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Eve Aird (PhD, 2001)


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 Provost of Galen University, a small private university in Belize. This is not her first appointment at Galen – she worked there between 2003 and 2008 as an Assistant Professor (English and Education) and Quality Assurance Officer. Dr. Aird has spent over 25 years working in higher education in Belize, specifically in teacher education and quality assurance in Belize at the University of Belize (Belize's national university) and at Galen University. She served 3 terms as the Chair of the Association of Tertiary Level Institutions in Belize (ATLIB) and two as 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 education in Belize. She also served three terms on the Belize Board of teacher Education (BBTE) with one term as the Vice Chair of that Board. Dr. Aird researches quality assurance issues in higher education in developing countries, and, as a member of ATLIB, advocates strongly to develop a National Higher Education Policy that addresses sustainable financing and national development priorities. She has presented on these themes locally and internationally.


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Roberta Bassett (PhD, 2005)

Roberta Malee Bassett is a senior education specialist working in the World Bank’s Global Practice in Education, where she provides technical expertise for projects related to higher education reform initiatives around the world, with a particular focus on such initiatives in the new EU member states, Russian Federation, and countries of the Western Balkans. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2009, Roberta served as lecturer in higher education management and policy at the Centre for Higher Education Management and Policy at the University of Southampton, UK. During her studies at Boston College, Roberta was a research fellow in the Centre for International Higher education and served as the 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/editor of numerous articles, reports, and books on topics related to international higher education including The WTO and the University: Globalization, GATS, and American Higher Education (Routledge 2006); International Organizations and Higher Education Policy: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally? (co-editor with Alma Maldonado-Maldonado, Taylor and Francis, 2009) and The Forefront of International Higher Education: A Festschrift in Honor of Philip G. Altbach (co-editor with Alma Maldonado-Maldonado, Routledge, 2014). She received her Ph.D. in higher education from Boston College in 2005 and is also an alumna of Columbia University (B.A.) and Stanford University (M.A).

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Leslie Bozeman (PhD, 2009)

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.

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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.

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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).

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Harry Dumay (PhD, 2009)


Dr. Harry Dumay is Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Saint Anselm College. Prior to joining Saint Anselm College, he served as Associate Dean for Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. His interests lie in higher education in the least developed countries as well as higher education organization and finance. He has served as an external evaluator on a USAID-funded partnership grant between the business schools of the University of Massachusetts Boston and the State University of Haiti and has collaborated with a consortium of Catalan Universities on reinforcing Haitian higher education. 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.

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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.

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James JF Forest

James J.F. Forest, Ph.D. is Professor and Director of the Security Studies program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and is also a Senior Fellow with the U.S. Joint Special Operations University. He previously served on the faculty of the United States Military Academy (2001-2010), six of those years as Director of Terrorism Studies and three years as the Assistant Dean for Academic Assessment. He has published dozens of scholarly journal articles and 20 books including The International Handbook of Higher Education (2 Volumes), co-edited with Philip Altbach (Springer Publications, 2005), Teaching Terror: Strategic and Tactical Learning (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006), Countering Terrorism and Insurgency in the 21st Century (Praeger, 2007), and The Terrorism Lectures (Nortia Press, 2012). Dr. Forest has served as an expert witness for terrorism-related court cases, and has provided testimony to committee hearings of the U.S. Senate.

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Robin Matross Helms (PhD, 2005)

Robin Matross Helms is the Associate Director for Research at the American Council on Education, where her focus is research on higher education internationalization and global engagement. Her previous work includes consulting, 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, the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and the University of Minnesota.  Robin 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), University admission worldwide (The World Bank, 2008), and Mapping International Joint and Dual Degrees: U.S. Program Profiles and Perspectives (2014).

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Gilton Eun-Jun Lee (PhD, 2007)

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.

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Alma Maldonado-Maldonado

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 College’s 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 five books; the last one titled: The Forefront of International Higher Education. A festchrift in honor of Philip G. Altbach published with Roberta Basset by Springer in 2013.

