The following are short biographies from this year's conference presenters accepted from our international call for presentations at the upcoming 10th Anniversary COIL Conference.
Mark Adams is the former Project Director of the Pakistan Distance Education Enhancement Program (PDEEP), a 3.5 year U.S. State Department University Partnership grant with Allama Iqbal Open University in Pakistan. He is currently an Instructional Developer at the San Jose State University eCampus, and Director of Training at facultytraining.net. A previous career in finance included being CEO of Adams, Wichmann and Glitsch Financial Services, and financial analyst at Consolidated Capital Equities Corporation (CON-CAP).
Frederik Ahlgrimm received his Ph.D. for research on school development and teacher collaboration in German schools. His fields of interest include classroom teaching, teacher education, and school management/development. He works as lecturer and coordinator for the internationalization of teacher education programs at University of Potsdam. His professional endeavors also include operating democaris, a school consultancy he co-founded. He lives in Berlin with his wife and four children.
Jill Amati is Assistant Professor at Alfred State College in Alfred, NY. She received her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology and her Masters in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.
Munazza Ambreen Biography not submitted
Jose Andrade is a Professor teaching courses in marketing and advertising. He consults with the Mexican Association for Small Business Development. Prior to joining UDEM full-time in 2008, he had a ten year career in industry as a Media & Advertising Manager at AXTEL, was a Brand Manager for Sigma Alimentos, and has been a visiting lecturer at I.E.B Spain, University of Shanghai, China, and University of Zuyd, Netherland. He has his MBA from the University of Deusto, Spain.
Ayca Ariyoruk (Partnership and Outreach, Soliya) is a cross cultural facilitator with over decade of experience in global public advocacy in support of multilateral cooperation. Ayca’s commentary appeared on Financial Times, the New York Times, BBC, Radio France, Toronto Star, Business Channel of Turkey, the Independent-Uganda,and Xinhua Net of China. She has an MA from School of Diplomacy at Seton Hall University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
Emily Arko is a junior at SUNY Geneseo studying Adolescent Education with Spanish. She hopes to teach Spanish in grades 7-12. She is a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority and the Elementary and Secondary Education Association (ESEA). She is currently studying abroad in Madrid, Spain where she is improving her Spanish language skills. She looks forward to one day including technologies in her classroom to promote global and cultural exchange.
Rick Arrowood J.D. is the Chair of a Masters of Science in Nonprofit Management and a full-time Associate Teaching Professor at Northeastern University, an Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia), and Visiting Professor at International University Vietnam National (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) and Beijing Foreign Studies University (Beijing, China). Mr. Arrowood’s scholarly practitioner and research interests are distance education, nonprofit leadership, dual degree international engagements, and global cultural awareness studies.
Todd Austin brings a varied background to his current work leading the efforts of the University of Michigan’s main college in the area of live synchronous connections for teaching, research, and administration. His academic background includes undergraduate work in physics and political science and graduate work in Russian politics. His professional life has included stints in survey research, information technology, and instructional technology. Todd is a cellist and a once-fluent speaker of the Russian language.
María Barros García is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Language and Literature at Saint Xavier University. She holds a European doctorate with Honors in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Granada. Her primary research areas are intercultural pragmatics, politeness, and second language acquisition.
Kathleen Bater is an Associate Professor of Modern Languages, at SUNY College at Old Westbury. She works in Hispanic Language, Literature and Culture and has recently completed a biography of the Nicaraguan modernist poet, Ruben Dario, as well as a collection of his poetry in translation to be published by Mellen Press.
Valeria Belmonti is the Associate Director of Technology at the Center for Integrated Language Communities, where she oversees the development of virtual exchanges for undergraduate heritage Chinese and Spanish courses. Ms. Belmonti is also the Director of the Modern Languages Media Center at the College of Staten Island/CUNY, where she has collaborated with faculty on the development of telecollaborations for undergraduate French and International Studies courses.
Delane Bender-Slack is an Associate Professor of Literacy and Reading Program Director in the Department of Childhood Education and Literacy at Xavier University. She is a teacher educator, teaching courses in methods, middle childhood and adolescent literature, content area literacy, process writing, and reading theories. She has published articles in such journals as The Reading Professor, English Journal, Feminist Teacher, Teacher Education and Practice, Teacher Educator, and Midwestern Educational Researcher. She has planned and implemented international experiences in Peru and Nicaragua. Her research interests include social justice teaching, critical literacy, curriculum studies, study abroad, and adolescent literacy.
Richard Benniger holds an MBA. His education includes SUNY Cobleskill, A.A.S. Culinary Arts; Professional Chef, University of Nevada, Las Vegas B.S. Hospitality Management, University of Phoenix, Nellis Air Force Base M.B.A. and is currently finishing a Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership. Rich has taught at SUNY Cobleskill for four years. He owns a seasonal catering company and spent 23 years in the hotel catering and convention services industry in So CA and Las Vegas, NV.
Lovisa Berg is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She is a lecturer at the School of Languages and Media Studies at Dalarna University, Sweden. She is the head of the Arabic Language Department. Lovisa's research interest covers the application of educational technology for learning.
GianMario Besana is the Associate Provost for Global Engagement and Online Learning at DePaul University. Under his guidance, DePaul’s faculty training program for online teaching was recognized in 2012 with the Sloan-C award for best faculty development program for online teaching in the US. The two sides of his portfolio recently came together in the creation of the Global Learning Experience program, aimed at supporting DePaul’s faculty members who wish to engage in COIL courses.
Juanita Blackton is an adjunct instructor of English for International Students, teaching in the Applied Language Institute at the University of Missouri Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to returning to this position, she taught English in the Middle East and in the Philippines. Her experience includes teaching coursework in ESP and teacher training at the bachelor’s level. As an English Language Fellow, Juanita facilitated teacher-training workshops at high schools, colleges, and universities throughout the Philippines.
Chesla Ann Bohinski, Phd, 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 coordinator 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. Her areas of specialty include second language vocabulary acquisition and technology integration into the L2 classroom.
Richard Bonnabeau is associate professor emeritus and visiting professor at SUNY/ESC. Since 1993 Richard has served in various administrative capacities for SUNY/ESC's International Programs division. He received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in history and cultural anthropology. In his first years with ESC, Richard was part of a small group of faculty who launched the Center for Distance Learning, which became a major provider of online courses for the SUNY Learning Network.
Kathleen Borbee is an Associate Professor teaching courses in marketing, sales, and applied business applications. She incorporates real-world Service Learning projects into her classes. Prior to joining Monroe Community College full time in 2009 she had a 30+ year career in Marketing, Sales Operations, and Systems Engineering with IBM and was an adjunct at MCC, St. John Fisher College, SUNY Brockport, and Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. She has her MBA from Penn State University in Marketing and Finance.
Erica Braithwaite is an adolescent education major with a concentration in Spanish at SUNY Oneonta. She has worked with COIL in two different courses, connecting her to people in Mexico and Colombia. COIL has been a helpful experience because it has taught her about people from different parts of the world and improved her Spanish language skills simultaneously. Erica hopes that the COIL experience gives her the tools to become a better teacher one day.
Michael Bromby is a reader in law, specialising in criminal, medical and forensics. For the past six years he has 'played around' with online collaborative learning and is now trying to do it more seriously. He also is part of the Commonwealth Legal Education Association and enjoys running and geocaching in his spare time.
Lorette Calix is an instructor with SUNY/ Empire State College's International Programs, and directs the College's programs in Latin America. She has over 20 years of experience in international education. She led an IITG funded project on the value of COIL type collaborations and contributed to a MOOC for international learners. She frequently presents and conducts workshops based on her experiences with the blended learning programs in Latin America.
Kramer Canup is a senior at the UW Bothell and will be graduating this year. He is majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Ecological Restoration. His work inside and outside of the classroom revolves around studying and exploring the natural world and how people interact with nature.
