Barbara Kappler, Ph.D., is the Assistant Dean and Director of International Student & Scholar Services in the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance at the University of Minnesota. ISSS is a comprehensive office that includes recruiting, counseling, immigration advising for students and scholars, student engagement programs, intercultural training for faculty, staff, and students, as well as employment based visas. Barbara is an advocate for linking daily international education practices with theory and research. Recently, she has been a team member on several projects focused on better understanding the international and domestic student experiences on campus, including the Educational Impact of International Students on Campus and Best Practices in Integrating International and Domestic Students.
Barbara has 25 years of experience in intercultural communication training, program management, teaching, and research. She is co-author of three guides for students, staff, and language instructors on “Maximizing Study Abroad,” as well as a book on communication styles. She serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Studies in International Education and has been involved in the leadership team with the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community with NAFSA: Association for International Educators. Barbara holds a B.A. in both Economics and Communication and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Speech Communication. She is also a member of the Graduate Faculty and serves on graduate committees in the department of Organizational Leadership and Policy Development with the College of Education and Human Development.
Her career at the University has been an exciting blend of intercultural program and leadership experiences, curriculum development, research, teaching, and working directly with students.