Professional Development

Below are a listing of sessions and workshops on returned student services presented at conferences around the globe.

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Upcoming Presentations

October 18-20, 2016: NAFSA Region 11 Conference (Newport, Rhode Island)

Moving Beyond Re-Entry: Helping Students Map Career Goals Through Education Abroad

Angela Manginelli (AIFS Study Abroad), Lorien Romito (Babson College), Nick Paschvoss (Boston College)

Education abroad and career services practitioners are encouraging students to be more deliberate about aligning their education abroad experience with their career goals.  As such, traditional re-entry programming is not enough for helping students make this connection.  This session will share examples of what panelists are doing to re-frame the education abroad learning experience through career-focused initiatives during all stages of the process.  Participants will explore ways to close the education abroad learning loop and share resources for integrating career-focused initiatives at your own campuses and organizations.

November 6-10, 2016: NAFSA Bi-Regional 3 & 7 Conference (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Making the Case for Innovative Returnee Programming: From Theory To Practice

Chelsea Kindred (Academic Programs International), Heather Grigsby (University of Tennessee – Knoxville), Carissa Williams (CEA Study Abroad), Angela Manginelli (AIFS Study Abroad), and Abbie Naglosky (Auburn University)

Current research and dialogue in the field of international education affirms that upon a student’s return to the US, a critical learning period begins. Attend the session to learn why diverse returnee programming opportunities are essential to campus internationalization, student development, and civic engagement and advocacy.  Hear from seasoned professionals how to implement this important programming by aligning student learning needs with the strategic goals of your office, organization or institution. This session will examine diverse programming strategies, including returnee conferences, digital self-directed learning, leadership development, game theory, and more. Panelists will also discuss feedback received from returnee programming attendees and lessons learned during implementation. Participants will leave the session with a plan of action for developing returnee programming on their home campus and with ample evidence to support allocation of resources.

Welcome Back: What Now? Pathways to Best Work with Your Returnee Students

Heather Gregg-Reed (IFSA Butler), Angela Manginelli (AIFS Study Abroad), Laura Moix (University of Arkansas)

This session will highlight ways for Education Abroad offices and Intl Education organizations to build their outreach programming to utilize alumni from the initial marketing stages through a student’s return. Topics of focus will include the recruitment/outreach process, pre-departure support, reflection and digital storytelling, & professional development programming. Participants will learn about available resources on returned student services, determine best practices for their campus or organization and have an opportunity to share information from their own alumni efforts, including challenges and limitations.


Past Presentations:

Boston Area Study Abroad Association (BASAA)

Moving Beyond Re-Entry: Helping Students Map Career Goals Through Education Abroad
(Simmons College, Boston, MA / April 2016)

Angela Manginelli (AIFS Study Abroad), Lorien Romito (Babson College), Nick Paschvoss (Boston College)

Education abroad and career services practitioners are encouraging students to be more deliberate about aligning their education abroad experience with their career goals.  As such, traditional re-entry programming is not enough for helping students make this connection.  This session will share examples of what panelists are doing to re-frame the education abroad learning experience through career-focused initiatives during all stages of the process.  Participants will explore ways to close the education abroad learning loop and share resources for integrating career-focused initiatives at your own campuses and organizations.

Career Integration Conference

Students in a Nutshell: How to Use E-Portfolios to Market Campus and International Experience for Career Development
(Boston, MA / July 2016)

Angela Manginelli (American Institute for Foreign Study); Ann Hubbard (American Institute for Foreign Study) and Dr. Evangeline Stefanakis (Boston University)

Technology plays a greater role in student’s lives today than ever before. As educators and professionals we have the opportunity to use e-portfolios to help students present a more holistic view of who they are and the skills developed from their campus and international experiences. This session will provide examples from organizations and universities on how e-portfolios can be used before, during and after an international experience to garner interest from potential employers. Resources will be provided on how to get started, content suggestions and opportunities for career and curriculum integration.

Connecting Students with Careers: The Role Educators Play in the Professional Development Process
(Boston, MA / July 2016)

Kara Inman (University of North Carolina Wilmington), Sarah Clark (Emory University), Angela Manginelli (AIFS Study Abroad)

Returnees often struggle to put the benefits and growth from studying abroad into words. This session provides strategies for student reflection of their experiences abroad, identifies the transferable skills they gained through their education abroad experience, and offers guidance and training for how to market these skills and experiences within a resume, cover letter, and interview.

