Dana is a doctoral candidate in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Washington, working with Professor Maresi Nerad. Her research is on the development of federal support for higher education on the basis of national defense in the Progressive and Cold War eras. Dana is a specialist on Russia and the Former Soviet Union. She graduated summa cum laude from Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in Russian Studies in 2002, and received her master’s degree in Russian and Central Asian Studies from Harvard University in 2005. She holds a senior management position at the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research and is based in Washington, DC.
Amy is a first year doctoral student in the Higher Education Policy program. Her research interests are finance and accountability in higher education, specifically performance funding, impact of recessions on institutional budgeting, assessment of student outcomes, and international comparisons. She works with Professor Maresi Nerad, and Professor Bill Zumeta in the Evans School.
Amy graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Psychology, and obtained an M.Ed in Educational Leadership and Policy: Higher Education, both from the University of Utah. Her previous professional experiences are in study abroad (assessment, program development, advising) and in finance.
Jim is involved in development and editing of research grants, publications and web content. He is also involved with marketing and contributes to NIH sponsored research capacity-building efforts in Latin America by supporting grant writing and publications with the Latin American Brain Injury Consortium. He has 30 years experience in research administration and has helped raise over $100 million for neuroscience research.
Jitpicha Jarayapun, CDR
After her graduation in teaching English & Social Sciences in Faculty of Education and in the Linguistics, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Jitpicha Jarayapun pursued her career path as an English teacher in the Royal Thai Naval Academy (RTNA) for over a decade. Her research during her work in the RTNA associated with her English teaching career specifically for the RTNA such as need analysis, English for a Specific Purpose (for naval officers), English life-long learning, textbook analysis, etc. Receiving a grant from the Royal Thai Navy, she entered the doctorate program in the school of Education at the University of Washington in 2010. Her research interest is the relationship of broad hidden power and language teacher identity. Her focus is on the culture and spirituality towards the individual teacher. As she believes that the crucial part of education starts with the quality of the teacher, requiring more than just their teaching skills but also their personal lives, her ambition is to help EFL/ESL teachers locate their “self” in the world where all powers are related and influence teachers.
Roxana finished her master’s degree in Higher Education this past winter, and she started her PhD in the same area during Fall 2013. Her research interests are in the doctorate education, internationalization of higher education and the strategies of innovation that countries implement to deal with the issues of poverty, equity and economic growth.
Roxana grew up in the north of Chile, Copiapó, and obtained her bachelor degree in Social Communication at the University of Santiago of Chile (USACH). Since 2007 until 2011, she worked as an institutional researcher in the Studies Department and Institutional Analysis at the same university.
Jill Aronson Pfaendtner
Jill is pursuing her master’s degree in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a focus in higher education. She is the program manager for the Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute, an interdisciplinary research institute founded in 2011 at the University of Washington. She also supports the Fostering Collaboration in the 21st Century Initiative, part of the Two Years to Two Decades Initiative of the Provost’s Office. Her research interests lie in understanding and assessing interdisciplinary initiatives and the institutional, disciplinary, and cultural barriers to broadly collaborative research.
Ziyan earned her B.A degree in English, from Nankai University, China. She is currently a second-year Master student in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (Higher Education) at the University of Washington. Her academic interests lie in Chinese students’ experiences abroad, China’s innovation in policy for doctorate education, and the roles of Chinese scholars in the global academia.
Lani is the Director of Program Development and Administrator for the University of Washington’s study center in Leon, Spain, and holds an M.A. in Hispanic Language and Cultures from New York University. In Summer Quarter 2012 she co-taught and co-led a study abroad program in Cuba entitled The Dialectics of Cuban/American Nationality. Her research interests include higher education initiatives in international education (study abroad), and the reciprocal relationship between university students studying abroad and the host culture in which they are living.
Caitlin is an M.Ed. student in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies focusing in higher education and student affairs. She earned her B.S. in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon (UO). As a student at the UO, Caitlin worked with Student Orientation Programs as an Ambassador and with the Office of International Affairs as a Study Abroad Peer Advisor. After graduating, she worked at the School of Music and Dance as an Admissions Assistant. Caitlin hopes to work in academic advising or international affairs after earning her master’s degree.