2015 COIL Conference Presenters

The following are short biographies from this year's conference presenters accepted from our international call for presentations at the upcoming 7th COIL Conference.

Alberto Aguilar-Gonzalez is an assistant professor and researcher at Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Chihuahua, where he teaches in the area of information technology, including courses in programming for mobile devices. He is involved in several technology and mobile related projects in the institution, working as leader, supporter or advisor.

Kofi Amponsah received his Bachelor's degree (Bachelor of Science degree) from the University of Science and Technology - Kumasi. He continued his education at the University at Albany-SUNY where he received MSC in Instructional Technology and Curriculum Development. He is currently Statewide Coordinator, University Center for Academic and Workforce Development at the SUNY Research Foundation.

Rick J. Arrowood, J.D. the Chair of the Master of Science in Nonprofit Management and a graduate faculty member at Northeastern University. Visiting Professorships include Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia), International University Vietnam National (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam), Beijing Foreign Studies University (Beijing, China), and Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China). Arrowood’s scholarly practitioner and research interests are distance education, nonprofit leadership, dual degree international engagements, and global cultural awareness studies.

Carlos Augusto Amaral Moreira holds a Masters and a PhD in Business Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas - Brazil. He studied at Catholic University in Louvain in Belgium as a part of the Master’s program. He is also professor at Pontifical Catholic University in Campinas.  He has been a professor for over 18 years and has conducted COIL projects for the last four semesters with the SUNY-Fatec COIL collaboration.

Roos Barneveld is a 23-year old student from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is currently in her fourth year of study in International Communication and Media at the Hogeschool Utrecht. In addition to her studies, she works as a receptionist at one of the most important publishers in the Netherlands. In her free time she likes to write, read and hang out with friends. After living in New York for 6 months 5 years ago, Roos couldn’t be happier to be back.

Carolyn Baugh holds a Master’s and a Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in Arabic and Islamic Studies.  She is currently Assistant Professor of History at Gannon University, Erie, PA, where she is director of the Women’s Studies Program.  In addition to working extensively on human trafficking issues, she also co-directs the Refugee Oral History Project, which connects students with Erie’s diverse refugee community using the digital humanities to preserve and showcase refugee narratives.   

Clovis Bergère is a PhD Candidate in Childhood Studies at Rutgers University – Camden. His dissertation focuses on emerging digital cultures amongst urban youth in Guinea. He is particularly interested in the intersections of urban and virtual geographies, the changing contours of youth in Guinea, as well as inventive methods of social research, particularly cyber-ethnography and visual methodologies. His current research builds on his previous experience working as a teacher in Guinea, as well as over seven years as a local government manager in Children Services in London, UK, where he worked in sports development, children's play and education.

Jürgen Bleicher has been a lecturer for 14 years. Since 2013 he has been employed as full-time professor and program director at the DHBW. Prior to joining the DHBW, he gained experience in several positions in industrial enterprises such as Compliance Officer and Process Manager at ZF Friedrichshafen AG. Professor Bleicher is strongly involved in the theory-to-practice transfer. He was honored with the “Best Teaching-Award” for his Masters Course in Strategic Management at Zeppelin University.

Chesla Ann Bohinski is an Assistant Professor of Spanish for the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Binghamton University (Binghamton, NY). At Binghamton University, she is the supervisor of the department’s introductory and intermediate language program and the program coordinator of the Master of Arts in Teaching in French and Spanish Adolescence Education. Dr. Bohinski dedicates herself not only to teaching Spanish, but also to helping present and future educators identify the most effective ways to facilitate the teaching and learning of a second language. Her areas of specialty include second language vocabulary acquisition and technology integration into the L2 classroom.

Alaa Breish, 22-years-old, is a student who lives in Mount Lebanon and studies at the American University of Science & Technology in Beirut and with Empire State College’s Lebanon program. His major is advertising and hopes to work in a top advertising firm. His interests include cars and working as a d.j.

Rumena Buzarovska is Assistant Professor of Philology and American Cultural Studies at University of Saints Cyril and Methodius (UKIM).  She is the author of thre volumes of short stories as well as a noted translator of America literature into Macedonian.  Her most recent translation is a Macedonian-language edition of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood.

Don Bysouth is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Human Sciences at Osaka University and head of the Global Citizenship Major, Human Sciences International Degree Program. He holds a PhD in Psychology from Murdoch University, Australia.  His recent research examines cross-cultural social interaction in traditional and online learning settings. His most recent publication is A Handbook for Enhancing English-Medium Program Quality and Practice (co-authored and edited with Beverley Yamamoto) forthcoming from Osaka University Press.

Richard Cattabiani, Director of International Programs and English professor at SUNY Ulster. His interest in International Education was sparked by a Fulbright focusing on retooling teacher education in secondary schools. He has been involved with COIL since 2006 and taught COIL courses with European Humanities University in Belarus. He teaches at Fatec Americana's English Language and American Culture program in São Paulo. This is his 46th year in public education.

