Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship


The Educational Impact of International Students in Internationalizing the Campus

Thursday, June 2
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Room: CCC, Mile High Ballroom 1AC

Let’s change the story. Most research on international students focuses on the challenges encountered. Get energized by new research that directly explores the learning outcomes of international students on campus, and strategies that faculty can implement to maximize these outcomes in the classroom environment.

Learning Objectives:

Barbara J. Kappler

Assistant Dean
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities International Student & Scholar Services
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Assistant Dean at International Student and Scholar Services and member of the graduate school faculty at the University of Minnesota. Barbara directs ISSS, a comprehensive 35 person unit that includes counseling, advising, recruiting, programming, employment-based visas, and gives significant attention to intercultural competency building. Prior to her leadership role, her work involved facilitating training for students, staff, and faculty on communication strategies for improving intercultural interactions. She specializes in facilitating team and large group discussions and interactive learning. She is co-author of Maximizing Study Abroad, a series of guides for students, language instructors, and program coordinators; Communication Highwire; and the NAFSA workshop on fundamentals in intercultural communication. Barbara has 25 years of experience giving presentations and currently presents 4-6 times per month, predominantly on the integration of international students at U of M. She teaches graduate courses approximately once a year. She has served on the TLS leadership team.

Gayle A. Woodruff

Director, Curriculum & Campus Internationalization
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Global Programs & Strategy Alliance
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Gayle Woodruff is the director of curriculum and campus internationalization for the University of Minnesota system. She provides leadership for developing initiatives aimed at faculty development, campus internationalization, and the evaluation and assessment of internationalization. Previously she directed Minnesota’s innovative study abroad curriculum integration initiative. Gayle has published on numerous topics in international education.

She has served as the faculty mentor and instructor for the Minnesota Studies in International Development program to Ecuador. She is the recipient of the University’s John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.

Gayle has served as the chair for the Teaching, Learning, & Scholarship Knowledge Community of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and continues to be active in NAFSA leadership. She received the 2014 NAFSA Marita Houlihan Award for distinguished contributions to international education.


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