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Sue Maes, dean of Kansas State University Global Campus, has served the education community for decades. She is an expert on building new academic programs and fostering institutional collaboration, both nationally and globally. Maes' globalization projects include advocating for and helping initiate the Go Teacher program. Maes was a senior development officer at K-State's Educational Communications Center for 10 years, providing leadership to the campus, Regents system and state of Kansas in the development of telecommunications and multimedia infrastructure. Another of Maes' collaborative projects includes developing the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance. The program, started in 1994, has 19 university members and offers 18 collaborative master's degrees to more than 700 students each year. Maes received a bachelor's in social science, a master's in family and child development and a doctorate in counseling and educational psychology, all from K-State.

April Mason joined Kansas State University in January 2010 as provost and senior vice president after serving as dean at Colorado State for six years. Prior to joining Colorado State, Mason was associate dean for extension and associate dean for discovery and engagement in the College of Consumer and Family Sciences at Purdue University. Mason is author or co-author of 24 refereed publications, 40 published research abstracts and seven book chapters and proceedings. She attended the American Overseas School of Rome in Italy before going on to earn her bachelor's degree in biology from Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio. She has a master's degree in plant physiology and a doctorate in foods and nutrition from Purdue University.

Andy Tompkins has served as president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents since June 2010. Prior to leading the Board of Regents, Tompkins served as the dean of the College of Education, and as associate professor in the Department of Special Services and Leadership Studies at Pittsburg State University. From 2005 to 2007, he served as an associate professor in the Department of Education Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Kansas. Tompkins served as the Kansas State Department of Education's Commissioner of Education from 1996 to 2005. Throughout his career, he has held various positions in K–12 and higher education, serving as a high school teacher, principal, superintendent, university associate professor, department chair and college dean. Tompkins earned his undergraduate degree in English at East Central State University in Ada, Oklahoma. He earned his master's degree from Emporia State University and his doctorate from the University of Kansas in educational administration.

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Nathalie Cely has been the ambassador of Ecuador to the United States since 2012. From May 2009 until November 2011, she was the coordinating minister of production, employment and competitiveness. During that time, she headed the Production Policy Council and was responsible for the design and implementation of the Agenda of Competitiveness, Employment and Trade. Ambassador Cely also championed socioeconomic inclusion policies that enhanced the lives of thousands of Ecuadorians when she served as Ecuador's coordinating minister of social development from March 2007 to April 2009. She earned her degree in economics from the Catholic University of Guayaquil in 1990, and in 2001, she earned a master's in public administration and a diploma in public and social policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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Colloquium Address: An Approach to Good Living and Inclusive Education in Ecuador

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 María del Pilar Troya is an Ecuadorian anthropologist and serves as the vice minister of SENESCYT in Ecuador. She received her master's in social science with a major in gender and development from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences in Ecuador.  She has completed several specialization courses nationally and internationally on Latin American feminist thought, feminist methods, qualitative research, project formulation, statistics and quantitative methods applied to social sciences. She has taught in areas related to gender in higher education for the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (SENESCYT). She is responsible for the design, implementation and monitoring of public policies for higher education. Previously, her most significant roles included institutional coordination for SENESCYT and advisor to the national secretary of planning and development at SENPLADES. She also served as a gender specialist and coordinator for FLACSO-SENPLADES-UNDP, where she was responsible for gender analysis and the coordination of local reports of the Millennium Development Goals. She has contributed as a researcher, consultant and author of publications and reports on the status of women, gender inequality and multiculturalism.

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Roundtable 1: Learning in the Global Era: International Perspectives on Globalization and Education

Description: The panel will include discussion about the meaning and importance of comprehensive internationalization for an institution of higher education, with special attention to the case of American institutions vis-à-vis Latin America. It will encompass theoretical considerations as well as more applied reflections on the challenges institutions face when welcoming international students and/or establishing international language programs. Ideas on how to build and reinforce positive relationships within the international education community will be covered.

