Category: Career and Professional Development for International Educators

Staff Exchange: Training Peers, Expanding Community, and Strengthening Connections

Wednesday, May 31
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
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This poster describes the conception, goals, and outcomes of the staff exchange between Michigan State University and Western New England University and invites a discussion on future staff exchanges.

Kellie L. Clock

Study Abroad Coordinator - American Semester Program
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

Kellie Clock is the American Semester Program Coordinator for all Short Courses designed for inbound study abroad participants at Michigan State University. An MSU grad herself, Kellie began her International Education career as a Peer Advisor in MSU's Office of Study Abroad. Upon graduation from MSU, Kellie continued her career as a Program Advisor at IES Abroad in Chicago. In 2015, Kellie came full circle and became a full-time Coordinator at MSU. She is also continuing her MA in Strategic Communication at MSU, expecting to graduate in December 2018.

Christopher McKenzie

Assistant Director
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

Chris McKenzie, Office of Study Abroad Assistant Director and American Semester Program Director, is responsible for inbound exchange, study abroad, and short-term summer programs at Michigan State University. Chris reviews, maintains and updates all new and existing exchange and MOU agreements and regularly communicates with both current and new partners via site visits, conferences and email.
A Michigan native, Chris graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Recreation and Outdoor Education. The first decade of his career was spent in the experiential education field developing, coordinating, and leading experiences for diverse groups both domestically and internationally. Prior to coming to MSU, Chris held leadership roles within two university systems that focused on marketing and strategic program development for the recruitment and retention of high school, transfer and non-traditional students. His programs led the way in partnership recruiting methods and incorporated Holland's Vocational Theory, MBTI and similar tools into the recruitment model so students could better understand and design their own educational path.
At heart, Chris is an advocate for learning, the state of Michigan, and promoting the pursuit of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. He is motivated to help students find and pursue their passions.