Reshaping education abroad - Trends, Strategies and Tactics

The University at Albany’s International Education Leadership Expert Series presents a module with Dr. Brian Whalen to understand how key trends affect the education field abroad.


September 26 – October 10, 2019

About the module

Major changes in the higher education landscape are rumbling under the surface of education abroad today.  We must learn to read the trends and actively reshape our programs to succeed in this world of change.  To keep pace and maintain relevance and vibrancy in international education overall, the field of education abroad needs imaginative, strong leaders and administrators to shape its future. All who work to develop, support and oversee education abroad must understand these currents of change and prepare to meet the challenge, finding the best ways to harness their talents and resources, strategies and operations.

This module, Reshaping Education Abroad – Trends, Strategies and Tactics, is designed to advance the professional development of both senior and line officials who are directly – or tangentially – responsible for building and sustaining education abroad programs and services.  This is a unique opportunity to step back, survey the landscape of higher education, and learn how to adapt education abroad to succeed in the future.  After critiquing current approaches and questioning our assumptions about education abroad, we will identify and analyze the key trends that will impact and change the field.  We will discuss and outline approaches, strategies, models, resources, and practices that will be needed in order for education abroad to remain a high value part of higher education offerings.  Participants will work together in small groups to create a vision and plan for a robust education abroad program of the future.  The program design will include the program rationale and strategy, type of participants, structural model, goals, student learning outcomes, curriculum and activities, etc.  Each group will give a brief presentation of their program outlines in the final session.

Successful participants will receive an electronic badge and certificate acknowledging their completion of this professional development expert module from the International Education Leadership at the University at Albany (SUNY).

Reshaping Education Abroad – Trends, Strategies and Tactics

Expert Series Presenter

Dr. Brian J. Whalen

Dr. Brian J. Whalen is among the most well-known and influential international education leaders currently working in the field. Chief Academic Officer and Dean of Education at Atlantis since 2019, he served for more than a decade (2006-2018) as the President and CEO of The Forum on Education Abroad, the first Standards Development Organization (SDO) worldwide focused on international education. During that time, he oversaw The Forum’s growth into a leading international association, and formidable quality assurance organization for the field of education abroad. He is also an experienced senior international academic officer, having served in that role at Dickinson College and Marist College. A widely published scholar, Dr. Whalen was founding editor and for many years the publisher of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad. During his long career, Dr. Whalen has developed or overseen education abroad programs in more than 50 countries, has delivered dozens of presentations and trainings in the U.S. and many other countries, has collaborated to secure nearly $4 million in grants in support of international education initiatives, and has participated in high level meetings as a discussant on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Education, and the White House. Dr. Whalen has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in literature, psychology, and comparative and international education at several colleges and universities including, Boston University, Lesley University, Brookhaven Community College, and Dickinson College.  He holds an interdisciplinary doctorate from the University of Dallas in Psychology and Literature.  Dr. Whalen is currently director and advisory partner at Academic Assembly, Inc., a Dean’s Fellow at Dickinson College, and an International Education Leadership Fellow at The University at Albany.

Expert Series Design structure

Participants will receive 6 hours of synchronous sessions with the instructor, 4.5 hours of asynchronous sessions where participants prepare their final project, and a final 1.5 hour synchronous session for group presentations and feedback from the instructor.  The synchronous sessions will include the following 5 meetings of 90 minutes each via Zoom (UAlbany).

Synchronous Sessions:

  • Thursday, Sept 26 – 4-5:30pm EST (9-10:30pm GMT) – Re-imagining Education Abroad
  • Monday, Sept 30 – 4-5:30pm EST (9-10:30pm GMT) – Identifying and Analyzing Trends and Broad Impacts on Education Abroad
  • Thursday, Oct 3 – 4-5:30pm EST (9-10:30pm GMT) – Broad Impacts/Recrafting Education Abroad
  • Monday, Oct 7 – 4-5:30pm EST (9-10:30pm GMT) – Recrafting Education Abroad
  • Thursday, Oct 10 – 4-5:30pm EST (9-10:30pm GMT) – Group presentations of final projects

Instructions for connecting to synchronous sessions and accessing the online material will be provided after registration.

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