Education Abroad (EA)


Cancel Cancellations in Faculty-Led Study Abroad: Alternative Models for Success

Thursday, November 14
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: Pratt / Calvert

Higher education institutions with limited resources often need to look toward innovative approaches to create successful faculty-led programming, as challenges such as travel costs and limited participant pools can make filling traditional faculty-led programs tricky. Two institutions – a small, private liberal arts university and a public community college – as well as a major study abroad provider will share their experiences with alternative program structures, including grouping multiple (even disparate) academic disciplines and faculty into a single program with a common destination and a combined or multi-tracked itinerary. These approaches can lead to benefits such as increased course options and enrollment; broader faculty buy-in; eased workload for staff; and enhanced learning outcomes for participants. Examine strategies and models for developing and implementing collaborative and interdisciplinary faculty-led study abroad programs and related innovations at your own institution.

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Rebekah de Wit, PhD

Director of Global Education
Community College of Baltimore County

Rebekah de Wit is the director of global education and an associate professor at the Community College of Baltimore County. She has worked in international education since 1999 and has served as director at both two- and four-year institutions, overseeing various combinations of study abroad, international student services, intensive and academic English programs, and co-curricular programs. She co-chairs the Maryland state consortium for community college international educators and also serves on the board of the Maryland International Education Consortium.


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Jamie Hammond, M.A.

Assistant Director of Custom Programs
CISabroad - Center for International Studies

Jamie Hammond is the Assistant Director of Custom Programs with CISabroad in Northampton, MA. She has been with CIS since early 2015, beginning her work there as a Faculty-Led Program Coordinator after completing her MA in International Education Management at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies (MIIS) in Monterey. Since 2017, she has overseen the Faculty-Led Team at CIS, and now focuses on the development of non-traditional custom program models to meet partners' needs creatively. She enjoys building innovative programs that expose students to the far-flung reaches of the globe!


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Rebecca Heideman Pisano, PhD

Associate Dean, Global & Experiential Learning
Stevenson University

Rebecca Pisano has worked in the field of education abroad since 2001. She is the Associate Dean, Global & Experiential Learning at Stevenson University. Previously she was the Director of International Programs at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and the Director of Study Abroad at Towson University. She additionally has worked at New York University, the University of California-Los Angeles, and Chapman University. Rebecca has presented at conferences including NAFSA, Forum, and CIEE, and served on the NAFSA Trainer Corps. Rebecca holds a B.A. from Miami University (Ohio), a M.A. from George Washington University, and a Ph.D. from UCLA.


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