Membership

Join NIEA 

Membership in the NIEA is open to all public and private institutions of higher education in the Pacific Northwest. The Board of Directors is made up of representatives of member colleges who plan and evaluate programs and services. Member colleges pay annual dues to support the activities of the organization. 

Benefits of Membership

NIEA offers opportunities in the international arena that are not available or practical for members individually. Some of the benefits include:

Mini-Grant Program

For more than 30 years, NIEA has awarded mini-grants for projects to internationalize curriculum.  Awards range from $900-$1,500, depending on the extent of curricular development.  NIEA’s mini-grant program has benefited hundreds of faculty and students in the region.   Abstracts of projects and course materials are available to the NIEA membership.   For colleges looking to international their curriculum, this is a great place to start due to the plethora of projects housed in our database.

Visiting Scholars Program

NIEA is licensed through the U.S. State Department to provide the paperwork and tracking to support J-visas to host visiting faculty, scholars and teaching assistants from around the world.   Through this program, over 90 exchange visitors from 20+ different countries have come to our campuses to share their expertise.

Community College Master Teacher Institute (CCMTI)

NIEA collaborates with the University of Washington Center for Global Studies in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies to provide a two-day annual summer institute for community college faculty.   The goal of the institute is to increase capacity for college faculty to internationalize curriculum in order to help college students expand their knowledge and understanding of the world and global issues. 

Global Education Conference

Every year, NIEA sponsors a one-day conference for college faculty, staff and students to learn about current global issues and world events.   The theme of the conference builds on the yearly theme of the Community College Master Teacher Institute with world-renowned researchers, discipline-specific experts and community leaders presenting. 

Current Member Colleges 

NIEA partners with the University of Washington’s Center for Global Studies to provide a two-day annual summer institute for community college faculty. The goal of the institute is to increase capacity for college faculty to internationalize curriculum in order to help college students expand their knowledge and understanding of the world and global issues.​ 

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Current Board Members 

Heather Lukashin

NIEA President

Olympic College

Associate Dean, Student Services

hlukashin@olympic.edu

360.475.7199

Susan Taylor

NIEA Secretary

Pierce College

SEVIS Manager, Office of International Education

Adjunct Faculty for College Success

sjtaylor@pierce.ctc.edu

Sophia Lu

NIEA Treasurer

Edmonds College

Accounting Faculty

sophia.ju@email.edcc.edu

425.640.1124

Emily Schifferling

Board Member

Edmonds College

Associate Director, Global Engagement and Study Abroad

emily.schifferling@edcc.edu

425.640.1618

Bo Fu

Board Member

Shoreline Community College

Senior Associate Director of International Outreach

bfu@shoreline.edu

203.327.8085

Joyce Walton

Board Member

Olympic College

Intensive English Faculty

jwalton@olympic.edu

Jennifer Falzerano

Board Member

Lane Community College

Dean of Student Engagement

falzeranoj@lanecc.edu

541.463.3413

Ulli Schraml

Board Member

Whatcom Community College

Associate Director of International Programs

uschraml@whatcom.edu

360.383.3244

Jennifer Ritchey

Board Member

Highline College

Program Manager, Global Co-Curricular Programs

Instructor for Global Studies/Political Science

jritchey@highline.edu

206.592.3458

Ron Bekey

Board Member

Portland Community College

Chair, Internationalization Steering Committee (ISC)

rbekey@pcc.edu

Kate Strittmatter

Board Member

Pierce College

International Outreach Specialist

kstrittmatter@pierce.ctc.edu

Alicia Adams

Board Member

Portland Community College

Assistant Director, Office of International Student Services

alicia.adams3@pcc.edu

971.722.7194

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