“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela. Butler passionately believes in the power of education, particularly international education, to transform societies, break down cross-cultural barriers and foster intergroup dialogue. Her pathway to international education began in high school as a global youth volunteer participant in an international exchange program, which inspired future international education efforts pursuing studying, volunteering, and working abroad in over 25 countries.
Prior to joining MIIS, Butler worked as a practitioner in academic and international affairs, with an emphasis in education abroad. Butler held positions working in international education at Arizona State University, CEA Study Abroad, and worked abroad with the U.S. military as a civilian youth counselor in the K-12 sector. At CEA, Butler managed academic operations for nine academic centers around the world that enrolled thousands of U.S. college students pursuing education abroad. Butler has been actively engaged in the Forum on Education Abroad for over a decade, and serves as a Standards of Good Practice Trainer, a Quality Improvement Program Evaluator, and holds her Certification in Education Abroad Standards of Good Practice. Butler also served as a Trainer in NAFSA’s Management Development Program. Butler has taught courses at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level since 2004.
Courses offered in the past two 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
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
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.
Spring 2017 - MIIS, Fall 2017 - MIIS
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
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
Areas of Interest
Butler’s teaching and research interests center around themes of student development, intercultural competence, and international education. Butler brings an interdisciplinary perspective that draws from psychology, education, and intercultural studies to explore how international education can benefit student learning and development. Butler’s teaching practices often include problem and project-based learning to connect students with real-world challenges. Butler also teaches a winter-session course in conjunction with the Middlebury School Abroad in Madrid, Spain, that examines international education from the host community perspective. Butler’s research examines student learning and development and extends into pedagogy, program design, and assessment – critical aspects that must be present to create intentional and engaging environments that lead to learning and development. Butler enjoys preparing rising practitioners to deeply understand theory and standards in order to challenge current paradigms, apply theory-to-practice, and contribute to advancing the field of international education in meaningful ways. Butler’s recent research projects include: 1) Undocumented Student Participation in Education Abroad as a High Impact Practice; 2) Cultural Transitions Project: Challenging the Culture Shock Paradigm when Crossing Cultures; and 3) International Education Framework of Practitioner Archetypes.
Ed.D., Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in Higher Education, Arizona State University, Arizona
M.Ed., Higher & Postsecondary Education, Arizona State University, Arizona
B.A., Psychology & Spanish, Cornell College, Iowa
Certified Education Abroad Professional, Forum on Education Abroad
Experiential Education Certification, National Society of Experiential Education
Publications: Select Publications Include
Butler, P., Madden, M. & Smith, N. (2018). Undocumented Student Participation in Education Abroad: An Institutional Analysis. Submitted to Frontiers: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad. Currently under peer-review.
Butler, P. (2017). Program Models (Ch 4) in NAFSA’s Guide to Successful Short-Term Programs (3rd Edition). Edited by Spaeth, C. and Chieffo, L. Available at https://shop.nafsa.org/detail.aspx?id=2066
Butler, P. (2017). A Review of Assessing Study Abroad by Elizabeth Brewer and Vic Savicki. Frontiers: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad. Available at: https://frontiersjournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/BUTLER-Book-rev…
Butler, P. & Punteney, K. (2017). The International Education Framework of Practitioner Archetypes: History and Development. NAFSA Research Symposium Series, v1. Available at: https://shop.nafsa.org/detail.aspx?id=140E
Butler, P. (2016) A Review of Deardorff’s Demystifying Outcomes Assessment for International Educators. Journal of International Students, v6(1), pp 322-324. Available online: https://jistudents.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/19.pdf
Butler, P. as part of the Forum Data Committee (2016). Forum on Education Abroad Data Committee (2016): 2015 State of the Field Survey Report. Available online: https://forumea.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/ForumEA-2015-State-of-th… - Note: This was a joint publication effort by the members of the Data Committee. Butler authored several sections and provided an editorial review.
Butler, P. (Feb 2016). International Educators and Recent Campus Protests. Blog Contributor. IELeaders.net. Available online: http://www.ieleaders.net/archive.html
Butler, P. (Feb 2015) Student Development and Study Abroad: Some Missing Links. Blog Contributor. IELeaders.net. Available online: http://www.ieleaders.net/archive.html