Partners, Colleagues, Leaders
Great ideas need a sounding board, and CET’s National Advisory Council (NAC) brings together some of our closest colleagues and respected leaders within the field of study abroad to be just that. We established the NAC in 2017 to formalize the advisory relationships that have long provided us with big picture insight, strategic direction, and invaluable input on new initiatives. The NAC meets annually with CET leadership for a robust discussion with thoughtful—often quite different—perspectives on a complex and ever-changing field.
Roles & Responsibilities
Council members serve in non-governing, advisory roles with rotating terms of three years. The NAC strives to:
Sara Dumont, DPhil
Executive Director, AU Abroad
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Director of International Academic Programs
Kristen Grace, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Cornell Abroad
University of Virginia
Assistant Director of Operations, Education Abroad
Martha Johnson, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota
Assistant Dean of Learning Abroad
University of Michigan
Director, Center for Global and Intercultural Study
Jason Kinnear, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Assistant Dean of Study Abroad & Exchanges
Director, Study Abroad; Deputy Director of the Center for International and Professional Experience; Assistant Dean for Assessment
Director, Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center
Director, Global Education Office
J. Scott Van Der Meid
Associate Dean of Study Abroad
Claremont McKenna College
Assistant Director of Global Education
Margaret Wiedenhoeft, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Center for International Programs
Spotlight On Resilience
At our inaugural meeting in 2017, NAC members identified a need to tackle the issue of student resilience, and how study abroad can be uniquely suited to foster it. Three institutions from the NAC—Yale University, Kalamazoo College, and University of Minnesota, coordinated by our Director of Academic Affairs—are coming together to pursue research related to student resilience. This research will be turned into conference presentations and publications that we hope will drive and inform the field’s engagement with this important topic.
— Tonija Navas | Howard University