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August 20, 2015
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In Memoriam: Joe Brockington

The Forum has received the very sad news that Joe Brockington, a member of the founding Board of Directors of The Forum, passed away on August 10. Joe served as associate provost for international programs at Kalamazoo College, where he also served as professor of German language and literature. He was instrumental in the founding of The Forum and remained very involved up until his death. Most recently, Joe served as a member of the Ethics Working Group and over the years contributed to The Forum in innumerable ways by presenting at conferences and initiating projects.

A few years ago Joe wrote to The Forum about his role in its founding, words that echo profoundly today:

“We all had lunch and agreed to meet at Beaver (aka Arcadia) the following summer. Yes, we all took out our checkbooks at one point to raise the funds necessary to incorporate this fledgling enterprise, and yes, we all celebrated every addition to the list of institutional members, being ecstatically happy as that number climbed from 25 to 50, to the unheard of 100, to our now all but unimaginable number of more than 500 universities, provider, and service organizations in the field of education abroad. I left the founding Board of The Forum early, being in the first class that was rotated out, so that the Board could be reduced to a more manageable number. And now The Forum has moved from the margin to the mainstream. The Forum on Education Abroad is THE standards setting organization for education abroad in the U.S. The Forum annual conferences are increasingly THE source of training for newcomers to the field of education abroad. And the Standards are the documents that guide all of our practices, policies and procedures in the field in the U.S. and increasingly around the world.”

Kathy Sideli, founding Chair of the Board of The Forum, wrote about Joe: “Over the years he was a dedicated professional who continued to attend and contribute to conferences despite his busy travel and work schedule. One of Joe's quotes that I have used repeatedly was his reminder that the best study abroad partnerships must be based on relationships rather than transactions. For him it was all about personal contact and face-to-face communications. We will miss Joe and his understated sense of humor which he always delivered with a twinkle in his eye.”

Margaret Wiedenhoeft, Associate Director of the Center for International Programs at Kalamazoo, wrote, “Joe was a great colleague, mentor, and friend to so many of us. His sense of humor and dedication to the field of international education inspired us all to become better at what we do. He will be missed.”

The Forum extends its deepest sympathies to Joe’s family, friends and colleagues. To read how Kalamazoo College remembered Joe, please click here.

The Forum’s Data Committee Seeks New Members

The Forum’s Data Committee is seeking new members. The Data Committee collects quantitative and qualitative data about education abroad, including data about student participation, program characteristics, and issues and topics in the field.  The next project of the Data Committee will be The Forum’s biennial State of the Field Survey, a signature initiative that takes the pulse of the field on a wide range of issues for all education abroad constituents. This fall’s State of the Field Survey’s will be its sixth iteration, the field’s only source of longitudinal information about education abroad issues, policies and practices.
Interested in joining The Forum’s Data Committee? Complete the online interest form by September 8.

Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design: Call for Course Submissions

The Forum’s Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design honors an individual or group of individuals at a Forum member institution or organization for excellence in the design of an education abroad course. All courses submitted to the Curriculum Cooperative by September 15 will be considered for the award. Please share with any colleagues who may be eligible.
The Curriculum Cooperative is an online resource center where colleagues from Forum member institutions and organizations share their unique approaches to encouraging student learning abroad. The Cooperative contains education abroad course and program profiles, as well as video and text interviews with faculty and administrators, sample syllabi, and more.
Welcome New Members

The Forum welcomes the following institutional members committed to the Standards of Good Practice:

Companion Community Development Alternatives (CoCoDA)

University of North Dakota

Westminster College
Interested in membership:
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Call for Proposals: 12th Annual Conference

The deadline to submit session and workshop proposals for the 12th Annual Forum Conference is Friday, September 4. The conference, Navigating the Intersections: The Cultures of Education Abroad, will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, April 6-8, 2016.
Education abroad is a field of intersections. In every program, different national identities, learning models, values, disciplines, languages, traditions, institutions and organizations encounter each other in distinctive ways that create the unique cultures of education abroad. Education abroad lives and thrives at the intersections of these ideas and realities.

Read the call for proposals

Apply to Become a Forum Certification Assessor

The Forum seeks experienced senior professionals in the field of education abroad to serve as Forum Certification Assessors for the Professional Certification in Education Abroad program. Qualified applicants will be experienced colleagues from Forum member institutions and organizations who have consistently demonstrated their skill in the articulation and application of the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad. The deadline to apply is September 15.
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Apply to Become a Forum Trained Facilitator

The Forum invites experienced colleagues to apply to become a member of The Forum Trained Facilitator Team that delivers the Standards of Good Practice workshops. The deadline to apply is September 30.
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Upcoming Forum Workshops

In the upcoming months, The Forum will deliver workshops In locations from Fargo, North Dakota, to Thessaloniki, Greece. Click here to view the full workshop schedule.

Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, September 4: Proposal deadline for 12th Annual Conference
Thursday, September 10: Forum workshop in Indianapolis, IN
Tuesday, September 15: Deadline to submit courses for the Curriculum Award
Tuesday, September 15: Deadline to apply as Certification Assessor
Wednesday, September 30: Deadline to apply for the Forum Trained Facilitator Team

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