Education Abroad (EA)


Strategic Faculty Communication in Education Abroad: From “No” to “Yes”

Friday, June 2
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
LACC, Room 515B

Faculty are critical to the success of short-term study abroad programs, and study abroad staff must use skillful negotiation to match faculty expectations to realistic program outcomes. This session uses case studies as prompts for group discussion to develop strategies to turn a “no” into a “yes.”

Learning Objectives:

Kira Espiritu

Director, International Studies Abroad
University of San Diego

Dr. Espiritu currently serves as the Director of International Studies Abroad at the University of San Diego.


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James Galvin

Director, Opportunities Abroad and Faculty Led Programs
University of California-San Diego

Jim Galvin is Director of Opportunities Abroad and Faculty-Led Programs at the University of California, San Diego. He is responsible for managing the summer faculty-led Global Seminars as well as third-party study abroad programs.

Jim graduated from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, with an M.A. in Diplomatic History.


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Sharon L. Olson

Director, Education Abroad
California State University-Long Beach Center for International Education

Sharon Olson is the Director of Education Abroad at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), where she oversees institutional exchange partnership programs, independent provider programs, and faculty-led, short-term study abroad courses. She works directly with faculty on all aspects of creating and implementing short-term courses. Director Olson also serves on the university's International Education Committee and the subcommittee on international linkages. In this role, she negotiates bilateral exchange and independent provider affiliation agreements for the university.


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Matthew Janus

Regional Director - West
CEA Study Abroad

As the Western Regional Director at CEA Study Abroad, Matthew Janus oversees CEA's institutional relationships with schools in the Western United States. Matt and his team work closely with university advisors, faculty and staff to support the student exploration, advising and registration processes, as well as to identify ways in which CEA can assist in the success of the campus agenda for internationalization. Matt has 12 years of experience in the field of international education.


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