Education Abroad (EA)

90-minute Conference Session

Becoming “Fluent” in STEM: EA Professionals Learning the Lingo

Wednesday, October 19
8:15 AM - 9:45 AM
Room: Rose Island I

Despite the continued growth of education abroad participation, students in STEM disciplines remain underrepresented. The session will focus on recurrent challenges related to STEM study abroad implementation and will provide opportunities for group work to identify and employ best practices. The panel includes practitioners who continue to develop “proficiency" in STEM from private and public institutions, an IEO, and an overseas university partner. 

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April H. Stroud

Associate Director, Education Abroad
University of Massachusetts Amherst

April worked in the Netherlands for 5 years before joining the Education Abroad staff at UMass Amherst. She has over 10 years of experience advising students on study abroad opportunities in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands and works closely with the University’s Colleges of Engineering and Natural Sciences to integrate study abroad options into the academic curricula. April holds an Ed.D. in Educational Policy & Leadership from UMass Amherst and has published in the Journal of Studies in International Education about factors that influence student intent to and participation in study abroad.


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Colin Johnston

International Recruitment Officer
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh


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Joe Stanley

Director of the Center for Global Education
Simmons College

Joe Stanley serves as Director of the Center for Global Education and Lecturer in the Department of History at Simmons College. Prior to joining Simmons, Joe worked in international education capacities at CAPA, Syracuse University (Florence), and Binghamton University. He has presented at numerous national and international conferences including the Forum, NAFSA, and RSA. His research interests include European urban studies, intellectual history and politics, as well as pedagogical approaches to international education. He holds a Ph.D. in History from Binghamton University and has published in the NAFSA Review of Global Studies, Verge Magazine, and Life After Study Abroad.


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Julie F. Leitman

Associate Vice President of University Relations and Outreach
Academic Programs International (API)

Graduated from Hamilton College, in 1982, BA Comparative Literature.
Graduated from Middlebury College, in 1987, MA in Spanish.
Worked at the Center for Cross Cultural Studies in Sevilla, Spain, 1983.
Worked at Harvard University at LASPAU: The Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities, Senior Scholar Advisor for 8 years.
One of four founders of Academic Programs International (API) and currently the Associate VP University Relations and Outreach, July 1997-present.


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