International Education Council


The International Education Council (IEC) strives to build upon the University's mission to develop a comprehensive international ethos throughout Gonzaga. The IEC promotes a Global Gonzaga by fostering the internationalization of curricula and encouraging international experiences among faculty, staff, and students.


The IEC serves as an advisory body to the Associate Provost for Global Engagement. The Council shall:

  • Oversee International Student Academic Advisory Board.
  • Review and recommend candidates for any Global Engagement Faculty Development funds.
  • Review and evaluate plans that promote international experiences for faculty including research, teaching, and/or service.
  • Review and evaluate plans for short-term summer study-abroad. Develop outcomes and assessment measures/tools for these programs.
  • Make recommendations to appropriate administrative offices and other academic councils for approval.
  • Receive periodic reports from the Center for Global Engagement and/or other offices and render any advice considered appropriate.
  • Promote international education by attending and sponsoring international events and activities, and also by urging faculty, students, staff, and the administration to attend and sponsor international events and activities.
  • Develop a strategic international plan for the University and the assessment plan.

Global Engagement Faculty Development Fund Showcase

  • December 5, 2023, 4pm (Jundt Lounge - Hemmingson)
  • Introduction by Provost Sacha Kopp
  • Welcome by Ivy Zakheim (benefactor of the Center for Global Engagement)
  • Details forthcoming 

Visiting Scholars on Campus

  • 2023-2024
    • Jareason Fabre - Fulbright US Dept of Statement Foreign Language Teacher - Filipino/Tagalog. Mentored by Dr. Semple
  • 2022-2023
    • Khurshid Botirov - American Council for International Education - Faculty Enrichment Program. Mentored by Dr. Upendra Acharya, School of Law
    • Dr. Maico Aperocho - Fulbright US Dept of State Foreign Language Teacher - Filipino/Tagalog. Mentored by Dr. Christina Isabelli, Modern Languages and Literature, College of Arts and Sciences

International Partnerships

  • Mukogawa Women's University/Gonzaga University Faculty Exchange - start date Fall 2024
  • ERASMUS+/Western University of Timisoara, Romania. Submitted by Dr. Adrian Popa, School of Leadership Studies
  • COIL Sophia/Ochanomizu/Shizuoka Universities, Japan. Submitted by Dr. Sherri Lynch, School of Leadership Studies
  • COIL Sophia, Japan - German. Submitted by Senior Lecturer, Ute Perz, College of Arts and Sciences


Membership 2023-2024

Chairperson of the International Education Council

  • Dr. Christina Isabelli, Chairperson & Associate Provost for Global Engagement

Voting Council Members Appointed by their Deans

  • Dr. Upendra Acharya, School of Law
  • Dr. Josh Armstrong, School of Leadership Studies
  • Dr. Anjali Barretto, School of Education
  • Dr. Mirjeta Beqiri, School of Business Administration
  • Dr. Gloria Chien, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Julie Derzay, School of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Jennifer Fountain, Office of Student Affairs
  • Dr. Robin Kelley, Office of Inclusive Excellence
  • Dr. Vinai Norasakkunkit, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Meirong Zhang, School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Beth Barsotti, Office of Mission Engagement

Regular Non-Voting Student Members

  • Ash Gong, International Senator, Gonzaga Student Body Association
  • Carolina Gutiérrez Rodríguez ('26), Research Assistant Work Study

Regular Non-Voting Members of the Council

  • Ashley Davis, Director, International Student and Scholar Services
  • Dr. John Eliason, Global Engagement Faculty Fellow
  • Ann Price, Budget and Personnel Office, Center for Global Engagement
  • Dr. Moira Rogers, Director, Study Abroad Office
  • Amy Schmidt, Center for Global Engagement Program Assistant