Affiliates of International Programs

International Programs' Affiliates are those faculty and staff members across Purdue's WL campus who serve in both official and unofficial roles to facilitate and support the mission of the International Programs Office, the Office of Study Abroad and the Center for Intercultural Mentorship, Assessment and Research. 

International Programs Officers (IPOs)

International Programs Officers (IPOs) are study abroad leaders from each of Purdue's colleges/schools. These individuals meet several times every semester with the dean of International Programs and the director of the Office of Programs for Study Abroad to discuss issues related to education abroad. They serve as the key point of contact for study abroad for their respective dean and faculty/staff. IPOs facilitate and approve departmental study abroad programs prior to their submission to the Office of Study Abroad. They also disseminate key information from International Programs to faculty and staff throughout their respective units.

Please contact your school/college IPO to request a link to the online SAIL Grant application. VEIL Grant applicants should also be in contact with their IPO for updates on VEIL and IPG.

Kara Hartman, Study Abroad Manager, College of Agriculture-IPIA

Kathryn ObenchainAssociate Dean for Learning, Engagement and Global Initiatives & Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education

George Chiu, Assistant Dean of Global Engineering Programs & Partnerships & Robert V. Adams Professor of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering

Liping Cai, Associate Dean of International Programs & Diversity, College of Health and Human Sciences, & Director of Purdue Tourism and Hospitality Research Center

Natasha Duncan, Associate Dean for International Education and Affairs, Honors College

Michael BrzezinskiDeanInternational Programs/Office of the Dean

Brian Harley, Associate Dean for International Programs & Director for the Office of Study Abroad

Joel Ebarb, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and International Programs & Professor, College of Liberal Arts

Maria Gabriele, Associate Director for Global Programs—Undergraduate Study Abroad, Krannert School of Management

Ellen Schellhase, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy, IUPUI

Laura Starr, Director for Experiential Learning/Student Success, College of Science

Elizabeth Barajas, Director of Globalization, Purdue Polytechnic Institute

Addison Sheldon, Director of Global Engagement, College of Veterinary Medicine 

For a more complete listing of contact information, please go here.

Intercultural Learning Officers

Intercultural Learning Officers, or ILOs, are leaders from all of Purdue’s colleges who are committed to fostering intercultural learning in their respective settings. They come together with CILMAR staff several times each semester to share what is happening in their colleges, learn about the most current CILMAR opportunities and developments, offer insights based on the unique perspectives of their units, and gather inspiration and new ideas by connecting with other intercultural leaders on campus. They disseminate information from CILMAR to their colleges and serve as a resource for all things intercultural to the faculty and staff with whom they work.   

2020-2021 Intercultural Learning Officers

Pamala Morris, College of Agriculture

Kathryn Obenchain, College of Education

Alina Alexeenko, Heidi Parker, College of Engineering

Liping Cai, College of Health and Human Sciences

Joel Ebarb, College of Liberal Arts

Nastasha Johnson, Libraries and School of Information Studies

Charlene Sullivan, Krannert School of Management

Monica Miller & Marie Martin-Murphy, College of Pharmacy

Elizabeth Barajas, Purdue Polytechnic Institute

Laura Starr, College of Science

Latonia Craig, College of Veterinary Medicine

Natasha Duncan, Honors College

Kevin Gibson—The Graduate School

Lela Mixon—Exploratory Studies

The CILMAR Vision Award 

Each year since 2017 two faculty or staff members have been chosen to receive the CILMAR Vision Award for their outstanding implementation of ICL within the classroom or study abroad experience and their mentorship of others. To learn about each of these outstanding champions for intercultural learning, please go here.

Updated August 26, 2021

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