• About  ME

    I'm Shanna - passionate about international education, especially the facilitation of positive international experiences and increasing internationalization efforts through effective management and advocacy.

    I'm a Scholar-Practitioner meaning that I make administrative decisions based on supporting evidence from research. By examining international education insights and trends from all across the world, I can make localized decisions while maintaining awareness of the wider global picture.

    Why is this important?

    Over 4 million students participate in international education experiences annually (OECD, 2015). International education experiences include studying, working, and volunteering in another country as well as participating in other types of meaningful travel experiences.


    In 2014/15, nearly 1 million international students studied at U.S. colleges and universities - representing nearly 5% of all enrollments in the USA and over 20% of all international students globally (IIE, 2015 & U.S. Department of Education, 2015).

    Comparatively, outbound participation from the USA is relatively low. The latest data shows that over 300,000 U.S. students studied abroad in 2013/14 - more than triple the number from 25 years ago, yet still representing less than 2% of all enrollments (ibid).


    Facilitating positive international education experiences is imperative for helping people from different cultures connect in a meaningful way. Research conducted by NAFSA (2012) indicates: Americans are largely united in the belief that international education is vitally important to our economy and the success of today's young people in navigating a competitive global workplace. This ideological / educational philosophy is shared by other countries as well.

    How can I make a difference?

    I've worked over the past decade to better familiarize myself with international affairs and cross-cultural communication.

    I've personally lived, worked, and studied in three different countries - the USA, Austria, and England. I've also traveled throughout North America, Western Europe, and even out to Australia. Speaking German, French, and Spanish (in addition to my native English) has helped me immensely - in growing as a professional, an academic, and as a global citizen working to help diverse populations.

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    Global & International Education



    • 2011-15 PhD in International Education at the University of Leeds (Leeds, England)
    • 2009-11 MS in Recreation Administration at Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana)
    • 2004-08 BA in International Studies and German at Butler University (Indianapolis, Indiana)
    • 2006-07 Junior year abroad through ISEP at the Universität Salzburg (Salzburg, Austria)

    Work in Higher Education

    • 2012 International Welcome Team for the International Student Office at the University of Leeds (Leeds, England)
    • 2005-06 International Student Orientation Guide for the International Office at Butler University (Indianapolis, Indiana)
    • Other part-time positions & volunteer work during studies
    • Various projects & conference organization committees


    • Full list (20+) of publications & presentations available

    Other International Experiences

    Travel Stats

    Lived, Studied, & Worked in 3 Countries

    • USA
    • Austria
    • England


    • English (native)
    • German (working proficiency)
    • French (basic/conversational)
    • Spanish (basic/conversational)


    • 19 countries visited thus far (travel map below)


    Other Interests

    • Running - 6 marathons and 10 half-marathons [to date]
    • Trapeze
    • Surfing
    • Snowboarding

    Professional Associations

    Networks & Service

    NAFSA: Association of International Educators (2013 - Present)

    • Presenter & Volunteer - NAFSA 2015 Annual Conference (Boston, MA)
    • Presenter & Volunteer - Region X Conference (Long Island, NY)
    • Presenter - Region VIII Conference (Alexandria, VA)
    • Conference Submission Reviewer for the TLS KC
    • Ron Moffatt Seminar on Peace & the Global Society (San Diego & Boston)

    RAISE: Researching, Advancing & Inspiring Student Engagement (2012 - Present)

    • Committee Member
    • Presenter - RAISE Annual Conference (Manchester)
    • Presenter - RAISE Annual Conference (Nottingham)

    The FORUM on International Education (2015 - Present)

    • Data Committee Member
    • Reviewer for Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad

    The Global Pro Institute (2015 - Present)


    NSCS: National Society of Collegiate Scholars (2006 - Present)

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    Organizations I've been involved with

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    'A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step' - Lao Tzu

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    1. OECD. 2015. Education at a glance 2015: OECD Indicators. OECD Publishing. Available here
    2. Institute of International Education (IIE). 2015. Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Available here
    3. U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD). 2015. Digest of education statistics. Integrated postsecondary education data system (IPEDS). Fall Enrollment survey (IPEDS-EF: 90-99); and IPEDS Spring 2001 through Spring 2014, enrollment component. Available here
    4. NAFSA: Association of International Educators. 2012. Public opinion supports international education. Available here