CIHE Executive Committee

Name/Position

Institution

Email Address

Hugo Garcia, Chair

Texas Tech University

hugo.garcia@ttu.edu

 

Blanca Torres-Olave, Past Chair

Loyola University Chicago

btorresolave@luc.edu

 

Kayla Johnson, Member-At-Large

McGill, Penn State

kayla.johnson@mcgill.ca

 

Laura Geringer, Communications Coordinator  

Loyola University Chicago

lkick@luc.edu  

Santiago Castiello, Graduate Student Liaison

University of Arizona

santiagocg@email.arizona.edu

 

Anatoly Oleksiyenko, Member-At-Large

The University of Hong Kong

paoleks@hku.hk

 

Christina Yao, Member-At-Large

U of Nebraska-Lincoln

cyao@unl.edu

 

Meet the CIHE Executive Committee

Hugo Garcia, Chair
Texas Tech University
hugo.garcia@ttu.edu
Hugo A. García, Ph.D. (he/him/his) is an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University. He obtained his B.A. in international relations from UC-San Diego, M.Ed. in higher education administration and student affairs from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in higher education from Claremont Graduate University. His research interests pertain to access and equity in higher education, retention of underrepresented students at two- and four-year postsecondary institutions, international higher education, diversity in higher education, and P-20 education pipeline. Specifically, his work focuses on conducting research on community colleges and their impact on underrepresented students' academic success, student transition to community colleges and four-year institutions, institutional responses to globalization and the internationalization of higher education, and educational outcomes for students of color throughout the educational pipeline.

Blanca Torres-Olave, Past Chair
Loyola University Chicago

btorresolave@luc.edu
Blanca Torres-Olave (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education and International Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago.  Her current research uses gendered and transnational perspectives to analyze the transition to the labor market and overall quality of employment for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) graduates.  Her work on international higher education includes research on English-medium instruction in postcolonial contexts and its impact on student identity and academic communities; as well as the stratification of academic labor and networks from a comparative perspective.

Kayla Johnson, Member-At-Large
McGill, Penn State
kayla.johnson@mcgill.ca

Kayla Johnson, PhD (she/her/hers) is a Postdoctoral Researcher at McGill University and an Instructor of Higher Education at Penn State. She uses sociocultural perspectives and visual participatory methods to investigate the relationship between educational experiences and outcomes as well as how postsecondary leaders can facilitate more culturally-responsive and socially-just educational practices and policies. Kayla explores the impacts of study abroad programming, including faculty-led, short-term, and service-learning programs. Her research was recently featured in the Journal of Comparative and International Higher Education and the International Journal of Student Voice. Kayla also collaborates with Indigenous, First Nations, and Inuit communities in Peru and Canada on various educational initiatives. She is co-founder of Centro Educativo Pallata Ayllu, a non-profit NGO that facilitates access to culturally-grounded and community-driven education for Quechua communities in the Peruvian Andes. Her current grant-funded research explores the influence of access to education on the identity development of rural first-generation Quechua postsecondary students.
Kayla earned her BA in Secondary Education from Marshall University in West Virginia, her MS in Higher Education from the University of Kentucky, and her dual-title PhD in Higher Education and Comparative and International Education from Penn State.

Laura Geringer, Communications Coordinator
Loyola University Chicago
lkick@luc.edu

As a higher education practitioner-scholar, Laura Geringer (she/her/hers) aims to be a positive force for leadership development and enactment, equity-oriented change, innovation, and mission definition, implementation, and alignment.  Laura is a recent graduate of Loyola University Chicago’s International Higher Education master’s program and an educational consultant engaged in higher education innovation projects. She brings to this work skills in communications media, project management, and educational technology developed through her undergraduate studies and subsequent work at Northwestern University.  She hopes to begin doctoral study in higher education leadership next year.


Santiago Castiello, Graduate Student Liaison
University of Arizona
santiagocg@email.arizona.edu

A Mexican national, Santiago Castiello-Gutierrez (he/him/his/él) is an international student and doctoral candidate at the University of Arizona. He is also the Mobility Programs Coordinator for the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC), a leading network of higher education institutions. His research interests are in internationalization as well as organization and administration of higher education institutions. For his dissertation he is studying examples of internationalization strategies that can defy the mainstream Anglo-American model by proposing more ethical and purposeful approaches to internationalization activities. As a graduate student, Santiago has been an active participant and presenter at academic conferences like ASHE’s Council for International Higher Education (CIHE), AERA, and CIES. He has also authored or coauthored articles in peer-reviewed journals, encyclopedia entries, and book chapters. Through each of these studies, Santiago addresses leading issues regarding the operation of higher education institutions and systems within the global sphere.
Santiago is also a CONACyT fellowship recipient and has been distinguished as a 2018 Erasmus Circle Scholar by the University of Arizona College of Education and is a 2019 recipient of the Harold Josephson Award for Professional Promise in International Education of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA).

