Susan Eileen Jagendorf-Sobierajski

susanjagendorfTitle: Executive Director
Department: International Education
E-mail: jagends@cobleskill.edu
Office Location: Bouck 116
Office Phone: x5558

Areas of Expertise: internationalizing the curriculum, international student and scholar regulations, ESL, linguistic issues, Spanish, international academic program articulations, intercultural understanding and negotiations

Courses Taught: English as a second language, English composition, Fundamentals of Communication, Spanish, Linguistics

Additional Title: Primary Designated School Official

About Susan: Dr. Susan Jagendorf-Sobierajski serves as the executive director of international education at SUNY Cobleskill. She oversees international student issues, study abroad programs and foreign language and ESL courses. She also designs international collaborative programs and supports faculty initiatives overseas. In addition to being an active participant in SUNY Global Center international recruitment and advisory council affairs, Dr. Jagendorf also directs United States government-funded international programs at SUNY Cobleskill, collaborates with colleagues to develop international grant projects, presents at international education conferences and is a recipient of a Fulbright International Administrators award to South Korea.

Dr. Jagendorf-Sobierajski holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and two master’s degrees in English as a Second Language and Linguistics. Her Ph.D. degree in Linguistics was awarded by the City University of New York Graduate Center.

Curriculum Vitae

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Present: Executive Director of International Education
State University of New York, College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, Cobleskill, New York

  • Assist administration and faculty in internationalizing the curriculum
  • Design and implement international exchange and study abroad programs
  • Build and maintain articulation and transfer agreements with international institutional partners
  • Facilitate faculty teaching and research exchanges to promote professional development, including collaborative online international learning projects
  • Recruit international students for enrollment in college programs
  • Evaluate international student applicants for college admission
  • Oversee academic advisement of international students
  • Establish and supervise Summer Intensive ESL Program and ESL courses
  • Manage international programs budget
  • Execute legal and managerial duties of Primary Designated School Official for international students
  • Serve as liaison among international students, faculty, staff and higher administration
  • Administer international grants (including budgets)
  • Establish working relationships with SUNY System Administration and international organizations (including Fulbright)

July 2006-Oct. 2010: Director of International Programs
State University of New York, College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, Cobleskill, New York

  • Design and implement international exchange and study abroad programs
  • Build and maintain articulation and transfer agreements with international institutional partners
  • Recruit international students for enrollment in college programs
  • Evaluate international student applicants for college admission
  • Oversee academic advisement of international students
  • Establish Summer Intensive ESL Program
  • Manage international programs budget
  • Execute legal and managerial duties of Primary Designated School Official for international students
  • Serve as liaison among international students, faculty, staff and higher administration

Aug. 90-June 2006 Professor of English, Spanish and English as a Second Language
Department of Humanities, State University of New York, College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, Cobleskill, New York

  • Teach college-level composition and speech communication
  • Teach advanced ESL composition and reading skills
  • Work with departmental advisors on international student advisement

July 1998-June 99 Interim Director of International Education
State University of New York, College at Oneonta, Oneonta, New York

  • Recruit and advise international students
  • Develop and administer short and long term international programs
  • Assist faculty in developing study abroad programs
  • Expand opportunities for student and faculty exchange/study abroad
  • Support initiatives of International Student Club
  • Position concurrent with teaching duties at SUNY Cobleskill

EDUCATION:
City University of New York, The Graduate Center, Ph.D. in Linguistics, M.A. in Linguistics
The State University of New York at Albany, M.S. in Education, B.A. in Spanish

OTHER TRAINING:
Spanish language training (secondary school education courses, U Albany, 1973); English as a second language (U Albany, 1974); linguistics (CUNY Graduate Center, 1988)

HIGHLIGHTS:
Executive Director of International Programs, SUNY Cobleskill
Appointed as coordinator of international programs in 2003, director of international programs in 2006 and executive director in 2010, Dr. Jagendorf-Sobierajski now manages all international academic endeavors on campus. Since her appointment to these positions, international student numbers have grown substantially, exchange, dual diploma and cooperative programs have been established with institutions abroad, and domestic students have started to study and complete internships overseas. Under Dr. Jagendorf-Sobierajski’s direction, SUNY Cobleskill has been awarded a FIPSE North American Mobility grant and engaged in such Fulbright- related programs as Near East South Asia Undergraduate Exchange, Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, Egypt Fulbright Research Scholar, Central American Youth Ambassadors and Brazil Science Without Borders programs. In the past few years, SUNY Cobleskill students have been able to study Japanese, Arabic and Chinese in addition to Spanish and French. SUNY Cobleskill’s Office of International Education has also developed a strong working relationship with the System Administration’s offices of International Programs, Global Affairs and Council on International Education (Dr. Jagendorf-Sobierajski is on the Steering Committee). Furthermore, SUNY Cobleskill has been the only campus in the Capital District to establish an exchange program in Tula, Russia through the Albany/Tula Alliance. Dr. Jagendorf-Sobierajski sits on the education and culture committee in that organization.

