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Eve Aird

Dr. Eve Aird earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction and Administration with a minor in Higher Education from Boston College in 2001 where she was a Fulbright Scholar. Currently, she is the President of Sacred Heart College (a Roman Catholic secondary school and junior college) in San Ignacio, Cayo. Before joining SHC, she spent 18 years working in higher education, specifically in teacher education and quality assurance in Belize at the University of Belize (Belize's national university) and at Galen University, a relatively new, private university. She is the Chair of the Association of Tertiary level Institutions in Belize (ATLIB) and the Co-chair of the Consortium of Belize Education for Cooperation (COBEC), a consortium of Belizean and US universities and community colleges working for the improvement of educaiton in Belize. She is also a member of the Belize Board of teacher Education (BBTE). Dr. Aird researches quality assurance issues in higher education in developing countries, and, as the Chair of ATLIB, is working with other partners in Belizean Higher Education to develop a National Higher Education Policy and higher education in general within Belize. She has presented on these themes locally and internationally.


Roberta Bassett

Roberta Malee Bassett is a senior education specialist working in the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia region,where she currently works on projects providing technical assistance and lending opportunities for higher education reform initiatives in the new EU member states and the Western Balkans. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2009, Roberta served as a lecturer in higher education management and policy at the Centre for Higher Education Management and Policy at the University of Southampton, UK. She received her Ph.D. in higher education from Boston College in 2005, where her dissertation research looked at international trade policies and their implications for American higher education. She is also an alumna of Columbia University (B.A.) and Stanford University (M.A). Roberta is former Managing Editor of Educational Policy (2004-2005) and The Review of Higher Education (2000-2004). She was Assistant Dean and Director of Summer Session at Stanford University from 1995-2000. Roberta is the author of The WTO and the university: Globalization, GATS, and American higher education (Routledge 2006) and the co-editor (with Alma Maldonado-Maldonado) of International organizations and higher education policy: Thinking globally, acting locally? (Taylor and Francis, 2009).


Leslie Bozeman

Dr. Leslie A. Bozeman is the VCU Globe Associate Director of Global Engagement. Her career in international education encompasses local, state, national, and international efforts. With experience in both student and academic affairs, Leslie has designed, implemented, and assessed campus initiatives at the undergraduate and graduate level. She demonstrates a commitment to global engagement through a history of membership and leadership in cultural organizations; by facilitating workshops on intercultural communication, aspects of American culture, and American academic culture; and through teaching globally-themed courses for the VCU Globe program.  Through Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad, Leslie studied issues of Citizenship, Multiculturalism, and Education in Brazil, and for her dissertation research, she examined educational collaborations between the United States and Brazil.  She earned her doctorate in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in International Higher Education from Boston College, and her M.A. in Teaching and B.A. in Foreign Language and Communication Media from American University.


Rev. John S. Chen

Rev. John S. Chen was elected as Vice Secretary General of National Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association in 2004 and was appointed as the Executive Vice Rector of Beijing National Catholic Seminary soon after. A graduate of Shanghai Sheshan Seminary in China. Rev. John Chen received his master's degree in Theology from Saint John's Seminary, Boston before earning a doctorate in higher education administration from Boston College.


Jef Davis

Dr. Jef Davis is the director of the Center for International Studies & Programs at Youngstown State University where he is responsible for international student recruitment and services, international faculty services, study abroad programs, and intensive English as a Second Language programs. He earned a B.A. from the University of Akron, an M.A. from Ball State University, a Graduate Certificate (TESOL) from Clark University, and a Ph.D. from Boston College, where he was a research assistant in the Center for International Higher Education. His dissertation focused on identifying factors related to intercultural sensitivity in foreign student advisors. His professional career spans nearly 25 years, and includes international education positions at Clark, Drexel, and Miami Universities, SUNY Stony Brook, the Experiment in International Living/World Learning (in Boston and in Baku, Azerbaijan) and with the Semester at Sea program. In addition to administrative positions, Jef has worked with the Summer Institute in Intercultural Communication (Oregon) and taught intercultural relations courses at Bentley College, Clark University and SUNY Stony Brook. Jef is the author of Living in the USA, 6th edition (Intercultural Press, 2005).


Harry Dumay

Harry Dumay is Associate Dean for Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He is currently serving as an external evaluator on a three-year USAID-funded partnership between the University of Massachusetts Boston and the business administration program at the State University of Haiti. His interests lie in higher education in the least developed countries as well as higher education organization and finance. He received a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Boston College in 2009, an MBA and certificate of corporate finance from Boston University, an MA in public administration from Framingham State College, and a BS in mechanical technology from Lincoln University.