Socorro Herrera serves as a professor of elementary education at Kansas State University and directs the Center for Intercultural and Multilingual Advocacy (CIMA) in the College of Education. Her K–12 teaching experience includes an emphasis on literacy development. Her research focuses on literacy opportunities with culturally and linguistically diverse students, reading strategies and teacher preparation for diversity in the classroom. Herrera received a doctorate in educational psychology from Texas Tech University, a master's in multicultural guidance and university counseling and a bachelor's in elementary education, both from Eastern New Mexico University.
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Cornell H. Menking is the associate provost for International and Border Programs and an associate professor in the College of Education at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He often presents on topics pertaining to the comprehensive internationalization of higher education, particularly minority access to global education and the internationalization of higher education in developing countries. Before coming to NMSU, Menking was the assistant vice president for international affairs at Kentucky State University, chief international officer at Western Kentucky University and a professor of education and administrator (director of international programs and director of graduate programs in education) at Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador (2001 to 2008). He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa (1988 to 1991), and lived in the Sakha Republic (Siberia), Russia (1993 to 1996), and has traveled throughout Central Asia, India and Latin America working in the areas of rural community development and sustainable leadership. He received a bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University (1986), as well as a master's (1998) and Ph.D. (2003) from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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Holly Singh is the director of international students and scholars and the executive director of the Global Leadership Institute at Valparaiso University. He has been in the international education field for over 17 years and the director for the past six years. In his role as director, Singh oversees all aspects of international student/scholar experiences at Valparaiso University and has been engaged in innovative programming to support their unique needs. He has also been responsible for expanding the university's strategic vision of internationalization by pioneering a summer global leadership program for high school students, as well as hosting the Go Teacher scholars in collaboration with Kansas State University. He came to the United States as an international student in 1991 and received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Valparaiso University. He grew up in New Delhi, India.
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Marcelo Sabatés (moderator)is associate provost for international programs at Kansas State University. He earned a bachelor's in philosophy from the University of Buenos Aires and a master's and doctorate in philosophy from Brown University with doctoral studies at Oxford University. Prior to his current position, he served as head of the philosophy department at K-State. His main areas of research are philosophy of mind and epistemology, but he also has long-standing research interests in philosophical issues in Latin American fiction and Latino identity and politics. He has been published in some of the most important journals in the field and has lectured in over 15 countries.     

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Debbie Mercer serves as dean of Kansas State University's College of Education, Kansas' largest teacher education program. She joined the university in 2010 and was named dean in June 2012. Mercer's leadership and guidance have had a statewide impact on teacher preparation, leading to the development and implementation of assessment systems to document effective candidate preparation for teachers and school personnel. She has also provided extensive service to the Kansas State Department of Education, including accreditation-related activities such as consulting for the department's accreditation. Debbie holds four degrees from Kansas State University: a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in reading and English as a Second Language; a master's degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in reading and language arts; a bachelor's in elementary education; and a bachelor's in family and child development.

Karen Hibbard is vice president of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce and director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. She oversees an office whose mission is to promote tourism, conventions and events for the greater Manhattan area.

J.J. Jones serves as the international trade director for the Kansas Department of Agriculture. Originally from Rawlins County, Jones attended Kansas State University and graduated with a degree in animal science and industry and international agriculture. Jones works with Kansas farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses as they strive to reach global consumers with the highest quality, safest and most affordable food in the world.

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Roundtable 2: Fostering Local Knowledge, Ancestral Knowledge and Human Development in the Globalization of Education

Description: The globalization of education is essential for true knowledge attainment and learning. Four panelists will give their perspectives on community involvement in education, the practice of engagement, learning in different environments and helping to prepare the global citizens of the future. Come and listen and give your input as we think and plan for a new education landscape.

