R. Michael Paige is professor of international and intercultural education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota. He is the cofounder of the university's Comparative and International Development Education (CIDE) program and the EdD program for International Educators. His research in recent years has focused on the impact of study abroad, the development of intercultural competence, the internationalization of higher education, and global engagement. He has codirected or served as a research consultant on a number of major studies including Maximizing Study Abroad, the Georgetown Consortium Project, CIEE's Transformative Power of Study Abroad, and Study Abroad for Global Engagement (SAGE). An active scholar, he has coauthored the Maximizing Study Abroad volumes, coedited Culture as the Core: Perspectives on Culture in Second Language Learning, edited Education for the Intercultural Experience, and authored numerous research articles. He is also the recipient of The Forum on Education Abroad's 2007 Peter A. Wollitzer award.
Kris Hemming Lou has been director of international education and associate professor of international studies at Willamette University since 2003. He is an active member of the Association of International Educators (AIEA), CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange, the European Association of International Education, the Forum on Education Abroad, ISEP: International Student Exchange Programs, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators. He presents frequently on issues of intercultural learning abroad and has taught in the United States, Austria, and Japan. Kris previously held faculty and administrative positions at Aquinas College (where he established the international programs office as the college's assistant dean of International Programs & Cultural Studies), the Oregon University System, and the University of Innsbruck. His education includes studying abroad as both an undergraduate and a graduate student for more than three years in Germany (Tï¿½bingen and Munich) and the Soviet Union (Leningrad), culminating in a PhD in political science (international relations) from the University of Oregon. Kris is CEO of Hemming & Weber Consulting, LLC, which provides intercultural consulting services to educational institutions.