Diane Ceo-DiFrancesco, PhD is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Foreign Language Teaching Methodology at Xavier University. She has published articles on strategy training and language production, and, with over 20 years of teaching experience, she is a teacher trainer for the Department of Secondary Education. Diane established the Language Technology Resource Center at Xavier and provides training to effectively integrate language learning and technology. She is faculty coordinator of study abroad and has taught in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Spain.

Bidhan Chandra is currently Professor of International Business and Management at the Center for Distance Learning in SUNY Empire State College. He is an international educator and intercultural consultant and has taught international management courses in many international settings in the United States, Canada, Cyprus, Lebanon, China and Singapore. He is also an expert in global teams management and has provided consulting and training services to over 50 global companies over the past 15 years.

Valeri Chukhlomin, Associate Professor, Center for Distance Learning, SUNY Empire State College. Teaches capstone courses in marketing and business strategy for undergraduate and graduate students at SUNY ESC. His research interests and areas of expertise include international marketing, international partnerships, online learning environments, employability skills, and global competencies. Prior to joining SUNY, he worked in Australia and Russia where he held was Vice-President for International and Commercial Affairs, Dean of International Business School at Omsk State University.

Chris Clesse is currently studying a major in Digital Media Production at SUNY New Paltz. He is interested in the art of the audio and visual world. He has been creating music with various groups since a young age and is currently in a band based in the New Paltz area. Chris is from Hauppauge, New York in Suffolk County Long Island and has a Mom, Dad, brother and sister at home.  Chris is currently in his junior year of school and expects to graduate next year.  

Filomena M. Critelli, LCSW, PhD; Associate Professor at UB SSW; Co-director of the Institute for Sustainable Global Engagement; email fmc8@buffalo.edu.  Dr. Critelli’ s research is focused on women’s rights and gender-based violence in domestic as well as international contexts and child welfare and child rights. Another area of research is devoted to human rights of immigrants and refugees and global migration.  Critelli is a 2014 recipient of a Research and Teaching Fellowship from the American Institute for Pakistan Studies to examine NGO strategies to address gender based violence in Pakistan.  

Jenifer Cushman is Campus Dean and Associate Professor of German at Ohio University Zanesville.  After teaching English in Russia through the US Peace Corps and then privately in Poland, Cushman served as a German faculty member at the University of Minnesota, Morris.  Formerly international Dean at NAFSA Simon-Award-winning Juniata College, she engages in the Ohio Board of Regents working group for postsecondary globalization and the OU Senior International Management Team, and is 2015 President of AIEA.

Phil Duncan is the Marketing and Communications Director for Oregon State University’s Division of International Programs, including IE3 Global, which provides study abroad and internship opportunities to students at 18 partner universities. Previously, Phil worked as an online instructor and curriculum designer for Lights Film School, where he taught writing courses to students from over 30 countries. He is a graduate of Goddard College where he earned an MFA in Creative Writing.

Natalia Dyba is the Director of Global Initiatives at the University of Washington Bothell, a UW campus recognized for its interdisciplinary academic programs, diverse student population and entrepreneurial spirit. Her role supports the growth of international efforts across campus, including education abroad, institutional partnerships, curricular integration, and opportunities for international involvement locally. She is a board member of the Greater Puget Sound Chapter of the Fulbright Association and was a 2013-2014 AIEA Presidential Fellow.

Ashley Elmore Bosonac is an Associate Professor of Business and Marketing at Georgian Court University.  Dr. Elmore recently created and executed a new Social Media Marketing Minor at the university.  She has also been very involved with international collaboration to better prepare her students for a global marketplace.

Yolanda Heredia received her PhD. in Social Work with a specialization in International Comparative Social Welfare Policy in a joint degree from Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León and UTA in 2002. Currently she is a Senior Professor and Researcher at ITESM’s School of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences. She coordinates the Doctoral Program of Educational Innovation. She has published the results of her research in specialized magazines an write several book´s chapter. She has guided 30 thesis and 9 dissertations.

Gabriel Flacks: Humanities Department Coordinator, Champlain College, Saint-Lambert; founder/developer, www.newsactivist.com<http://www.newsactivist.com>. This site supports teachers and students in courses that involve cross-campus, globally networked collaborative writing. Teachers can easily manage networked courses and curricula; students become deeply engaged in writing about course material. Over 4700 students from 40 institutions in Japan, the US, Canada, Germany and England have used the site; it gives teachers unique curricular possibilities and provides students a distinctive, empowering atmosphere for writing.

Elizabeth Fonseca has taught ESL/EFL in such countries as Italy, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. She teaches in the LINCC (Language Immersion) Program at Nassau Community College. Her professional interests include cross-cultural communication and the use of creative writing in the ESL classroom. She is columns editor of the New York State TESOL publication Idiom. She is now teaching in the LINCC (Language Immersion) Program at Nassau Community College.