David Engberg

Dave is Executive Director of Global Opportunities Group, LLC, an international education services provider. Before founding GO Group, Dave directed international program offices at both public (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Montana State University) and private (University of St. Thomas) universities. He has also held staff positions at Boston College’s Center for International Higher Education and the American Council on Education’s international education office, where he was involved in developing procedures for evaluating and improving international activities at U.S. colleges and universities. His professional interests focus on university internationalization, partnership building, education abroad programming, international student recruitment and services, international office budgeting and staffing, and the use of technology to advance international education activities. Dave studied in Germany and spent a year working in Japan as an English teacher. He holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Boston College, Masters and Bachelors degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a diploma in German language studies from the Defense Language Institute.


James JF Forest

James JF Forest is Director of Terrorism Studies and Assistant Professor at the United States Military Academy, West Point, where he conducts research projects for the USMA Combating Terrorism Center and teaches courses in international relations, comparative foreign policy, information warfare, and political development in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to this position, he served for three years as the Assistant Dean for Academic Assessment at West Point. His scholarly interests include issues of teaching and learning (both individually and organizationally) from a global perspective. His publications include University Teaching: International Perspectives (Garland Press, 1998), I Prefer to Teach: An International Study of Faculty who Prefer Teaching over Research (RoutledgeFalmer Press, 2001), Higher Education in the United States: An Encyclopedia (2 Volumes), co-edited with Kevin Kinser (ABC-CLIO Publishing, 2002), and The International Handbook of Higher Education (2 Volumes), co-edited with Phil Altbach (Springer Publications, 2005).


Robin Matross Helms

Robin Matross Helms is the founder and president of Hibari Connections, Inc., a Washington DC-based consulting firm specializing in international higher education. Her work includes policy research and program planning for a variety of organizations, including the World Bank, the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, the Institute of International Education, the Institute for Higher Education Policy, and the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Prior to founding Hibari Connections, Robin worked in the Office of the Provost at the University of Minnesota, and for various organizations active in international education. She completed her Ph.D in higher education administration at Boston College in 2005, holds an M.B.A. from Boston College, and earned an A.B. in East Asian Studies from Princeton University. Her publications include Inhabiting the borders: Foreign language faculty in American colleges and universities (Routledge, 2005), Transnational education in China: Key challenges, critical issues, and strategies for success (The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, 2008), and University admission worldwide (The World Bank, 2008).


Gilton Eun-Jun Lee

Gilton Lee earned his doctoral degree from Boston College in 2007. His dissertation topic was related to the use of technology in higher education from a comparative perspective. He received his bachelor's degree and master's degree at Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, and received another master's degree in Educational Technology at the University of Connecticut. His academic interests are comparative higher education, and curricular and technological issues in higher learning.


Alma Maldonado-Maldonado
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Alma Maldonado-Maldonado is a researcher at the Educational Research Department [Departamento de Investigaciones Educativas] of the Center for Advanced Research [Centro de Investigaciones Avanzadas]. Previously, she was an assistant professor at the University of Arizona's Center for the Study of Higher Education in the U.S. Maldonado was born in Mexico City and obtained her undergraduate education at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Later, Alma earned her doctorate at the Boston College¹s Center for International Higher Education in the U.S. Her research focuses on comparative higher education, international organizations, higher education policy and research in Latin America and particularly on Mexico and issues regarding globalization, mobility and internationalization of higher education (institutions, faculty and students). Maldonado-Maldonado is co-editor of three books; the last one titled: International Organization and Higher Education Policy. Thinking globally, acting locally? published with Roberta Basset in 2009.


Patty Murphy

Patty Murphy is currently the Director of Institutional Research, Assessment & Planning at the University of Richmond. She is a member of AIR (Association of Institutional Research), NEAIR (Northeast Association of Institutional Research), and SAIR (Southern Association of Institutional Research). She also represents UR in a data sharing organization for private colleges and universities, HEDS (Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium). Prior to coming to UR, she has held positions in institutional research at Dickinson College and Tufts University. Patty completed her Ph.D. in 2000 on the Democratization of University Governance in Spanish Public Universities at Boston College. She also has a MA in Higher Education and Student Development from BC and a BA in French from Wellesley College.


Elisa Park

Elisa Park is a part time professor and a researcher at the Yonsei Educational Research Center at Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. Among her current research interests are leadership of university presidents, evaluation systems for presidents, administrative effectiveness, university brand image, and governmental policy for private institutions.


Francesca B. Purcell

Francesca Purcell is the Associate Director for Academic Policy at the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. She graduated from the Boston College higher education administration doctoral program in May 2004 where she was a graduate assistant for the Center for International Higher Education. Her dissertation focused on the organizational development of women's colleges in the Philippines. Francesca earned her bachelor's degree in political science and women's studies at Amherst College and her master's degree in college student development at Northeastern University. Her publications includeComing of Age: Women's Colleges in the Philippines during the Post-Marcos Era (2005) and Women's Universities and Colleges: An International Handbook (2004) with Robin Matross Helms and Laura Rumbley.


