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Assistant Professor and Acting Program Chair, International Education Management

Paige Butler
CF 300 I
(831) 647-6521

1. What is it that you are most passionate about?

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world – Nelson Mandela.” I passionately believe in the power of education, particularly international education, to transform societies, breakdown cross-cultural barriers and foster intergroup dialogue.

2. What do you enjoy most about teaching and/or what excites you about being a professor at MIIS?

Being in the classroom is rewarding at MIIS because it is truly focused on continuous learning and growth in an internationally-focused and professionally-centered environment. Courses are designed to cultivate deep learning through hands-on experience. It’s a joy to learn from the wealth of experience students bring to the classroom and watch students evolve and develop their passion in pursuing a career that I am deeply committed to as a scholar and practitioner. Knowing MIIS students will make such a positive impact in the world is truly motivating and inspiring.

Courses Taught

Courses offered in the past four years.

  • Current term
  • Upcoming term(s)

This project-based course provides an opportunity for students to study the stages of program development as well as learn and practice assessment methods. Students put their learning into practice through creation of a program proposal and assessment plan and instruments.

Spring 2017 - MIIS, Spring 2018 - MIIS

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An introduction to the theory and practice of budgeting and financial management with a focus on educational organizations. The course introduces the student to a broad array of budget issues relevant to successful management of educational organizations. The course will examine the role of the budget manager, primary budget elements, phases of the budget cycle, and interpersonal communication skills necessary for effective budgeting and financial management. The course will use a hybrid format combining on-site and on-line sessions as outlined in the syllabus. Content will be provided by the textbook and iLearn [Moodle] using lecture and case study methods requiring active student participation in groups.

Fall 2017 - MIIS

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Through reading of the literature and extensive interactions with practitioners, students will explore study abroad models, student advising, orientation programs, financial aid issues, challenges of academic credit transfer, benefits of study abroad, faculty-led programs, risk management strategies, institutional partnership establishment, and growth of the work/intern/volunteer abroad sector.

Fall 2016 - MIIS, Spring 2017 - MIIS, Fall 2017 - MIIS

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Logic Model Framework

This course will introduce students to the purpose and practice of utilizing logic models for design and assessment in the international education context. This course, taught in a weekend workshop, will emphasize fundamental principles and utilization of Theory of Change and the Program Logic Model. Logic Models are further developed and utilized in the IEM degree program and will specifically compliment your assignments in IEMG 8510: Design and Assessment.

Spring 2017 - MIIS, MIIS Workshop

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Participants will explore onsite management of international education programs in Madrid, Spain. Middlebury’s Madrid School Abroad, Sede Prim, will serve as the primary case study for the course. MIIS students will engage with Middlebury staff and undergraduate students to better understand the onsite perspectives of managing education abroad for U.S. college students. Participants will also explore a variety of international education models through visits and project work with program providers and Spanish universities hosting U.S. education abroad programs in Madrid. Application is required. Course information available at http://sites.miis.edu/iemabroad/.

Spring 2017 - MIIS, MIIS Winter/J Term only

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While undertaking an approved professional practicum in the International Education Management field, students will be responsible for rigorous academic performance, equivalent in quantity and quality to the requirements for equivalent on-campus coursework. Students will demonstrate their application of theory to practice through completion of multiple deliverables.

Fall 2016 - MIIS

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Areas of Interest

Study Abroad and International Exchange Management, Student Development Theory, Program Design and Assessment, Education Research Methods, Academic Leadership, Curriculum Development, Accreditation, Higher Education Administration and Career Development


Academic Degrees

Ed.D., Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in Higher Education
M.Ed., Higher & Post-secondary Education, Arizona State University, Arizona
B.A., Psychology & Spanish, Cornell College, Iowa
Experiential Education Certification, National Society of Experiential Education


Select publications, published as Paige E. Sindt, include:

Sindt, P. & Lucas, J. (2014). Inquiry-Based Learning for Faculty and Institutional Development: A Conceptual and Practical Resource for Educators. Emerald Group Publishing.

Sindt, P (2014). The Quest for the Global Ready Graduate. NAFSA International Educator Advertorial, May/June.

Sindt, P (2014). Reflective Leadership Case Study found in book “Leadership Theory and the Community College: Applying Theory to Practice.” Authors: Wood, J.L., Nevarez, C. & Penrose, R. Sterling, VA, Stylus Publishing.

Sindt, P. & Lucas, J. (2013). It’s a Process, Not a Program: The Role of Student Affairs in Education Abroad. ACPA Global Dimensions Webinar. Available online.

Lucas, J., Sindt, P. Espiritu, K., Luchesi, J. (2012) Early-College Study Abroad: A Gateway for Faculty Engagement in Internationalization. IIENetworker Spring 2012 edition. Article. Institute of International Education. New York, NY.

Sindt, P. & Brand, L. (2008). From Access to Success: Exploring Readiness and Retention at Arizona’s Universities. A Policy Brief. Arizona Education Policy Fellowship Program and the Lincoln Center of Applied Ethics.

Sindt, P. (2008). Internationalization and higher education: Understanding the impact of short-term study abroad. Dissertation. Pro-Quest.