International Education Leadership (IEL)


A Binational Toolbox for Innovative U.S.-Japanese Partnerships

Thursday, June 1
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
LACC, Room 402B

TeamUp has brought U.S. and Japanese educators into dialogue on building mutually beneficial partnerships to boost student mobility. This session presents a toolbox of strategies relevant to institutions looking for partners and those seeking to enhance existing linkages. Attendees will receive guidance on how to design an effective customized partnership strategy.

Learning Objectives:

Susan B. Sutton

Consultant for Global Learning & Collaboration
Institute of International Education

Susan Buck Sutton is a consultant on global learning and engagement in higher education, with 40 years experience as faculty and chief international administrator at two institutions: Bryn Mawr College and Indiana University. She is currently a Fellow at IIE’s Center on International Partnerships and Senior Associate, at ACE’s Center for International and Global Initiatives. Sutton has been President of AIEA and received its 2018 Klasek Award for Contributions to International Education. She has published 5 books and 70+ articles, and given numerous presentations and workshops, both nationally and internationally, on strategic international planning, partnerships, and curriculum development. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College, both in anthropology.
Within NAFSA, Sutton has served in numerous capacities: Editorial Board, International Education; Chair of the International Educational Leadership KC; Chair of the Women's College MIG; Special Events Co-Chair, 2018 Local Arrangements Team, Annual conference.


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Debra A. Nakama

Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs

Dr. Debra A. Nakama is currently the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at the University of Hawaii Maui College (UHMC). At UHMC, she led the international collaboration with universities in the Philippines. Dr. Nakama is a member of both University of Hawaii Community Colleges International Education Committee and the University of Hawaii System International Education Committee.

Dr. Nakama is focusing on Japan-US partnerships with universities and colleges. She participated in a U.S.-Japan TeamUp initiative this summer in Tokyo, Fukuoka and Okinawa. The overall intent of this initiative is to better position the University of Hawaii Maui College and Japan colleges/universities in preparing talent that can support and drive local and global economic development in their communities.


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Hiroshi Ota

Hitotsubashi University

Dr. Hiroshi Ota is Professor of the Center for Global Education at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, where he serves as Director of the Hitotsubashi University Global Education Program. Prior to his current position, he worked for the Office for the Promotion of International Relations at Hitotsubashi University, the School of Commerce and Management as International Student Advisor at Hitotsubashi University, the Office of International Education at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and Toyo University, Tokyo. His research primarily focuses on higher education policies and practices related to internationalization and international student mobility in a comparative perspective. From the State University of New York at Buffalo, Ota received his Ed.M. in 2001 and Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education (Comparative and Global Studies in Education) in 2008. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study international education administration in the U.S. in 1996.


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Michael Pippenger

Vice President and Associate Provost
University of Notre Dame

Michael E. Pippenger was appointed vice president and associate provost for internationalization at Notre Dame in September 2016.

Before coming to Notre Dame, Pippenger was dean of undergraduate global programs at Columbia University in New York. He served on the senior leadership team for the Columbia College, on the senior staff of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and worked closely with the School of General Studies.

As dean of undergraduate global programs, Pippenger merged and restructured two offices from different university divisions to create a centralized office for undergraduate global education. Concurrently serving as assistant vice president for international education, he led 22 study abroad programs worldwide and collaborated closely with Columbia’s eight Global Centers; other responsibilities included assisting Columbia faculty in securing internal and external funding for global research. Pippenger served at Columbia since 2006, previously holding the positions of associate dean of fellowships programs and study abroad and associate dean of academic affairs in the university’s Columbia College.

Pippenger joined Columbia from New York University, where he had been director of scholarship programs in the College of Arts and Science. In addition, he held positions as senior program officer and world area manager for the Asia/Pacific Fulbright Program at the Institute of International Education. A graduate of Carleton College, Pippenger holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English literature from Indiana University.


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