Soren Peterson

Soren Peterson

International educator, applied anthropologist, human geographer.

Washington D.C. Metro Area
Higher Education

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Soren Peterson's Overview

  • Coordinator of Short-Term Programs at University of Maryland
  • Webmaster at Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (AAPLAC)

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Soren Peterson's Summary

Bilingual (English/Spanish) international educator and applied anthropologist with academic interests in transnational migration, tourism, and the cultural anthropology and human geography of Latin America. Currently working on PhD in Anthropology with focus on Latin American immigration and access to higher education.

Specialties: education abroad, study abroad, cultural anthropology, applied anthropology, human geography, cultural geography, transnational migration, educational travel, tourism

Soren Peterson's Experience

Coordinator of Short-Term Programs

University of Maryland

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

June 2011Present (3 years 5 months) College Park, Maryland

- Coordinate processes and procedures for 60-80 faculty-led short-term study abroad programs annually, including Winter, Spring Break and Summer
- Develop and administer program proposal process
- Reach out to faculty and departments to solicit proposals for new programs and participate in relevant campus events such as New Faculty Orientation Fair
- Advise new and experienced faculty directors on all aspects of short-term program development and administration, including incubation, curriculum and programmatic design, recruitment and marketing, selection and preparation of participants
- Manage admissions and enrollment for short-term programs
- Develop and administer evaluation to assess program quality and outcomes
- Respond to concerns from students, parents, faculty and administration
- Develop program budgets with faculty, departments and finance team
- Collaborate with key stakeholders to provide faculty director training and development
- Provide risk management oversight for short-term programs
- Serve on Education Abroad Risk Management Committee
- Liaise with Registrar, Bursar and other key campus offices for course scheduling, registration, billing and other services in support of short-term programs
- Negotiate with program providers and vendors to provide on-site logistical and curricular support
- Serve as technical support contact for StudioAbroad application and student management system
- Represented Education Abroad at monthly College/Registrar meetings, 2012-2013


Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (AAPLAC)

1997Present (17 years)

- Develop and manage online registration system for annual conference
- Provide guidance and support to conference organizers
- Design and maintain website
- Manage e-mail discussion lists

Education Abroad Advisor

Berea College

Educational Institution; 501-1000 employees; Higher Education industry

20062011 (5 years) Berea, Kentucky

- Reviewed and refined policies and procedures
- Developed and managed campus application procedures
- Oversaw promotion and outreach, including print materials, social media, annual fair, information sessions, and other campus events
- Provided support and guidance for faculty program directors
- Managed $400,000 budget for endowed scholarships and grants
- Developed research-based curriculum for pre-departure orientations
- Conducted pre-departure orientations and re-entry workshops
- Conducted program evaluation and reporting
- Developed and implemented best practices in risk management and emergency response
- Served as primary on-call contact for education abroad emergencies and secondary contact for all other emergencies involving the Center for International Education
- Oversaw bilateral exchanges, including coordinating admissions process and maintaining balanced flow of students in each direction
- Supervised 3-5 student employees
- Directed office in absence of Director of International Education, including oversight of financial affairs and supervision of Administrative Assistant
- Assisted the Director of International Education to integrate education abroad into the curriculum
- Advised students about education abroad opportunities
- Coordinated support services with other campus offices
- Served as Campus Representative for Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS)
- Served as Fulbright (US Student) Program Advisor and Thomas J Watson Fellowship Liaison
- Maintained records of education abroad participants using FileMaker Pro database and Abroad Office student management system
- Represented institution at state, regional, and national conferences
- Served as a campus resource on education abroad issues and research
- Invited program representatives to campus
- Designed and maintained website for Center for International Education
- Served as guest lecturer on intercultural adjustment and ethnographic methods

Director of International Programs/Member-Manager

New World Cultures LLC

20052006 (1 year) Denver, Colorado

- Managed business operation
- Developed portfolio of program offerings for learners of all ages
- Promoted Spanish language immersion programs in Ecuador and Peru
- Communicated with prospective students and applicants

