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Associate Professor; Program Chair, International Education Management

Katherine Punteney
Casa Fuente Building CF300F
(831) 647-4625

Katherine Punteney, EdD, is an Associate Professor and Program Chair of 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.

Courses Taught

Courses offered in the past two years.

  • Current term
  • Upcoming term(s)

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 2017 - MIIS, MIIS First Half of Term, Fall 2018 - MIIS, MIIS First Half of Term

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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.

Spring 2017 - MIIS, Fall 2017 - MIIS, Fall 2018 - MIIS

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This course explores approaches to developing the global competence of youth in formal and non-formal education. Topics include curricular and co-curricular program development, international travel and study, the use of technology, and policy initiatives.

Spring 2017 - MIIS, MIIS First Half of Term, Fall 2017 - MIIS

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This course will focus on the dynamics of crossing cultures. Through readings, discussion, and experiential activities, students will explore the challenges and processes of cultural adaptation. Examples will be drawn from immigrant stories, study abroad, and international business contexts.

Spring 2017 - MIIS, MIIS Second Half of Term

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Areas of Interest

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.