Emmanuel Jean Francois

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International Conference on Transnational Education and Learning to take place Oct. 2-4


The Transnational Education and Learning Society (TELS) invites you to join us at the fourth annual International Conference on Transnational education and Learning at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, Baker University Center, Oct. 2-4.

Emmanuel Jean-Francois, associate professor of educational studies, Ohio University, is the president of the TELS. He is also the coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Educational Administration, and the Doctoral Specialization in Comparative and International Educational Leadership (CIEL).

The theme of the conference is “Sustaining a Borderless World through Multicultural and Transnational Education.”

The conference aims to provide an academic forum for scholars, administrators, and practitioners to discuss theories, methods, approaches, principles, research, practices, and policies related to transnational education and learning. The purpose of the discussions at the forum is to enrich literature and practice. In addition, it seeks to provide an exciting opportunity for all who 'think global while teaching and leading local' to enjoy rich conversations about our diverse world in an atmosphere of friendship and fellowship.

 The sub-themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Crossing boundaries through multicultural transnational education
  • Building bridges for transcultural understandings
  • Fostering transcultural understandings through transnational education
  • Transnational education and 21st century higher education
  • Sustaining culturally sensitive teacher education through transnational education
  • Exploring the responsibilities and opportunities of educational leadership in a changing and evolving world.
  • Highlighting how communication within, across, and among cultures can be enhanced through theories and practical techniques.
  • Encouraging cross-continental friendships and teaching/learning opportunities through rich conversations in a conference setting.

In addition to educators who teach students from a variety of cultures and backgrounds, this conference is for faculty, student service professionals, and administrators in the following areas:

  •  Foreign language
  • Indigenous studies
  • Cross-cultural nursing and health programs
  • Health education abroad
  • Community, adult and continuing education
  • Engineering education abroad
  • International and global education
  • Business education abroad
  • Distance and online degree programs
  • Training and development abroad
  • Diversity programs
  • Joint degree programs
  • Social justice
  • Dual degree programs
  • International service learning
  • Visiting scholar abroad
  • Study abroad
  • Leading workshop or seminar abroad
  • International educational development
  • Teaching exchange or visiting students
  • International collaboration
  • Educational Leadership
  • Teaching abroad
  • Teacher Preparation
  • Cultural studies
  • Higher Education


There will be:

  1. Concurrent Panel: A concurrent panel features a maximum of three individual oral presentations, grouped under a particular conference topic. Each presentation is limited to 15-25 minutes, and an additional 15 minutes will be reserved for question and answer (Q&A) or group discussion. Presenters are encouraged to include visual aids such as paper handouts, computer slides, or digital displays that might enhance their oral presentation. Concurrent panels may last up to 60 minutes.
  2. Workshop: A workshop is designed to teach new skills, techniques or proficiencies on a particular topic. It emphasizes practical application, via an interactive presentation, demonstration, or experiential session. A workshop may last up to 90 minutes.
  3. Roundtable: A roundtable provides time and space for an informed discussion and/or debate under a topic. A group of up to three presenters (including a selected chair) will initiate the discussion. The chair frames the topic, invites other presenters to describe their content and to pose targeted questions that might stimulate further inquiry or learning, and facilitates a discussion with participants joining the table. A roundtable may last up to 60 minutes.
  4. Virtual Presentation: If you are unable to attend the conference in person, you may submit a proposal to present using an online platform. Virtual presentations may be featured as part of a concurrent panel, or as a stand-alone session. One-day conference registration is required.
  5. Poster Presentation: A poster presentation is designed to highlight preliminary results of work-in-progress by way of visual display. It could also highlight projects that lend themselves to visual displays and representations. Although displays typically include posters (maximum 4’ x 6’), other forms of display such as digital/computer-based, and artwork are welcome. Each display should feature a concise description of the purpose and procedures of the work. Presenters are encouraged to share handouts that might clarify or expand on the contents of the poster. Presenters are solely responsible for organizing their display materials, and doing so in accordance with the space designations of the conference. The session featuring poster presentations is 60 minutes in length.

Proposals will be reviewed on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Originality of the proposed presentation
  • Clarity of content for the proposed presentation
  • Applicability to the conference theme
  • Relevance to both U.S. and international audiences

The TELS is pleased to announce that a digital Conference Proceedings will be published this year. If you would like your paper to be included in the Conference Proceedings, please consider submitting it by Aug. 30. Please, follow carefully the guidelines. The purpose of the TELS Conference Proceedings is to provide a permanent record of papers presented at the conference, hoping that scholars, faculty, administrators, and practitioners can find them meaningful.

Only authors who actually register for the conference are eligible to submit a paper to the Proceedings. All submissions must be made by 5 p.m. PST, Monday, Aug. 30. Submissions after that date will NOT be considered. The Conference Proceedings will be published online.

The deadline for submission is July 31. For more details about TELS 2017 Conference, visit: www.thetels.org