Keynote Speaker

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We are pleased to have Dr. Darla K. Deardorff as our 2015 Faculty Retreat keynote speaker. Dr. Deardorff is Executive Director of the Association of International Education Administrators, a national professional organization based at Duke University, where she is a Research Scholar in Education and an Educator for Duke Corporate Education, specializing in global leadership.

She has worked in the international education field for over twenty years and previously held positions at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) where she has had experience in study abroad, international student services, cultural programming, and ESL teaching/teacher training. She has also been on the faculty of Harvard University’s Future of Learning Institute as well as a visiting professor at Leeds-Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom.

She receives numerous invitations around the world (in over 25 countries including in Europe, Latin America, Africa, Australia and Asia) to speak on her research and work on intercultural competence and international education assessment and is a noted expert on these topics, being named a Senior Fulbright Specialist. She has been the keynote speaker for numerous conferences including the CERCLL Intercultural Competence Conference in the US, ICC Global Conference in Salzburg, Austria, and Intercultural Horizons Conference in Siena, Italy. Dr. Deardorff is an experienced cross-cultural trainer and coach and conducts training for non-profits, corporations and educational institutions. She is a consultant for numerous universities and organizations around the world on topics related to intercultural competence development and assessment, global leadership, teacher education, and internationalization. A recent project was for UNESCO on comparative perspectives on intercultural competence which resulted in an invitation to speak at the first UN World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue, held in Baku, Azerbaijan, as well as at UN-related events in Doha, Qatar and Belgrade, Serbia. She is founder of ICC Global, a global network of researchers on intercultural competence.

Dr. Deardorff has published widely on topics in international education, global leadership and intercultural learning/assessment and has published five books including as editor of The SAGE Handbook of Intercultural Competence (Sage, 2009) as well as co-editor of The SAGE Handbook of International Higher Education (Sage, 2012), Building Cultural Competence (Stylus, 2012)  and co-author of Beneath the Tip of the Iceberg:  Improving English and Understanding US American Cultural Patterns (University of Michigan Press, 2011). She is also author of the forthcoming book on Demystifying Outcomes Assessment for International Educators: A Practical Approach (Stylus, Feb. 2015).


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