Tom Capuano is an instructional designer with the Virtual Campus at Monroe Community College (MCC). As an instructional designer at MCC he supports the faculty in a variety of ways including the instructional designer role on the COIL Faculty Support Team at MCC. MCC’s first COIL course ran in the Fall of 2015. This course connected the students at MCC with another class in Mexico and included both synchronous and asynchronous activities.
Colleen Carmean is Assistant Chancellor, UW Tacoma. Colleen directs the Faculty Resource Center, Academic Technologies and Institutional Research. She serves as strategist for emerging technologies and eLearning. Her work focuses on knowledge systems that bring together open discovery, the user experience (UX), and assessment.
Lynda Carroll is a professional archaeologist, and an adjunct professor at SUNY Broome Community College. As an archaeologist, she is interested in constructing narratives about the past based on material evidence. She has worked in the field of Cultural Resource Management, and focused on the archaeology of the recent past and the modern period. She has also conducted archaeological field research in Turkey, Jordan, Italy, and the United States.
Diane Ceo-Difrancesco, PhD, is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Faculty Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Xavier University. She instructs courses in linguistics, methodology, and Spanish, and publishes articles in such journals as Hispania, Language Educator, Central States Reports and NAMTA. Her research interests include telecollaboration, intercultural communicative competence and study abroad. An international presenter, Diane coordinates programs, and serves as visiting professor in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru and Spain.
Francesca Cichello is Interim Associate Director of International Programs and COIL Nodal Network coordinator at SUNY Empire State College. She has worked with students and alumni in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America and has expertise in blending international distance learning and classroom based instruction. She co-coordinates the Anadolu University dual diploma program with Dr. Richard Bonnabeau. She earned a B.A. at Skidmore College and a M.A.T. at Union College
Ken Conn is a Partnerships Executive with i2i Technologies where he shares his experiences with video communications & collaboration. In addition to being a Past President of the Texas Distance Learning Association, Ken is the Chair of State Chapters for the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) and responsible for their development and relationship with the USDLA. He also volunteers with the Association of Talent Development Houston Chapter serving as the Director of Virtual Technology.
Yudis Contreras Martinez, PhD, has been teaching at “Universidad de Cartagena” since 2011 in the Foreign Languages Department. She teaches a variety of courses in English as a Second Language, including introduction to American Studies, and Literature of the Hispanic World. Dr. Contreras completed her doctoral degree at Indiana University and worked at SUNY-Delhi for some time before returning to Colombia. While in New York, she met faculty from SUNY-Oneonta allowing a partnership to implement COIL courses.
Margarita Coronado is 19 years old. She is currently studying Education at UDEM and is in her second semester. She studied at the American School Foundation of Monterrey for preschool, primary, middle, and high school.
Filomena Critelli, PhD, teaches courses in social welfare policy, community social work, and international social welfare. Her research and publications are focused on women’s rights and gender-based violence in domestic as well as international contexts and human rights of vulnerable groups. These interests include global migration, rights of immigrants and disability rights. Dr. Critelli is currently partnering with faculty from La Salle University, Mexico City on a globally networked course.
Jenifer Cushman is Campus Dean and Associate Professor of German at Ohio University Zanesville, where she serves on the OU Senior International Management Team and the state of Ohio’s Global Reach to Engage Academic Talent (GREAT) Governor’s task force. Formerly international dean at NAFSA-Simon-Award-winning Juniata College, Cushman was the 2015 President of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) and has contributed to COIL conferences every year since 2012.
Eduardo Da Silva, PhD, is the Portuguese Program Coordinator at UW Seattle. His research focus is on second language acquisition, applied linguistics, and cultural studies.
Loes Damhof earned her Masters in Modern Literature at the University of Groningen. After studying, teaching and managing schools in South-Africa, China, Russia and the US, she now shares her experiences teaching intercultural competence at Hanze UAS. She received the 2016 Lecturer of the Year Award in recognition of her passion for teaching The Global Village.
Butch De Castro, PhD, is an Associate Professor with the UW Bothell School of Nursing & Health Studies. A primary line of his research focuses on nurse migration, particularly from the Philippines.
Carol Dean is Associate Professor, Secondary Education/Foreign Language Education. She has regularly taught courses in: Foreign Language Methods, Bilingual Education Methods (online), student teaching supervision, Diversity and Teaching (online). Student travel and faculty led off-campus courses to Colombia, Ecuador, France, Mexico. She was recipient (with Maria Cristina Montoya) of 2015 Global Engagement Initiative award from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign a Languages.
Martha Del Angel Castillo, PhD, holds a doctorate in Education by Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico. She is currently a full time professor at the Modern Language Department in the same institution. She has published articles related to foreign language teaching and learning and supervised research work on the same topic. She has been a speaker in several national and international forums in the United States, Europe and South Amera.
Isabelle Delisle is pedagogical advisor for research and innovation at Vanier College , and project leader for the Virtual Team Teaching Network (VTTN - REVE) where her primary role is to act as pedagogical creative catalyst by mobilizing teachers, providing a framework for knowledge sharing and collaboration, and disseminating the collective expertise . Since 2010, she has served the college network as an adviser and been member of the editorial board for the journal Pédagogie collégiale since 2013.
Shweta Sinha Despande, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Archaeology at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, Symbiosis International University in Pune, India. She has conducted archaeological and cultural anthropological research for a decade and has contributed to teaching and research through an interdisciplinary approach. The Global Learning Exchange, conducted with Dr. Nila Ginger Hofman from DePaul University was her first cross-cultural teaching collaboration
Janine DeWitt earned her B.Ph. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University and her MA and Ph.D. in Sociology from Duke University. She teaches undergraduate sociology courses. In addition to her interest in intercultural teaching and learning, her current research focuses on pedagogical strategies that strengthen community-based learning such as mapping and visual analysis.
Matt Dingo is an Instructional Technologist in Instructional Innovation at Ohio University’s main campus in Athens. He designs courses for the College of Fine Arts and for several online Masters programs. His experiences working in digital accessibility for the commonwealth of PA help him address issues of accessible course design. Matt chairs the Universal Design and Assistive Technology committee for the Presidential Accessibility Strategic Plan.
Natalia Dyba is the Director of Global Initiatives at the UW Bothell. She oversees education abroad, internationalizing the curriculum, institutional partnerships, and opportunities for global involvement locally, including spearheading of the UW COIL Initiative.
Regina Eckert graduated from Binghamton University with a Bachelors in History focusing on Ancient History. She received her Masters in History from SUNY Cortland focusing on Medieval and Russian History. She also has an extensive background in American history. Since 2011 she has been teaching American history at Tompkins Cortland Community College as well as World History since 1500 and Western Civilization to 1500. She also teaches at SUNY Broome. There she is currently running her COIL-enhanced module in her World History to 1500 class.
Clark Egnor, PhD, is Director of International Programs at the Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) where he provides leadership and support for the international programs and initiatives at all of the West Virginia public state colleges and universities. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Egnor spent 20 years at Marshall University, where he served as Executive Director of the Center for International Programs. Dr. Egnor earned his Ed.D from West Virginia University in Educational Administration.
Haley Fallon is a Spanish major at SUNY College at Oneonta. She has been working with COIL since 2015. Since taking her first COIL course she has helped to gather research and feedback from students in order to present at foreign language conferences. COIL has given her a more positive perspective on different cultural practices. Ms. Fallon hopes that COIL will help to break stereotypes and build a global community for students to interact.
Richard Farkas, PhD, is a professor of Political Science at DePaul University. He is an expert on Central and East European politics and society. His experience in Croatia and Bosnia in particular form the platform for the Global Learning Experience course he teaches, in collaboration with the University of Dubrovnik, in which students investigate how a “new” and an “old” democracy approach challenges and connect with the needs of their respective publics.