Michele Forte is Assistant Professor and Mentor at the Center for Distance Learning at SUNY Empire State College.  She serves on the faculty team that developed the Global Learning Qualifications Framework (GLQF) as part of the Lumina funded project related to SUNY REAL and is on a SUNY wide reassignment with the Open SUNY student supports team.   She was co-developer of the expanded Metaliteracy Learning Objectives, and co-presented in the first metaliteracy connectivist MOOC.  

Steven Foulke is Associate Professor of History at Ottawa University at the Ottawa, KS campus. He teaches a variety of American history courses and has had the pleasure of teaching abroad on several occasions. In 2007 and 2013 he received Fulbright Teaching Awards from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars and taught American history and culture classes at the University of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, Macedonia. In Summer 2010 he traveled to Paraguay to teach at Universidad Católica Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, and taught a one-week seminar focusing on the cultural geography of the United States at Phillips Universität in Marburg, Germany from 2009-2012.

Liz Frondigoun teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level.  She has a strong interest in innovative pedagogy particularly in e-learning which supports students to learn and engage in virtual group work across geographical boundaries.  Her other specialist areas of research are in policing, policy, and violence: ASB and youth violence, work-related violence, alternatives to imprisonment, gender and ethnicity, in which she has researched for a number of years.

Carolin Fuchs is Lecturer in the TESOL/Applied Linguistics Department at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. Her research interests include technology-based language teaching and learning, electronic literacy skills, language play, and efolios. She has conducted Internet-mediated projects with institutions in countries such as England, Germany, Poland, and Taiwan.

Brenda García is Director of Internationalization Projects at Universidad de Monterrey. Her main responsibility is the development of the Intercultural Competencies Program at UDEM as well as Internationalization at Home activities. She also does research on international learning outcomes and assessment. She has been an active member of the Mexican Association for International Education, since 2001, currently serving as the Coordinator from the Northeast Chapter. She holds a M.A. in Education and a B.A in International Studies, both from Universidad de Monterrey.

Megan Gibbons is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Glenville State College in Glenville, WV.  In addition to teaching all levels of Spanish, Megan serves as Study Abroad Coordinator and COIL Project Coordinator. She is also an active member of the Faculty Senate and International/Diversity Committee. Megan earned her doctorate from Boston University in Hispanic Language and Literature, and her research interests focus on Golden Age Theater and Gender Studies. Megan has lived in Salamanca and Madrid, Spain.

Gulnara Gimaletdinova, Candidate of Science (PhD) in Comparative Linguistics, Associate Professor, Kazan Federal University (Russia), Department of Germanic Philology. Dr. Gimaletdinova teaches graduate and undergraduate students majoring in English or German philology. She teaches students of all language proficiency levels including advanced learners of English. Her interests include linguistics (comparative and functional stylistics, lexicology, grammar) and distance education.  One of the major focuses of her courses is stylistic analysis of texts.

Beatriz Gomez, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at the University of Monterrey, Monterrey, México, where she teaches Pedagogy of Diversity, Community Development, Introduction in the Education Sciences. She is the mentor and assessor for four senior education students final projects. She is nearly done with her course work and will complete her Ph.D. fall semester 2015.

Sarah Guth teaches EFL at the University of Padova, Italy where she links her students with peers around the globe using technology.  She also collaborates with the SUNY COIL Center on professional development programs. Her research lies in the areas of CMC, intercultural communication, and the normalization of COIL. She publishes regularly in international journals and in 2010 published Telecollaboration 2.0: Language, Literacies, and Intercultural Learning in the 21st Century.

Eva Haug is the coordinator internationalisation at the Amsterdam UAS, Business School, and develops policy and strategies through staff mobility, international projects and curriculum development. As lecturer intercultural competence she trains students to work in multicultural teams. She is currently responsible for a COIL project on International business and networking with Finland.

Francesca Helm is a researcher at the Department of Politics, Law and International Studies at the Universiy of Padova. Her research is in the areas of intercutural communication and dialogue, online education, telecollaboration, new online literacies and the use of English as a lingua franca. She has published book chapters and papers in international journals on telecollaboration in foreign language education. She was also coordinator for the University of Padova in the EC funded INTENT project.

Douglas Hemphill has a Master’s in Instructional Design Development and Evaluation, and a Bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering.  He currently works at SUNY Oswego as an Instructional Designer and has previous held positions at Sensis-Saab Corporation and Syracuse University.  He has been the Instructional Designer for Oswego’s COIL program since its inception in 2012.

Gloria Hu is Director for China Initiatives, Binghamton University overseeing the University's branding and business development. She is the founding team of the University Readiness Program which offers credit-bearing general education courses for Chinese high school students.  She helps Chinese schools to team up with U.S. educational organizations to develop the innovative international programs.