Anatoly Oleksiyenko, Member-At-Large
The University of Hong Kong
paoleks@hku.hk

Anatoly V. Oleksiyenko (he/him/his) is Associate Professor of Higher Education at the University of Hong Kong. He has been investigating internationalization challenges at research universities in neoliberal and post-totalitarian societies. His findings are shared in such journals as Studies in Higher Education, Higher Education Policy, Tertiary Education and Management, and Higher Education. His paper “On the Shoulders of Giants? Global Science, Resource Asymmetries and Repositioning of Research Universities in China and Russia” (at Comparative Education Review, 2014), and his book “Global Mobility and Higher Learning” (Routledge, 2018) received best publication awards from the Comparative and International Education Society. He is currently doing research on intellectual leadership challenges in the post-totalitarian higher education systems.

Christina Yao, Member-At-Large
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
cyao@unl.edu

Christina W. Yao, Ph.D. (she/her/hers), is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a qualitative researcher who primarily studies student engagement and learning in higher education. She operationalizes her research focus through three connected topical areas: international/comparative education, teaching and learning, and graduate education. Some current projects include a collaborative study on doctoral students’ international research development, teaching and learning in Vietnam, and the college transition process for international students of Color. Christina is involved in several professional organizations beyond ASHE, including the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She also serves on the editorial board for several journals, including the Journal of International Students, Journal of College Student Development, and the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Christina completed her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism at Marquette University and her Master of Education from Loyola University Chicago in Higher Education Administration. She completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University.

Newly Elected CIHE Executive Committee Members

CIHE Vice Chair: Antigoni Papadimitriou, Johns Hopkins University

Antigoni Papadimitriou is an Assistant Professor of Leadership, at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education. Originally from Greece, she completed her dissertation at CHEPS (Center for Higher Education Policy Studies) in the Netherlands, MSED Higher Education Administration at Baruch College/CUNY, New York, and Bachelor in Economics and Management at Aristotle University, Greece. As several ASHE members, Antigoni began her career in administration in Greece before crossing the Atlantic to study higher education in the States. Antigoni is a multilingual, dedicated international higher education and organizational leadership scholar who has accumulated over 17 years of research, teaching, and administrative experience across the globe (USA, Greece, Norway, Netherlands, and Vietnam). Antigoni serves as an editorial faculty board for the Johns Hopkins University Press (higher education area), editorial board member for the International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, and the Total Quality Management Journal.

Antigoni has a dynamic research agenda in the areas of higher education leadership, capacity building, quality management, comparative higher education policy analysis, marketing and branding, and mixed methods research. A skilled qualitative and quantitative researcher who is able to work both independently and as a collaborative team-member. Recently received the best research published article award in comparative higher education by CIES. She frequently invited to speak nationally and internationally, mostly on topics related to higher education leadership, mixed methods or on her personal experiences having worked in several higher education systems. As a conference chair, she organized the 15th International Conference on Higher Education Reform “Reinventing the Public Mission of Higher Education: Policies and Practice.” She also, served as a chair for the Leadership and Organization Behavior tracks for the Eastern Academy of Management Conference (2017, 2018 2019). Antigoni served as an executive board member for the associations European Higher Education Society (EAIR) and the Mixed Methods Research International Association (MMIRA).

CIHE Member at Large: Charles Mathies, University of Jyväskylä

Charles Mathies is an Academy of Finland Research Fellow based at the Finnish Institute for Educational Research in the University of Jyväskylä. Previously he has held positions within multiple universities in Europe and the United States primarily in institutional planning, data analytics, and student affairs. Charlie is author or co-author of multiple peer-reviewed articles and book chapters focused on the role of global markets, politics, and infrastructures in the movement of knowledge, data, and people. His current research grant focuses on international student migration in Finland and Europe. Dr. Mathies sits on the editorial boards for Tertiary Education and Management (TEAM) journal and New Directions in Institutional Research and regularly reviews for multiple academic journals and professional associations. He has been an active member of ASHE since 2003 and CIHE since 2011 and is one of the two co-chairs of the Comparative & International Higher Education track for the 2019 ASHE conference.
 

CIHE Member at Large: Chrystal A. George Mwangi, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Chrystal A. George Mwangi is an Associate Professor of Higher Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She received her PhD in Higher Education from the University of Maryland, College Park and her master’s degree in Higher Education from Florida State University. One of the primary questions driving her scholarship is, “How can my research address equity, diversity, and criticality related to international higher education in order to inform and reform how internationalization efforts are conceptualized?” Thus, her research broadly centers on 1) internationalization and the impact of globalization and migration on higher education; 2) structures of opportunity, access, and educational attainment for underrepresented college students globally; and 3) African and African Diaspora populations in higher education. Chrystal has been an active member of ASHE since 2011 and she served on the 2018 ASHE annual conference program committee as co-chair of the International Higher Education section. Her work appears in journals including Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, and Journal of College Student Development, and in 2018 she received NAFSA’s Innovative Research in International Education award. Chrystal is the principal investigator of a research grant funded by the Worldwide Universities Network focused on diversity and inclusion for student success in England, Ghana, India, Ireland, South Africa, and the U.S. Prior to her faculty position, Dr. George Mwangi worked for a number of years as a college administrator.


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