Carmen Fierro is a Professor at the School of Businessl and Humanities at Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Chihuahua, in the language field. She currently teaches the courses: “Analysis and verbal expression” and “Contemporary world literature”. She has worked as a professor of Spanish at the Universidad de Puerto Rico and as a professor of Literature at the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua. She has been writing and style editor. She collaborates with the PechaKucha project in the city of Chihuahua.
Herco Fonteijn is an Associate Professor at the Department of Work and Social Psychology at Maastricht University. He has a background in Cognitive Psychology and has designed and implemented PBL courses on themes covering cognitive, social and organisational psychology for over 20 years. He takes an interest in educational innovation, internationalisation and capacity building.
Liz Frondigoun, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader of the BA Criminal Justice Programme at the University of the West of Scotland.
Megan Gibbons is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Director of International Programs at Glenville State College in WV. For the last two years, in addition to teaching, she has coordinated study abroad and the COIL program. Last summer Megan also took on the role of facilitating COIL development for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC). Prior to earning her doctoral degree from Boston University, Megan spent two years living, studying and working in Madrid.
Anne Gifford is Associate Dean (International) in the School of Media, Culture and Society at the University of the West of Scotland.
Dave van Ginhoven is a Senior Lecturer in the European Studies program at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, where he teaches in a variety of disciplines (cultural studies, research & communication skills) and is actively engaged in exploring new uses for information technology in learning, like COIL.
Ann Giralico Pearlman is the Senior Instructional Design Specialist (SID) in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CELT). In her role as COIL Fellow, she partnered with the Women and Gender Studies program at Brockport and the University of Novgord, Russia to develop a blended course using cloud technologies. This past year she assisted new COIL faculty collaborations with Bangladesh, Turkey and Mexico.
Roxanne Glaser is the Director of Digital Learning for i2i Technologies where she works with organizations to design effective learning experiences for face-to-face and virtual environments. Roxanne merges skills that she learned as a classroom teacher, educational consultant, and technology integration specialist into her current position working with clients from K-12 settings to corporate boardrooms. When she is not behind a computer screen, you will probably find her on a beach somewhere building sandcastles!
Lynn Goerdt earned her doctorate in Education at the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2011, where her dissertation research focused on internationalizing social work education. She teaches courses in social welfare policy, global social welfare, and is currently the coordinator of the field program at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. She has a particular passion for health and mental health policy.
Martha Gold as the Instructional Technologist at Corning Community College, is a Blackboard administrator, trainer and all around dabbler in educational technology. She assists faculty in COIL collaborations by helping execute synchronous activities, recording student reactions, and absorbing wisdom from Jayne Peaslee, the Nodal Network coordinator for COIL at CCC. In her free time, Martha cooks, runs, and collects advice on parenting a teenager.
Beatriz Gómez began her career with the community development program at the Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM). She is a teacher educator at the UDEM (‘90), where she teaches courses in introduction of education, diversity, and community development. She participates in the Service Learning Programs, COIL programs, and is using technologies to promote global partnerships, sensitivity and social justice.
Eduardo González Mendívil, PhD, Associated Dean of Engineering School, for Advance Manufacturing. Senior Research Consultant of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (2000-present) and member of the National Council of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering of the National Center for Higher Education Assessment. Lines of Interest: Design methodologies; Design and Development of Innovative Products; Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality In Industry.
Mahlon Grass, PhD, Associate Professor of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts Degree, Eastman School of Music and former Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Lock Haven University. He has been instrumental in creating degree seeking courses in Music Education, and is currently involved with “learning communities,” “jump start” initiatives, and partnership innovation. He has recently developed a World Music course which is in its second successful year at the University.
Gavan Gray Specially Appointed Associate Professor at Kansai University, Osaka, Japan. Specialist in Critical Thinking and International Relations. Acquired his Doctorate in Politics and International Relations from Leicester University in the United Kingdom. Before coming to Japan he worked as a computer consultant in Europe and is currently engaged in research regarding the enhancement of international education programs through the use of ICT systems.
Alfonso Guevara Since the mid-90s he has been involved with the art world, either as a producer, researcher and in the academic field. He has been a lecturer, speaker, moderator and on jury boards in several college events, art and photography contest. As an artist, he has been making exhibitions and was selected in several art and photography contests and events, both in Mexico and abroad: US, Cuba, Italy, Spain, Chile, among others.
Sarah Guth is a teacher of English as a Foreign Language at the University of Padova, Italy. For over a decade she has carried out virtual exchange projects partnering students from around the globe. Her research interests lie in the use of technology in language learning, intercultural communication, telecollaboration and the normalisation of COIL in higher education. She has published and presented internationally on the use of technology for intercultural foreign language learning.
Mary Guzzy Associate Professor of Humanities and Communications, director of theatre. Holds a Masters in Humanities from the University of Colorado/Denver. Acted with the theatre Shakespeare & Company, Lenox MA., where she led the Rose Playhouse, U.S.A. project, founded interdisciplinary Humanities lecture series on aspects of the Renaissance.. Actor and Playwright. Author of The Color of War, Clara, Lonesome Drum: An American Tale, and numerous other regionally produced plays.
Simone Hackett is Faculty Coordinator for Internationalisation at the Faculty of Health, Nutrition & Sports at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS) in the Netherlands. Simone first founded a COIL initiative at the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, and is now working with leadership at The Hague to embed and expand COIL at THUAS.
Elvita Haff Coordinator at Division of International Affairs, Kansai University, Osaka, Japan. M.A. from Nagoya University specializing in Japanese linguistics, second language acquisition, teaching Japanese as foreign language. Prior to pursuing her study in Japan she taught Japanese at University of Al Azhar Indonesia, Jakarta. Her area of interests are computer assisted language learning, technology enhanced learning, foreign language education, and cross-cultural communication.
Cedric Hairston attended Corning Community College and Utica College before transferring to MCC in the Spring of 2014. He is currently a student in the E. Philip Sauders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY.
Korcaighe Hale is Associate Professor of History at Ohio University Zanesville, and has traveled extensively overseas as part of her research into the European diplomatic aftermath of World War II, particularly to Denmark, Ireland and Great Britain. She earned a M.Sc. degree at the London School of Economics and has studied at University College Dublin. Her experiences as an international student have helped intensify her interest in expanding study abroad options at regional campuses.
Lenora Helm Hammonds, Assistant Professor, at North Carolina Central University, Director, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Studies; Global Educator Fellow, UNC; Global Certificate Development Team, International Affairs; Community Engagement Coordinator, College of Arts and Sciences; COIL Lead Fellow of a 12-person team with three successful courses between schools in South Africa, Denmark and NCCU. Her dissertation is on the intersection of intercultural competence, jazz and GNLE's, toward completion of a DMA at Boston University.
Meredith Harrigan (Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at SUNY Geneseo. Her research centers on the intersection of communication, culture, family, and identity, and seeks to understand how members of discourse-dependent families communicatively construct and negotiate personal and relational identities. She teaches courses on Intercultural, Interpersonal, Family, and Organizational Communication and has published in the Journal of Family Communication, Social and Personal Relationships, and Applied Communication Research.
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 and develop intercultural sensitivity. She is COIL coordinator and has been involved in virtual projects with Finland, Denmark, Austria and the US.
Gordon Heggie, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer (Politics) in Social Sciences in the School of Media, Culture and Society.
Douglas Hemphill provides Instructional Design support for the COIL program at SUNY Oswego. SUNY Oswego has run COIL programs with ten countries, several of which have become ongoing partners. Douglas provides activity and experience design support and technology assistance to ensure these offerings are of the highest quality. Douglas has presented on COIL multiple times within SUNY and at the COIL conference.
