Bios of Speakers New Frontiers in Global Education I

José Bowen (Plenary 1)

José Antonio Bowen is President of Goucher College. Bowen began his teaching career at Stanford University in 1982 as the Director of Jazz Ensembles. In 1994, he became the Founding Director of the Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music (C.H.A.R.M.) at the University of Southampton, England. He returned to America in 1999 as the first holder of the endowed Caestecker Chair of Music at Georgetown University where he created and directed the Program (now Department) in Performing Arts. He was Dean of Fine Arts at Miami University, before moving to SMU in Dallas in 2006 to become Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts and Algur H. Meadows Chair for 8 years.

He has written over 100 scholarly articles for the Journal of Musicology, the Journal of the Society for American Music, The Journal of Musicological Research, Performance Practice Review, 19th-century Music, Notes, Music Theory Spectrum, the Journal of the Royal Musical Associations, Studi Musicali, the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and in books from Oxford and Princeton university presses. Bowen has also been a pioneer in active learning and the use of technology in the classroom, including podcasts and online games, and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, USA Today, US News and World Report, and on NPR for his book Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology out of your College Classroom will Improve Student Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2012, and winner of the Ness Award for Best Book on Higher Education (2013) from the American Association of Colleges and Universities. He is currently working on Transforming the University: Learning for Change (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, due 2015), a comprehensive approach to integrating campus life with massively better classrooms and using the latest research on learning and adolescent development to focus college on opening minds in the post-technology era.

Bryan Alexander (Plenary 2)

Bryan Alexander is an internationally known futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher, working in the field of how technology transforms education.

He completed his English language and literature PhD at the University of Michigan in 1997, with a dissertation on doppelgangers in Romantic-era fiction and poetry.

Then Bryan taught literature, writing, multimedia, and information technology studies at Centenary College of Louisiana. There he also pioneered multi-campus interdisciplinary classes, while organizing an information literacy initiative.

From 2002 to 2014 Bryan worked with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), a non-profit working to help small colleges and universities best integrate digital technologies. With NITLE he held several roles, including co-director of a regional education and technology center, director of emerging technologies, and senior fellow. Over those years Bryan helped develop and support the nonprofit, grew peer networks, consulted, and conducted a sustained research agenda.

In 2013 Bryan launched a business, Bryan Alexander Consulting, LLC. Through BAC he consults throughout higher education in the United States and abroad. Bryan also speakswidely and publishes frequently, with articles appearing in venues including The Atlantic Monthly, Inside Higher Ed. He has been interviewed by and featured in MSNBC, US News and World Report, National Public Radio, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, Pew Research, Campus Technology, and the Connected Learning Alliance.

He is currently writing Transforming the University in the Twenty-First Century: The Next Generation of Higher Education for Johns Hopkins University Press (forthcoming 2019). His two most recent books are Gearing Up For Learning Beyond K-12 and The New Digital Storytelling (second edition) .

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David Baluarte

David Baluarte is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University. Professor Baluarte teaches and writes about topics ranging from immigration, refugees and stateless persons, and transnational law with a specific focus on international human rights law and practice. Professor Baluarte is the Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic, an experiential offering at W&L that enlists second and third year law students as the primary lawyers for non-citizens in their immigration matters. Before coming to W&L, Professor Baluarte was a Practitioner-in-Residence in the International Human Rights Law Clinic (IHRLC) at American University Washington College of Law. Professor Baluarte is an expert in the area of statelessness. He has acted as the lead researcher and project director for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on a variety of initiatives to identify and protect stateless persons in the United States and the Caribbean.

Todd Binkowski

Todd is currently a business development manager at International SOS, an international preparation company that provides services to firms sending employees abroad. He has worked with International SOS for over 12 years, focusing on the medical, security, and travel subsectors. Prior to arriving at his current firm, Todd earned a B.A. in Communications with a concentration i​n Public Relations​ from La Salle University where he was a member of the men's swimming team

Tim Cummons

As the director of RCM&D’s Specialty Coverage Division, Tim Cummons oversees two risk management groups – Special Risk and Absence Management. With a focus on healthcare, higher education and service providers, Tim develops, manages and services the special risk accident and health insurance plans for various clients.

