GSS Faculty and Staff Development

Global Student Success is constantly exploring ways to internationalize Northeastern’s campus through innovative services and collaborations. The GSS webinar series focuses on ways to better serve our international student populations. These quick webinars:

  • Promote internationalization at our institution
  • Pull from current research on intercultural competency
  • Offer concrete professional development opportunities for faculty and staff

Upcoming Webinar: 

Our webinar program is in the planning stages - please check back soon for more information.

Archived Webinars:

Click below to view recordings of our previous webinars. 

Language and Academics

Title: A Conversation with Patricia Duff

This interview with Dr. Patricia Duff, Professor & Distinguished University Scholar, University of British Columbia, was held on February 4, 2019. This event previewed the Diversity and Inclusion Dialogue Series organized by the Taskforce for Diversity & Inclusion, Multicultural and Global Student Needs in the College of Professional Studies. Dr. Veronika Maliborska, Dr. Erik Voss, and Dr. Patty Goodman raised questions about second language learners in higher education and academic English socialization across disciplines. This vibrant dialogue discussed challenges in integrating international students in the American educational environment and offered effective teaching strategies.
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Title: Motivating through Exposure to a Desired Future: 'Eat Dessert First'
Presenter: Michelle Park, NU Global

This webinar will introduce a pedagogical concept of “Pipeline” that motivates students by giving them exposure to a version of their “future selves” that is closer to achieving a goal – allowing learners to envision their future and acknowledge what it will require of them. The webinar will also define the pre-matriculation programs available at Northeastern University while providing information on how faculty, staff, and administration can enhance the learning of students.

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Title: A Conversation about Second Language Development with Dr. Diane Larsen-Freeman
Moderated by Dr. Lucy Bunning, Assistant Teaching Professor, Global Pathways. Among the panelists are Mr. Mariusz Bojarczuk, ESL instructor; Dr. Lydia Young, the Department of Education; Dr. Rick Arrowood, Leadership Program; Dr. Brent Griffin, Assistant Teaching Professor, Global Pathways.

Dr. Diane Larsen-Freeman is a leading scholar in the area of second language learning and teaching. She is Professor Emerita, University of Michigan; Research Scientist Emerita, English Language Institute, University of Michigan; Professor Emerita, SIT Graduate Institute; Senior Visiting Fellow, University of Pennsylvania. She focuses her research and interests on attempting to understand the process of second language acquisition. Some of the questions Dr. Larsen-Freeman will address include: What is the connection between research on language learning and language teaching? How do individual differences impact the outcome of second language learning? 
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Title: Using Turnitin Feedback Tools in Face-to-Face and Online Classes
Presenter: Dr. Veronika Maliborska, NU Global

If you are already using Turnitin in your courses to prevent and detect plagiarism in papers, this workshop can help you effectively use the feedback/comment tools also available through this platform. Some of the topics that will be covered in the workshop include: how comment categories can be edited and organized for the purpose of your class and how comments can be color coded in the Quick Marks section. This webinar will showcase the different means for instructors to provide formative writing feedback to international non-native English speakers.
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Title: Repurposing Turnitin to Teach Academic Writing
Presenter: Dr. Ilka Kostka - Assistant Teaching Professor

Turnitin is arguably the most popular matched-text detection software program, yet the program is typically used for punitive purposes. Recent research, however, has begun to shed light on the potential of Turnitin to support academic writing instruction, not punish students and detect plagiarism. In this presentation, I will first discuss relevant scholarship on plagiarism detection software. I will then illustrate how I use Turnitin as a teaching tool in my undergraduate English as a Second Language (ESL) reading and writing course.
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Title: The Delicate Balancing Act: Integrating ELL Techniques and Methods into Content Courses
Presenter: Ted Miller – NU Global Faculty

Teaching learners English can be challenging when deficiencies exist in their language acquisition. In this webinar, Dr. Miller discusses practical ways to implement and fold English language techniques and methods into content-specific courses. Viewers will learn both theory and skills on creating a welcoming classroom environment that fosters both language and content acquisition for learners.
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Title: English Language Acquisition and Culturally Situated Learning: Implications for American Academic Context
Presenter: Natasha Watson, Ph.D. - NU Global Faculty

International students in American universities encounter numerous challenges in their new environments ranging from English academic literacy to distinctly different pedagogical practices. In addition to the struggles experienced by students, their professors are frequently at a loss trying to untangle this bundle of complexity: Class participants are second language learners and new to the local academic culture.

