CISABROAD BLOG · March 8, 2019 · 3 Min Read
Dr. Jennifer Engel Joins CIS Abroad as Vice President of Academic Affairs

CISabroad welcomes Jennifer Engel, Ph.D. to its staff as Vice President of Academic Affairs. Dr. Engel will oversee academic program innovation, assessment of student learning outcomes, and the further development of online courses. She recently presented on the future of global education in a presentation titled “Megatrends in Higher Education, Global Travel, and International Education: Impact on Policy, Practice and Planning” at the IIE Summit in New York City. In late March she will be meeting with partners at the The Forum’s 15th Annual Conference in Denver.

“Jenn not only has great, innovative ideas for how to improve education abroad programming,” CISabroad President Kris Holloway said, “she also knows how to implement them. She served for six years on our Board of Advisors and her impact continues today. We can’t wait to welcome her aboard as one of our leaders.”

Dr. Engel earned a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy from the University of South Carolina with an emphasis in international higher education, and holds a Master’s degree in student affairs from Bowling Green State University. She currently serves on the membership committee of AIEA, the Association of International Education Administrators, and has been involved in NAFSA and the Forum in various capacities. She will be based in Chicago, Illinois.

In her most recent role as Executive Director of International Programs (SIO) at Loyola University Chicago, Dr. Engel was involved in various areas of international education, including working with international students and study abroad students, collaborating with Loyola’s Global Centers, partnership and program development, and general administration of international activity. Prior to Loyola, Dr. Engel was the Executive Director for Global Learning at the University of South Carolina where her primary responsibilities included study abroad policy and program development, safety and risk management, assessment and strategic planning for study abroad, and campus internationalization.

Getting to know Dr. Jennifer Engel

Dr. Engel’s first study abroad experience, and first time on a plane, came in high school when she had the chance to travel to Spain for two weeks with her Spanish class. That experience changed the trajectory of what was to come, personally and professionally. Since then, Dr. Engel has traveled to a range of countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America – and Oman.

Q&A with Dr. Engel:
What do you enjoy most about what you do?

“I really love the field of international education –meeting new people from around the world and working together to develop new opportunities for students, faculty, and staff.”

What is your fondest memory of studying abroad?
“Looking back on my study abroad experience in college, my favorite memories surround the time spent with my host family. Our dinner conversations would last well after the meal was over, and covered every different topic imaginable. We’ve kept in touch over the years, and I am lucky enough to have the chance to visit them every once in a while. They truly made my study abroad experience memorable!”

No. 1 tip you give students who want to study abroad?
“Whatever it takes, make it happen. And once you get overseas, make the most of it. Take every opportunity you have to spend time with locals – the experiences that always prove to be the most memorable are the ones that involve genuine interactions with others.”

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