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Patty Murphy

Patty Murphy is the Executive Director of Assessment and Accreditation at the University of Miami. In her role, she oversees continuous improvement activities at the university, including university accreditation, academic program assessment, administrative assessment and general education assessment. She is the university’s liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and regularly serves as a SACSCOC peer evaluator. Prior to coming to the University of Miami, she was the Director of Institutional Effectiveness at the University of Richmond and the Assistant Vice President for Enrollment & College Relations and Director of Institutional Research at Dickinson College. Patty has a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Higher Education from Boston College and a B.A. in French from Wellesley College.

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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.

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Francesca B. Purcell

Dr. Francesca Purcell currently serves as the Provost/Chief Academic Officer at Massachusetts Bay Community College where she provides overall academic leadership and strategic direction to advance the mission of the institution focused on student access and success, expanded partnerships, and financial strength. Prior to this position, Dr. Purcell was the Associate Commissioner for Academic and P-16 Policy for the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. Dr. Purcell was awarded the Commonwealth Citation for Outstanding Performance by Governor Deval Patrick in recognition of her contributions to public higher education. Dr. Purcell has held positions at Amherst College, Dean College, Roxbury Community College, and Tufts University and she has taught graduate-level higher education administration courses at Boston College and Suffolk University. Dr. Purcell has also consulted for the Tertiary Education Division of the World Bank and authored or co-authored works on international women’s colleges and universities, women's studies, and state policy and student transfer. After earning her bachelor’s degree from Amherst College in Political Science and Women's & Gender Studies, Dr. Purcell received her M.S. from Northeastern University in College Student Development and Counseling and her Ph.D. from Boston College in Higher Education Administration.

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Liz Reisberg (PhD, 2007)

Liz Reisberg is an international consultant working on projects related to the improvement of higher education. Since completing her doctorate in 2007, she has worked with governments, universities, and international donor agencies throughout the world, including the World Bank and InterAmerican Development Bank. During her long affiliation with the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College she participated in research with international partners and contributed to numerous articles and books that resulted.  She was also an adjunct professor in the Higher Education Administration graduate program at Boston College.  Dr. Reisberg has designed and taught in professional education programs for faculty and senior administrators throughout the world.  Her experience and research have focused on quality assurance, internationalization, improving university teaching and higher education policy reform and implementation, most frequently in Latin America.  

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Laura E. Rumbley (PhD, 2007)

Laura E. Rumbley completed her doctoral studies in higher education administration at Boston College (BC) 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 associate director at the Boston College Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) and a lecturer within the Higher Education Administration Program offered through BC’s Lynch School of Education.  Laura also serves as chair of the Publications Committee of the European Association for International Education (EAIE) as well as co-editor of the Journal of Studies in International Education.

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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.

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David Stanfield (PhD, 2014)

David Stanfield is the Head of Research and Development for the Council of International Schools ( In this role, he collects, analyzes and shares data in usable form to shape services and support members in the delivery of effective educational programs.
Prior to joining CIS, David was a Research Assistant at the Boston College Center for International Higher Education. David completed his Ph.D. in higher education administration at Boston College, USA following completion of a dissertation exploring international branch campus strategies. During this time, David completed a summer internship at the Fulbright Commission in Brussels, Belgium.
From 2006-2011, David served as the Director of Student Activities and First-Year Programs at Carnegie Mellon University’s international branch campus in Doha, Qatar. David earned a master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Miami University in Ohio (USA) and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas A&M University (USA).

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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.

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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.

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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).

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Hong Zhu (PhD, 2009)

Hong Zhu is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Education, Deputy Director at the Center for Institutional Research, researcher of the Institute of Higher Education and the Institute of Economics of Education, Peking University (Beijing University). She received her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration in 2009 from Boston College, 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. Her major academic interests include student development, educational administration and quality analysis, higher education, and international comparative education. She has been a principal investigator for several national and co-PI for international education research projects in these fields. Recently her research work is primarily focused on student academic interest, motivation, creativity, and other aspects of student development. Hong won the 2013 Chinese Ministry of Education’s Excellent Research Report Award, the 2013 Peking University’s Industrial and Commercial Bank Award for Excellence in teaching, the 2011 Chinese National Academic Excellence in Educational Research, and the 2010 Tongshan Research Scholarship of Peking University.