Blanca Henric is Professor at the School of Business and Humanities at Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Chihuahua. She works in the language field, currently with the subjects of “Analysis and verbal expression” and “Verbal expression in the professional field”. She’s part of the “Counseling center for writing” supporting students in the management of oral and written language. She has worked as a tutor at the Online Programs at the Tecnológico de Monterrey. PechaKucha Night Chihuahua Organiser since 2015.
William Herman, PhD, has accumulated considerable international education experience over his 38 years of full-time college teaching. He has earned two Fulbright Scholar Awards (Russia in 1993 and Thailand in 2011), taught five summers in Taiwan (1989-1993), taught psychology at the University of Potsdam in Germany (2009), and lectured/presented papers on several international campuses. As an educational psychologist, he has prepared future K-12 teachers by improving the translation of the knowledge base into professional practice.
Olivia Hernández-Pozas, PhD, is Associate professor & researcher at Egade Business School of Tecnológico de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. She has been visiting professor in France, India, US and Puerto Rico. She is certified as Advanced Cultural Intelligence Facilitator by the Cultural Intelligence Center. Dr. Hernández-Pozas has written articles and book chapters on different topics, including International Business, Global Competencies, Cultural Intelligence, Education, On the Job Training, and Group Theory.
Leslie Hitch, Ed.D. is Associate Teaching Professor in the Northeastern (NU) Global Studies and Masters in Leadership Programs. She has led the specialized program for the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Doctor of Education program in Hong Kong; and is a visiting professor for Northeastern partnerships in Australia and Vietnam. Dr. Hitch previously was director of Academic Technology Services. Her expertise includes: developing and teaching online and hybrid courses and programs and internationalizing curricula.
Clemens Hoffmann, PhD, works as an Assistant Professor at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, where he teaches World Politics, Development and Environment courses. He received his DPhil (PhD) in International Relations from the University of Sussex, UK with a thesis on post-Ottoman state formation. More recently, his work focussed on the relation between political rule and nature, exploring the origins of and alternatives to hydro-carbon based state-led development through a political ecology lens. He has published in leading international journals such as Global Environmental Change, Environment and Planning C, Geopolitics, Cambridge Review of International Affairs and Cooperation and Conflict.
Nila Ginger Hofman, PhD, is Associate Professor of Anthropology at DePaul University where she has taught for 15 years. She has conducted cross-cultural research and directed experiential learning initiatives. She directs the community service studies minor. The Global Learning Exchange, conducted with Shweta Sinha Deshpande, was her first cross-cultural teaching collaboration.
Minna Holopainen has worked as a communication practitioner, trainer, and lecturer with various organizations and universities in the San Francisco Bay Area, Pakistan, and Finland since 2008. Her work focuses on the practical application of dialogue, intercultural communication, leadership, and organizational change on diversity issues.
Keld Hosbond, b.1967 (Denmark) holds degrees in Political Science and rhythmic music and trombone from Royal Academy of Music (RAMA). Appointed Head of International Relations at RAMA in 2004, he has been initiating and managing major projects within internationalization of the Higher Music Education sector in Europe and globally.
Keiko Ikeda Professor, Kansai University, Division of International Affairs - Keiko is the KU Coordinator for Global Network for COIL, State University of New York. She is Vice-Director for Center of International Education at Kansai University. Ph.D. from University of Hawai'i at Manoa specializing in Japanese linguistics, foreign language education, conversation analysis. Her research areas include (1) ethnomethodology, conversation analysis, and multimodal analysis of various social interactions, and (2) International Education (particularly Internationalization at Home).
Nicole Jacoberger earned her doctorate in Modern World History in 2015, specializing in the Atlantic World. She taught at the University of St. Martin in the Caribbean in 2014, and is currently an adjunct assistant professor at LIU/Post, St. John's university, SUNY Nassau Community College and SUNY Old Westbury.
Susan Jagendorf-Sobierajski, PhD, is Executive Director of International Education at SUNY Cobleskill. She designs international collaborative programs, supports faculty initiatives overseas and directs government-funded international programs. She oversees international student issues, study abroad programs, foreign language and ESL courses. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, two master’s degrees in English as a Second Language and Linguistics, a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the City University of New York Graduate Center and is a Fulbright scholar.
Eva Kampits, Ph.D., is an Adjunct Professor at Northeastern University (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) teaching diversity and organizational performance in the graduate leadership program. She consults and develops resources for educators, practitioners, and policy leaders concerned with strengthening education at all levels (k-university) both regionally and globally. In 2001, she was first named as a foreign consultant to China’s Ministry of Education (NCCT) and since 2012, to the Yuecheng Education Foundation (China).
Maria Kanter holds a Masters in Educational Technology and has been a Pedagogical Advisor and IT representative at Vanier since November 2015. Originally from the private sector with over 12 years international instructional design/training experience in the Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation (A.D.D.I.E.) for blended, instructor-led, and fully immersive simulation training initiatives in aerospace, IT, mining, and health. Previous experiences in mental health and correctional facilities, working with youths ranging from 5 to 17 years old.
Maryanne Kildare is a full time LINCC Lecturer at Nassau Community College. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Spanish at SUNY Binghamton and Master of Science degree in TESOL from CUNY Queens College. She has presented at local and NYS conferences and published articles on varying TESOL topics. She also taught at Queens College, SUNY Farmingdale, Suffolk Community College, and St. John’s University and at the secondary level.
Eunjung Kim, PhD, is a nurse scientist teaching at the University of Washington School of Nursing. She leads an annual 3-week Exploration Seminar in Korea, where students learn the impacts of Korean culture and immigration on the health of Korean immigrants in the US. She conducts research on how to raise healthy immigrant children when families living in two different cultures.
Jennifer King, PhD, began her career teaching English in grades 7-12. She earned her Ph.D. in Teaching, Curriculum, and Change from the University of Rochester (’13). She is a teacher educator at SUNY Geneseo (’94), where she teaches courses in curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, and literacies. She participates in the Internationalizing the Teacher Education Curriculum working group at Geneseo’s School of Education and is interested in using technologies to promote global partnerships, citizenship, awareness, and justice.
Krista Knight BA: Brown University. MA: Performance Studies from NYU. MFA Playwriting: UC San Diego. Page 73 Playwriting Fellow (2007). Shank Playwriting Fellow at the Vineyard Theatre (2011-2012). Member New Georges JAM and alum of EST's Youngblood, The Civilians R&D Lab, Page 73's Interstate 73, and TerraNova's Groundbreakers. Krista teaches playwriting, screenwriting, and digital storytelling at SUNY Oswego.
Alexander Knoth, PhD, 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 Partner Coordinator (University of Potsdam), Lecturer at the chair of Sociology of Gender and E-Learning Coordinator of the Economic and Social Science Faculty.
Mindy Kole teaches business and is the Director of SUNY Ulster’s Pfeiffer Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. Mindy is an entrepreneur, operating The Marketing Department, LLC, a marketing and advertising company serving small and medium sized businesses since 1996. She is a former vice president of marketing at Citibank and holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University. Mindy is currently studying for a PhD in Management Education at Capella University.
Stacy Kosko, PhD, is Assistant Director of the Minor in International Development and Conflict Management (MIDCM) and an Assistant Research Professor in the Center for International Development and Conflict Management in the Department of Government and Politics. Dr. Kosko received her doctoral degree from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, with a concentration in international development. Dr. Kosko teaches a Global Classroom in International Development and Conflict Management.
Ron Krabill, PhD, is an Associate Professor at UW Bothell, where he also directs the MA in Cultural Studies. His research examines discourses of global citizenship in higher education, the relationships between politics and media with a particular focus on Southern Africa, and critical, community-based pedagogies in media production. He teaches across cultural studies, media studies, African studies, and human rights. He published \Starring Mandela and Cosby: Media and the End(s) of Apartheid\" (Chicago, 2010)."
