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.
 


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