Jennifer Malerich

Executive Director
Academic & Global Engagement
Interim Study Abroad Director

Jennifer Malerich is Executive Director for Academic and Global Engagement in the Office of the University Provost and Interim Director of the Study Abroad Office at Arizona State University. In this role she works to advance the internationalization of the undergraduate curriculum and student experience; support student success through the use of innovative advising processes and technology platforms, and advance the development of global-ready graduates. With almost twenty years of experience in the field of international education, Jennifer’s background includes developing and directing study abroad programs and internships, managing international academic campuses and integrating global learning into academic degree programs.

Email: Jennifer.Malerich@asu.edu
Phone: (480) 965-5965

Education

  • B.A. International Studies; University of Arizona
  • M.S. Global and International Education; Drexel University
  • Current PhD Candidate in Internationalisation of Higher Education; Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Professional contributions to the field of international education:

Teaching Experience:

Foundations of Global Advocacy – Global Advocacy Professional Development Certificate for Arizona State University Faculty and Staff. Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019

Applying Cultural Intelligence Workshop – Advanced Global Advocacy Professional Development Certificate for Arizona State University Faculty and Staff. Fall 2019

GBL 500x Study Abroad USA:  Building Capacity for US Institutions – Developed content for and co-teach open online course on edX platform. Co-PI for grant received from the U.S. Department of State, Study Abroad Branch.  Launched January 16, 2017. Enrollment (as of November, 2017) over 4,100 learners.

HED 591: Introduction to International Education Programs – Arizona State University (Spring 2011 and 2012)

HED 590: Reading and Conference – Arizona State University (Summer 2012)

Publications: 

Malerich, J. (2009). The Value of International Internships in Global Workforce Development. Durham, NC: Association of International Education Administrators

Presentations:

  • Edwards, Karen, D’Atillo, Rebecca, Malerich, Jennifer, “Mountains, Valleys and Uncharted Terrain: Exploring the Use of Technology to Deliver Inclusive and Efficient Study Abroad Programming”. CIEE Annual Conference, Austin, TX, November, 2017. 
  • Barnard, Mimi, Gordon, Mitch, Egan, Karole, Malerich, Jennifer, “Study Abroad 2025: Radical Innovative Ideas that Could Increase Study Abroad by 50%”. IIE Generation Study Abroad Summit, Washington D.C., October, 2017
  • Dunsmore, Leeanne, Malerich, Jennifer, Romero, Janira, White, Caroline Donavan, “Town Hall with the US Study Abroad Branch, Department of State”. NAFSA Region VIII Conference, Philadelphia, PA, November, 2016
  • Malerich, Jennifer. “The Gracious and Grateful Guest: An Intercultural Perspective”.  Phoenix Sister Cities 2010 Youth Ambassadors Academy, Phoenix, AZ, May, 2010, May 2011, May 2012, May 2013
  • Acker, Denita, Holubova, Katerina, Jones, Emma, Malerich, Jennifer, Mlyn, Eric. Nolting, Bill, Steinberg, Michael, “The Forum Standards Project for Work, Internships and Volunteering Abroad, Panel Presentation”. The Forum on Education Abroad 2011 Annual Conference, Boston, MA, April, 2011
  • Malerich, Jennifer, Acker, Denita, Jones, Emma. "International Internships: Developing Partnerships to Advance Global Workforce Development". AIEA 2010 Annual Conference, Washington D.C., February, 2010
  • Davey, William G., Malerich, Jennifer, McClelland, Melinda & Woolf, Michael. “Intercultural Competence: Managing Growth to Produce Global Ambassadors.” CIEE Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, November, 2008 

Advice for students preparing to go abroad: Think ahead about what you want to get out of the experience, and then set some goals to do just that. Reflect on your experience and document what you are learning, whether that’s in a journal or a digital portfolio or blog, so that you can represent your learning and newfound skills and competencies to future faculty and employers.  

One of the most important lessons Jennifer learned while studying abroad or traveling: Be flexible! Embrace the challenges and push yourself to do new things. And, always try all the food!