CIHE Mentoring & Networking Program

This event has already concluded for 2023. For those interested in 2024 registration dates, information will be tentatively released in February 2024.

CIHE Networking Roundtables Program
Thursday, April 6, 2023
11:00 am-1:30 pm Central/Minneapolis Time

The ASHE Council for International Higher Education (CIHE) offers annual Networking Roundtables for Early Career Scholars and Graduate Students, as well as more seasoned Scholars in connection with ASHE CIHE Pre-conference Forum. Attendees of the CIHE Pre-conference forum can attend this event free of charge, and those not attending the CIHE Pre-conference Forum can register for a small fee.

What are the CIHE Networking Roundtables? 
The main goal of the CIHE Networking Roundtables is to facilitate new connections and potential relationships between faculty, staff, researchers, and students who are interested in international and comparative higher education.

The Networking Roundtables value supportive, mutually beneficial, and authentic relationships where participants can build professional connections through a rewarding online experience. The Networking Roundtables are based on the commitment to offering a safe and supportive platform that will encourage and promote ongoing learning and growth, both personally and professionally, to all our participants.
What will the CIHE Networking Roundtables look like? 
While authentic mentoring relationships take time and repeated encounters to develop, this initial virtual meeting can provide opportunities for scholars and practitioners at different career stages to network and develop relationships within the ASHE-CIHE community. In order to accomplish this goal, participants will join virtual roundtables that are based on career and research interests, needs, and goals. Each ‘roundtable’ will be in the form of a virtual meeting room where an established scholar will facilitate an informal discussion on a specific topic.

Learning/Program Outcomes

This event will empower participants to:
  1. Identify helpful resources for scholars and practitioners working in the field of international and comparative higher education.
  2. Share advice and insights about common challenges in planning and conducting work in the field of international and comparative higher education.
  3. Develop tools and strategies for navigating academic and/or non-academic careers.
  4. Create a network of mentors, colleagues, and/or peers with similar interests and goals.
  5. Develop strategies for success to support one's professional pursuits as a scholar/practitioner.


  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Roundtable Sessions #1 & #2
    • Navigating the Tenure Track Faculty Job Market/Process
      • Brendan Cantwell and Katie Koo
    • Searching for Jobs Inside the US as an International Scholar
      • Gerardo Blanco and Jeongeun Kim
    • Searching for Jobs Outside of the US
      • Elizabeth Buckner and Charlie Maties
  • Break
  • Plenary Panel: Navigating Transitions In Your Career
    • Elizabeth Buckner, Jenny Lee, and Roy Chan
  • Break
  • Roundtable Session #3 & #4
    • Develop Research Agenda/Preparing a Research Statement
      • Santiago Castiello-Gutierrez and Matt Witenstein
    • Navigating Grant Process/Opportunity
      • Melissa Whatley and Amy Metcalfe
    • Building and Sustaining International Professional Relationships
      • Chrystal George Mwangi and Kayla Person
  • Close & Gratitude

Event Co-Chairs
Hannah Hou,
Old Dominion University 

Brandon Smith
Michigan State University

Please feel free to reach out to the event chair with questions about the content of the event. Questions about registration or event logistics can be directed to the ASHE Office at (202) 660-4106 or

Participant/Mentee Registration
  • For participants who attended the 2022 CIHE Pre-Conference, this event is covered through your Pre-Conference registration fee. 
  • If you did not attend the CIHE Pre-Conference, the registration fee is $10 for ASHE members & $25 for non-members
  • Registration Close and Payment Deadline: March 30, Noon Central/Minneapolis Time.
  • Learn more about accessibility for this event at
  • During registration, participants will agree to the ASHE Virtual Events Code of Conduct, provide information about accommodation requests, and answer a few event-related questions.
  • All ASHE Professional Development events encourage participants to engage throughout the event in various ways. To provide an environment that is conducive to learning and engagement, and to provide a safe and supportive space (to the extent possible), Professional Development events are not recorded.

Mentor/ Roundtable Leader Interest Form
If you are interested in participating as a mentor or Roundtable leader, please click here to submit an interest form.  Mentors and Roundtable leaders do not need to register for the event. The CIHE/ASHE leadership team will manage mentor registration at a later date