Keiko Ikeda is Associate Professor and Vice-Director, Center for International Education at Kansai University, Osaka, Japan. She has a Ph.D. from University of Hawaii at Manoa in Japanese linguistics and foreign language education. Her areas of research interests are international education, foreign language education, and studies of social interactions from ethnomethodological perspectives.

Susan Jagendorf-Sobierajski serves as the executive director of international education at SUNY Cobleskill. She oversees international student issues, study abroad programs and foreign language and ESL courses. She also designs international collaborative programs and supports faculty initiatives overseas.

Eva Kampits, Ph.D. is an Adjunct Professor at Northeastern University (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) teaching diversity and organizational performance in the leadership division. She consults and develops resources for educators, practitioners, and policy leaders concerned with strengthening education at all levels (k-university) both regionally and globally. Since 2001, she has been a foreign consultant to China’s Ministry of Education (NCCT) and since 2012, to the Yuecheng Education Foundation (China).   

Lilia Khalitova, Candidate of Science (PhD) in Comparative Linguistics, Kazan Federal University (Russia), Associate Professor, Department of Germanic Philology. Dr. Khalitova mostly works with upper-level and master students who major in English but she occasionally works with elementary level language learners as well. Among her courses are Phonetics, Pragmatics, Speech Practice, Academic Writing, and Rhetoric. She focuses on theoretical linguistics, while also continuously developing scientific and practice-oriented interest in cross-cultural communication, technology-assisted language teaching.

Jennifer King holds a Ph.D. in Teaching, Curriculum, and Change from the University of Rochester. She serves on faculty at SUNY Geneseo's School of Education, where she teaches classes in secondary and elementary literacies, secondary English education, and secondary methods across the content areas. She also supervises teacher candidates in their fieldwork and student teaching placements. She is committed to integrating social justice, digital and critical literacies, blended learning, and global connectedness into teacher education.

Alexander Henning Knoth studied Law, Political Science, Sociology and History. 2013 Winner of the Teaching Award of the Ministry of Science (Brandenburg), 2012 Honor by the Federal President of Germany, 2011 International Teaching Professional, Erasmus Guest Lecturer at Umeå University (Sweden) and Roudboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands). Currently COIL Global Network Coordinator (University of Potsdam), Research Assistant at the chair in Sociology of Gender and E-Learning Coordinator of the Economic and Social Science Faculty.

Mindy Kole is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Pfeiffer Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at SUNY Ulster.  Mindy is an entrepreneur, founding The Marketing Department, LLC, a marketing company serving small and medium sized businesses throughout the Hudson Valley since 1996.  She is a former VP of marketing at Citibank and holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business at NYU.  Mindy is studying for a PhD in Management Education at Capella University.

Alex Kumi-Yeboah, PhD., received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cape Coast- Ghana, Additionally, he received both his M.A. and PhD degrees at the University of South Florida. He is currently an Assistant Professor school of education- University at Albany.

Keith Landa serves as Director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center at Purchase College. In his role as TLTC Director, Dr. Landa oversees the implementation and administration of learning applications at SUNY Purchase, and he and his staff provide the faculty development programming needed for the effective use of these tools by faculty.

Sabine Levet is Senior Lecturer in French in the department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at MIT. She is one of the original authors of the intercultural project Cultura. She has written articles and chapters in books about the development of tools for cross-cultural understanding and has given talks and workshops on intercultural communication, the teaching of culture, and the integration of technology into the foreign language curriculum.

Laura A. Lewis, PhD, LCSW, ACSW;  Instructor, and Director of Field Education, UB SSW; email: lalewis@buffalo.edu; As the Director of Field Education at UB SSW, Dr. Lewis is responsible for the administration of the practicum component of the MSW Curriculum. This position entails developing collaborative relationships with community partners, identifying innovative developments in social work practice, and expanding field opportunities for students regionally and internationally. She is co-director of the Institute for Sustainable Global Engagement.

Bianka Lichtenberger is vice-president and dean of the business of faculty of the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW VS, Germany). She has been professor and guest lecturer for Organisational Development, Human Resource Management and Leadership at International Business Schools (Rotterdam School of Management, Ashridge, EADA, ESADE, IMD) and Swiss and German Universities (FH St.Gallen, FH Northwest Switzerland, University Hannover, Steinbeis University) since more than 20 years. As CLO and VP of several multinational headquarters (ABB, Schindler, Alusuisse-Lonza, Accenture), Bianka has gained substantial experience in the development and implementation of global further learning in times of digitalization and social collaboration resulting in the development of an innovative business model for learning and development.

Thomas P. Mackey is Interim Vice Provost at SUNY Empire State College. His new co-authored book with Trudi E. Jacobson is entitled: Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacy to Empower Learners (2014).  His recent publications in peer-reviewed journals include: Communications in Information Literacy, First Monday, and College & Research Libraries.  Tom is a member of the Editorial team for Open Praxis, the peer-reviewed, international journal published by the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).  