Freddy Alvarez obtained his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University Paris VIII and his master's and bachelor's degrees in education from the University of Lumiere, Lyon – France. He also has a canonical degree in theology from the University of Fribourg – Switzerland. He has served as a university professor at University of Ecuador, Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, University San Francisco of Quito and University of Murcia – Spain; and visiting professor at University of Cambridge – UK, University Paris VIII and several universities in Latin American countries such as Brazil, Argentina and Peru. He is the author of over 15 books and 30 articles on topics related to good living, epistemology and interculturalism. Some of his works have been translated into English, French and Italian. His areas of expertise are epistemology, political philosophy, ethics and education, and he currently serves as the dean of research at the National Institute of Higher Studies (IAEN).

Huston Gibson is an assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional and Community Planning at Kansas State University. He has a Doctor of Philosophy in Urban and Regional Planning, and a Master of Science in Planning. His current work focuses on fostering sustainable communities, with an emphasis on communicative planning and collective decision making. He has experience in both the public and private sectors of planning and development and continues to work with communities today via student service learning projects. As a master's student, he worked on a multi-faceted project regarding the migration and development in the Peru/Ecuador boundary region. 

Gregg Hadley is the assistant director of agricultural, natural resources and community development extension programs for K-State Research and Extension and a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural Economics. In addition to his many years of experience as an extension professional and administrator in the United States, Hadley has developed, delivered and advised community-level and industry-level agricultural extension and adult education programs in Mexico, Ecuador and the Philippines. His international work includes helping to develop a producer school in rural Mexico, providing farm management education programs for dairy producers in Mexico and Ecuador and helping campus-based faculty members in Mexico and the Philippines enhance their adult education, outreach and extension endeavors.

Eric Hartman is an assistant professor of leadership studies at Kansas State University whose research and practice focuses on the development of intercultural understanding and global citizenship, with particular attention to opportunities for community-driven development and the expansion of rights. As a graduate student, he completed a study of Ecuador's indigenous Quichua language in the Oriente. More recently, he has been central to developing an approach to a community-university partnership called Fair Trade Learning. Fair Trade Learning offers guidelines for implementing and embedding reciprocity within partnerships. 

April Mason (moderator), provost and senior vice president, Kansas State University

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Roundtable 3: Synthesizing Research, Technology and Differentiated Instruction: Theory Into Practice Demonstrations by Inspiring Ecuadorian Master's Students

Description: This session provides a window into reciprocal capacity building that has synthesized Ecuadorian teachers' frames of reference and funds of local knowledge with tailored graduate courses, reflecting what we know today from theory and research on teaching best practices. The many processes of implementing this synthesis have proven synergistic and have demonstrated the bi-lateral, bi-directional learning that has taken place among and between Ecuadorian teachers and graduate faculty at Kansas State University.

Socorro Herrera, director, Center for Intercultural and Multilingual Advocacy, Kansas State University
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Debbie Mercer (moderator), dean, College of Education, Kansas State University

Presentations by Ecuadorian Master's Students:

  • Technology as a Catalyst: Bilingual eBooks for All Teachers
    Susana Cortez and Soledad Parra
  • Application of Podcasts for Sustainable, Accessible Professional Development
    William Yugsan
  • English Language Learning and Assessment Through Virtual Environments
    Estefania Vargas
  • Incorporating Pre-assessment in the Ecuadorian Classroom Using RTI
    Boris Cadena
  • Instructional Strategies: Easing the Transition for Our English Language Learners
    Israel Bravo
  • Motivation Through Music: Personalized Access to English Learning
    Galo Donoso
  • Sustainability of National Standards Through Peer-to-Peer Training
    Yolanda Molineros
  • Action Research: A Means to Address the Dilemmas in the EFL Classroom
    Hamilton Quezada
  • Advocacy Beyond Our Classroom Walls: Implications From Research
    Judith Mena

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Closing Roundtable

Freddy Alvarez, dean of research, National Institute of Higher Studies

Nathalie Cely, Ecuadorian Ambassador to the United States

April Mason, provost and senior vice president, Kansas State University

María del Pilar Troya, vice minister, SENESCYT

Sue Maes (moderator), dean, Kansas State University Global Campus

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