Director of International Programs

Centers For Interamerican Studies

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Education Management industry

20022005 (3 years) Peoria, Arizona and Cuenca, Ecuador

- Provided support and guidance to faculty program directors
- Fostered and maintained relationships with university partners
- Developed customized study abroad programs in collaboration with faculty from partner institutions
- Managed student admissions
- Supervised US- and Ecuador-based professional staff
- Communicated with prospective students and applicants
- Represented organization at regional and national conferences and education abroad fairs
- Developed and maintained website

Assistant Study Away Coordinator

State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh

Educational Institution; 501-1000 employees; Higher Education industry

July 2000November 2001 (1 year 5 months) Plattsburgh, New York

- Managed education abroad and domestic exchange programs
- Advised outbound program participants and inbound exchange students
- Served as academic advisor for inbound exchange students
- Managed student admissions
- Developed program brochures and orientation materials
- Managed Mexico semester program budget
- Organized study away fair
- Designed and maintained website
- Visited program sites
- Represented university at state and national conferences and education abroad fairs
- Served as Interim Study Away Coordinator for nine months

Software Tester

Jasc Software

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Computer Software industry

19992000 (1 year) Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Coordinator of International Programs

Centro de Estudios Interamericanos (CEDEI)

19981999 (1 year) Cuenca, Ecuador

- Recruited students
- Promoted education abroad programs
- Corresponded with inbound students
- Accompanied students in-country
- Conducted on-site orientations

Assistant Director, Summer Language Programs in the Andes

Augustana College

Educational Institution; 201-500 employees; Higher Education industry

19951999 (4 years) Rock Island, Illinois and Cuenca, Ecuador

- Promoted intensive Spanish and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) summer programs
- Advised program participants
- Managed student admissions
- Conducted pre-departure orientations
- Arranged group travel for staff and students
- Accompanied students abroad
- Coordinated on-site logistics
- Supervised student employees
- Designed and maintained website

Soren Peterson's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Volunteer

      CASA de Maryland
      • Civil Rights and Social Action
      January 2014 present (10 months)

      Assist immigrants to prepare Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) application.

    • Chair, Global Education Community of Practice

      Appalachian College Association, Inc.
      • Education
      2010 2011 (1 year)
    • Advisor to List Management Team

      SECUSS-L Discussion List
      • Education
      2006 present (8 years)
    • Kentucky State Representative, Region VI Team

      NAFSA: Association of International Educators
      • Education
      2006 2009 (3 years)
    • Membership Chair, Latin American and Caribbean Specific Interest Group

      NAFSA: Association of International Educators
      • Education
      2006 2008 (2 years)

Soren Peterson's Languages

  • English

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • Spanish

    (Professional working proficiency)
  • Swedish

    (Elementary proficiency)

Soren Peterson's Skills & Expertise

  1. Cultural Anthropology
  2. International Education
  3. Tourism
  4. Higher Education
  5. Cultural Geography
  6. Applied Anthropology
  7. Human Geography
  8. Intercultural Communication
  9. Program Development
  10. Academic Advising
  11. Transnational Migration
  12. Anthropology
  13. Research
  14. Spanish
  15. Public Speaking
  16. Program Management
  17. Program Evaluation

Soren Peterson's Education

University of Maryland College Park

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Anthropology

20132019 (expected)

University of Denver

MA, Anthropology


MA in Anthropology (Ethnology track), awarded March 2007. Master's thesis examined the impact of education abroad programs on host families in Cuenca, Ecuador.

Activities and Societies: Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honors Society

Augustana College

Bachelor's Degree, Geography


Majored in Geography (human/cultural emphasis) and minored in Latin American and Scandinavian (Swedish) studies. Participated in Latin American Fall Quarter and Summer Spanish Program in Ecuador.

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