Teresa MacKinnon is an award winning language teacher and Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology. She is experienced in technology enhanced learning design in secondary and higher education. Recent projects include the development of a ground breaking platform for online language learning. She curates CPD resources for language tutors. She researches and designs to find solutions supporting student-centred pedagogy. Teresa is Vice Chair for external engagement and communications on the University Council for Modern Languages where she leads the online networks for this over-arching organisation for UK HEI language provision.

Linda Rae Markert served thirteen years as Dean of SUNY Oswego’s School of Education before returning to her full professor position in the Department of Educational Administration. She instructs graduate candidates in the Certificate of Advanced Study program in Educational Leadership and serves as Director for Project BLEND (Building Leadership Excellence for Needs-based Districts). Markert’s doctorate in educational administration is from the University of the Pacific. She was a Visiting Scholar at MIT, and has garnered over $2 million in external grant funds for SUNY Oswego.

Audeliz Matias is an assistant professor and mentor at SUNY Empire State College, Center for Distance Learning. She has six years of experience developing and teaching fully online courses in the areas of earth and environmental sciences. Her research interests include the use of emerging technologies for teaching and learning such as mobile technology, particularly in online courses.

Amy McHugh is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at SUNY Oswego who specializes in intercultural communication. Amy earned her bachelors in communication studies from Marist College, and her masters in international communication from Macquarie University in Australia. Amy created and ran a COIL course last year in conjunction with a colleague at the University of Antwerp in Belgium and has just completed a second collaboration with a colleague from Kansai University in Japan.

Zanna McKay, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor in the Department of Elementary Education and Reading at the SUNY College at Oneonta, where she teaches Diversity in Teaching and methods courses. McKay has taught in Africa and Vietnam. She has had articles published in Multicultural Review and other periodicals in education. The areas of interest are around race, class and gender issues in educational contexts as well as working with prospective teachers to understand issues of privilege.

Cathleen McQuillen, DPS CPA, is an assistant professor and Department Chair for the School of Business at Georgian Court University.  She primarily teaches undergraduate accounting courses.  Cathy is working on including a COIL component for ethical decision making in the accounting curriculum.  Prior to her six years of teaching at GCU she was in the financial services industry for twenty five years working in accounting, lastly as a CFO of a global investment advisory firm.

Adalberto Méndez López obtained his law degree from Universidad La Salle in Mexico City. He also obtained a pre-master degree in the İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi in Turkey, and an LL.M. degree in International Legal Studies from the Washington College of Law of American University, in Washington, D.C. He has several years of professional experience as a corporate lawyer specialized on M & A, and he also is a recognized Human Rights lawyer in Mexico and abroad. He is currently teaching Human Rights at the Law School of Universidad La Salle in Mexico City and collaborates co-teaching in the Master Program of the School of Social Work of the SUNY University at Buffalo, in New York. He is the co-author of two books and is the former Dean for Academic Affairs of the Law School of Universidad La Salle.

Jeannine Mercer, Visiting Assistant Professor at SUNY Empire State College’s Lebanon Residency Program since 2006, has created and taught courses in social media studies, communications and marketing. She experiments with social media and other pedagogical and technological tools in her courses, and has presented and written about these experiences. Jeannine holds a MA from New York University in European Studies, and a BA from Baruch College in journalism.

David Moore commenced this post in 2009 after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Huddersfield.  He is currently leader of the Audio Technology with Multimedia degree programme at GCU and a member of the AudioLab Research team.  Alongside his technical research, he has been undertaking audio education research with particular emphasis on collaborative learning.  He has recently become a Caledonian Scholar at GCU, which will give him the opportunity to develop and refine a COIL course in the subject of Audio Technology.

Runi Mukherji, Professor and Chair, The College at Old Westbury. B. Runi Mukherji received her master's in Nuclear Physics from Indian Institute of Technology and her doctorate in Experimental Psychology/Cognitive Processes from SUNY Stony Brook. Her area of expertise is research methodology. She served on the SUNY General Education Assessment Review group since its inception until 2008 and as the methodological consultant for projects at the Center for the Study of Asian American Health and NYU Medical School, since 2003 until the present.

Olaf Nagtegaal is a 23-year old student at the University of Applied Sciences, located in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He is currently graduating in “International Communication and Media”. People describe him as a happy, outgoing and creative person. Olaf has been interested in the creative side of communication since his first semester of study. This resulted in an interest in (strategic) designing, (visual) storytelling to thereby produce videos.

Joelle Nakhoul, 23-years-old, is a student from Empire State College’s Lebanon program in Beirut. She is originally from UAE, but has lived in Lebanon for four years. Her hobbies include singing and shooting films. She is really passionate about her major, which is media studies with a focus on Radio & TV. This is her last semester.

