Education Abroad (EA)


Designing faculty-led programs: Turning a blank canvas into a masterpiece

Thursday, October 17
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: Sheridan

This session illustrates how to start with a blank canvas and use colors, brushstrokes, and techniques to paint a metaphorical masterpiece of a short-term academically focused program abroad. Attendees will learn about best practices and strategies to overcome common challenges encountered during program development. We will explore destination choices, budget planning, risk management, and aligning learning objectives to syllabi. Utilizing these trade tools, we will empower both study abroad offices and faculty alike to help realize program visions that are true works of art.

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Julie Alexander

Program Development Manager

A University of Colorado alumnae, Julie graduated with honors with a B.A. in Communication. She studied abroad in London, sparking her passion for international education. She also completed her M.A. in Communication and taught as an adjunct instructor. Julie worked as faculty and professional staff at 2-year and 4-year higher education institutions. She synthesizes this background as she consults with faculty and study abroad offices to create unique educational travel experiences that engage students to expand their perspectives and knowledge. Julie has also traveled to Europe, Asia, and South America and is eager to explore a variety of destinations firsthand.


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Shelley Jewell

Director, Office of Education Abroad
University of Wyoming

Ms. Shelley Jewell is the Director of Education Abroad at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. She received her B.A. in International Economics and Sociology from Emory University and her M.Ed. in International Education Policy and Management from Vanderbilt University. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Administration at the University of Wyoming. Prior to coming to Wyoming, Shelley was the Director of Study Abroad at Belmont University in Nashville, TN and previously the Assistant Director of the Global Education Office at Vanderbilt University also in Nashville, TN. Her interests are in increasing abroad opportunities for students through curricular integration, interdisciplinary faculty-led opportunities and service-learning.


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