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Faculty-Led Advisory Group

The Washington State University Office of International Programs’ Faculty-Led Advisory Group (FLAG) was formed in December, 2014. It is comprised of experienced WSU faculty directors, individuals who have designed and facilitated faculty-led education abroad programs. Advisory to the International Programs Global Learning Departments, FLAG advances faculty-led education abroad programs at Washington State University. The purpose of FLAG is to:

  • Advocate for faculty-led education abroad experiences throughout WSU
  • Strengthen partnerships between the Office of International Programs and WSU departments, schools and colleges
  • Provide feedback on faculty-led education abroad policies and procedures


2015 Faculty-Led Forum

Current Projects

Faculty-Led Education Abroad Assessment
Funding Models for Faculty-Led Programs
Faculty Director Development

Global Learning Faculty-Led Advisors

Anjie Bertramson
Kate Meyer

FLAG Members

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Kim Andersen


Clinical Associate Professor, Honors College
FLAG Term: Dec. 2014-present
Faculty-Led Experience
Scandinavia (2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
Iberian Peninsula (2004, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015)

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, he teaches Honors courses on art and art theory, the Icelandic sagas, and the Honors seminar on how to write an effective thesis proposal. His duties include advising and being part of the Honors team maintaining and developing the program. Since fall 2013, he has served as the poetry editor for the WSU literary journal Palouse Review. He also serves on various university committees. He regularly attends conferences and presents papers on Honors or philosophical/literary issues.

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Debbie Brinker, RN, MSN, CNS


Clinical Associate Professor, College of Nursing
FLAG Term: Dec. 2014-present
Faculty-Led Experience
Peru (2011-14)

In her faculty role since 2002, she has a passion for growing our future generation of nurses with a spirit of inquiry, quest for research and applying evidence in practice, and a foundation to lead and contribute with team members to optimize health and care to patients, families, and populations throughout the world. Her teaching experience includes professional development/leadership education, and pediatric clinical and didactic education. She has co-led a Healthcare in Peru interprofessional course for two summers. She serves as faculty advisor for Nursing Students of Washington State (NSWS). Her clinical expertise is in pediatrics, where she has worked as a Pediatric/PICU CNS, nurse manager, and staff nurse. Additional background includes camp nursing and accreditation reviewer at YMCA Camp Reed, military nursing, and medical mission trips to Ethiopia. American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is her professional organizational home, where she has served as (national) past president, and currently serves on the Healthy Work Environment Speaker Bureau as a lecturer and consultant, and liaison to multiple organizations. She consults as a clinical nurse specialist for pediatric care, as well as in team leadership.

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Jessica Cassleman


Assistant Dean, Honors College
FLAG Term: Dec. 2014-present
Faculty-Led Experience
Europe (1980)
Mexico (1996-98)
Spain (1999-2000)
Chile (2002, 2005, 2007)
Peru (2010)
Cuba (2012)
Brazil (2013)
Ecuador (2016)

She has served in the Honors College since 1989. She came to Washington State from Illinois in 1982, and settled in Pullman with her husband Rob and their four boys (now young men). With degrees from Illinois and the Universidad de Chile, she has taught Honors courses on Latin American culture, and politics and ethics in sports. Her international roots are a good fit with the globalization efforts of the Honors College, in encouraging students to study abroad and study languages. Her interest on international issues and globalization efforts at the University led to her appointment to teach at the Universidad Austral, in Valdivia, Chile during fall semester 2002, through the Northwest Council Study Abroad (NCSA) program. Her work in the areas of enrollment management: recruitment, admissions, advising, and retention, plus her commitment to international education, have opened opportunities for presentations at the local, national, and international levels. Her work with students has been recognized at WSU receiving the “Mentor of the Year” as well as the “Faculty Advisor of the Year” awards. She was also recognized nationally receiving the NACADA “Faculty Advisor of the Year” award. More recently she received the International Programs, “Provost Robert C. Bates Award” for the “dedicated service to the international community and enhancing the internationalization efforts at WSU.”

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Hayley Chouinard, Ph.D.


Associate Professor, School of Economic Sciences
FLAG Term: Dec. 2014-present
Faculty-Led Experience
Italy (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)

She received a B.S. in business finance and a M.S. in applied economics from Montana State. She earned a Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from California in 2002. She joined the faculty in the School of Economic Sciences (SES) at WSU in 2002. She has received several teaching awards including the R.M. Wade Teaching Award in 2014. Her research focuses on the consumer demand for food products and food related policies to improve health, and the access to natural resources. She is the co-organizer of the SES Italy Study Abroad Program. This program has been offered every other spring semester since 2005. Students earn 13 WSU credits while learning about natural resource economic issues in Italy.

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Jolyon T. (JT) Hughes, Ph.D.


Chair and Professor, Foreign Language & Culture, College of Arts & Sciences
FLAG Term: Dec. 2014-present
Faculty-Led Experience
Germany (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015)
Austria (2016)

He teaches German through the advanced, undergraduate level. Areas of interest encompass all areas of German(ic) medieval literature as well as the history of language, business German and translation studies. He currently serves as the chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures at WSU and is actively engaged in faculty-led study abroad programs. He is webmaster and treasurer for the Society for Contemporary American Literature in German (SCALG).

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Bob Krikac


Associate Professor, School of Design and Construction
FLAG Term: Dec. 2014-present
Faculty-Led Experience
France (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015)

Before coming to Washington State, he practiced design in the Southwest of the United States for 20 years. This practice occurred in a variety of architecture and design firms that gave him exposure to large and small commercial, residential, and institutional projects. His areas of scholarship are in design communication and education, primarily freehand sketching and studio. He is certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification, serves on its committees, and is a member of the Board of Visitors for the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

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David E. Sprott, Ph.D.


Senior Associate Dean, Carson College of Business
FLAG Term: Jan. 2016-present
Faculty-Led Experience
Switzerland (2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2013)
China & Vietnam (2015)
China & Korea (2016)

He is the Boeing/Scott and Linda Carson Chair and Professor of Marketing in the Carson College of Business at Washington State. He also serves as Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and International Affairs and is on faculty at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. He received his bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Kent State, and a Ph.D. in marketing from South Carolina. His research interests include: retailing, branding, influence strategies and marketing public policy. His research has been published in the field’s top journals such as Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, and Journal of Retailing. In addition, his research has been conducted in partnership with various national and international firms and universities. His teaching interests include retail management, leadership, brand management, consumer behavior, sales management, and research methods at the undergraduate, masters and Ph.D. levels. As part of the Dean’s leadership team in the Carson College, he has helped to expand the nationally-recognized international activities of the college with new and expanded partnerships and programs at institutions in Europe, Africa and Asia. He has also been instrumental in developing revenue generating programs such as the college’s Executive and Online MBA Programs, which have received national recognition by U.S. News & World Report.

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Colleen Taugher


Associate Director of Monitoring and Evaluation/Associate Director of Student Engagement, CAHNRS
FLAG Term: Dec. 2014-present
Faculty-Led Experience
Brazil (2012)
Rwanda (2012, 2014, 2015)

She is an information designer who has led numerous information communication technology for development programs in East and West Africa. She is currently the Associate Director for Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) in the Office of International Programs Department International Research and Agricultural Development at Washington State where she has designed and implemented M&E and performance monitoring plans for extension capacity building programs in Iraq, Kazakhstan and Afghanistan. She was a core member of the team implementing the Afghan Agricultural Extension Program that won the Secretary’s award for best USDA project of 2014. She is currently collaborating with Michigan State and the University of Rwanda to develop robust private public partnerships to strengthen student services for a new MSc in Agribusiness program in Rwanda.

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