International Committee


The International Committee consists of faculty, staff, and students who are appointed by the President and charged with promoting internationalization efforts on campus, and developing and recommending policies, procedures, and partnerships regarding internationalization of the UM community. The duties of the International Committee include review and recommendation of new and ongoing partnership agreements, review and ranking of applications for faculty long-term international activities, and review and recommendation of a recipient for the Distinguished Service to International Education Award.


Sheila M. Stearns, President


Nader Shooshtari, Business Management

FACULTY (Eight; Three-year term)

Sarah Halvorson, Geography (2018) 

Liz Ametsbichler, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures (2016)

James Laskin, Physical Therapy (2017)

Soazig LeBihan, Philosophy (2018)

Henriette Lowisch, Journalism (2017)

Anna Sala, Division of Biological Sciences (2018)

Kate Shanley, Native American Studies (2017)

Bharath Sriraman, Mathematical Sciences (2020)

STAFF (Two; Three-year term)

Mika Watanabe, Disability Services for Students (2018)

Edi Stan, Facilities Services (2018)

STUDENT (Three; One-year term)

Mollie Farrell

Caleb Chestnut

Julian Adler

ADDITIONAL REPRESENTATIVES (Appointed by the President; Three-year term)


Abraham Kim, Director, Mansfield Center (2016)

Nancy Bjorklund-Gass, Associate Director, Comprehensive Internationlization

Jeanne Loftus, Director, GLI

Chris Shook, Dean, School of Business Administration


Effie Koehn, Director,International Students and Scholars, Global Engagement

Marja Unkuri-Chaudhry, Director, Education Aboard, Academic Enrichment

Paulo Zagalo-Melo, Associate Provost for Global Century Education and Director, Global Engagement

Updated January 2017