Tim works closely with higher education clients to develop insurance programs to protect students, faculty and staff while traveling on behalf of their institutions. Our focus is to develop programs to meet the unique needs for universities to include, but not limited to study abroad, research, internships and intercollegiate sports.

Elizabeth Evans

Dr. Elizabeth Evans is the executive director of the Liberal Arts Consortium for Online Learning (, a partnership of eleven leading liberal arts institutions exploring online learning together. With an office based at Haverford College, Liz works with faculty, technologists, librarians, and academic specialists across the consortium to support collaborative experimentation with emerging pedagogies for the the liberal arts. Liz is also adjunct faculty in the Department of Communications at Drexel University. Prior to joining LACOL, Liz served IT Director for eLearning at the University of Pennsylvania and as Academic Computing Coordinator for the Natural Sciences at Swarthmore College. Liz is a graduate of Bennington College and holds a Ph. D. in Cell Biology and Genetics from Cornell University.

Lily Anne Goetz

Dr. Lily Anne Goetz is a Professor of Spanish and program coordinator for teacher preparation in modern languages and ESL at Longwood University. Her teaching and research focus on Spanish literature and more recently on foreign language pedagogy. Lily has directed many Summer Institutes for Spanish Teachers in Venezuela and in Spain, as well as undergraduate programs abroad that focus on interdisciplinary study. Most recently, she co-authored the article “Designing Programs to Foster Intercultural Competence through Interdisciplinary Study Abroad,” published in the September, 2017, NECTFL Review. Lily holds a Ph.D. in Spanish from The Catholic University of America, and an MA in Spanish from the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain.

Dick Kuettner

Dick Kuettner is director of the Global Discovery Laboratories and teacher of French, Spanish and Teacher Education at Washington and Lee University. He has served on the executive board of the International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT), served as a delegate to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL), and the Southern Council on Language Teaching (SCOLT). He is the immediate past president of the Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA) and was recently selected to join the board of the National Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (NFMLTA). He is, as well, coordinator for the Virginia Governor's Foreign Language Academies with the Virginia Department of Education. His experiences abroad are varied and range from intelligence work to translation and interpretation, to directing the expatriate services division for a Fortune 500 company abroad. He holds the Doctor of Modern Languages (DML) from Middlebury College with additional undergraduate study at the University of Paris and graduate level study at the University of Lille.

Jennifer Kirkland

Jennifer Kirkland has been Washington and Lee University's General Counsel since 2017. As the university's chief in-house legal officer, the general counsel supervises the legal and administrative staff of the Office of General Counsel and advises the president, the Board of Trustees, and the university's officers, administrators and authorized agents and representatives on all legal matters pertaining to their university responsibilities. Kirkland, who joined W&L in 1997, has practiced education law and employment law for 25 years. She has taught courses in education law for the graduate education programs of the University of Virginia and George Mason University, and has been a panelist, presenter, session coordinator and moderator for numerous programs on legal issues in education and employment sponsored by the American Council on Education (ACE), the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), United Educators, the Virginia and National Associations of College Registrars and Admissions Officers, and others. Kirkland received her undergraduate degree in music performance from Indiana University and her law degree from the University of Virginia.

Thomas Lavenir

Thomas Lavenir, a native of France, has worked in the field of international education for over 15 years in different higher education institutions. His primary responsibilities consist of ensuring the globally-minded community’s smooth transition and adjustment to their new life and culture by providing them a safe place, advocating on their behalf, implementing and organizing events and programs to celebrate their cultures and heritages meanwhile educating the larger campus and its’ community about diversity issues. Experiential learning, which he was introduced by virtue of pursuing his masters in Intercultural and International Management at the School for International Training, plays a large part in Thomas’ approach in addressing intercultural communication and awareness. Thomas’ interests lie in the intersection of domestic and international issues of diversity, along with student leadership and empowerment. His favorite quote is: “The belief that one's own view of reality is the only reality, is the most dangerous of all delusions.” by Paul Watzlawick