Swapna Kumar is a Clinical Associate Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Teaching and Learning, University of Florida, USA. She coordinates the online doctoral program in Educational Technology at the College of Education and teaches graduate courses on distance learning, blended learning, the design of online environments, and technology integration. Dr. Kumar’s research focuses on the design, development, facilitation and evaluation of online programs.
Alice Lai, PhD, is Associate Professor of the Arts at SUNY-Empire State College where she also coordinates over twenty online arts courses. She authored and has been teaching online courses for 15 years. Her research topics include art education, critical/feminist pedagogy, and distance education. Her publications have appeared in Studies in Art Education, Visual Culture and Gender, Pedagogy, etc. She has presented in National Art Educational Association and American Educational Research Association conferences.
Jason Laker, PhD, is a Professor of Counselor Education and Educational Leadership (and former VP for Student Affairs) at San José State University in California, USA. He was previously AVP & Dean of Student Affairs, Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Democracy, and Gender Studies Faculty at Queen’s University in Canada. He serves as International Editor for Palgrave Studies in Global Citizenship Education and Democracy; and on several higher education international advisory boards.
Carolina Lara is a hardworking and committed student at the University of Guadalajara who studies Teaching English as a Foreign Language; also, she is attending an English to Spanish translation course. She demonstrates confidence, which comes in handy during speech-related tasks. Besides, she is very fond of foreign languages, such as English and Chinese. If given the chance to attend the 10th Anniversary COIL conference, this will be her first international conference experience.
Rositsa Leon is the Assistant Director for Global Engagement and Online Learning at DePaul University. In this capacity she provides logistical and administrative support for the COIL initiative across ten Colleges. In particular, she facilitates the process of matching DePaul faculty with international counterparts. A native of Bulgaria, and fluent in Spanish, she holds a Master in Bilingual and Bi-cultural education.
Barbara LeSavoy, PhD, is Director of Women and Gender Studies at The College at Brockport, SUNY. She teaches Feminist Theory; Global Perspectives on Women and Gender; Gender, Race, and Class; and a Senior Seminar in Women and Gender. Her research and publication areas include women’s global human rights, sex and gender in literature and popular culture, and and women’s stories as feminist standpoint. Dr. LeSavoy serves as lead COIL faculty the Brockport/Novgorod Russia partnership.
Sabine Levet is Senior Lecturer in French in the department of Global Studies and Languages at MIT. She is one of the original developers of Cultura, which was funded by the NEH and received a special recognition from the American Council on Education in 2010, and is the current Cultura project director. She has written articles and chapters on telecollaboration and intercultural learning, and has given talks and workshops on intercultural communication and technology.
Ross Lewin, PhD, is the Associate Vice President for International Affairs, responsible for the strategic planning and direction of the University of Maryland’s internationalization efforts. He leads the development of international initiatives, facilitates the internationalization of programs and facilitates strategic partnerships with leading institutions and organizations worldwide. Dr. Lewin earned his B.A. in politics and literature from the University of California Santa Cruz and both his M.A. and his Ph.D. in German studies from Stanford University.
Janine Lim, PhD, is the associate dean for online higher education in the School of Distance Education at Andrews University . She and her team support 200+ online courses and provide training for faculty teaching blended and online. Janine has taught over 15 unique graduate educational technology classes, with some classes attracting participants from all over the world. Prior to her work at Andrews University, Janine coordinated videoconferencing for 22 school districts in southwest Michigan.
Craig Little is Distinguished Service Professor and Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York College at Cortland. He received his B.A. from Colby College and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of New Hampshire.
Jonathan Little is a Geography Professor at Monroe Community College where he has taught geospatial and geography courses. Jonathon Little is Principal Investigator of a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education grant to develop a geospatial career pipeline between high schools, Geospatial Information Science and Technology (GIST) Certificate and the regional geospatial industry. He is a board member for the local GIS-Special Interest Group, New York Geographic Alliance, and is a member of NY GIS Education committee. He loves to play tennis, travel, and teach Geography!
Maria Luisa López Segura is an Industrial Chemical Engineer from Tecnológico de la Laguna Mexico, M.Sc in Quality and Productivity from ITESM, Mexico, DEA genie Chimique and Biotechnology and Food industries Ph.D. in Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine France. Certified in ethics and citizenship, collaborative learning, has worked in projects focused in civic professionalism with engineering students. Actual research projects in developing quality systems for sustainable production of mesquite flour for food industry and red beet pigment for bio cosmetic industry.
Eric Lozowy Dean of Science and General Studies at Vanier College since 2011, is now in charge of Institutional and Pedagogical Development and Research on an interim basis at the same college. Has been the manager responsible for the Virtual Team Teaching project since 2012-2013.
Gale Lynch is the Director of Global Education and International Services at Monroe Community College.
Kristy Lyons graduates SUNY Ulster in spring 2017 in Business Administration. She plans on pursuing her Bachelor’s in General Business Management at SUNY Elmira. She is active in the Business Club and as a Campus Connect Leader. She also worked as Support Staff for a research and evaluation firm for 10+ years, and as Legal Assistant/Manager of Support Services at a law office. She has worked on-campus as a Student Aid for the Foundation Department and Community Relations.
Eileen MacAvery Kane worked as a graphic designer and art director before earning her MFA in graphic design from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010. She is the author and designer of the books “Ethics: A Graphic Designer’s Field Guide,” “East End Stories,” “Teacup Secrets” and the blog ethicsingraphicdesign.com. Currently a full-time instructor in the Art Dept. at Rockland Community College, Eileen teaches classes in digital art and imaging, typography, and graphic design.
Tara Mahoney is an Assistant Professor of Sport Management at SUNY Cortland. She earned her PhD in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development with a concentration in Sport Administration at the University of Louisville. She also earned a MBA from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a BA from Nazareth College of Rochester. She is the international advocate for the Sport Management department and will be leading her first abroad program in Greece this summer.
Pero Maldini, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the Department of Communication Science at University of Dubrovnik and Head of Interdisciplinary Doctoral Study of Communication Science at University of Osijek. He teaches courses in political science. His research interests are comparative politics, democratization, democratic transition, political culture and Croatian politics.
Margaret Martin has been an Instructor in the Intensive English Program at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio since 1997. She has a Master’s Degree in Linguistics and Certification in TESL. She teaches academic and career preparation and intercultural skills to language learners from around the globe. She has recently presented on the topics of re-entry preparation for international students returning home, student immersion experiences, multi-modal communication, and cultural content in language tasks.
Jan McCauley studied Cultural Anthropology at SUNY Plattsburgh and received a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Has taught Latin American History and Cultural Anthropology at SUNY Broome Community College since 2009. Jan has also served as a COIL Co-Coordinator since 2014.
Amy McHugh is an Adjunct 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 has run several COIL courses, and is currently working toward a PhD in Australia.
Kathleen McKenna, JD/MSFS is SUNY Broome Professor of Criminal Law, Public Policy and Effective Speaking. Kathleen has serves as Broome’s COIL Co-coordinator and has COIL-ed Public Policy (mostly asynchronously) and Effective Speaking (mostly synchronously) with Celaya, Mexico, and is exploring possibilities with Germany as well. She is an attorney by education, but a teacher by passion. She has taught at Broome for 23 years, was an exchange student in Turkey and France, and lived in Germany.
Sabine McKinnon is a senior lecturer in academic development. She runs the university's Global Perspectives Project on internationalising the curriculum. Based in a central department she is the COIL coordinator and works with academic colleagues in different subject disciplines. Her research interest is the impact of national culture on learning and teaching. A graduate of the University of Hamburg she has enjoyed a long career teaching German and Intercultural Communication at universities in England and Scotland.
