiatives. Before joining MIT, Julie served as Director of Study Abroad Programs at Valparaiso University in Indiana.

Julie has a particular interest in helping the field further develop resources and tools for curricular design and integration, specifically for the STEM fields. Her work on curriculum design and integration is varied. She’s worked closely with faculty to develop courses for semester-long programs overseas as well as faculty-led short-term programs. While at Valparaiso University, she participated in the American Council of Education’s Internationalization Laboratory, an 18-month strategic planning initiative. She chaired a subcommittee on long-term international and domestic opportunities and worked closely with faculty on curriculum integration. At MIT, she was appointed by the Dean for Undergraduate Education to serve on the Dean’s Diversity and Inclusion Council to help advance MIT’s mission and values of a diverse and inclusive working environment.

Her experience in the field also includes work with organizations and associations at the national and state levels. She currently sits on the advisory board of a non-profit study abroad organization, CISabroad, and previously represented Valparaiso University on board of the Indiana Consortium of International Programs and as a representative for the New Association of Universities & Colleges (NAC&U). While working at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, she chaired the Illinois State Resolution on International Education through the International Educators of Illinois.

Julie is compelled to give back to The Forum and to serve other colleagues in the field more broadly. She is passionate about advocating for best practices and excellence in education abroad and looks forward to the opportunity to brainstorm with others about this important work. By serving on the council, she hopes to have a direct impact on providing global education opportunities to students beyond her own institution.

Mark Odenwelder, Executive Director , CEDEI (Centro de Estudios Interamericanos), Cuenca, Ecuador

Mark Odenwelder has been involved the field of international education for fifteen years. Specifically, he has been the Executive Director of CEDEI (Centro de Estudios Interamericanos) in Cuenca, Ecuador for the past 9 years. Before that, he was the Director of International Programs at CEDEI for nearly 3 years. Prior to directing CEDEI, Mark worked in private consulting, as a Spanish teacher, as an English Teacher, and as an on-site study abroad coordinator.

CEDEI is a large, multi-faceted not-for-profit educational institution in Ecuador, providing quality customized study abroad programming primarily for U.S. students, a large English institute for Ecuadorian students, as well as a bilingual pre-K through High School for students from Ecuador and all over the world. It supports study opportunities for Ecuadorians in the U.S. by hosting EducationUSA in conjunction with the U.S. State Department, as well.

In his role as Executive Director, Mark has dealt with everything from program conceptual development to on the ground program management (including, but not limited to, academic oversight, emergency management, student well-being, budget development and management, policy and procedure development, etc.) to post-program evaluation and fine-tuning. With each of these responsibilities, Mark has worked diligently to include the standards at every step of the way. One of the more gratifying pieces of his day-to-day work is finding ways to get locals and US partners to understand one another better by using the standards as a bridge.

Mark was part of the first cohort to complete The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad program, and has applied his theoretical and practical knowledge of the Standards as one of The Forum’s Trained Facilitators, offering trainings all over the world to various international education professionals. Mark has also been a frequent presenter at both Forum and other conferences, as well as a facilitator at a Forum workshop on mental health issues in education abroad.

Mark provides an entrepreneurial spirit, having worked to bring The Forum on Education Abroad and the U.S. Embassy in Quito together to provide Best Practices workshops for Ecuadorian universities, and helping to extend the reach of The Forum’s work abroad. He continues to advocate for best practices both nationally in Ecuador, and regionally, and has found there to be excellent opportunities through working with local embassies, consulates, and universities.

Mark served for two years as the President of AAPLAC (the Association of Academic Programs of Latin America and the Caribbean), as well as on AAPLAC’s board of directors for the three years previous. Now, Mark is part of the editorial board of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, as well as the co-Editor of Frontiers’ book review.

Mark currently serves on The Forum’s Standards Committee, and served on the conference committee for The Forum’s conference in Chicago in 2013. He found the selection process for the presentations offered at that conference to be an extremely enlightening, though challenging, process, given both the quality and breadth of topics that were submitted.

If elected, Mark will bring a balanced and easy-going, but thoughtful perspective to the Forum Council. He is a passionate advocate for study abroad in Latin America, and would be honored to serve the needs of all members as well as working to continue to open the doors of The Forum to new members.

Mark has an MNA (Masters in Nonprofit Administration) from the University of Notre Dame, and a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish from the University of Richmond.

Anthony L. Pinder, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs-Internationalization & Global Engagement, Emerson College

In February 2014, Anthony L. Pinder became the inaugural Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs for Internationalization and Global Engagement at Emerson College in Boston, MA. In this role, he plays a pivotal role in helping the College determine what it means to be a leading institution in the arts and communication in a global way. He is responsible for managing and providing leadership to all of the College’s international operations, such as the Emerson College European Center at Kasteel Well, The Netherlands; English Language Learning (ELL); long-standing programmatic partnerships with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Academy of Performing Arts for Film and Television in the Czech Republic (FAMU); among other initiatives.

Upon his arrival to Emerson, Anthony established Emerson’s Global Pathways Program, which now numbers 18 faculty-led education abroad programs around the world. In collaboration with the Office of the President, Anthony launched the College’s annual Curriculum Internationalization Studio, a stipend granting low-residency faculty development program focusing on internationalizing the curriculum. In three years, the studio has awarded grants to 42 faculty members to support the creation/development of 19 new courses/programs with high international content and depth. As Emerson’s senior international officer (SIO), Anthony also oversees the Offices of International Student Affairs, Education Abroad & Domestic Programs, and International Partnerships/Exchanges.

