Live Chat: Innovators in Internationalization: the University of Tulsa

Brandi Simons for The Chronicle

Europe is still the top site for U.S. students, but career concerns could change that.
October 18, 2010

Innovators in Internationalization

Wednesday October 27, at 12 noon, U.S. Eastern time

Despite the rhetoric about needing workers with an international outlook, employers tend to rank study abroad low on their wish list of co-curricular experiences. Why is that? Probably because they still associate it with trips to the French countryside and drinking in Irish pubs. Job applicants don’t often help their case, as many are unable to articulate how six months abroad helped them become more resourceful, independent, and culturally aware. Learn how several colleges have begun fixing that problem by cross-training their study-abroad and career-services staff members to encourage them to team up and help students explain their international experiences in ways that resonate with employers.

Related article: Study Abroad's New Focus Is Job Skills

The Guests:


Cheryl Matherly is assistant provost for global education at the University of Tulsa. She was previously assistant dean of students for career and international education at Rice University, where she set up workshops and seminars to help students market their overseas study to employers.



Martin Tillman is a higher-education consultant and former associate director of career services at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Both have written and lectured extensively on career development and international education.




Previous chats in the series:

University of Minnesota: Integrating Study Abroad into the Curriculum

Murray State University: Coaching professors to lead study-abroad trips

University of Cincinnati: Building a system to track its place in the world

Tufts University: Building a global alumni network

East Carolina University: Linking overseas classrooms online

University of Washington: Eliminating administrative hiccups abroad