Joan Mena is a Design major at SUNY Ulster. She won a coveted Santander Global Scholarship to visit her collaborating partners at LaSalle University while she is participating in a COIL collaboration this spring semester. She also participated in a COIL collaboration last fall in Prof Mindy Kole's Marketing class, which she is presenting as well. Joan is fluent in multiple languages and is the president of SUNY Ulster's Design Club.
Sema Misci Kip is an associate professor at İzmir University of Economics since 2003. She teaches courses on advertising, media planning and marketing communications. Her research interests are social media, websites, media planning, advertising, knowledge management, and marketing communications. She has published in Public Relations Review, International Journal of Information Management, Global Media Journal, and Journal of Marketing Communications. She worked at Initiative Media (1999-2003) and Universal McCann (2003) for the advertising and media planning strategies of national and international clients such as Unilever, Ferrero, Adidas, Citibank, and Johnson & Johnson.
Sofía Montes is a devoted Mexican teenager, currently studying a BA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at the University of Guadalajara; moreover, she has a great interest in becoming a translator as well as a kindergarten teacher. Sofía is constantly working on reaching and accomplishing new goals; therefore, she is always curious about expanding her abilities to teach and learn. If given the opportunity of attendance, COIL Conference will be Sofia’s first international conference.
Maria Cristina Montoya is an assistant professor at SUNY College at Oneonta. She teaches undergraduate Spanish language and graduate linguistics courses. Since 2012, Dr. Montoya has been developing service-learning through faculty led courses abroad, which allowed contacts in Cartagena Colombia. Dr. Montoya partnered with another faculty member and started to implement COIL courses in 2014. She is now in her third COIL course with Cartagena and developing new partnerships with other universities in Colombia.
Runi Mukherji, PhD, is Professor and past Chair of the Department of Psychology at SUNY Old Westbury. She has served on the SUNY General Education Assessment Review (GEAR) group since its inception until 2008. She was Director of General Education and the Chair of the General Education Committee at the College for over ten years. She has served as the methodological and statistical consultant for a number of projects since 2003 until the present.
Raluca Nahorniac, PhD, is an Assistant Director in the Office of International Affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Nahorniac is responsible for developing and implementing the Global Classrooms Initiative: cross-cultural, project-based virtual courses offered in collaboration with partner universities abroad. She has an undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of Bucharest and a doctoral degree in anthropology from Università degli Studi di Perugia.
Thomas Nechodomu is an Instructional Designer at the University of Minnesota. He has over 15 years of experience in education including teaching, curriculum development, instructional design, and academic technology. As an instructional designer, Thomas' practice is informed by his passion for learning, his expertise in adult learning theory and sound pedagogy, and his deeply–held belief that breaking traditional teaching models leads to new, exciting, and engaging paths to learning.
Dan Nolan now serves as the COIL Fellow for UMD and has given several talks on and developed and taught courses in the Digital Humanities. He recently created a Russian Area Studies program with a focus on digital culture. In his work with the Mobile Language Learning Group, which he helped found, he fosters interdisciplinary collaboration between students and faculty to produce language learning apps for mobile devices. He also teaches in the German Studies program.
Alejandra Ortega studied Communication in Universidad Iberoamericana Mexico City, has a master's degree in Education from Universidad La Salle, Mexico City. Since 2006 has been teaching in La Salle University, in the Communication department. Has written two books, which main themes are creativity and communication, also has written several papers about teaching in the digital culture.
Marcia Ostashewski, PhD, holds a Canada Research Chair in Communities and Cultures and is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Cape Breton University. Her research investigates cultural expressions of diverse ethno-cultural communities and other groups, including Eastern and Central Europeans, Indigenous groups, at-risk youth, newcomers to Canada and other communities of practice. She collaborates with communities to conduct critical, creative research into innovative music, dance and digital media projects that address community issues and social problems.
Devian Parra Padilla is a student of economics at Universidad de Cartagena, Colombia. He is a research assistant in his academic department. Mr. Parra has been part of COIL since 2015, this experience allowed him to acquire a wide perspective of different societies, and a holistic understanding of U.S. culture, people' beliefs and young students' social practices.
Jayne Peaslee is Director of The Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence (CTIE) at Corning Community College (CCC), develops and promotes professional development opportunities for faculty to use innovative technology in the classroom and with online pedagogy. Prior to her director’s position she was Professor and Department Chair of the Computer and Information Science Department. She has helped faculty develop COIL courses since 2011 and is presently the COIL Nodal Network Coordinator for CCC.
Laura Penman attended Allegheny College, where she earned a Bachelors degree in Biology and another in Studio Art. She went on to earn a Masters degree in Botany and Plant Pathology from the University of Maine and applied that training while working in an international wheat disease research lab. She currently teaches courses in Human Biology, General Biology, and Plant Science for Monroe Community College and occasionally produces biological illustrations for publication.
Meghan Pieters Biography not submitted
Leticia Poblano obtained her master´s degree in Intercultural Communication in 2005 from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She worked as a Spanish Instructor for John’s Hopkins University, Loyola University and University of Maryland Baltimore County, and she also worked as an intercultural liaison for the Baltimore government. In 2008 she returned to Mexico and started working for the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla. Leticia is currently Coordinator of the English Department and teaches Business English.
Michael J. Popovic is a professor at SUNY Potsdam Department of Politics and International Studies Program. He has been integrating Soliya's Connect Program since Spring of 2014 and has facilitated dialogues on campus on diversity and inclusion.
Patrice Prusko is an instructional designer at Cornell University where she works on the design, development and support of MOOCs, online courses and digital initiatives. She frequently presents at academic and industry conferences about the human impact of MOOCs and her research on virtual term abroad. Patrice holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and MBA from Union College and a PhD in Curriculum and Education from UAlbany.
Richena Purnell-Sayle is Project Manager in the Office of Global Strategy at George Mason University, developed and manages Mason’s Global Collaborative Classrooms program, which evolved from previous COIL projects at Mason. The pilot course, with Jamia Millia Islamia Central University in India, focuses on the intersection of social work and homeless. Four courses, in Instructional Design, Choral Conducting, Conflict Analysis and Business Management will launch in Fall 2016. Richena holds a Master’s degree in Global Affairs from Mason.
Pablo Ramirez, M.Sc., Associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Tecnologico de Monterrey, teaching Electronics, Electrical Circuits, and Microcontrollers, and collaborates with Computer Science, Information Systems, and Art departments. He has participated as consultant, instructor, and researcher of seminars and conferences on: Virtual Reality, Augmented reality, Knowledge Management, Multimedia Systems, Distributed Learning, Planning and Administration, Networking Business, Electronic Systems Design and Manufacture of Printed Circuits.
Chilton Reynolds is an instructional support technologist in the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center (TLTC) at SUNY Oneonta. He is the COIL coordinator for the campus and supports participating faculty not only in the design of their courses, but also with their technology needs along the way. In his free time, Chilton loves to discuss and collect puns. So if you have any good ones, please feel free to share them with him.
Antonio Ríos-Ramírez Currently, Dean of Research and Development at ITESM Chihuahua Campus. General Director of Innovation and Technology Transfer Park (Pit2). He currently teaches at Graduate and Undergraduate School in areas of Industrial Engineering and Management, Won the award for teaching in 1990 and Outreach Teacher Award in 2002. Citizenship Award of Merit \Benito Juarez\" 2010."
Mary Risner is Associate Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida where she develops and manages initiatives that integrate the study of world language and area studies across the K-16 curriculum. Her 25 years of experience include teaching and global studies program development. Her areas of interest include: Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP), teacher professional development, global education, and Globally Networked Learning Environments (GNLEs).
