Shaping the Future of Education Abroad
Join the conversation! Mitch Leventhal will host a discussion with Brian Whalen. They will explore Brian’s passion for and deep expertise in this critical field of international higher education.
As Mitch and Brian begin exploring the challenges of how we deliver education abroad today and tomorrow, we encourage you to join the conversation and share your insights and questions with us. Along with Brian’s deep experience, the webinar will explore 3 major areas that Brian sees as pivotal in shaping the future of education abroad.
- Student Learning Trends
- Demographic and Financial Trends
- Political and Social Trends
Brian will lead our upcoming September expert series module, Reshaping Education Abroad – Trends, Strategies and Tactics, designed to advance the professional development of both senior and mid-level officials who are directly – or tangentially – responsible for building and sustaining education abroad programs and services. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to step back, survey the landscape of higher education, and apply strategies that will shape education abroad to succeed in the future.
Dr. Brian Whalen
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, Brian was founding editor and for many years the publisher of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad. During his long career, Brian 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. Brian 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. Brian 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.
Dr. Gretchen Dobson
With over 23 years of experience in higher education and constituent relations, Gretchen Dobson, Ed.D. is a global alumni expert leading institutions, governments and member-based organizations towards sustainable international alumni engagement strategies and solutions. Her specialties include international alumni relations strategy, international alumni and academic partnerships, international student-alumni programs, and volunteer management for groups of all sizes and backgrounds. Dobson also provides professional coaching for international alumni relations, development, admissions and academic officers new to global engagement practices. In her current position as head of Academic Assembly’s International Alumni & Graduate Services, she delivers these services as part of the company’s broad reaching portfolio of services. She is proud to be one of the inaugural International Education Fellows of the School of Education, University of Albany.
With the growth of international student populations, mobility programs and heightened priorities for graduating global citizens, never has it been more important to reach alumni abroad.
Join the conversation! Mitch Leventhal will host a discussion on global alumni relations management with Gretchen Dobson. In particular, they will explore three major themes which she maintains are central to sustainable programs:
- Assessing readiness to invest in global alumni relations
- Communicating the value proposition for global alumni relations
- Best practices in stakeholder engagement
As a follow up to this online discussion, Gretchen will lead our October expert series module, Making the Case for International Alumni Relations, designed to advance the professional development of both senior and mid-level officials who are directly – or tangentially – responsible for building and sustaining global alumni relations programs and services. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn how to scale-up and manage these efforts at a global level effectively.