Matthew Lee

Dr. Matthew Lee is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies Program at James Madison University. He teaches courses in lifespan psychology, psychology and culture, and ethnic identity and conflict. Lee recently completed a William J. Fulbright scholarship to teach in Croatia, and has taught in Germany, Poland, and Romania. Lee’s research lab, the Cultural and Racial Diversity Studies Lab (CARDS Lab) is interested in understanding the relationship between cultural background and psychological functioning. Lee directs Madison Matters, a multidisciplinary research/advocacy project which uses campus climate survey data to consult with JMU programs and offices to improve the climate for multiculturalism and diversity at JMU.

Nasha Lewis

Nasha Lewis has worked in the field of international education for over 10 years. She is currently the Assistant Director of Global Education at The College of William & Mary. Over the years, Nasha has worked on numerous diversity and inclusion projects and is very interested in providing access of international opportunities to all students. At W&M, one of Nasha’s projects is to oversee study abroad outreach initiatives on campus. She enjoys encouraging the W&M community to engage globally and hopes to break down barriers for students considering study abroad. During her career, Nasha has presented and published articles related to study abroad and diversity. Prior to joining the W&M team, Nasha managed study abroad and exchange programs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Kathryn Murphy-Judy

Dr. Kathryn Murphy-Judy has been active in university world language education for over 45 years. She focuses on technology enhanced language instruction and the use of new media in language acquisition. Her work currently includes teletandem exchanges and intercultural communication with Taiwan, Mali, Belgium, and Mexico. She and a faculty team at VCU are working on a curation project to foster learner autonomy and digital literacy, which provides materials in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish for student-designed, OER learning modules. She is also a national leader in online language education.

Mike Palacio

Mike Palacio is Washington and Lee's assistant men's tennis coach and director of the Duchossois Tennis Center. Palacio came to W&L after serving as the head women’s tennis coach and exercise, wellness and sport professor at Imperial Valley College for the last seven years. He has also been the head boy’s and girl’s tennis coach at Brawley Union High School since 2015.

Palacio earned an associate degree in social science from Imperial Valley in 2006, and went on to earn a bachelor of science in kinesiology from Cal Poly Pomona in 2010 and a master of science in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia (Calif.) in 2016. He played collegiate tennis at both Imperial Valley and Cal Poly Pomona as a top singles and doubles player for each program.

Mark Rush

Mark Rush is the Waxberg Professor of Politics and Law and Director of the Center for International Education. He has been with Washington and Lee since arriving in the summer of 1990 from Johns Hopkins where he received his Ph.D. He received his B.A. cum laude from Harvard. Prof. Rush’s scholarly interests are diverse. He has written extensively on U.S. politics, Constitutional Law in the United States and Canada, elections and democracy around the world, and global affairs. His writings have been published in numerous scholarly journals and in media outlets such as The Hill, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, The Richmond Times and The Roanoke Times and NPR. From 2010-2013, he served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. His current scholarly work and interests include presidential powers over foreign affairs, separation of powers, international politics, the Middle East, judicial activism, elections and democratic reform, civic education, higher education, and law and science.

Malaika SerranMalaika Serrano is the Associate Vice President of Strategic Partnerships in Denver, Colorado for International Studies Abroad. Malaika joined ISA in 2017 and has been actively engaged in international education for over fifteen years. Prior to joining ISA, she served as Executive Director for Academic and Field Programs with Semester at Sea, Associate Director for Global Communities Living-Learning Program at the University of Maryland, Outreach and Alumni Officer for the U.S. Department of State's Critical Language Program, Associate Director for Education Abroad and International Enrollment Management at NAFSA, and Study Abroad Coordinator at the University of Tennessee. She received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Southern California and a M.A. in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland. Significant international experiences include a semester abroad in Australia, J-term study in Brazil, a year teaching English in Venezuela, leading study abroad programs to the Dominican Republic, and teaching Global Leadership in Colombia. In her free time, Malaika enjoys being outdoors with her children, traveling, salsa dancing, and trying new recipes.

