Katherine Punteney, EdD, is a professor in the MA in International Education Management program. Punteney has over 20 years’ experience in the field of international education. Her experience spans sectors including public and private higher education, and for-profit and non-profit organizations. Punteney came to MIIS from California State University, Chico, where she was Coordinator of International Student Services and Campus Internationalization. In this role, she was actively involved in the recruitment, admissions, orientation, and advising of international students. In addition, she developed and managed the campus-wide strategy for internationalization.
Punteney’s international experience includes three years teaching English in Japan and four years in India running exchange programs for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. While in India, Katherine managed an international staff team and incorporated intercultural workshops into the Girl Scout programs. A highlight of her tenure in India was conceptualizing, developing, and facilitating an international service-learning program in cooperation with local community organizations.
Professionally, Punteney is actively involved in NAFSA: Association of International Educators where she holds two volunteer positions. As the NAFSA Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship representative for California, Nevada and Hawaii, she promotes research and works to ensure that the association meets the needs of graduate students. She has also been selected as a NAFSA Trainer Corps member, offering international student advising and intercultural communication training workshops for professionals.
Principles and Practices of International Education
This foundational course will introduce students to the breadth of the international education field. Course content will emphasize fundamental principles of international education through a focus on seminal literature in the field. Additionally, the course will emphasize exploration of career specializations through interactions with practitioners and individual course assignments.
Fall 2021 - MIIS, MIIS First Half of Term, Spring 2022 - MIIS, MIIS Winter/J Term only, Fall 2022 - MIIS, MIIS First Half of Term, Spring 2023 - MIIS, MIIS First Half of Term
This course offers an introduction to the breadth of educational systems and structures around the world, and the cultural, historical, philosophical, and economic forces that shape these systems. Additional topics to be studied include the effects of globalization on education systems; the role of international organizations and NGOs in the provision of formal and non-formal education; and issues of diversity, access, and inclusion as they manifest internationally.
Exploring the role of international student and school services (ISSS) offices in U.S. higher education, this course will explore the research and best practices in relation to orientation programs; academic and social integration of international students, scholars, and their families; ISSS office structures; U.S. visa types and immigrations regulations; restrictions on employment; and the role of the international student and scholar advisor.
Fall 2021 - MIIS, MIIS Second Half of Term, Spring 2023 - MIIS, MIIS First Half of Term
Viewing higher education administration through the lenses of campus business offices, student services, and academic programs, systems theory will be used to examine the impact of university culture upon higher education administration practices. This course also investigates how management and leadership styles have an impact on higher education administration practices.
This project-based course provides students with an opportunity to apply international education theory and research to solve problems of practice using inclusive design in global education. Students identify, design, and prepare implementation and assessment of a global education project in partnership with an external learning partner. Project work draws comprehensively from core and elective IEM classes, specifically demonstrating good practices in international education program design and assessment. Students work individually or in small groups to develop an applied project with advisement from the course professor. Projects demonstrate human-centered design reflecting key needs, good practices, ethics and standards, and equity-minded approaches with feedback from field experts.
If she wasn’t an international educator, Dr. Punteney says that she would be a career counselor. Her dedication to career advising is evident in her teaching and interaction with students. In the introductory course that she teaches, Principles and Practices of International Education, she helps students explore a wide range of international education specialties, network with professionals, craft their resumes, and build professional websites showcasing their work. In addition to advising students individually and in class, her research focuses on how graduate education is developing international education scholar-practitioners and how the internationalization of higher education prepares students at all education levels for careers and lives in an intercultural world.
With increasing numbers of students seeking flexibility, the Middlebury Institute recently announced a new online MA in International Education Management that allows students to complete their master’s degrees at their own pace without moving to Monterey.