More About the Author
Wendy Williamson is the author of Study Abroad 101 (a best-selling student travel guide) and upcoming Bridges (to be released on April 15, 2014). She is a veteran Study Abroad Director and Peace Corps Volunteer, with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Culture, and a Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration, from Indiana University and Western Michigan University.
Her practical experience includes four years as a Peace Corps Volunteer, four years as a Study Abroad Coordinator, and eight years as the first Study Abroad Director at Eastern Illinois University (EIU). Currently, she is preparing to move to Italy with her family, to assume the role of Executive Director of Adagio Way SRL.
At EIU, she developed the office structure, funding model, personnel, website, databases, policies, procedures, programs, and scholarships. What's more, she successfully developed, defended, and implemented a proposal that added Study Abroad and a Study Abroad Capstone course to the undergraduate curriculum and the university-wide assessment procedures of four undergraduate learning goals: citizenship, writing, speaking, and critical thinking. This was a ground-breaking contribution to her institution and field. EIU consistently ranked #1 for student participation among Master's institutions in Illinois (source: IIE Open Doors Data) during her tenure.
Through her numerous publications and conference presentations, Wendy is recognized as a leading voice in the field of education abroad. She actively presents at NAFSA, AIEA, and The Forum on Education Abroad conferences, among others. In 2010, she was invited to write a series of articles for The Chronicle of Higher Education: 7 Signs of Successful Study-Abroad Programs; Study Abroad: Revenue Drain or Stream?; In Study Abroad, Simple is Sophisticated; and The Quest for Collaboration in Study Abroad.
Wendy also provides consulting services to a few select institutions in study abroad marketing, programming (design, development, evaluation, and risk management), faculty-led study abroad, curriculum integration, internationalization, office organization & management, policies & procedures, peer-adviser systems & training, reducing costs, improving efficiency, technology, and building a productive team.
In her younger years, she was an accomplished martial artist and instructor. She wrote two related books (Martial Arts: The Christian Way & Christian Martial Arts 101) which are considered to be the "bibles" of Christ-centered martial arts instruction and ministry.