Dr. Jagendorf-Sobierajski has also been appointed to an international recruitment advisory committee organized by the SUNY Office of Global Affairs. In addition, she has been asked to serve on Chancellor Zimpher’s Strategic SUNY and the World Innovation Team. Furthermore, Dr. Jagendorf-Sobierajski has been invited to join the SUNY Council on Global Affairs headed by the vice chancellor of Global Affairs, Dr. Mitch Leventhal. Finally, she is a 2013 recipient of a Fulbright International Education Administrators scholarship to South Korea.

Professor, Department of Humanities, Communications and Graphic Design, SUNY Cobleskill
Awarded the rank of professor in 1999, Dr. Jagendorf-Sobierajski has developed an English-as-a-second-language program, participated in the creation of the associate’s and bachelor’s degree communications programs and worked with colleagues to develop the first Spanish language immersion program in Costa Rica. She also served as language coordinator in a U.S. Department of Education grant program, “Internationalizing the Curriculum.”

CERTIFICATION/LICENSURE:

  • Spanish, secondary school New York State, 1973-1978 Permanent Certification
  • Teaching English as a Second Language, high school New York City, 1975-1978 License
  • English and Spanish, secondary school New Jersey, 1975-1978 Certification

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

June 94-Aug. 94 Program Organizer, Senior English Language and Culture Instructor, East Central European Scholarship Program, Cieszyn, Poland/Georgetown University

Sept 79-June 84 Language Instructor and Examination Reviewer, United Nations
Language Training Section

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:

  • Present American International Recruitment Council (AIRC), Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), Association of International Educators (NAFSA), TESOL Organization, New York State TESOL
  • 2005-2008 National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs
  • 1988-1995 Linguistic Society of America, Association of Applied Linguistics

FOREIGN STUDIES: University of Santiago, Spain

ADDITIONAL TRAVEL: Western Europe, South America, Puerto Rico, Israel, Poland, Costa
Rica, Turkey, Anguilla, Egypt, Russia, Japan, China, Mexico, Canada, Russia, South Africa (sponsored by the New York National Guard), Vietnam, South Korea

AWARDS/RECOGNITIONS:

  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (2004, 2005, 2010, 2012)
  • SUNY Chancellor’s Internationalization Award Committee (2003, 2005, 2012)
  • SUNY International Recruitment Advisory Board (2010)
  • SUNY Chancellor’s Strategic SUNY and the World Innovation Team (2010)
  • SUNY Council on Global Affairs (2011)

GRANTS AND SPONSORED PROJECTS:

  • Fulbright Scholarship Award — International Education Administrators, South Korea (2013)
  • FIPSE North American Mobility Grant project director (2007)
  • Near East South Asia Undergraduate Exchange Program host campus director (2007,10, 13)
  • PIMSA grant facilitator (2009)
  • CAYA (Central American Youth Ambassadors) Grant host campus director (2010)
  • Language Coordinator in Internationalizing the Curriculum Grant, U.S. Department of Education (1993)

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Fertilization and Irrigation Effects on Maize (Zea Mays L.) Grain Production (Editor), Cereal Research Communications (Hungary 2004, Vol. 32, No. 1) (2008)
  • Language and Identity, Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine (2004)
  • Hispanic Youth and the Power of Language, Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine (2002)
  • How Much Content in an ESL Writing Course? NYS TESOL Idiom, Vol. 31, No. 1 (2001)
  • The Rise of Undetermined Preverbal Subjects in the Spanish of New York City, Journal of Hispanic Linguistics (1996)
  • The Rise of Undetermined Preverbal Subjects in the Spanish of New York City, CUNYForum (1994)
  • A Critical Review of Certain Studies on Code-Switching, CUNYForum (1992)
  • In Search of Self, Sh’ma (1980)
  • A Review of an Introduction to Canadian English, TESOL Quarterly (1975)

PRESENTATIONS:

  • Pathway Programs in International Education, Association of International Education Administrators Conference, Washington, D.C. (2012)
  • Using MOODLE to Bridge the Divide, FIPSE Annual North American Mobility Exchange
  • Conference, Plenary Session (2010)
  • Building Bridges through Culture, Cuisine, Agriculture and Tourism (FIPSE grant), Presentation at SUNY Collaborative Online International Learning meeting, SUNY New Paltz (2010)
  • SUNY Senior International Officers Conference, Panel on Internationalization (2009)
  • Speech Skills Workshop, Quality Milk Production Services, Cornell Cooperative Extension (2004)
  • Mentors: Making an Impact, NAFSA Region X Conference (2003)
  • International Opportunities in SUNY, Operation Inform, SUNY Morrisville (2001)
  • Language Contact and Language Change, State University of New York Faculty Development Address (1993)
  • Preverbal Bare Subjects in Contact Spanish, Columbia University (1990)
  • Language Switching, Mixing and Borrowing, Long Island University Conference on Applied Linguistics and United Nations (1987)