Mike Singleton

Mike Singleton earned a B.A. in psychology and English from the University of Pennsylvania, later pursuing a master's degree in clinical psychology from Purdue University. Following his studies, he began to pursue a career in coaching soccer from the youth to national level. He has held coaching positions on regional, collegiate, and national scales. In addition to coaching, Singleton has also served as a psychologist at the U14 National Camp assisting in the creation of National license courses. He has served as the executive director of the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association since 2010. He currently serves as the head men's soccer coach at Washington and Lee University and has done so for four years. Singleton has lead the team to great success with a total of 57 wins, 2 ODAC Conference titles, and 3 trips to the NCAA Division 3 tournament. 

Bettina Staudt

Dr. Bettina Staudt is an accomplished, energetic, and creative educator, advocating Leading with Languages, Global Competency Skills, and education for all.

As an educational leader, she seeks to work with internationally minded schools and organizations. Supervising and leading language learning from K-12 for Chesterfield County Public Schools, a nationally recognized school district in Virginia, with 62 plus schools, offering language studies in Chinese Mandarin, Japanese, American Sign Language, Latin, French, Spanish, and German, Dr. Staudt engages in building passionate 21st century learning communities. Within these communities of learning, students are co-creators of knowledge using convergent technologies, connecting, and learning with students from other countries. She posits that learning takes place in an environment that values and sustains positive global relationships, and honors educational innovation, and reform including all stakeholders. Dr. Staudt maintains that the question for educators in not whether all students can learn, but what conditions we can devise, so that everyone has the opportunity for meaningful global learning.

Dr. Staudt serves as President Elect for the Foreign Language Association of Virginia, and also serves on the Virginia Executive Board of the American Association of Teachers of German. She is committed to continue her passionate advocacy for foreign language learning, strongly believing that languages are core classes, which enhance deeper learning. Proficiency in a foreign language is imperative for 21st Century Career Readiness. Dr. Staudt earned her doctorate in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership from the College of William and Mary.

Stephanie Tignor

Stephanie Tignor has worked at VCU in the Global Education Office since 2005 in a variety of progressively responsible education abroad positions including Advisor, Assistant Director, and currently as Director. As Director of Education Abroad, Stephanie oversees administration of the university's study abroad and exchange programs, including a large portfolio of faculty-led short-term programs. In addition to her administrative duties, she developed and teaches UNIV 291: Maximizing Your Study Abroad, a study abroad planning course for first-year students. Stephanie is an alumna of VCU, at which she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She first discovered her passion for international education as an undergraduate music student on a semester study abroad program in Edinburgh, Scotland through ISEP at Edinburgh Napier University. Later, as a graduate student in English, she studied abroad in Peru and volunteered in Ecuador as a teacher of English as a foreign language. She has also co-led service and study abroad programs to Mexico, Malaysia, and France, and has led a program in the US for students from VCU's partnership institutions in China. With over a decade of experience in the field of international education, Stephanie is an active leader, frequent presenter, and member of various organizations including Virginia International Educators, NAFSA, the Forum on Education Abroad, Diversity Abroad, and NAFSA Region VIII. She has served on the advisory boards of several education abroad organizations and is currently a member of the Council of Advisors for the International Student Exchange Program and the GoAbroad Innovation Awards Academy.

Elizabeth Mugo

Elizabeth is a junior Sociology major and Africana and Poverty and Human Capability Studies double minor. She serves as Vice-President of the Exeuctive Committee, an intern for the W&L Bonner Program, a Pre-Orientation Trip Leader, and is a member of the Student Association for Black Unity (SABU).

Sarah Leonard

Sarah is a biochemistry major from Manhawkin, New Jersey, and is a high jumper for the track team. She is a GDL Technology and Learning Specialist, and uses her position there to assist in connecting the global community.