International Education Leadership (IEL)


New Senior International Officers: Developing Competencies for Boundary Spanning Leadership - (WS04)

Sunday, May 28
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
LACC, Room 511AB

Member Fee: $300.00 | Non-member Fee: $429.00

The senior international officer (SIO) plays a vital role in the leadership of campus internationalization. Designed for leaders new to their positions, this workshop provides an overview of the roles, responsibilities, and opportunities for SIOs. Strategies for success are shared, with time to discuss challenges.

Learning Objectives:

Eva A. Adams

Eva Anneli Adams leads international education at California State University in San Bernardino. With decades of international education leadership, Adams career includes leading program and organizational development, teaching full-time and part-time, and she served the Department of State at the U.S. Embassy in Finland for 20 years. She has served on national boards on international education, the Board of Directors of the North American Council for Staff, Program, and Organizational Development and the Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council of Las Vegas. She holds a Master’s Degree in Adult Education and Ph.D. in higher education leadership. Adams has published on sociology of leadership.


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Joël A. Gallegos

Assistant Provost for International Programs
University of North Carolina-Charlotte Office of International Programs

Joël A. Gallegos is assistant provost for international programs at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) where he overseas campus wide internationalization efforts including education abroad, international students and scholars, English language training, global engagement, intercultural outreach and on campus internationalization. Previously, he served as director of education abroad at UNC Charlotte and as director of study abroad at the University of Toledo.

Gallegos, who was chair of NAFSA's 2014 Annual Conference in San Diego also serves on their board of directors while chairing the institutional advancement committee. He also currently serves on the board of directors of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) and the World Affairs Council of Charlotte where he chairs the education committee. He served as a member of the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) board of directors and as chair of CIEE's Academic Consortium Board from 2012-2014. From 2007-2012, Gallegos served as chair of UNC System's University Council on International Programs and chair of the UNC Exchange Program advisory board. Gallegos was the 2008 recipient of NAFSA's Lilly von Klemperer award.


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Susan Bender

Senior Director of Global Affairs
University of California, Irvine

Susie Bender, Ph.D., has worked in international education for the past twenty-nine years. She currently serves as the Senior International Officer (SIO) and Executive Director of International Engagement and Programs at the University of Idaho. Among her recent accomplishments, she developed the University of Idaho’s new international strategic plan in collaboration with representatives from all of the colleges (the International Engagement Council) and prepared The International Profile, which is an assessment of all international dimensions at the university.

Bender has held many leadership roles in international education, particularly in NAFSA: Association of International Educators and AIEA: The Association for International Education Administrators. She was the NAFSA Region XII Representative for International Educational Leadership (IEL)(2008-2010); she served as the Nevada State Whip on Advocacy Issues 2002-2011 and helped pass a State Resolution on International Education in Nevada in 2006; she was the Content Chair for NAFSA’s 60th Anniversary Conference in D.C. (2008), which attracted over 9000 participants, and served on the NAFSA’s Executive Committee (2006-2008); she served as the Co-chair on the National Task Force on Intercultural Learning/International Teaching 2004-2005; she served on the National COMSEC Team (for community outreach) and was a member of the National Committee on Ethical Practice (2003-2006); she chaired the Intercultural Special Interest Group (1997-2001), chaired NAFSA Region XII in 1998, and has played a variety of other roles in NAFSA. Currently she is serving as a member of the Strategic Issues Task Force and the conference planning committee for AIEA.

Bender earned her B.A. in Business Administration (1984) and her M.A. in Education with a specialization in College Student Personnel Administration (1986) from Colorado State University. She received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 2003, specializing in Public Policy and Environmental Policy. Before moving to Idaho, she directed the Office of International Students and Scholars at the University of Nevada, Reno (1995-2012) and was an international student advisor at Nevada (1991-1995); ran the Holland International Living Center at Cornell University (1988-1991); was an international student advisor and residence hall director at the University of Portland in Oregon (1986-1988); and worked and studied at Colorado State University (1980-1986).


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