Anthony’s research and professional interests focus on the international dimensions of higher education at the institutional, system, national and international levels, student global learning outcomes/assessment and minority serving institutions. His nearly 20 years in higher education has included serving as the SIO at two historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA) and Dillard University (New Orleans, LA) respectively; Georgia Gwinnett College, the newest 4-year Liberal Arts institution within the University System of Georgia; and Assistant Professor of Education.

Anthony is interested in serving on the Forum Council to leverage his experience in leading and implementing comprehensive internationalization strategies at institutions with distinct profiles and missions. His experience in facilitating inclusive excellence practices in education abroad would also be an asset to The Forum’s efforts to remain relevant in this regard. The Forum’s evolving standards have served as important parameters, which have guided Anthony’s work for nearly two decades.

His service and leadership in the field of international education is evidenced by his current membership on the Advisory Guild of Arcadia’s College of Global Studies; AIEA’s Leadership Development Committee; Board of Directors for Diversity Abroad; as well as a frequent consultant and program reviewer for the American Council on Education’s Internationalization Laboratory.  Anthony has presented and/or served as guest speaker at the annual conferences of NAFSA, AIEA, Diversity Abroad, SACSOC, Diversity Abroad, NACUBO, AAC&U, among others.

Currently, completing a book on the Internationalization of HBCUs, his article Historically Black Colleges/Universities: Transformative, Redemptive and Liberating will appear in CAPA: The Global Education Network’s upcoming Occasional Publication Series #6 (May 2017). Anthony holds the doctorate in educational leadership and higher education administration from Clark Atlanta University; M.A. in international economics and Latin American studies from The Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); and a B.A. in finance from Morehouse College.

Craig Rinker, Director, Office of Global Education, Georgetown University

Craig Rinker has spent over 20 years as a higher education professional promoting student development through intentional, transformative learning experiences. He believes in the critical role education abroad plays as a high impact practice for student engagement and intercultural learning. Through his work, Craig has been able to engage in nearly every facet of education abroad management including on-site program delivery, student advising, program development and marketing, and health, safety, security, and risk management. In his current role as Director of Global Education at Georgetown University, he provides strategic leadership and oversight to a diverse study abroad unit within a complex private research university. Prior to joining Georgetown in 2012, Craig served as the Director of Education Abroad at Babson College in Wellesley, MA. He has worked in international education since 2002, including on-site in the United Kingdom and institutional relations management for Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies.

Since 2009, Craig has been actively engaged with The Forum on Education Abroad. Serving first as a volunteer on the Marketing Committee to develop best practices for marketing on college and university campuses. In the same year, Craig completed the QUIP (Quality Improvement Program) Peer Review Training.  Currently, he serves as a member of the Advocacy Committee, working to develop a clearinghouse of campus-based advocacy resources for the benefit of the Forum membership. In addition, Craig has provided ongoing contributions to The Forum through volunteering as a new member resource, participation in discussions about the progression of the field of education abroad, and facilitation in conference presentations and workshops.

As higher education evolves, the field of education abroad must continue to be innovative while maintaining its commitment to standards and best practices.  Craig would be honored to serve the needs of The Forum on Education Abroad member institutions.

Tynelle A Stewart, Assistant Dean & Director, Education Abroad, University of Rochester

In 2007 Tynelle A Stewart (Ty) was appointed as Director of Study Abroad and Fellowships, at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Ty was instrumental in the conceptualization and development of the Study Abroad Office at RIT. During her tenure as Director, she designed and implemented diverse programs to promote study abroad and global education across RIT- Rochester and global campuses. Ty continued to provide strategic direction for the office, as the scope of the programming increased.

Ty successfully developed and managed global programs, which enhanced the RIT portfolio, these included faculty-led programs. Further, she developed programs for deaf and hard of hearing students, providing them with access to study abroad and to engage in a transformative experiences. Ty’s commitment to the evolution of the office led to a 32% increase of student participation in study abroad. Prior to her appointment, there was no publicity of an office which focused on study abroad interest, no budget, and no designated staff. Ty trained and mentored her staff, while designing and implementing programs that enhance international education and global learning opportunities for both students and faculty.

Under Ty’s leadership, the Study Abroad Office at RIT was transformed into a broad program focused on global education, scholarship, professional development internships, and cooperative learning opportunities. Over those eight academic years, she worked with faculty, deans, the Provost, and high level administrators to develop a comprehensive global education program that enabled students to engage in study abroad at all stages of their academic careers.

In her newly appointed role as Assistant Dean & Director of Education Abroad at The University of Rochester, Ty is responsible for leading education abroad at Rochester to a new level of genuine excellence, institutional prominence, and to greater student and faculty participation. Ty is devoted to assuring that the Education Abroad Office at Rochester exemplifies best practices in a rapidly changing profession, and is also fully integrated with newly emerging institution-wide internationalization strategies.

Ty brings a fresh perspective to education abroad operations at Rochester and thinks “outside the box”. She is focused on the advancement of dynamic exchanges with international partner institutions, which is a very high priority for the University. In addition she is working on developing initiatives regarding student research, international internships, international volunteering programs, and the expansion of opportunities for STEM students.

Ty currently serves as a member of the Forum Trained Facilitator Team leading workshops on the Standards of Good Practice which are a part of The Forum’s Certification in Education Abroad program. She is also on the SAI (Study Abroad Italy) Advisory Board and previously served on the Arcadia University National Advisory Board. Through these involvements she has gained experience conducting comprehensive reviews of current education abroad strategies, program evaluations as well as policies and procedures; all while providing recommendations for best practice. Ty will bring a wealth of experience, knowledge, dedication, and eagerness to learn to the Council.