Raymond BACH, Président, Director, Syracuse University in Strasbourg

After graduating from Amherst college, I spent a year as a "lecteur" in Dijon, and then, a few years later – in 1980/81, and again in 1983/4, I was an exchange student at the ENS (rue d'Ulm). I received my PhD from Stanford, where I wrote my dissertation under René Girard. I have been involved in study abroad since 1994, when I took my first group of students to Dijon for Colgate University; and since 2000, I have been the director of the Syracuse University program in Strasbourg. We all know that study abroad has become increasingly complex over the last two decades. The negative side to this development has been the excessively bureaucratic demands placed on our programs; but there has also been a more positive side, namely, the recognition that study abroad is truly a profession unto itself, a profession that requires a very special combination of knowledge and skills. We should be proud of our "competencies"; but we also need to work harder to have them recognized by our colleagues on the other side of the Atlantic. I gave my first presentation (on dealing with the death of a student) at APUAF in 2009, and in Spring 2012 I helped organize the APUAF meeting in Strasbourg on the theme of "Thinking Outside of the Hexagon: New Paths for Study Abroad in France." As the director of a program situated in a borderland, I am especially sensitive to the fact that France and French identity can only be understood within the larger European context. To learn about France means to learn about Europe. It is precisely this strong European perspective that I would bring to the CA.

 

Christopher EDWARDS, Trésorier, Directeur académique, CEA Study Abroad Paris

Directeur académique adjoint, CEA Study Abroad Paris de décembre 2007 à janvier2013
Professeur (Lecturer) de français, Clemson University, août 2005 – décembre2007
Directeur de Clemson Summer in Paris, 2006 –2007
Formation: M.A., French, New York University, 2005; B.A. Economics, B.A. French, Auburn University (Alabama), 2004
As an active member of APUAF since its formal inception I have familiarized myself with the organization and its constituency by attending AGs, workshops, and organizing ateliers for its members. As a member of the conseil d'administration I support maintaining strong relationships with our partners in country (e.g. OSAC, US Embassy), and encouraging additional professional development opportunities for APUAF members. In addition to the two ateliers that I have animated or co-animated for APUAF over the past years I am currently working on a collaborative project to help us administrators raise our awareness of and proactively respond to the needs of our LGBT students. I am otherwise interested in a host of topics relative to study abroad from student language acquisition, development of intercultural competence as well as the role of technology in (intercultural) learning. A former, full-time lecturer, former study abroad administrator for a small program and current instructor and administrator in a large program, I look forward to bringing a broad vision of higher education and study abroad to APUAF's CA.

 

Carol HUBER, Secrétaire, Resident Director, UNC in Montpélier Programs

As an undergraduate at Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo MI), French was my « fun major » while economics was supposed to be the « serious major » that would launch my career in international banking. That was before a gap year as a TAPIF assistant in Lyon led me to realize that teaching was my real passion. After completing my MA in French literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I returned to France for a temporary stay that has lasted for 25 years. I have been the resident director of the UNC in Montpellier Programs for 16 years. In that time, the program has evolved from a mainly year to a mainly semester program. After several years in association with a French language school, we have recently joined University Programs in France and have transitioned to a one person office. I now wear all the hats and am enjoying the challenge of having oversight to all aspects of our program. Throughout this time, teaching has remained my passion and I strive to help students attain the linguistic skills necessary to make the most of their immersion experience.

I am so grateful to have the opportunity to participate in APUAF workshops and meetings. Some of my best ideas for program development come from the stimulating exchanges at our meetings. While I am not always able to physically attend all events, I have sometimes been able to "sit in" via a digital connection and I am interested in generalizing this practice so that more staff members across regions can benfit from the collegial sharing that is so important to us.

 

Céline CHATAING, Housing Coordinator, IES Abroad Paris

I graduated from the University of Paris X-Nanterre with an M.A. degree in English Linguistics. I then spent a year at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, where I taught French. After earning my DESS in English translation in 2000, I began a career as an independent translator with a focus on creating subtitles for television and film. As a freelancer, I was able to split my time between New York and Paris. I also worked in real estate from 2004 to 2005 before returning to audiovisual translation full-time. In December 2008, I joined IES Abroad as Housing Coordinator. In this position, I am responsible for housing around 150 students every semester, managing intercultural issues, and visa procedures among others. I have been involved with APUAF and its housing committee for the past three years during which I have helped organize a number of training workshops.

