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The United States has been an uncontested leader in international higher education since the middle of the last century, in spite of increasingly concerning jolts to the system in the past two decades. Starting with a brief, thematic synopsis of the history (from his upcoming book) and highlights of current trajectories (global numbers and mobility, pandemic’s disruption, geopolitical shifts), Dr. Sharma will share practical strategies used by universities across the US in recruiting, retaining, and enhancing the academic success of international students (his last book). The talk will invite faculty and staff members interested in the institutional and programmatic missions of recruiting and supporting international students a shared mission, helping them explore how their local actions are (and can best be) connected to institutional mission and national/global dynamics.

Presenter Bio:

Shyam Sharma received his MA in English (2008) and PhD in Rhetoric and Composition (2012), both from the University of Louisville. While a student, he helped develop professional development programs for graduate students that have won national attention for UofL. Dr. Sharma served in student leadership positions and peer mentoring programs. He is the recipient of the Graduate School’s Alice Barns Award for Outstanding Achievement for a Master’s Student; the Binford Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies; and the English Department’s Barbara Plattus Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Sharma also received an Association of American Colleges and Universities K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award, 2012.

Dr. Sharma is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in Writing and Rhetoric at Stony Brook University, New York. He has published widely for a variety of venues. His last book, Writing Support for International Students: Enhancing Transition and Success, began as his dissertation and has earned him a national reputation, plus numerous speaking invitations in the US and abroad. His upcoming book draws insights from analysis of policies and philosophies of four mid- 20th century US presidents as foundational to our internationalization of higher education, examining current trajectories by further analyzing the same from four most recent presidents. At his current institution, Dr. Sharma has been honored with the College of Arts & Sciences Bill Godfrey Teaching Award, the Spirit of Diversity Award from the university’s Career Center, and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. He is Vice President of the SUNY Council on Writing and serves on the executive committee of the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

Shyam also continues to work with scholars from his native Nepal and the South Asian region. He currently resides near Stony Brook, on Long Island, New York.

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