CGDSD Directorate members benefit from active involvement with a dynamic group of student affairs and services scholars and practitioners, representing a variety of functional areas, institutions, and jurisdictions. Involvement on the Directorate provides the opportunity for ongoing engagement with colleagues with a shared interest in international education and cross-cultural learning.

The Directorate Board consists of the following members: Chair, Past Chair, Vice-Chair for Marketing and Media, Vice-Chair for Educational Programs, Vice-Chair for Sponsored Programs, Faculty-in-Residence, Past Faculty-in-Residence, Awards Coordinator, Website Coordinator, Convention Logistics Coordinator, Global Summit Coordinator, and the IASAS Liaison. For general questions, please e-mail us at cgdsd@acpa.nche.edu. If you have a specific question regarding an area of responsibility of one of the directorate board members, feel free to contact that member directly. Directorate members are elected to a three-year term by current CGDSD members. They exercise leadership for a specific portfolio within the Commission's mandate.

Gudrun Nyunt

Chair

PhD Student, University of Maryland, College Park (USA)
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The Commission Chair provides leadership and direction to the Directorate Board in service of the Commission's vision, mission, and goals. The Chair organizes, schedules and facilitates Directorate meetings and works with Directorate members to develop, implement, and assess programs and activities. Further, the Chair oversees the election process for Directorate positions and, when necessary and appropriate, may appoint Commission members to fill vacancies. External to the Directorate, the Chair advocates for issues related to international education within ACPA and the higher/tertiary education community and represents the Commission at ACPA entity group meetings.  

Léna Kavaliauskas Crain

Past Chair

Associate Dean of Students at Denison University
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The Commission Past Chair supports the current Commission Chair with leadership and direction to the Directorate Board in service of the Commission's vision, mission, and goals.The Past Chair participates in Directorate meetings and may provide guidance and information related to past practice and decision-making. The Past Chair may also represent the Commission where necessary and appropriate. 

Sarah Corbin

Vice-Chair, Marketing & Media

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The Vice-Chair for Marketing & Media serves as a critical information link between the Directorate and Commission members. The Vice Chair oversees content development, production, and distribution of the Commission's e-newsletter and manages the Commission's presence on social media. The Vice Chair also partners with other Directorate members to widen member participation in Commission-sponsored initiatives, programs, and activities. External to the Commission, the Vice Chair may lead in exploring and developing partnerships with other entity groups and higher/tertiary education organizations.

Melissa Fike

Vice-Chair, Educational Programs

Resident Director at University of California, Berkeley (USA)
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The Vice-Chair for Educational Programs facilitates the "Dial-a-Dialogue" webinar series and other educational programs beyond ACPA's Annual Convention.  The position works with members of the Directorate and Commission to identify session topics and presenters, market the presentations, and provide logistical support for the sessions.  Other opportunities include developing a professional development certificate program.

Organize and facilitate "Dial-a-Dialogue" webinar series

  • Generate webinar topics and presenters with Directorate and members
  • Contact presenters and schedule presentations approximately monthly
  • Send upcoming content and speaker biographies to Webmaster
  • Advertise upcoming dialogues using ACPA/GDSD social media
  • Communicate with interested participants and distribute log-in information
  • Provide technical support and serve as moderator during webinars
  • Send follow-up survey (if applicable) and invitation to upcoming events to participants
  • Download .mp3 recording of webinar and send to Webmaster to post in web archives
  • Send article about past webinar(s) and upcoming content and speaker bio to Newsletter

Develop professional development certificate program

  • Work with IO and others to build logistics for professional development certificate
  • Communicate with Awards to determine eligibility and administer certificates

Vivienne Felix

Vice-Chair, Sponsored Programs

Associate Director, Experiential Learning, New York University, Steinhardt School (USA)
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The Vice-Chair for Sponsored Programs serves as lead on the Directorate for the Commission's sponsored programs process. The Vice Chair works in partnership with the Sponsored Programs Chair on the Convention Planning Team. The Vice Chair solicits program submissions, recruits program reviewers, and oversees the review process. The Vice Chair works with the reviewers to determine a final list of accepted programs and provides this list to the Directorate and the Convention Planning Team. Additionally, the Vice Chair contacts program presenters to let them know their proposals were accepted. The Vice Chair provides information on sponsored programs to the Vice Chair for Convention Programs in support of marketing and promotional efforts.

Anne Hornak

Faculty-in-Residence

Associate Professor at Central Michigan University (USA)
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The role of the Faculty-in-Residence is to support the Commission by connecting its work to the scholarly community and the professional preparation programs around the world. The Faculty in Residence serves as a resource for members of the Commission, and of ACPA more broadly, on global issues in higher education and student affairs/services. The Faculty in Residence is primarily responsible for working with members of the Commission to plan, deliver and evaluate the annual International Colloquium that takes place as a pre-conference workshop during the annual Convention. This event addresses topics related to international perspectives of how student affairs and services supports diverse learners. 

Elizabeth Niehaus, Ph.D.

Past Faculty-in-Residence

Assistant Professor, Educational Administration, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (USA)
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The Past Faculty-in-Residence supports the currennt Faculty in Residence and the Commission by connecting its work to the scholarly community and the professional preparation programs around the world. 

Lauren Murphy

Awards Coordinator

Assistant Director for Residential Education at George Washington University (USA)
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The Awards Coordinator provides leadership for the Commission Awards, which acknowledge and celebrate individual and organization contributions to the profession. The Coordinator manages and updates the awards process and eligibility criteria, determines submission deadlines, solicits nominations, and recruits reviewers. The Coordinator notifies award winners and the individuals who nominates them and moderates the awards ceremony at the ACPA Annual Convention. In addition, the Vice Chair works in concert with the Awards Chair on the Convention Planning Team.

Dawn Harris Wooten

Website Coordinator

Associate Director, International Student and Scholar Programs, NAFSA: Association of International Educators (USA)
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The Website Coordinator manages the Commission's presence on the ACPA website and maintains current information on the Commission page, including but not limited to the roster of Directorate members, upcoming Commission events and programs, and Convention information. The Website Coordinator regularly reviews the Commission website and removes/updates outdated content and information. 

Ken Guan

Convention Logistics Coordinator

Assistant Residence Manager, Indiana University Bloomington (USA) 
Doctoral Candidate, Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA)
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The Convention Logistics Coordinator manages the Commission's presence and activities at the ACPA Annual Convention. Working with the Convention Planning Team, the Coordinator submits ancillary space requests for Commission meetings and may assist with logistics and scheduling associated with the International Colloquium. The Coordinator helps publicize Commission-sponsored programs and recruits volunteers to introduce speakers and award certificates of appreciation. The Coordinator organizes Commission efforts at CelebrACPA, including compiling and producing promotional materials, corresponding with CelebrACPA organizers, and recruiting volunteers to represent the Commission during the event.
 

Chris Dietzel

Global Summit Coordinator

Research Assistant at McGill University (Canada)
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The Global Summit Coordinator serves as the Commission's liaison and presence at the Student Leader Global Summit at the ACPA Annual Convention.

Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo

IASAS North America Representative

Associate Vice President & Dean for Students, Pace University, Westchester Campus, New York (USA)

North America Representative of the Association of Student Affairs and Services (IASAS) partners with the Commission to support the Student Leader Global Summit at the ACPA Annual Convention. Visit the IASAS website for more information about thier work and the Student Global Summitt.