 

Kimberly MOUSSERON, Housing Coordinator, University of Minnesota in Montpélier

I was born and raised in western Massachusetts. I received a BA in French and International Relations from Mount Holyoke College and a MA in French from Middlebury College. I spent my junior year studying abroad in Paris and another year in Paris with the Middlebury MA program. After a year of teaching French and taking graduate courses at Boston College I moved back to France and became a TEFL certified instructor. After several years of living and working in Paris, I relocated to the Montpellier area where I have lived for over 20 years. Before working with the University of Minnesota in Montpellier program, I taught English at all levels and translated. I am a member of the American Women's Group of the Languedoc Roussillon and have previously served as the club's Secretary, President and Representative to the Federation of American Women's Clubs Overseas (FAWCO). I have also served on the FAWCO Finance Committee and as Regional Coordinator. I am extremely happy to now be working in study abroad. In addition to my housing duties, I keep the accounting records for the Minnesota program, I help coordinate the culture shock workshop and have developed workshops on re-entry and boosting your career through study abroad. I began attending APUAF meetings and workshops my first year working for the Minnesota program and have really appreciated all of the advice, information, exchange and overall camaraderie of the APUAF. I feel that the APUAF is an invaluable network that members can turn to for support in just about any aspect of study abroad. I am interested in continuing to encourage this exchange and the sharing of best practices along with encouraging programs outside of Paris to remain active in APUAF and its committees.

 

Jean-Philippe PRIMOUT, Directeur de la vie étudiante, CIEE Paris

Je travaille dans le domaine des études internationales depuis plus de onze ans, dont 10 passées au CIEE PARIS Global Institute.

J'y exerce la mission de directeur de la vie étudiante tout en m'occupant d'une partie des missions opérationnelles de l'association.

Depuis mes débuts, j'ai participé à plusieurs événements organisés par l'APUAF. J'ai même participé à la création d'un atelier autour de la sécurité en 2014 avec mes collègues d'IES et Middlebury.

J'envisage l'APUAF comme un vecteur d'énergies et un organisme fédérateur de bonnes pratiques.

Pris dans le feu de notre quotidien et de nos surmenages, les activités organisées par l'APUAF nous rappellent à l'éthique de nos engagements en plus d'être de purs moments de convivialité.

Je serai heureux de faire partie de l'organisation de cette institution en apportant mes compétences et mon énergie.

 

Erin REESER, Directrice adjointe, Brown in France

● BA in French and International Studies from Illinois Wesleyan University

● Graduate studies in French Literature at Emory University (ABD)

● Extensive experience as both a study abroad student and employee in a variety of different programs

● Junior staff for a decade before taking on current position at Brown

Having spent the better part of my life being intimately involved with study abroad in France, either as a student or as an employee, I feel that it is time that I give something back to this community which has played such an important role in my life. Ours is a rapidly changing field. Faced with new security concerns and legal issues, the typical student profile has also been drastically altered over the past two decades. Programs have, of course, changed as a result. While it is exciting to be part of such a dynamic field, it also feels daunting at times. In the last 10 years, the APUAF has transformed our professional environment for the better. Like many of you, I have benefited from the hard work of others that have spent many hours writing (and rewriting) bylaws and toolkits, organizing workshops and directors' meetings, finding speakers and venues, sharing resources and contacts. If we are to collectively continue to benefit from these advantages, I believe it is essential that we all serve in some capacity when we can.

 

Garry WHITE, Resident Director, Rice School of Architecture - Paris (suppléant)

My background is in literature and language studies: I hold a Masters in French from University College Dublin and a doctorate in theatre studies from the Sorbonne (Paris III). I have been working in the study-abroad field for over 10 years, starting out in 2007-08 with a 16-month stint as program coordinator for the Georgia Tech architecture program in Paris, and since then for Rice School of Architecture Paris (RSAP), first as assistant director and subsequently as resident director. Like any resident director, my duties are varied, all the more so since I am the sole on-site administrator for the program. RSAP is a small-scale program: we receive 20 students a year (a mix of 10 fifth-year and graduate students per semester) for a customized, intense and entirely in-house curriculum. Due to this relatively uncommon study-abroad model and the fact we operate in a specialized field, there are specific challenges involved in making each semester a success for our students. However, there are also many issues we have in common with other programs and in that respect APAUF plays an essential role in circulating ideas and sharing knowledge and best practices. In taking a more active role in the administration of APUAF on behalf of RSAP, I aim to support APUAF in all its current initiatives and hope that I can contribute positively to this vibrant network going forward.

 

 

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