Education Abroad (EA)


Managing the Education Abroad Office - (WS02)

Sunday, May 28
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
LACC, Room 407

Member Fee: $355.00 | Non-member Fee: $482.00

Analyze the basics of managing a U.S.-based education abroad office, including financial management and strategic leadership, as well as evaluation and assessment. Education abroad managers think of the bigger picture and formulate strategic planning skills.

Learning Objectives:

Kristen M. Kalbrener

Program Manager, GEO
University of Oregon

Kristen is currently a Program Manager for the University of Oregon GEO, and holds Masters degrees from SIT in International Education and UMass Amherst in Hospitality Administration. Just previously, she was Director of International Programs at UMass Dartmouth for 6 years and also spent 14 years in the management of meetings and events in the corporate sector. As NAFSA's current e-learning Dean for Mapping Short-Term Programs, Kristen developed the interactive interface aspect of that Core Education Program. Her approach is informed by recent research in the effectiveness of intervention in learning abroad. Having experience with US students abroad, international students in the US and US study abroad students going abroad, she finds that the majority students today are seeking significant learning impacts and direct relevance to their degree and career plans. In her own work, Kristen has been able to demonstrate that student learning can be enhanced through program design that calls for frequent and regular guidance that encourages students to reflect on their cross-cultural experiences, make connections to broader issues, and apply to their own situations.


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Natalie Schlegel

Director of International Education
Bentley University

Natalie Schlegel is Director of International Education at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Her office manages exchange partnerships and a diverse portfolio of education abroad programs that serve 700 students annually, landing Bentley at #14 for undergraduate participation in study abroad and #12 for mid-length duration of study abroad in IIE’s 2016 OpenDoors. Previously, Natalie held positions at LASPAU: Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas and at EF Foundation for Foreign Study. Natalie earned a BA in Economics and Spanish from Vanderbilt University, and an MBA from Bentley University. She is a member of the NAFSA Trainer Corps.


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Angie V. Edwards

Director, Pulliam Center for Int'l Education
Queens University of Charlotte

Angie Edwards is the Director of the Myrta Pulliam Center for International Education at Queens University of Charlotte. She oversees international student services, international partnerships, campus programming, and education abroad including a robust faculty-led study abroad program through which approximately 78% of Queens students study abroad. Prior to joining Queens, she worked at Winthrop University, Colorado College, and Texas A&M. She has experience working with international admissions, international student life, global living-learning communities, student activities, volunteer and social justice programs. She has a background in student affairs administration and professional interest in cross-cultural communication and cultural adjustment theory.


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