This presentation addresses the most salient issues in second language acquisition, including language aspects to be learned, the role of age, cognition, and culturally situated learning. The presenter will also discuss pedagogical suggestions informed by research and practice in teaching/learning English as a second language.
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Title: Interpreting Scores on English Language Proficiency Tests
Presenter: Dr. Erik Voss - NU Global Faculty
In this webinar you could learn:

  • How English language proficiency tests (ELPTs) differ from classroom assessment
  • How ELPTs are designed and developed
  • How scores on ELPTs are calculated, reported and interpreted

Dr. Erik Voss discusses the definition of English language proficiency tests, how such tests are developed and how they differ from educational (classroom) assessment. This will lay the foundation for a presentation of score reporting and interpretation using TOEFL iBT as an example. Finally, Dr. Voss compares score reporting on other standardized English language proficiency tests. By the end of the webinar, participants should have a better understanding of the differences between proficiency testing and classroom assessment, and understand how to interpret scores from a standardized English test.
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Title: The Corpus-Based Approach to Language Teaching and Learning and its relevance to International Students
Speaker: Randi Reppen, PhD (Professor of Applied Linguistics at Northern Arizona University) Interviewers: Erik Voss, PhD, and Crissy McMartin-Miller, PhD (NU Global Faculty)

Dr. Reppen, a world-renowned linguist, will discuss the importance of the corpus-based approach to language learning and teaching for international students. Corpus linguistics draws on analyses of large databases of natural language stored on computers, thereby enabling the exploration of vocabulary, grammar, discourse, and register variation. Some of the questions Dr. Reppen will address include: How can higher education benefit from the corpus linguistics approach? How can professors of various disciplines benefit from this pedagogical innovation? This is an interactive interview session led by Dr. Voss and Dr. McMartin-Miller.
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Title: Writing Proficiency & Academic Honesty: Strategies for Faculty
Presenter: Crissy McMartin-Miller – NU Global Faculty

This webinar led by NU Global faculty member Crissy McMartin-Miller will focus on three of the top concerns when teaching second language learners: writing proficiency, plagiarism, and ensuring academic standards. The webinar will cover tips for effectively working with students, resources available, and pedagogical and cultural approaches to improving writing across the curriculum.
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Advising and General Support

Title: Introduction to Student Management Teams as a Faculty Resource
Presenters: Dr. Hilary Schuldt (CATLR) and Vincent Capone (GSS)

This webinar will introduce the concept of initiating student management teams within your classroom to benefit instruction and international student populations. It will define what student management teams are, examine research into this topic from other leading institutions, and discuss its implementation within CPS courses during the fall 2015 term. The webinar will present benefits of this resource in the classroom for both faculty and students, while also providing information on how faculty can initiate a student management team within their classroom for future terms.
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Title: Nine Tips for Working with International Students
Presenters: David Fields and Christina Lambert – Global Student Success

This workshop can benefit anyone working with or teaching international students. These tips cover techniques and suggestions and give examples from real student interactions.
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Title: Supporting Chinese Students on Campus
Presenter: Annie Hsu – Assistant Director, Global Student Success

Are you interested in how to better support Chinese students? This workshop will cover the different stages of culture shock and address the cultural and educational challenges that Chinese students face in the U.S.
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Title: Supporting International Graduate and Professional Students
Presenter: Dan Volchok – Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Life & Global Connections; Christina Lambert –Student Support Specialist, Global Student Success

This workshop explores the role culture plays in adjustment, challenges international students face, and discussions for possible programming and instructional solutions to the challenges. This webinar is the sixth installment of the Global Student Success Webinar Wednesday series.
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Title: International Student Advising and ISSI
Presenters: Justin Repici – Academic Advisor, College of Social Sciences and Humanities; Amy Wooldridge – Senior Assistant Director, International Student and Scholar Institute (ISSI)

How does international student advising intersect with ISSI? This presentation discusses strategies for advising international students, the key role of ISSI and the resources available at Northeastern. Faculty and staff will learn useful ideas and information to incorporate into their daily interactions and advising of students.
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Title: Teaching International Students: Cross Cultural Perspectives
Presenters: Dr. Chieh Li, Dr. Rachel Rodgers, Rachel Ruah, Zhenhu Hou, and Zhenshan Zhong (Department of Applied Psychology)

This webinar discusses teaching international students from cross cultural perspectives through a dialogue held among faculty, international students, cross-cultural researchers, and a visiting scholar from China. The presenters use research as well as firsthand experience to discuss themes.
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Title: Pronunciation of Chinese Names
Presenter: Francis Griffin – Assistant Director, Global Pathways / American Classroom Programs

Baffled by the pronunciation of Chinese names? This workshop can help! The Chinese use a phonetic system called pinyin; join us to learn more.
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Title: Chinese Students, How much do you Really Know about Them?
Presenter: Hong (Helen) Zhang, Ed.D. – Assistant Dean for International Program Development, College of Professional Studies