Paul Nicolas Najm, 23-years-old Lebanese citizen living in Beirut, majoring in marketing at the American University of Science and Technology in Beirut with Empire State College’s international programs. He works as a business development analyst for an off-shore company. This is his last semester and plans to pursue his Master’s degree in the next year or two.

Mariya Aida Niendorf received her Ph.D. in Central Eurasian Studies from Indiana University Bloomington in 2005. During and after her Ph.D. study, she taught Japanese at Purdue University for nine years before she started teaching the Japanese language, Japanese culture and society, and Linguistics at Dalarna University (Sweden) in 2009 where she is currently an Assistant Professor. Her research interests include Socio- and Applied-Linguistics, Linguistic/Cultural Anthropology as well as Internationalization and Distance Education.

Dan Nolan is the Russian Area Studies Section Head at the University of Minnesota Duluth.  He also teaches courses in the Digital Humanities and German Studies. Dan recently helped put together the Mobile Language Learning Group at UMD, where they have a lot of fun developing language learning apps for mobile devices.

Patricia Núñez, Ass. Professor HRM, Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico: Patricia Núñez has been dedicated mainly to undergraduate and graduate education for 30 years. Her professional experience in private and public universities in Mexico, gives her a broad perspective of how curricula are managed, and how education is viewed from these two different angles. She has also delivered executive training programs overseas. She earned two masters’ degrees from Tecnológico de Monterrey, and a PhD in the United States, from Texas A&M University in HRD.

Marina Orsini-Jones coordinates the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Network in the Faculty of Business, Environment and Society at Coventry University (UK).  She has published work on e-learning innovation, digital literacies and intercultural collaborative projects. She is currently investigating the features of Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC) in Computer Mediated Communication (CMC) and is involved in three intercultural knowledge transfer OIL projects:  MexCo with Mexico (Universidad de Monterrey – UDEM), CoCo with France (Universite’ de Haute Alsace Colmar) and CoBo with Turkey (Boğaziçi University, Istanbul).

Xiaofu Pan is the Deputy Director of Zhenjiang Education Bureau in charge of international education as well as the principal of two local public schools, Zhenjiang Foreign Language School (K7-9) and Zhenjiang International School (K10-12) located in eastern China.   A Chemistry teacher by training, Pan is a frequent recipient of provincial education awards especially in education reform and technology.   She has led the efforts in Zhenjiang in the transformation of public and private schools.

Lorette Pellettiere Calix is an instructor and director of SUNY/Empire State College Programs in Latin America. She was principal investigator for the IIT grant project “Virtual Study Abroad” Using Meeting and Mobile Tools to Promote Student Engagement & International Interaction through which she gained many observations on synchronous meetings.  She frequently presents on her experiences with the blended learning programs in Latin America and the Virtual Study Abroad project.  She has published two articles related to the IITG project. She is now collaborating on a 2014 IITG project to develop a MOOC for international online learners.  

Lisa Petro is a Curriculum Development Consultant and the Executive Director/co-founder of Know My World, a Global Education Resource organization. She has an M.P.S. in Humanistic and Multicultural Education from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Lisa specializes in the design and development of humanistic programs, with a focus on intercultural communication, project based learning structures and social and emotional learning. She has worked with schools and organizations all over the world including the Japanese Ministry of Education, Nepali Education Support Trust, Palestinian Education for Employment, Your Success Now, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Prepa Tecnológico de Monterrey.

Maria Prellwitz, PhD at Luleå University of Technology, Division of Occupational Therapy. Research area: My main focus is to elucidate the children’s own voices on different issues. Current research has a focus on:  Play for children with disabilities and accessibility and usability of different environments for children with different abilities. I also run projects regarding the development of e-learning at the University.

Cherry Pu is the Chairman of the Open House Education Foundation, which is a platform to link up vision-shared professionals to develop innovative and sustainable international education programs in Greater China.  The Foundation works with Binghamton University on the University Readiness Program, and Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies on an International Youth Program.  Cherry's involvement with Internet and education started from her previous career at Cisco Systems.

Rajash Rawal is Principal Lecturer in Politics at ESCM, The Hague University, the Netherlands. His publications include Politics & the Internet in Comparative Context (with P.G. Nixon & D. Mercea) and Understanding E Government in Europe (with V Koutrakou and P G. Nixon 2010) He specializes in the impact of media on political agents in the modern era.

Mark Reisinger is an Associate Professor of Geography at Binghamton University. He has taught World Regional Geography as part of the University Readiness Program (URP) for the past three years. He has used the COIL method of teaching for the past two years. Mark’s teaching and research interests include Population, Economic, and Ethnic Geographies. He is the Faculty Master of Newing College on the Binghamton campus. Mark received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2009.

