The Forum Board Welcomes Three New Members

The Forum Board of Directors voted unanimously to welcome three new Board members to begin their service on July 1. Vice Chair and incoming Chair Enda Carroll commented: ”We are really looking forward to working with Martha, Evie and Dawn on the Board of Directors to further the mission of The Forum as the collective voice for the field of education abroad.”

Dr. Martha Johnson is the Assistant Dean for Learning Abroad at the University of Minnesota. She has worked in international education since 1991 for organizations and institutions in the U.S., Ireland, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Her experience includes on-site program management, program development and marketing, management of a large university education abroad office, and teaching of short-term programs. She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies with an emphasis in drama and the performance of gender, race, and cultural identity from the University of East Anglia (UK). She has presented at numerous international conferences and has authored articles and chapters for publications including Frontiers and Text and Performance. She has served in leadership positions for NAFSA, the Global Leadership League, The Forum on Education Abroad, and the Fund for Education Abroad.

Eveadean Morrison Myers, J.D. currently serves as Special Advisor to the President for International Programs at Prairie View A&M University. As the Senior International Officer at Prairie View A&M University, Myers coordinates university-wide internationalization strategy and efforts and has been instrumental in raising the profile of PVAMU as a globally identified Historically Black Land-Grant Institution. She is the recipient of a Fulbright International Education Administrators Program award, and participated in the Fulbright U.S.-Japan 2013 program, where she had the opportunity to meet with educational leaders and visit universities across Japan. She previously served as the Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Global Outreach at North Dakota State University for seven years. Myers served as a member of the President’s Cabinet and was NDSU’s first executive director and chief diversity officer. Myers’ career expands more than two decades in administrative positions both in public higher education and corporate America. Myers earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Iowa State University and her Juris Doctorate degree at the University of Iowa, College of Law. Myers was recently appointed to the Study Texas Board for 2018-2019 where she will serve as the President-Elect. Currently, Myers serves NAFSA as the Region III Diversity & MSI Liaison, and as a Mentor for the Diversity Impact Program. Myers also serves on the Diversity Abroad Advisory Board and the ACE, American Council on Education’s Women’s Network Executive Council. Myers is a former co-chair for the NAFSA MIG Blacks and Multicultural Professionals in International Education, BMcPie and National Board Member of the National Association for Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE). She previously served as a Board Member for the American Association for Affirmative Action and national membership chair.

Dr. Dawn Michele Whitehead is the Senior Director for Global Learning and Curricular Change at the Association of American Colleges and Universities. At AAC&U, Whitehead’s work focuses on advancing practices, strategies, and projects for integrative global learning and curricular change across the undergraduate curriculum. In her work, she has advanced thematic local and global curricular and co-curricular experiences to provide students with global learning opportunities throughout their undergraduate education to prepare them for life, work, and citizenship. She has also worked on projects that integrate high-impact practices across general education and the majors and curricular change initiatives to provide students with consistent, high-quality educational experiences. The concept of inclusive excellence, ensuring that all students have access to high-quality global learning experiences, guides her work. She has presented nationally and internationally on civic engagement, curricular change, inclusive global learning, liberal education, and strategic planning for global learning initiatives. Prior to her work at AAC&U, she served as a faculty director for global service learning programs in Costa Rica, Ghana, Kenya, and the Kingdom of Swaziland, facilitated institutional partnership activities and educational opportunities in Indonesia, Mexico, and Thailand, taught Global and International Studies courses—including the use of international interactive videoconferencing—and supported development of internationalized curriculum and global service learning campus-wide. Whitehead earned her Ph.D. at Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) in Education Policy Studies with a doctoral minor in International and Comparative Education and a concentration in African Studies and her master’s degree in International and Comparative Education at IUB.