Volume XXIII: Fall 2013
Efi Antonakopoulou is a graduate of the American College of Thessaloniki with interests in International Education and Student Affairs. She holds a MS degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from the Department of Educational Leadership, Indiana State University. She has served many years as the ACT Study Abroad Coordinator and published in the same area. Currently she holds the position of the Assistant Director of the International Programs Office in the same institution.
Jane H. Dané is Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at Old Dominion University. She is the recipient of the AACRAO SEM Award for Excellence that recognizes outstanding achievement and visionary leadership in strategic enrollment management (2011). She co-authored and presented at the American Education Research Association (AERA), Keeping Our Options Open: Evaluating the Impact of a Pilot Test-Optional Admission Policy (2010).
Don DeGraaf has served as Director of Off-Campus Programs at Calvin College since 2009, where he is also Professor of Kinesiology. He holds an M.A. from Indiana State University, and a Ph.D. from Oregon State University.
Chandra R. de Silva is Vice Provost and Professor of History at Old Dominion University. His research is on Portuguese Colonial History and contemporary education, politics and legal issues. He co-authored Education in Sri Lanka 1948-1988 (1990). His latest book is entitled Portuguese Encounters with Sri Lanka and the Maldives (2009).
Elisa Ditta is Director of Communications at the Association for a More Just Society in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Brett Dixon is a doctoral student in Adult and Community College Education at North Carolina State University. He holds a Master of Education in Educational Leadership, Graduate Certificate, Middle/Secondary Education, Social Studies and ESOL Endorsements from the University of Oregon, CELTA, Cambridge/RSA, B.A. in American History, University at Albany. He has worked for more than 18 years in Taiwan, the United States, and South Korea, with children and adults, in a range of educational settings (public and private, elementary, middle and high schools, language schools/academies, companies, teacher training institutes, community college, universities) and positions (English/ESL Teacher/Instructor, Editor, Teacher Supervisor, Project Writer, Teacher Trainer, Teacher Training Program Director, English Language Fellow, Program Coordinator, Assistant Director, TOEFL ibt Speaking rater).
Irene Hanson Frieze is a Professor of Psychology, Business Administration and Women’s Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She has previously published work on the migrant personality utilizing data from a longitudinal cross-sectional study of changing attitudes among university students in Croatia, as well as Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and Russia.
Paul J. Geis is the Associate Director of Study Abroad in the Isabella Cannon International Centre at Elon University. He oversees semester and summer education abroad programs in more than 30 countries and manages institutional agreements and the development of new exchange and affiliate partnerships. He collaborates with faculty on the organization of several intensive, faculty-led programs during the January and summer terms, and manages outreach to academic departments to develop study abroad plans for each major. Paul has a BA in French and an MA in Higher Education Administration from Boston College.
Mark R. Kurt joined Elon University as an assistant professor of Economics in 2008. While at Elon, he has taught Economic Growth and Development, Labor Economics, and Principles of Economics. In addition, Mark has taught several short term study abroad courses including: the Business and Culture of New Zealand, MBA Abroad, and The EuroMed Experience: Turkey and Greece. His research interests include labor economics, health economics, and macroeconomics. Mark earned his Ph.D. in Economics from The University of Iowa.
Kelly Larsen works for the New Horizons Foundation in rural Romania where her role is to assist in the development and replication of informal education/youth and community development programs, which has spread across Romania and is now taking root in places as diverse as Honduras, Armenia, Moldova, the Dominican Republic, and the United States.
Manyu Li is a Doctoral Student at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests are on cultures, migration, and place attachment. She is a coauthor of a book chapter on mobility and personality, and is the first author of several other papers on migration and cultures of Eastern European and North American. She also looks into specific types of migration, such as study abroad and leisure travel. In studying place attachment, she also develops a new measurement for the concept which has been applied in different countries, such as the United States, Slovene and Croatia, and in different groups of people, including students, working adults and retired individuals.
Ellen J. Neufeldt, Ed.D., is the Vice President for Student Engagement & Enrollment Service at Old Dominion University. Ellen’s research interests are focused on educational administration and policy studies as well as undergraduate retention.
Neal H. Olitsky received his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Iowa. He currently holds a position as an assistant professor of Economics at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where he teaches courses in economic theory, economic growth and the economics of education. His research is in the fields of labor economics and the economics of education and focuses on the economic impact of educational decisions.
Josephine E. Olson is Professor of Business Administration and Director of the International Business Center at the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. She teaches courses in international economics and conducts a number of short-term study abroad programs for undergraduates and MBA students.
Cynthia Slagter is Associate Professor of Spanish at Calvin College. Her research interests include contemporary literature of Spain; cinema of Spain; the Camino de Santiago, language acquisition and immersion. She holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University.
Karyn Sweeney is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Denver in the Higher Education program. Her dissertation research is focused on the study abroad experiences of African American undergraduate students; she is also interested in the role of inclusive excellence in study abroad to support underrepresented students. Karyn has been involved professionally in the field of international education for more than 15 years, most recently at the University of Denver. She has co-led service programs to El Salvador and Nicaragua, was a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala, and lived/studied abroad in Italy, Chile and South Africa.
Min Xu is an Enrollment Planning and Data Analyst in the Office of Enrollment Management at Old Dominion University. Her research interests center in the areas of self-regulation of learning, retention, and academic success in higher education.