Chilton Reynolds is an Instructional Design Technician in the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center at SUNY Oneonta. Chilton’s work in the TLTC includes supporting faculty in the use of technology in the classroom in innovative ways.  His work includes everything from SMART Boards to iPads to Blackboard.  In addition, as the COIL representative for SUNY Oneonta he is focused on recruiting new faculty to be a part of collaborative partnerships.  This is done by working closely with the Global Connectedness committee on the campus.

Gulnara Sadykova is a Deputy Director for International Affairs in the Institute of Philology and Intercultural Communication and an Associate Professor at the Department of Germanic Philology, Kazan Federal University (Russia). She also teaches graduate online courses in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice, University at Albany (USA) and has previously conducted professional development blended courses at European Humanities University (Lithuania). Her research interests include cross-culture/cross-border distance education, technology-assisted language teaching/learning, and linguistics.

Angélica Fierro Santana, Professor and educational facilitator at the Prepa Tec and School of Business and Humanities at Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Chihuahua. She focuses on designing and presenting workshops on educational technology for professors in several Campuses. She is the creator of the teaching strategy Connective Multicultural Learning. She has coordinated interactions between Tecnológico de Monterrey and several Universities located in various parts of the world. She participates actively in national projects related with innovation in education within Tecnológico de Monterrey.

Chris Seubert, Artist and Educator currently teaching at Ulster Community College and the Woodstock School of Art. Leads drawing based study abroad programs to Europe (London, Paris, Rome, Florence, Madrid, and Barcelona) and an en plein air painting workshop in Ireland.  Is President of the Adjunct Faculty Association and has been awarded the Chancellor's Award for excellence in Adjunct Teaching.

William Sheldon, Professor, Economics and Management, SUNY Ulster.  Associate, Gabriel Consulting Group.  Master’s Degree in International Management, Thunderbird School of International Management, Ph.D. in Educational Administration, University of Albany.  Dr. Sheldon has been involved in management as a corporate manager, Director of a Not-for-Profit, Department Chair at SUNY Ulster, and Management Consultant focusing on organizational culture transformation. He has conducted COIL projects in Belarus and for the last four semesters, with Fatec Americana.   

Rebecca Smolar is currently a Manager of Education at the National Association of Consumer Advocates. For the previous six years she works at the SUNY Levin Institute, managing the Global Workforce Project and Globalization101.org projects. She also served as the Project Manager for the UCosmic Consortium, a data-based initiative to map global learning across university systems.

Kathleen Stone is Director for Curriculum and Instructional Design in the Center for Distance Learning at SUNY Empire State College. Kathleen is one of the original developers of the Open SUNY OER101 course. She contributed to the metaliteracy learning collaborative, focusing on the metaliteracy learning objectives and participating in a live session for the metaliteracy C-MOOC. Her interests include online course completion, accessibility of online courses, social media use in education, and open educational resources.

Osvaldo Succi holds an M.Sc. in TESOL from SUNY Albany and is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Linguistics from Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCAR). He teaches Business English at Fatec Americána and is responsible for Fatec Americana's campus internationalization. He has collaborated in COIL initiatives as well as in face-to-face language immersion programs. He also teaches Applied Linguistics at Methodist University at Piracicaba (UNIMEP) and was an EOP Reading Lecturer at SUNY Albany.

Bilal Sulaiman, 22-years-old, is a Lebanese student from the State University of New York (SUNY), Empire State College’s program in Lebanon. His major is marketing and advertising and was raised in Beirut. He is in his final semester and is honored to be a part of this conference.

Matthew Sutin, A.B.D., is pursuing his doctoral degree in Bilingual Education at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, where he studies online language instruction and intercultural communication. He is a research consultant at LaGuardia Community College’s Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs, where he is informing and supporting recent efforts in student advising. Additionally, his recent work includes English language instruction for diverse, low income students, program assessment and international education.

Yumi Takamiya is Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA. She obtained her PhD in Applied Linguistics from Purdue University, in 2010. She is an experienced Japanese language teacher and teacher educator, having worked in Japan and the USA. Her research interests include pragmatics, language pedagogy, second language acquisition, and teacher development. By employing conversation analytic approach, she currently investigates how second language learners of Japanese develop their pragmatic competence.

Patrice Torcivia Prusko works as production and support lead for MOOCs, SPOCs and Digital Initiatives at Cornell University. She was co-PI for “Virtual Study Abroad” and “Cross-Cultural Experiential Learning Toolkit” grant funded studies. She’s frequently invited to speak about her experiences teaching in blended learning environments in Latin America. Patrice holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and MBA from Union College and a Ph.D. from University at Albany in Educational Theory.

Cara Tuzzolino-Werben combines her background in publishing with her love of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) as a Lecturer in the Language Immersion at Nassau Community College program (LINCC). There, she also coordinates a conversation partner program and a series of writing workshops. She instructs aspiring TESOL teachers at the Literacy Assistance Center. She holds B.A. in Journalism from NYU and an Ed.M. in TESOL from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.