More than Coffee, Copies & Cantonese: Helping Returnees Articulate Professional Skills Gained Through Education Abroad
(University of Minnesota / July 2014)

Ben Efird (SIT Abroad), Aileen M. O’Donnell (Gilman International Scholarship), Jeannie Stumne (University of Minnesota)

CIEE Conference

Best Practices for Creating a Regional or School-based Returnee Conference (poster presentation). 
(Berlin, Germany / November, 2015)

Sarah Carrier (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Helping Study Abroad Students Process Their Experiences Through Storytelling (poster presentation)
(Berlin, Germany / November, 2015)

Kelly Chroninger (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Forum on Education Abroad Conference

Connecting Students with Careers: The Role Educators Play in the Professional Development Process
(Atlanta, Georgia / April 2016)

Kara Inman (University of North Carolina Wilmington), Sarah Clark (Emory University), Angela Manginelli (AIFS Study Abroad)

Returnees often struggle to put the benefits and growth from studying abroad into words. This session provides strategies for student reflection of their experiences abroad, identifies the transferable skills they gained through their education abroad experience, and offers guidance and training for how to market these skills and experiences within a resume, cover letter, and interview.

Career Services & Study Abroad: Building Partnerships to Advance Student Development
(Chicago, Illinois / April 2013)

Jennifer Ison (IES Abroad), Betsy Gill (Northwestern University), Francesca Miroballi (Northwestern University)

Students return from study abroad with unique and valuable experiences that make them attractive to employers. How students relate these experiences to potential employers, however, is a skill that many need assistance in developing. Study Abroad Offices and Career Development Centers on campus are in the best position to provide this assistance to returning students. This session will explore how one university’s Study Abroad Office and Career Development Center partner to this end, as well as how one of this university’s study abroad partners is addressing career development during the abroad experience itself.

Returned Student Events: The Collaborative Approach
(Chicago, Illinois / April 2013)

Sarah Argles (Monash University), Amber Thacher (Brandeis University), Samantha Stanley (Babson College)

Due to various resource constraints many education abroad offices are entrusting region-based international education groups with re-orientating returned students to get them beyond “it was great”. This session will compare and contrast collaborative returned student events from various regions of the world providing advice on coordinating similar events.

Reaching Education Abroad’s Potential by Addressing the Academic, Personal, and Professional Needs of Returnees
(Chicago, Illinois / April 2013)

David Wick (San Francisco State University), Chris Kjonaas (CEA Global Education), Lisa Loberg (California Lutheran University)

A review of empirical and anecdotal literature on developmental needs of study abroad returnees frames this session. Presenters add new research on what returnees want. These data provide a context for roundtable discussions on how to better meet developmental needs of returnees and thus unleash the potential of education abroad. Session Handout

NAFSA

Current Trends in Education Abroad Alumni Programming Current Trends in Education Abroad Alumni Programming Tuesday, May 2016

Chelsea Kindred (Academic Programs International), Aimee Jones (Colorado State University), Jennifer Jackson (Stonehill College), Angela Manginelli (AIFS Study Abroad)

This workshop familiarizes participants with current education abroad alumni programming, with special attention paid to curricular and co-curricular activities, and returnee conferences coordinated by the education abroad office. Participants will develop individual engagement plans for their offices, based on replicable models discussed.

Refocusing Reentry: Integrating International Experiences into Professional and Community Engagement
NAFSA Region XII Conference (Honolulu, HI / October 2015)

Alison Droster (University of San Diego), Karen Eisenhut (Point Loma Nazarene University), Angela Manginelli (AIFS Study Abroad), Dr. Katie Roller (Whittier College)

It’s time to move our study abroad alumni returnee programs beyond basic reflection and career development exercises. This session will highlight reentry returnee programs aimed at emphasizing professional development and greater engagement with local and campus communities. Opportunities will be provided for collaborative brainstorming and sharing success stories. Refocusing Re-entry – Think Tank Notes

Study Abroad Alumni Programming: Successful Models and Best Practices
NAFSA Region VIII Conference (Williamsburg, VA / November 2014)

Kelly Holland (Towson University), Chelsea Kindred (Academic Programs International), Oliver McSurley (The Education Abroad Network), Katie Radande (LeHigh University)

Returnee Student Services: A Toolkit for Continued Personal and Professional Growth
NAFSA Region II Conference (Wichita, KS / October 2012)

Kirstin Bebell (University of Colorado Boulder), Dawn Gordon (CET Academic Programs), Jennifer Provizer (Metropolitan State University of Denver), Julianna Kobs (Barcelona Study Abroad Experience)

As international educators it can be difficult to find creative ways to incorporate returnee student services into our institutional programming. This interactive session and discussion offers a toolkit of activities targeted towards returned students to help facilitate their continued personal and professional growth.

Study Abroad Re-Entry Programs: Exploring Reflection and Professional Development
NAFSA Region II Conference

(Wichita, KS / October 2012)

Julia Helminiak (Colorado State University), Mary Ellen Barkley (Kansas State University), Joe Milostan (Kansas State University)

Students returning from studying abroad face a unique set of challenges and have acquired a unique set of skills. Creating programs that teach returned study abroad students to cope with those challenges and identify those skills is a critical part of the study abroad process. In this session, representatives from two different universities will highlight effectively run re-entry programs, each focusing on a different aspect of re-entry; reflection and professional development. Participants of this session will also participate in an interactive brainstorming session where ideas and program models will be shared and discussed with the large group.


 

 

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