Student-Faculty Collaboration

A valuable component of students’ EdD and master’s degree experience is the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on professional development activities. These activities are intentionally designed to promote student engagement within the broader field of comparative and international education.

Examples of recent student-faculty collaboration include:

  • Research collaboration among doctoral students alongside Assistant Professor Melissa Whatley: “Outcomes of community college virtual international exchange: Global perspective-taking and self-efficacy”
  • Research collaboration among a doctoral student, Assistant Professor Melissa Whatley, and Dr. Joshua Patterson, higher education studies research director at SoundRocket: “To All the Nations of the World: A Postcolonial Analysis of Protestant Christian-oriented Study Abroad Programs”
  • Research collaboration among doctoral students and Assistant Professor Melissa Whatley: “Virtual Exchange and Community College Students’ Academic Outcomes: An Analysis of Pell Grant Recipients”
  • Book project including an MA student, Assistant Professor Dr. Melissa Whatley, Dr. Chris Glass, professor of the practice, Boston College, and Dr. Taylor Woodman, assistant clinical professor, University of Maryland: “Digital Internationalization: Moving Beyond Virtual Exchange”
  • Research collaboration and co-authorship provided by an MA student for Associate Professor Alla Korzh and Dr. Serhiy Kovalchuk: Korzh, A., Kovalchuk, S., & Marshall, A. (2020). Euromaidan Abroad: The social motivations of young Ukrainian immigrants. Nationalities Papers, 1-13. DOI: 10.1017/nps.2020.59
  • Research assistance provided by four MA students for Professor Sora Friedman: “Friedman, S. (2021). How High the Ceiling?: Gender and leadership in international higher education. In The Wiley Handbook of Gender Equity in Higher Education, N. Niemi and Weaver-Hightower, M., eds. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

SIT faculty have also arranged for students to serve as volunteers with various educational professional associations. For example, numerous SIT students have volunteered at NAFSA: Association of International Educators and The Forum on Education Abroad conferences in the area of training, earning scholarships ranging from 50 to 100 percent of the conference fee.