Liz Reisberg

Liz Reisberg is a research associate at the Center for International Higher Education with primary responsibility for the ongoing development of the Center's website and online resources for scholars and practitioners. She completed her doctorate at Boston College in 2007. Liz's dissertation focused on the experience of three universities in Argentina with institutional self study. Her research interests continue to focus on quality assurance and reform in Latin American higher education. Prior to joining the staff at CIHE Liz had a long career in international admissions and was the co-founder and executive director of The MBA Tour. She holds a BA from Bennington College and an MEd from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.


Laura E. Rumbley

Laura E. Rumbley completed her doctoral studies in higher education administration at Boston College in May 2007, with a dissertation focused on internationalization in the universities of Spain. She received her bachelor's degree in international politics from Georgetown University and her master's degree in international education and training from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. A former Foreign Service Officer, Laura is now a research associate at the Boston College Center for International Higher Education (CIHE). Among her primary responsibilities there is the coordination of the CIHE Podcast Initiative; she is also managing director of the International Network for Higher Education in Africa (INHEA). Laura also co-teaches a graduate course at Boston College, "International Policy and Practice in American Higher Education."


Kevin Sayers

Kevin Sayers is Vice President for Planning and Strategy at Capitol University in Columbus Ohio. His professional expertise and research interests are in institutional research and planning, data-informed leadership, institutional change and innovation, and legal issues in higher education. Recently, he has played important leadership roles in building integrated institutional research, planning, and assessment functions at several colleges and universities. He enjoys designing and launching institution-wide planning efforts that are inclusive of both strategic management goals and student learning outcomes. He is currently researching the use of key performance indicators (KPI) in a comparative context.


Hala Taweel

Hala Taweel is the president and co-founder of the University of the Middle East Project, a non-profit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Born in Jerusalem, Dr. Taweel was raised in Nablus and Ramallah. She holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Boston College and a Master’s in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Her first Master’s, in Computer Science and Human Science, was received from Paris VIII University in Paris, France. She also holds a Diploma in Diplomatic and Strategic Studies from the Center for Law and Defense at Paris V University. Dr. Taweel's interest is in international higher education, with a special focus on the Middle East. She is also member of the Board of Trustees of Roger Williams University, in Bristol, Rhode Island.


Damtew Teferra
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Damtew Teferra is the former director for Africa and the Middle East of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program, based at the Institute of International Education in New York. He was founding (former) Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Higher Education in Africa. He is author ofScientific Communication in African Universities: External Assistance and National Needs (2003, RoutledgeFarmer) and lead editor of both the award-winning book African Higher Education: An International Reference Handbook (2003, Indiana University Press) and African Higher Education: The International Dimension (2008, BC and AAU). He established the International Network for Higher Education in Africa. Damtew holds a Ph.D. from Boston College, USA, an M.Phil. from University of Stiriling, Scotland, and a B.Sc. from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.


Weiping Wang

Weiping Wang holds a doctorate from Boston College and master degrees from Harvard and Peking University. She is currently doing research on Chinese higher education, particularly on the academic profession in Chinese private higher education, in an international and comparative context and is working closely with CREC--Wah Ching Centre of Research on Education in China, the University of Hong Kong. She is also interested in international education and is teaching in Hong Kong International School. Her main publications and presentations include: Isomorphism or Diversity? (paper presented at the January 2005 Annual Conference of Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong);Theme: Approaches and Strategies in Comparative Education (Hong Kong Institute of Education, November 2004);The Reviving Academic Profession in China: The Case of Zhejiang Shu Ren University (paper presented at the International Conference of the Development of Private Higher Education, Zhejiang Shu Ren University, November 2004); Faculty Development at a Private Educational Institution in China(paper presented at the conference of Comparative Education in an Increasingly Globalized World, Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong (CESHK) Annual conference 2004, Hong Kong University).


Hong Zhu

Hong Zhu is an Assistant Professor at Peking University’s Graduate School of Education in the People’s Republic of China. She received her Ph.D. in higher education administration from Boston College in May 2009, where her dissertation research focused on the scholarly networks of the diaspora of Chinese academics. Hong earned both her master’s degree (in economics of education) and her bachelor’s degree (in business administration) from Peking University. During her doctoral studies, Hong served as a graduate assistant for the Center for International Higher Education and the Boston College Institutional Review Board. She is also a former staff member of the President’s Office of Peking University. Hong’s academic interests include international higher education, the academic profession, and student development.