A Column by Prof. Sora Friedman, School for International Training

“Practicing International Education,” is a regular column authored by Sora Friedman, Ph.D., and Chair of SIT Graduate Institute’s masters programs in international education. Dr. Friedman is an award-winning leader in the field. She is recipient of the 2015 NAFSA Region XI James Leck Award for Distinguished Service and served on NAFSA chair-stream of the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community (2018-2020).

Dr. Friedman’s column builds upon her 35+ years of professional and academic leadership in the field, as well as her expertise in career pathways for the field. “Practicing International Education” features thought pieces on topics such as leadership, management, and professional practice.

Breaking into the Field of International Education

In my work as a professor and as a volunteer with various professional associations, I am often asked about the best ways to jump-start a career in international education. While there are as many paths as individuals working in the field, here are a few suggestions that have proven effective to my students and mentees…

The Discipline of International Education

I was recently talking with a colleague about the state of the field of International Education (IE). We were reflecting on how we still hear stories about higher education senior administrators who are unaware that our field IS an academic discipline unto itself. It seems that they are often thinking “Who amongst my senior leaders…

Practicing International Education: An Introduction

What does it mean to practice International Education? Being married to an attorney (now retired after many years), I’ve had many conversations about the concept of “practicing” one’s profession. According to the American Bar Association, “the ‘practice of law’ is the application of legal principles and judgment with regard to the circumstances or objectives of…

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