Michelle Robertson professional activities include being a Master Trainer for the Minnesota Department of Human Services Child Welfare Training System and a “Leadership Coach” for the Blandin Foundation’s Community and Reservation Leadership Programs (building healthy rural and tribal communities in Minnesota). Ms. Robertson is a citizen of the White Earth Nation of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Other areas of experience include; youth residential treatment, chemical dependency, domestic abuse, social justice, international and indigenous issues.
Catherine Roche is Professor and Division Chair of Business and Professional/Public Service at SUNY Rockland Community College. She is a teacher by trade earning a BBA from Pace University and an MA from New York University in Business Education. She has taught at Rockland for the past 24 years and was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2013. She serves as the Rockland COIL Nodal Network Coordinator.
Krista Rodriguez teaches in both Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting Programs (Dental Studies) at Monroe Community College. She coordinates the dental assisting clinical practice and teaches in their online dental assisting program. She also developed and is teaching for the first time a course: Multicultural and Diversity Issues in Healthcare and Education.
Alejandra Rodríguez is 19 years old and is studying Education at UDEM. She is in her second semester and has had many experiences in the field of education. She has been an English teacher for children with low socioeconomic resources and has worked in summer camps and kindergarten.
Armando Roman, PhD, is the Dean of Engineering at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Chihuahua. He is a graduate in mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. Dr. Roman has written articles on topics related to automation, manufacturing and product design, has three patents and is founder of three technology based companies. He has participated also as faculty advisor in several competitions including Baja SAE, FIRST Robotics, SMART car race, and Human Powered Vehicles Competition.
Janine “Jay” Rossi is a sophomore at SUNY Geneseo. She is studying Adolescence Education with Spanish and hopes to minor in Latin American Studies and Musical Theater. This fall 2016, Jay will be studying abroad in Peru to grow in her language learning. She hopes to earn her masters in TESOL (Teaching English as a Second or Other Language) and learn a third language. Jay is excited to incorporate COIL into her future teaching career."
Rita Rowand is Program Manager for Global Relations in the Office of Global Strategy. She is a Fulbright recipient (Germany) and proponent of broad campus internationalization, having created such programs as Global Staff Exchange.She promotes and advocates for the Global Collaborative Classrooms initiative to Mason faculty. Rita has an M.S. in Occupational & Technical Education from Old Dominion University.
Miriam Russell holds an Ed. D. and has taught Distance Education courses for SUNY Empire State College for over a decade; she also serves as the writing coach and mentor in the Center for Distance Learning. With SUNY ESC International Programs, she provided instruction for students from Turkey and the Dominican Republic using a common Moodle template. Her yearly conference presentations and monthly college-wide webinars demonstrates a variety of technology for asynchronous and synchronous feedback.
Erkan Saka, PhD, is an assistant professor at the School of Communication at Istanbul’s Bilgi University. He teaches New Media Cultures and Cyber-Anthropology. He earned BA and MA degrees at the Sociology Department of Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. He received his PhD at the Anthropology Department of Rice University (Houston, USA). He has been a political blogger since June 2004 (http://erkansaka.net) and is a co-coordinator of a Citizen Journalism Training Program at Bilgi Eğitim. He also coordinated and presented the TV show SosyalKafa on new media at netd.com and BJK TV (https://www.youtube.com/user/sosyalkafa).
Victor Sanchez is Director of International studies program in UDEM Universidad de Monterrey Mexico. Also he is a teacher of International Relations and Asian studies. He´s Master in African and Asian studies, from El Colegio de Mexico focused in Korean Studies. He had been working in different universities in Mexico.
Angélica Santana Fierro is a Professor and educational facilitator 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.
Dominique Scheffel-Dunand has a doctorate in Linguistics form Université Lyon III (France). During her career she developed interests in sociolinguistics, language contact, language ecology, second and third language acquisition, and societal and individual bilingualism: fields that she is teaching as an Associate Professor and promoted as Director of the Research Centre on Language and Cultural Contact (2009-2014) at York University. She is currently leading a pan-university Globally Networked Learning project at York (Toronto, Canada).
Anne Schiller, PhD, is Professor of Anthropology. Her Her most recent book is “Merchants in the City of Art: Work, Identity, and Social Change in Florence” (UTP 2016). She is also active in international education, and has taken leadership roles for global programs at George Mason and North Carolina State University. She is currently a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Salento, Lecce.
Elizabeth Small is Associate Professor of Spanish, and teaches all levels of Spanish language, culture and literature. Her teaching specialties are grammar and civilization; her research focuses on Spanish poetry, particularly of the 19th century, and also science fiction in Spanish.
Anne Smith is Senior Lecturer, Glasgow Caledonian University, Department of Business Management - Anne lectures on entrepreneurship at Glasgow Caledonian University. She has been involved in the design and delivery of several industry-based entrepreneurship programmes and global management education initiatives. Anne publishes in international journals with articles on entrepreneurial learning within communities and enterprise education.
Xóchitl G. Soriano is a professor with more than 20 years of experience, has worked at the University of Guadalajara and some private universities teaching a variety of subjects such as EFL, Language Teaching Methodology, Bilingualism and Eco-linguistics, Business English. Her research interests are Bilingualism, Language Teaching Practice and the use of Digital Media in the Language Classroom. She holds a BA in TEFL from the UDG and an MATESOL from the University of Washington.
Amy Spath is the Coordinator of E-Learning at the Central New York Regional Information Center (CNYRIC). She coordinates videoconferencing and media services for 23 school districts in central New York. Amy is currently the president of the Interactive Video Conferencing PLN for ISTE. Prior to her working at the CNYRIC, Amy was a Technology Integration Specialist for multiple districts in upstate New York and created and presented workshops at multiple regional and national conferences.
Deborah Spiro is Assistant Vice President of Distance Education at Nassau Community College (NCC). She holds an MS from New York Institute of Technology and an Ed.D concentrating in Instructional Technology/Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University. Her research and interests are in the design and development of effective online learning environments and adult learning.
LeAnn Stevens-Larré completed her Ph.D. in American Literature at the University of Oklahoma in 2010. She has taught literature, composition, and EFL. Her research encompasses both literature and language pedagogy, notably the power structures implicit in methods of documentation as well as issues of memory, landscapes, mapping, and the archive. She currently teaches English at ENSEIRB-Matmeca Ecole d'Ingénieurs in Bordeaux, France.
Hendali Steynberg obtained her BA Fine Arts (Education) Degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 1989. After finishing her studies, she became a professional graphic designer for several media and advertising companies in Johannesberg. She started her own business in 2005 and was involved with the project management and development of new curriculum school and tertiary textbooks. With design and education being her passion, she became a lecturer at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).
Tate Stoyell Biography not submitted
Sean Sullivan is the owner of Digi•Do Media Productions, a video and animation company specializing in visual storytelling. He is an Adjunct Professor at FIT and Pratt Institute in New York City, where he teaches video and animation courses. Sean is a Sony Imageworks IPAX Faculty Fellow and recipient of the Panasonic Digital Filmmaker’s Grant.
Patricia Szobonya has extensive experience in the legal field as a practicing attorney in New York and New Jersey. She is Chair of the Paralegal Department at Rockland Community College since 2015, Assistant Professor since 2013, and was an adjunct since 2007. She also served as the Career Specialist, allowing her “to see the knowledge and practical hands-on work taught in the classroom” yield employment for RCC students as paralegals.
Pamela Tabatabai is a non traditional student returning back to college after 30+ years. She has 2 children, one who is 21 and one who is 13 is a business administration major, who plans on getting her first Bachelors degree in 2018. Although she is not a music major, her love for music has brought her to new dimensions and has inspired her to join this group.
Nataly Tcherepashenets, Phd, is Associate Professor and Area Coordinator (World Languages) at the State University of New York, Empire State College. She is the editor of Globalizing Online: Telecollaboration, Internationalization and Social Justice (2015), an author of Place and Displacement in the Narrative Worlds of Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar (2007) as well as of numerous articles on topics of Latin American and comparative literature, translation studies and online learning.
