Welcome to CILMAR, International Program's

Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research

The Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research is a unit within the Office of the Dean of International Programs.

Young Hall, Suite 120
155 S. Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2114
Phone: (765) 494-9399
Fax: (765) 496-1989
Email: cilmar@purdue.edu 

CILMAR Directory

*All director-level and specialist staff members contribute to efforts pertaining to intercultural training and consultations, the mentoring of students while studying abroad, as well as debriefing sessions for those who have taken the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI).

Dr. Kris Acheson-Clair

Dr. Kris Acheson-Clair
  • Director of CILMAR
  • Young Hall, Suite 120
  • Phone: (765) 494-1711
  • Email: krisac@purdue.edu
  • Fun Fact:I am a small farmer who has become accustomed to raising all her own meat and dairy, so ironically moving to Indiana from Georgia was a difficult transition - Purdue is not rural enough! I really miss the milk cow I had to leave behind. We were able to bring a couple of draft horses with us, though, and I do still get to watch my chickens play in their new tractor coop.

Responsibilities include:

  • Strategic planning for CILMAR
  • Management of intercultural Learning Specialists and their projects
  • Intercultural research support (fellows, grants, writing group, consultations)

Courtesy faculty appointment in the Brian Lamb School of Communication

Click here for current CV.

Katherine Yngve

Katherine Yngve
  • Associate Director of Intercultural Outcomes Assessment
  • Young Hall, Suite 120 and Room 956
  • Phone: (765) 496-3076
  • Email: kyngve@purdue.edu
  • Fun Fact: I am a huge fan of detective fiction and consider Hercule Poirot to be my alter ego: he's also 5'4", speaks French, loves to travel to the Middle East, and has made a career out of "infinite inquisitiveness."

Responsibilities include:
  • Assessment training, consultations, and support
  • Institutional and inter-institutional research
  • Study abroad intercultural learning outcomes assessment
  • IDI qualifying seminars and debriefing calendar

Annete Benson

Annette Benson
  • Senior Public Relations Consultant
  • Young Hall, Suite 120
  • Phone: (765) 494-0614
  • Email: annetteb@purdue.edu
  • Fun Fact: I grew up in a little town whose claim to fame is a colony of albino squirrels. The biology professor at the local junior college took his students out to count them each year, and the city council used to argue about whether the cats should wear bells to warn the squirrels that they were in the area. Check it out at http://www.ci.olney.il.us/visitors/white_squirrels/index.php.

Responsibilities include:

  • External and internal stakeholder communication branding
  • Intercultural Learning Hub (HubICL) management

Aletha Stahl

Dr. Aletha Stahl
  • Senior Intercultural Learning Specialist
  • Young Hall, Suite 120
  • Phone: (765) 494-8463
  • Email: stahl23@purdue.edu
  • Fun Fact: One of the nicest gifts I was ever given came when I was leading a semester program in Martinique. I took the students to the neighboring island of Dominica for several days and included an afternoon at the beach. When I returned from a long swim, they told me to climb part-way up the cliff and then look down. What I saw were bodies and feet weaving in and out of a star formation in the middle of the cove – a synchronized water dance just for me!

Responsibilities include:
  • Curricular needs assessments and intervention design
  • Oversight for Peace Corps Prep program
  • Growing Intercultural Leaders Program
  • Worldview Workshops Certificate

Affiliated faculty member in the Comparative Literature Program, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Dan Jones

Dr. Daniel C. Jones
  • Senior Intercultural Learning Specialist
  • Young Hall, Suite 120
  • Phone: (765) 496-3084
  • Email: dcjones@purdue.edu
  • Fun fact: My first experience living abroad was as a Rotary Club exchange student in Stolzenau, Germany in 1993-94, a small village near Hannover. I had four host-families (this was pre-planned, not because I’m such a handful), which gave me a diverse glimpse into German family life. While there, I got to play soccer with a local club and tour most of the country, including the “new states” in the east. I was fortunate enough to live in Germany again in 2008-09, this time in Freiburg—the sunniest city in Germany.

Responsibilities include:

  • Intercultural mentoring for study abroad students (SAIL courses)
  • Intercultural Pedagogy Grant Workshop Series

Lan Jin

Dr. Lan Jin
  • Intercultural Research Specialist
  • Young Hall, Suite 120
  • Phone: (765) 494-4352
  • Email: lanjin@purdue.edu
  • Fun fact: I studied and conducted research at Purdue as an international student from 2012 to 2018. I have been living in six cities of two countries – China and the United States. As a Korean Chinese working in the U.S., the ways I think and behave are deeply influenced by these three cultures. I am always excited to learn about new cultures and people!

Responsibilities include:

  • CILMAR Mini-Grants
  • Research support - writing group and consultations
  • Research collaborations

Click here for current CV.

Jodie Wallace

Jodie Wallace

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Young Hall, Suite 120
  • Phone: (765) 496-6085
  • Email: wallac35@purdue.edu
  • Fun fact: I've hosted exchange students from several countries and fostered children from within the United States as well as raised my two biological children. My happiest times are spent making sure young people have amazing life opportunities while feeling safe and secure.

Responsibilities include:

  • Administrative support for the Dean of International Programs
  • Logistical support for CILMAR

Danielle Schiewer

Danielle Schiewer

  • CILMAR support staff
  • Young Hall, Suite 120
  • Phone: (765) 494-9399
  • Email: dschiewe@purdue.edu
  • Fun fact: While I have only been to two countries outside of the United States of America, I have had the opportunity to meet people and taste food from over 100 countries.

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