Paula Hentz is director of international learning at Stetson University. As director, Hentz serves as senior international officer (SIO) for the DeLand campus and principal advisor on comprehensive campus internationalization. She provides leadership of WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning and campus internationalization initiatives. As SIO, Hentz facilitates strategic global partnerships and advises on risk management and on legal and academic standards. Ms. Hentz also provides administrative oversight of the international student exchange and Study Abroad programs, international faculty exchange and faculty development, and the international learning scholarship program. She is an ad hoc member of Stetson’s International Learning Council, the provostial body charged with charting the direction of international learning at Stetson.
Hentz’s research interests include global learning, foreign student cultural adaptation, social identities, diversity and inclusion, and study abroad. She co-presents and publishes with faculty colleagues at Stetson University and across the globe. Her recent publication with Jelena Petrovic, assistant professor of communication and media studies, discusses the collaboration between an academic classroom and the university’s international office to promote global learning on campus.
Ms. Hentz has served at Stetson University for more than five years, previously in the role as WORLD’s assistant director of study abroad. She has lived abroad in England and South Korea. She is a graduate of AIEA’s Academy for New Senior International Officers, recently completed Diversity Abroad’s Global Institute for Inclusive Leadership in New Zealand, and serves as a member of Diversity Abroad’s Faculty Development Committee. Paula Hentz earned a B.A. in African American studies and history from the University of Wisconsin and an M.Ed in counseling and personnel services from the University of Maryland.
RECENT Publications, Presentations & Professional Development Offerings
Hentz, P. & Petrovic, J. (2018). “Why are all the International Students Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? Teaching about Cultural Adaptation through Community Engagement.” In Seiter, J.S., Peeples, J., & Sanders, M. L. Communication in the Classroom: A Collection of GIFTS. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin’s.
Using Institutional Mission and Values to Link Global Learning Outcomes with High-Impact Practices. Abbott, T., Core, R., Hentz, P., Petrovic, J. AAC&U Global Engagement and Social Responsibility Conference, New Orleans, LA, October 2017.
Invisible Identities Abroad: Supporting Mental Health, Allergy, and Learning Needs. Chin, B., Gallant, D., Hentz, P., Reiss, M. NAFSA Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA, June 2017. Presentation selected for publication by NAFSA.
Global Citizenship Collaboratory. Hentz, P., Lewis, R., West, J. Third Annual Colloquium on Teaching and Learning. Stetson University, Deland, FL, April 6, 2017.
Hentz, Paula and Richards, Rosalie. Eds. WORLD Class: 2015-2016. Promoting integrative learning through global community engagement. 2016. Print.
Embedding Global Citizenship into Student Leadership Development. Dement, L. & Hentz, P. AAC&U Global Learning and the College Curriculum Conference, Denver, CO, October 2016.
Why are all the International Students Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? Teaching about Cultural Adaptation through Community Engagement. Petrovic, J., Hentz, P. National Communication Association Conference, Las Vegas, NV, November 2015.
Invisible Identities: Promoting and Protecting Diverse Identities in Study Abroad. Chin, B., Gallant, D., Hentz, P., Reiss, M. Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE) Annual Conference, Berlin, Germany, November 2015.
Hentz, Paula and Richards, Rosalie. Eds. WORLD Class: 2014-2015. Promoting integrative learning through global community engagement. 2015. Print.
The New Professional: Rethinking Multicultural Competencies during Year One. Barnes, D., Clark, L., Hentz, P., Maia, A., zhang, r. ACPA National Conference, Indianapolis, IN, April 2014.
Passport to the WORLD: Navigating Student Ability in Engaged Learning Abroad. Hentz, P. & Thompson, A. NAFSA Region VII Conference, Raleigh, NC, October 2013.