Jim Teskey is a retired teacher and former Education Advisor with Keewaytinook Okimakanak Tribal Council (KO). He worked with Margaret Fiddler, KO’s Internet High School (KiHS http://kihs.knet.ca) principal and founder. KiHS is an on-line secondary school serving Northern Ontario's isolated indigenous communities. KiHS delivers Ontario Ministry of Education inspected courses to grades 9 to 12 using the Internet and technological resources as the method of delivery coupled with qualified teachers, community-based instructors and mentors.
Lori Thompson is Director of International Programs within the Office of Global Affairs (OGA) of the State University of New York. Her responsibilities include oversight and coordination of the support provided by OGA to SUNY’s 64 campuses, including system-wide international initiatives, campus internationalization, education abroad and overseas academic programs. In 2004 she established the SUNY Office in Turkey, where she remained as director for four years. Currently, she oversees SUNY’s offices in Mexico, Russia and Turkey.
Frank Thornton is Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education at SUNY Oneonta. I am a special education educator and advocate, with a special interest in culturally and linguistically diverse exceptional children. The majority of my work now focuses on preparing teacher candidates to work with exceptional children in culturally appropriate ways.
Larissa Titarenko is Professor of Sociology at Belarusian State University (Minsk, Belarus) and Distinguished BSU Professor. She received her first scientific degree (candidate nauk) in philosophy and second degree (Dr. of Science) from the same university. Currently she is teaching various sociological courses: Modern Social Theory, Public Opinion, Sociology of Gender, and for more than a decade – online international distance course on Social Control (with Craig B. Little).
Cara Tuzzolino combines her background in journalism 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 holds B.A. in Journalism from NYU and an Ed.M. in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interest focuses on second language writing.
Rafael Tyszblat Innovation and Program Design, Soliya. Rafael is a-trainer/facilitator with over 15 years of experience. His interventions challenge communication habits and understanding of the 'Other'. He is a member of the European-Mediation-Institute, a progressive organization that brings certified mediators together to advance multi-disciplinary practices. He received an MP in International Relations from Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne University; MA in Conflict Resolution from University of Bradford in West Yorkshire; and BA from Paris Institute of Political Science.
Maria Guadalupe Urena Rodriguez coordinates the Global Learning Center of the Southern University Center of the University of Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education in Problems in Learning from Centro Regional de Educacion Normal, Guzman, Mexico and Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the University of Guadalajara. She has been working in language teaching since 2000 and now promotes internationalization and cultural diversity at her institution.
Armando Valdes-Velasquez, Phd, is a Biogeographer and Conservation Scientist. Currently, he is a teaching faculty at the UPCH where he instructs on courses in Conservation Science, Sustainable Development, Biogeography, Protected Areas, and Adaptive Management. He conducts research with his students on the interface between natural resources and the environment and the human activities and livelihoods. Dr. Valdes-Velasquez is also working as a program officer for the non-profit organization Foundations of Success.
Ursula Valdez, PhD, is a Tropical Ecologist and Conservation Biologist and teaching faculty at UW Bothell where she instructs on courses in Environmental sciences, Ecology, and conservation & sustainability. She also runs a UW study-abroad program and conducts ecological research on bird communities in Peru. Dr. Valdez is currently the COIL international Collaboration Facilitator at UW Bothell.
Marisa Valtier is 18 years old and from Monterrey, México, She is the oldest daughter in her family and has a dog named Luna. She is studying Educational Sciences at the University of Monterrey and wants to be a high school teacher. Currently, she is a dance instructor, and this summer she will take courses to become certified as a professional dance instructor.
Olga Viberg has obtained her PhD degree in Informatics at Örebro University School of Business, Sweden. She is a lecturer at the School of Languages and Media Studies and at the School of Technology and Business Studies at Dalarna University, Sweden. Olga is a part of the Research School in Technology-Mediated Knowledge Processes. Olga’s research includes a focus on the application of technology in (language) learning practices in higher education.
Laura Villa is Assistant Professor in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures at Queens College (CUNY). She received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics from the Graduate Center (CUNY). Her research explores the intersections between language and politics in the Spanish-speaking world from historical and contemporary perspectives. As the Language Coordinator of Spanish, Dr. Villa is responsible for designing and teaching foreign and heritage language courses at all levels and for all modes of instruction.
Sabine De Vriendt , Antwerp University (Belgium), Department of Education, Centrum WeST (Working & Studying, As a co-ordinator of the Life Long Learning programmes at Antwerp University (SUNY Global Partner Network) Sabine De Vriendt became involved in the COIL projects because of the opportunities for internationalisation@home for part-time / working students. She got a Master’s degree in Languages (1992), Communication (1993) and Psychology (2000).
Heather Ward is senior program specialist in ACE’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement, where she coordinates the ACE-SUNY COIL Center Internationalization Through Technology awards program. 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 BA in Latin American Studies and Spanish from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.
Gretel Werner is Professor of Intercultural Competences and works for the internationalization projects area in UDEM Universidad de Monterrey, México. She is Master in Education from UDLA, Universidad de las Américas (Puebla) focused in educational technologies.
Alice Wilson is an Assistant Director for the LeRoy V. Good Library at Monroe Community College.
Melanie Wilson, PhD, a former research associate with the COIL Center, studied and taught at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She currently works in the private sector managing a large global curriculum that engages learners from a network of more than 100 countries, and additionally volunteers as a facilitator trainer with Soliya (affiliated since 2007). Melanie’s research inquires into globally networked learning in which she continues to publish on the topic.
Ruth P. Wilson, PhD, Professor of African-American Studies at San Jose State University has a passion for international studies and cross-cultural communications. In 2009 she led the SJSU team in developing an exchange program and a COIL course with Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan. In 2015 she and co-author John W. Wilson presented Furniture as a Technological Intervention to Enhance Collaborative Online International Learning at the International Conference for Technology and Science in Rome.
Hope Windle is the Instructional Designer and COIL Nodal Network Coordinator at SUNY Ulster embedding COIL into the school’s infrastructure. Hope facilitates award winning faculty/student collaborations with schools in Belarus, Brazil, Canada, England, Greece, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Taiwan. She has presented COIL within SUNY, nationally through AACC’s ITC and NAFSA, internationally at European Humanities University, Lithuania, Universidad Internacional and Universidad PanAmericana, Mexico and Kansai University, Japan. http://sunyulsterid.weebly.com/coil-accomplishments.html
Marca Wolfensberger Biography not submitted
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Adam Zahn is the Academic Programs Manager for the Office of International Programs. As the Academic Programs Manager, he manages the development and implementation of OIP programs, works with faculty on new and existing international programs, facilitates the Global Engagement Scholar and Global Classroom programs, and conceptualizes co-curricular programming for global engagement. Mr. Zahn is also a faculty instructor for the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement's first year civic engagement courses.
Joseph L Ziolkowski (Jacksonville, FL, USA) MSEd: Art Ed. Nazareth College of Rochester. MFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago & BS Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Instructor of Photo, SUNY Genesee Community College. Artist residencies: Jentel Foundation, WY, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, WY, English Harbour Arts Centre, Newfoundland, and Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, NY. Work widely exhibited, nationally and internationally and the author of 2 monographs, Walking the Line & Pressure.
Victor Zorrilla Garza Currently teaches Philosophy at the Universidad de Monterrey (Mexico). His research centers on Spanish political thought. Has just begun a COIL course on Spanish American Civilization for the second time. Believes the Humanities are best taught through dialogue and intercultural exchange Academic History B.A. in Humanities (Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico: M.A. in Liberal Arts (Universidad de Navarra, Spain); Ph.D. in Philosophy (Universidad de Navarra)