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It wasn't my newfound knowledge about administrative functions
that changed my view of university work, but rather the daily rubbing of shoulders with
international education staff members.
While I understood firsthand the preservice years of undergraduate and graduate
academic training and in-service tenure
preparation that faculty members undertake, it somehow had never occurred to
me that staff members are indeed formally
educated and trained for their professions
as well. Among the undergraduate degrees
represented by the 11 international education staff members are Irish studies, English,
communication studies, Spanish, Latin
American studies, global studies, biology,
anthropology, classics, public relations, art
history, political science, American studies,
quantitative methods, computer systems,
and English language and literature-with
minors too numerous to list here.
Moreover, UST international education
staff members have earned graduate degrees
and professional certificates in leadership in
student affairs, higher education administration, student development, software systems,

English, Chinese language proficiency, English as a Foreign Language, Irish studies,
social and cultural foundations of education,
communication studies, educational leadership, and Spanish linguistics. Further
coursework has been done in cultural anthropology, "Augustine's Confessions," Hispanic
linguistics, intercultural communication, and
"Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Religion in
Society." Additionally, several military specialty schools are represented, as U.S. Army
and Navy veterans are also part of the mix.
However, these lists don't include the
countless international education short
courses, webinars, workshops, seminars,
etc., that staff have attended along the way
that are offered by many professional organizations with which my staff were affiliated,
and with which I've become acquainted-
organizations that helpfully and crucially
focus on particular elements of the international education world. As an aside here, for
the uninitiated, an understanding of these
organizations takes some time to maneuver.
While every academic discipline has its respective unique professional language and
organizations, I think the world of international education may have a corner on the
acronym market. Descriptions and backgrounds of the following could be the basis
of several seminar sessions on their own:
NAFSA, UMAIE, HECUA, ACE, AIEA,
CIGE, ACTFL, AMG, EAP, EFL, ESL, ELS,
TOEFL, UCTS, NESCO, and etc. Needless
to say, I'm still working on figuring out the
focus of each and applaud staff members
who are far ahead of me.

Added to the rich canvas of formal
coursework and other academic accomplishments of UST international education staff,
are further colors provided by languages
spoken in-house-French, Hindustani, Polish, Japanese, Hungarian, Spanish, Chinese,
and my painfully poor German-and by the
varied places staff have lived and worked, including Scotland, England, France, China,
Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand, Germany,
and Northern Ireland. Even the office coordinator, who could conceivably do her
job with less international experience, has
a master of arts degree in Irish studies from
Queen's University, Belfast, focusing on Irish
medium education-and in fact teaches an
online religion and culture course for another university. While I'm used to faculty
members stacking up degrees with the linear goal of teaching and researching those
subjects, I'm not used to professionals using their degrees and education in a broader
liberal-arts context, which is ironically the
very purpose of a liberal arts education.
After an initial and cursory glimpse at the
many jobs within the international education house, I quickly came to the conclusion
that it would take me a while to understand
all of the staff members' collective charges
as well as the international education discipline and profession-individual areas and
as a whole. However, I needed to quickly
grasp some kind of knowledge of staff jobs
if I were to effectively do mine. Fortunately,
I had willing, helpful in-house instructors.
For instance, added to my nascent knowledge of student recruiting-I witnessed our

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Contents
Supplement Contents
Going Home to Teach
A Little Goes a Long Way
Opening a Window on the World at Columbus State University
Frontlines: Framing the Discussion
In Brief
Foreign Student Affairs
View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Cover1
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Cover2
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Contents
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 2
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 3
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Frontlines: Framing the Discussion
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 5
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 6
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 7
International Educator - September/October 2015 - In Brief
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 9
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 10
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - 12
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 13
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Going Home to Teach
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