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.

Elizabeth Schwartz, Assistant 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.

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.

Ann Smith, Education Program Specialist

Ann Smith is an Education Program Specialist and co-leads the International Student Academic Integration (ISAI) initiative. Ann has over 20 years of experience in international and intercultural education, training, and research. Her research interests have focused on the impact of online cultural mentoring on study abroad participants’ intercultural development and re-entry adjustment. Ann was also one of the first instructors for the online cultural mentoring course, Global Identity at the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining GPS Alliance, Ann held numerous advising and managerial positions in higher education and non-profit settings, including roles at Penn State University, the College of St. Catherine, the University of Minnesota, and Global Minnesota. Ann holds a B.A. in International Affairs & Political Science from the University of Colorado, a M.A. in Education Policy and Administration from Penn State University and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development from the University of Minnesota. Ann is committed to creating positive, inclusive and culturally relevant environments where all students can thrive.

Amy Lee, Faculty Fellow

Amy Lee is a professor in the Culture and Teaching Program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and is the Faculty Fellow for the International Student Academic Integration (ISAI) initiative. Her PhD is in English/Writing Studies.  Amy’s work focuses on supporting access and success for diverse students in higher education.  Her books and articles promote inclusive pedagogy that supports intercultural understanding and disrupts deficit-model pedagogy. She has published 6 books and multiple articles, including, Teaching Interculturally (2017, Stylus); Engaging Dissonance (2017, Emerald); and Engaging Diversity in Undergraduate Classrooms (2012, ASHE).  Amy has taught a range of graduate and undergraduate courses, including first year writing and basic writing; U.S. literature; multicultural education; doctoral seminars in composition theory and research methods, and critical pedagogy.  She has served in program- and department-level leadership positions at multiple public universities, and received university teaching awards from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the University of Minnesota.