With the growing prevalence of Chinese students enrolling in American colleges and universities, there is an increasing awareness among American faculty and administrators regarding Chinese students’ cultural differences. The transition from a Chinese to American education system is not an easy journey considering the great differences in the teaching and learning systems. How to support Chinese students in their transitional process has become an important topic to be discussed among American faculty and administrators. Dr. Zhang will present general information about China, education in China, as well as aspects of the Chinese culture for American educators to gain an insightful understanding about Chinese students’ cross-cultural challenges. In this webinar you'll learn about:

  • Education in China
  • Chinese students’ motives to study in the United States
  • Chinese students’ transition challenges in U.S. universities and colleges
  • A gap between Chinese and American students—Voices from Chinese students and their American peers

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Global Education

Title: Teaching Expectations and Learning Experiences in Boston and Abroad: My Journey Learning About the Who, How, and Why I Teach in the Global Classroom

Presenter: Rick Arrowood, JD - Global Leadership Program Faculty, Nonprofit Management Chair and Lead Faculty Member

This webinar is based on Rick’s experiences in the global academic and cultural environments of Australia, Vietnam, and China. He will discuss his personal journey of learning about the importance of getting to know his students, finding ways to connect, and maintaining life-long relationships. Rick will also share self-developed techniques that have succeeded in engaging students in classroom discussions, group work, and team or individual presentations. His learning experiences span the globe with students from Australia, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Africa, Libya, the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan), France, Germany, England, Russia, and more.

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Title: Globalization and Preparing Graduates for the 21st Century Workforce
Moderator: Mary Thompson-Jones, EdD Presenters: Mindy Anastasia, MEd, Joanne F. Goldstein, JD, Leslie P. Hitch, EdD

With what has come to be known as the global knowledge economy, a challenge for higher education has emerged: how to address the learning and professional development needs of students who now think of themselves as global citizens. These include nearly 4.5 million students in 2015 who will study outside of their native country to learn another language, to understand another culture, and to prepare to compete in the global knowledge economy. CPS has positioned itself to take on this challenge and invites you to join this lively panel discussion which offers insights on the benefits and challenges of internationalization trends and the implications for faculty roles.
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Title: Creating a Web-Based Learning Experience Where International and U.S. Students Succeed
Presenter: Susan Letterman White, CPS Faculty (Northeastern University)

This presentation provides viewers with an overview of the challenges and opportunities in teaching an experiential, web-based course to a group of predominantly international students. The presentation includes student and industry data and instructional best practices. Based on these “tips from the trenches,” viewers learn about some of the common challenges of the international student and ways to connect students with each other for mutual benefit while creating an experience that engages all types of learners and develops them into employees who can think for themselves.
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Resources from Presentation: PPT slide deckSyllabus ResourcesArticle: "Engaging Across Differences"

Title: Internationalizing Course Outcomes: Designing a Globally Inclusive Course
Presenters: Susan Chang and Michael Fried (from CALTR)

Northeastern University is becoming increasingly global, both in terms of the reach of our programs and the students we attract. Crafting learning outcomes that intentionally incorporate the global diversity of your students as part of the course design process can orient your course toward greater inclusion. This webinar will introduce participants to the idea of ‘backward design,’ a course design process which begins with learning outcomes and identifies the assessments and activities necessary to achieve those outcomes. Through backward design the global diversity of a course can become an invited and welcome source of student learning rather than an obstacle for the instructor to overcome. This webinar was only offered live. CATLR periodically offers an in-person workshop on the same topic - click here to check availability.

Title: International Students’ Perspectives on University Classroom Culture (Part I)
Moderator: Dr. Lucy Bunning, NU Global Faculty

Student Panel: Nick Hsu (CPS graduate), Mehdi Mtimet (CPS undergraduate), Tomi Druyan (CPS undergraduate), Racha Ladhari (CPS undergraduate)

This is part one of a two-part series on the experiences of international students on campus. International students need more than a good TOEFL score to succeed in an American university. They have to figure out how to participate in the classroom culture of their courses. A panel of international graduate and undergraduate students will respond to questions about how they developed their understanding of the expectations of their university courses and how they adapted. Students’ insights will shed light on cultural practices in the classroom that can be easily taken for granted by those who are already familiar with the classroom culture.
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Title: International Students’ Perspectives on University Classroom Culture (Part II)
Presenter: Dr. Lucy Bunning, NU Global Faculty 

Student Panel: Nick Hsu (CPS graduate), Mehdi Mtimet (CPS undergraduate), Tomi Druyan (CPS undergraduate), Racha Ladhari (CPS undergraduate)

This is part two of a two-part series on international students on campus. Dr. Bunning returns to discuss some of the issues and themes discussed in the student panel from part one. Topics include the student experience in terms of classroom participation, student-faculty interaction, and integration to the American campus.
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