30 Years of Advancing the Field of Education Abroad: Reflections and New Directions for Frontiers


  • Elaine Meyer-Lee Goucher College




Authorial voice, editorial process, education abroad, higher education internationalization, new directions, quality standards, research rigor


We used several reflection processes to assess where we are currently as a field and journal and to chart our future directions. First, after a SWOT analysis, the Editorial Board divided itself into three working groups, reflecting on the focus, organization, and quality of our work. Each made recommendations and brought them back for discussion with the full Board. Also, we invited a group of Visiting Distinguished Editorial Fellows to join us as action editors for a number of submissions whose review process had been complicated by the pandemic and editorial transition, and to come together for a reflective conversation on what they noticed and would like to see more of based on their long histories in the field. There were many parallel themes between this conversation and those of the Editorial Board working groups, which led us to plan several changes for our journal. Our consensus is that moving forward, we would like to support more robust engagement with the existing literature, rigorous methodologies, critical interdisciplinary thought pieces, and clearly articulated relevance to practice.


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Author Biography

Elaine Meyer-Lee, Goucher College

Elaine Meyer-Lee is Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Goucher College. She previously served as an SIO for 18 years at other institutions and has been broadly active in the fields of international, intercultural, leadership, and diversity/inclusion higher education since earning her doctorate in human development and psychology from Harvard in 1999. Her numerous fellowships and grants include a Fulbright, and she currently serves on the boards of ISEP and American Conference of Academic Deans, and on the Haverford College Corporation.




How to Cite

Meyer-Lee, E. (2024). 30 Years of Advancing the Field of Education Abroad: Reflections and New Directions for Frontiers. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 36(1), I-V. https://doi.org/10.36366/frontiers.v36i1.1010



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