North Central College’s Jack Shindler, professor of English and director of international programs, and Kelly Pilleux, international student advisor, presented independent sessions at NAFSA, the Association of International Educators Region V annual conference at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Nov. 2-4. NAFSA Region V is composed of Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin and has approximately 800 members representing more than 250 institutions.
Shindler presented a session titled “New Developments in Study Abroad Preparation Courses” on Nov. 4. He presented updates to North Central’s pre-study abroad courses, including using online technology, developing learning contracts for academic and personal development, adding course components for during and after study abroad, and utilizing campus resources for learning about the host country.
Pilleux presented a session titled “Increasing Retention: Using Strategic Data Collection to Customize Your International Student Orientation” on Nov. 3. To better accommodate the needs of an increasingly diverse international student body, she addressed data collection methodology designed to identify student characteristics important to the acculturation process, such as language proficiency, expectations for their experience and more. She also focused on those who immigrate to the United States before or during their early teens, are third-culture and other immigrants.
Shindler has been teaching at North Central since 1981. He earned a B.A. from Williams College and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University.
Pilleux has worked at North Central since 2008 and earned her B.A. and M.A. from Ohio University.