Carine Ullom has nearly twenty years of experience in educational technology.  She has served as the Director of the Language Resource Center at St. Lawrence University, a role that was the perfect blend of her love of technology, language learning, and international education. Ullom earned a double-major B.S. in computer science and German from McPherson College in 1984 and an MA from the University of Wyoming in 1988. As a graduate student Ullom received a Fulbright grant to study computer assisted language learning at Oldenburg Universitӓt in (former West) Germany.  She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership for Change at Fielding Graduate University and plans to research global competence development among undergraduate students.

Ursula Valdez is a Tropical Ecologist and Conservation Biologist. Born and raised in Peru, she obtained her MSc and PhD degrees in the USA. She has worked as a researcher and instructor in Peru, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Spain and the USA. Currently, she is a lecturer at UWB and teaches courses in Environmental science, Ecology and natural history, Conservation and sustainability. She also runs a UW study-abroad program in Peru every that is now in its seventh year.

Dave van Ginhoven is a Senior Lecturer in the European Studies program at The Hague University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, where he teaches research and communications skills, as well as cultural studies and other subjects. Other activities include research and experiments involving digital
learning tools as well as the information gathering and critical thinking skills of contemporary students.

Alison Van Nyhuis, PhD is the Global Literacy Coordinator and Collaborative Online International Learning Coordinator at Fayetteville State University, where she is also Associate Professor of English. Alison earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in English at the University of Florida. Her teaching and research interests include American studies, Caribbean studies, and postcolonial theory. Her articles have appeared in various journals, and since joining FSU in 2008, she has received awards for teaching, research, and service.

Salvador Venegas-Escobar, M.A., is an Associate Professor of English for the Modern Languages Department at Universidad de Monterrey (Monterrey, Mexico). Since 1992, he has taught English at all levels, Spanish as a second language, French, and Chinese. He currently teaches TOEFL preparation, business English and academic writing in Spanish. His area of specialty is linguistics.

Heather H. Ward is Senior Program Associate in the Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement at the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C. She previously served as Associate Director for Internationalization and Outreach at George Mason University and as Director of International Programs at Mary Baldwin College. Heather holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies and Spanish from Vanderbilt University.

Hope Windle, Instructional Designer at SUNY Ulster comes to the table with an MFA from University of California, Davis, and a K-12 teaching certificate from Pratt Institute. With COIL, and the Ulster faculty, Hope designs collaborations, for students in the US and Belarus, Brazil, Canada, England, Italy, Mexico, Taiwan and most recently in Japan. She is Ulster’s Nodal Network Coordinator, part of the COIL community, having fun, laughing loudly, and making much too much noise since 2006.

Jane Winslow is an associate professor of production and screenwriting at the State University of New York Oswego. As a digital filmmaker, Winslow specializes in social issue and art documentaries.  She exhibits and publishes her photos and video projects, winning numerous awards and her publications include a chapter in Activist Art in Social Justice Pedagogy, Peter Lang Publishing. As a consultant, Winslow has worked with equipment manufacturers as well as individual filmmakers as a script doctor.

Carrie Wojenski is Director of Global Affairs at Sacred Heart University.  She is charged with oversight of study abroad programing and global initiatives.  Carrie also serves as a visiting faculty member at the SIT Graduate Institute.  Carrie holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, a M.A. in International Education from the SIT Graduate Institute and an Ed.D. in the Design of Learning Environments at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Dan Wood has been teaching audio engineering and production classes for the Department of Music at SUNY Oswego since 2000. He earned a BS in Sound Recording Technology from SUNY Fredonia and a MSEd in Vocational-Technical Education from SUNY Oswego. His industry experience includes engineering and production credits on several gold and platinum albums, including the recording artists Public Enemy, Ice Cube, A Tribe Called Quest, Sonic Youth, and the French group IAM.

Sylvie Yudin is a sophomore at Binghamton University majoring in Political Science and Geography. She has participated in a COIL course for two years, first as a student, and this past fall as a teaching assistant. Sylvie is currently a resident assistant in Bingham Hall in Newing College. Her academic interests include migration studies, ethnic studies, and international relations. She enjoys learning new languages and plans on studying abroad to Spain next Spring. Sylvie is from Queens, New York and looks forward to exploring the world.

Joe Ziolkowski (Jacksonville, FL, USA) MSED, Art Ed, Nazareth College, Rochester, NY. MFA, SAIC, Chicago, IL & BS, SIUC, Carbondale, IL. Currently Instructor of Photo & COIL Nodal Network Coordinator @ SUNY Genesee Community College, Batavia, NY. He has taught at RIT, SUNY MCC, Center for Creative Studies (Detroit), MCA Chicago, SAIC Chicago, Columbia College. Numerous artist residencies. National & international exhibits. Author of 2 monographs, Walking the Line (1992) and Pressure (1997).

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