Education Abroad


WS18 - Collaborative Approaches to Developing Faculty-Led Programs

Monday, May 30
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Room: CCC, 303

Member Fee: $355.00 | Non-member Fee: $482.00

With a focus on short-term, faculty-led programs, this workshop provides tools for creating successful partnerships between education abroad professionals and faculty on proposals, budgets, planning, orientations, and assessment. Improve communications and uncover ways to view the process from all sides, regardless of experience level. Following this workshop, participants receive a NAFSA Core Education Program Certificate of Completion.

Learning Objectives:

Elizabeth Huskin

Assistant Director of International and Study Abroad Programs
University of Houston-Downtown
Houston, TX

Elizabeth Huskin has been the assistant director of international and study abroad programs at the University of Houston Downtown since January 2015. In this role she develops and coordinates programming for a vibrant and diverse student population of 14,000. Prior to her current position she was a program manager for BCA Study Abroad in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania for 11 years, where she also managed health/safety concerns and customized faculty-led programs. She graduated from UT Austin with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and the Monterey Institute of International Studies with a master’s degree in international policy studies.


Heidi EFIRD. White

Director of International Student Services & Study Abroad
Durham Technical Community College
Durham, NC

Heidi White has worked in many different areas in international education including ESL, community programming, international student & scholar services, SEVIS compliance, international student admissions, and study abroad. She has also worked in a variety of types of institutions from K-12 schools, intensive language schools, large public universities, small private and community colleges. Heidi has also worked both in the US and abroad.


Erin KOONTZ. Bell

Assistant Director, Global Projects Program
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA

Erin Koontz Bell is the Assistant Director for the Global Projects Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, MA. As part of WPI's unique project-based curriculum, students complete faculty-led projects around the world. Erin manages the recruitment, housing, and orientation process for the programs. Previous to WPI, Erin worked for a small Boston based study abroad program provider where she oversaw student advising, recruitment, and marketing for programs in the UK, Ireland, South Africa, and Botswana. She also has experience designing faculty-led programs through her work with a customized tour provider. Erin has been a member of NAFSA’s Trainer Corps since 2015, presenting a local and national conferences, and completed the NAFSA Academy program in 2009. She earned her undergraduate degree in French and Education at Muhlenberg College, and her Master’s in Global and International Education from Drexel University.



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