Our Team

Gayle Woodruff, Director

Gayle Woodruff is the founding director of curriculum and campus internationalization for the University of Minnesota system where she established the Mestenhauser Legacy Initiative, the Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus conference, and co-founded the Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Faculty Cohort Program. She provides leadership for initiatives aimed at faculty development, campus internationalization, and the evaluation and assessment of internationalization. She is principal investigator on The Study of the Educational Impact of International Students in Campus Internationalization. Previously she directed Minnesota’s innovative study abroad curriculum integration initiative and was the co-founder of the Multicultural Study Abroad Group. Gayle has published on numerous topics in international education. Her work has appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Education. Gayle is the recipient of NAFSA: Association of International Educators’ Marita Houlihan Award for Distinguished Service to International Education and the University of Minnesota’s John Tate Award for Excellence in Academic Advising. During her career at Minnesota, she also worked in multicultural affairs and taught in the Minnesota Studies in International Development Program - Ecuador.

Yuliya Kartoshkina, Education Program Specialist

Yuliya Kartoshkina is an Education Program Specialist for the Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus initiatives at the University of Minnesota. She specializes in exploring best practices in intercultural teaching and learning. Yuliya earned her doctoral degree in Educational Foundations and Research from the University of North Dakota (UND). Her dissertation research focused on examining best practices of faculty teaching abroad and metacognition behind those practices. Yuliya believes in the power of interdisciplinary research. One of her main research interests lies in exploring how findings in educational and cultural neuroscience could inform and enrich practices in intercultural teaching and learning. In the past ten years, Yuliya taught a variety of university courses and workshops on intercultural communication, intercultural learning, brain-based pedagogy, and public speaking. For several years she has been involved in NAFSA: Association of International Educators, where she presented her research, chaired sessions, and served in several leadership roles for the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship knowledge community. Through her practice, teaching, and research, Yuliya seeks to inspire others to learn about the human mind, how it learns, as well as how it shapes and is being shaped by cultural environments.

Douglas Kennedy, Education Program Specialist

Douglas Kennedy is a doctoral candidate in the University of Minnesota's Comparative and International Development Education program. His research examines the intercultural capabilities and teaching practices of classroom teachers. A veteran classroom teacher of 15 years, Doug's interest in intercultural competence research and its role in education began as a Distinguished Fulbright Award in Teaching grantee in southern India. While in India, Doug embarked upon an intellectual journey to understand why some expatriates flourished in new intercultural settings. The questions ultimately led him to the University of Minnesota and Dr. Michael Goh's course on intercultural training and education where he started to explore the applicability of CQ to teacher professional development. At the University of Minnesota, Doug applied his classroom experience and research interest to his work as an instructor and teaching fellow in the teacher licensure program. In addition to his scholarly work at the University of Minnesota, Doug has built relationships between American, Indian, and South African schools, consulted on intercultural learning initiatives, and is a CQ Level 2 Certified Facilitator and an IDI Qualified Administrator. Doug currently worked as an Education Program Specialist for the Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus initiatives. He also serves as the coordinator of the Mindfulness in Education Initiative for the University of Minnesota's Center for Spirituality and Healing.

Elizabeth Schwartz, Associate Program Director

Elizabeth Schwartz supports the Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus initiatives at the University of Minnesota. She coordinates Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus Events as well as the Mestenhauser Legacy Initiative and developed and implemented the Mestenhauser Student Award for Excellence in Campus Internationalization. Elizabeth is also involved in supporting international and domestic student integration. Prior to joining the ICC team, Elizabeth gained experience in education abroad and International Student and Scholar Services. Elizabeth earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Italian literature at Bryn Mawr College and a master of arts in Educational Policy and Administration with a focus on Higher Education from the University of Minnesota.