About Darla K. Deardorff


Darla K. Deardorff is currently executive director of the Association of International Education Administrators, a national professional organization based at Duke University, where she is an adjunct faculty member in the Program in Education and in International/Comparative Studies.  In addition, she is an adjunct professor at North Carolina State University and at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (formerly Monterey Institute of International Studies),  a visiting professor at Meiji University Research Institute of International Education (RIIE) in Japan as well as at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa, visiting faculty at Shanghai International Studies University (SISU)  in China and at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in China,  served on faculty of Harvard University’s Future of Learning Institute as well as Harvard University’s Global Education Think Tank,  in addition to faculty at the prestigious Summer Institute of Intercultural Communication in Portland, Oregon. She has also been affiliated faculty at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and  Leeds Beckett University (formerly Leeds- Metropolitan)  in the United Kingdom.  She receives numerous invitations from around the world (in over 25 countries including in Europe, Latin America, Africa, Australia and Asia) to speak on her research and work on intercultural competence and international education assessment  and is a noted expert on these topics, being named a Senior Fulbright Specialist (to South Africa).  She has been the keynote speaker for numerous conferences around the world including the ISANA Conference in Australia;  CERCLL Intercultural Competence Conference in the US, ICC Global Conference in Salzburg, Austria; Intercultural Horizons Conference in Siena, Italy;  SIETAR Japan;  as well as other conferences in China, Argentina, Mexico, Germany, Canada, Ireland, Colombia, South Africa, the Netherlands and the United States.  In May 2012, Dr. Deardorff was the commencement speaker at Bridgewater College in Virginia, US.

Dr. Deardorff has published widely on topics in international education, global leadership and intercultural learning/assessment and has published five books including as editor of The SAGE Handbook of Intercultural Competence (Sage, 2009) as well as lead editor of The SAGE Handbook of International Higher Education (Sage, 2012) with Hans de Wit, John Heyl and Tony Adams, Building Cultural Competence (Stylus, 2012)  with Kate Berardo and co-author of Beneath the Tip of the Iceberg:  Improving English and Understanding US American Cultural Patterns (University of Michigan Press, 2011). She is also author of the recently published book on Demystifying Outcomes Assessment for International Educators: A Practical Approach (Stylus, 2015) and  co-editor of Intercultural Competence in Higher Education: International Approaches, Assessment, Application (Routledge, 2017) with Lily Arasaratnam-Smith.  She is currently working on her seventh book, Leading Internationalization (Stylus, forthcoming) with Harvey Charles.

Dr. Deardorff has worked in the international education field for over twenty years and previously held positions at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill where she has had experience in study abroad, international student services, cultural programming, and ESL teaching/teacher training. She is also an ESL instructor and teacher trainer with over twelve years of experience and has lived, taught and worked in Germany, Japan, and Switzerland.  An Educator for Duke Corporate Education and a trainer for the EAIE Academy in Europe, Dr. Deardorff is an experienced cross-cultural trainer and coach and conducts training for non-profits, corporations and educational institutions.  She is a consultant for numerous universities and organizations around the world on topics related to intercultural competence development and assessment, global leadership, teacher education, and internationalization. One of her recent consultant projects was for UNESCO on comparative perspectives on intercultural competence which resulted in an invitation to speak at the first UN World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue, held in Baku, Azerbaijan, as well as at  UN-related events in Doha, Qatar and Belgrade, Serbia.  She is also working as a consultant with the OECD, AFS International, and International Baccalaureate. She is founder of ICC Global, a global network of researchers on intercultural competence.

Dr. Deardorff holds a master’s and doctorate from North Carolina State University where she focused on international education. Her dissertation, focused on the definition and assessment of intercultural competence, has drawn national and international attention and her intercultural competence models developed through her research are being used worldwide by such organizations as the Bertelsmann Foundation in Germany, Cariplo Foundation in Italy, Sodexo, and NVAO in Europe.   She can be reached at d.deardorff@duke.edu.

For a succinct summary of Dr. Deardorff’s seminal work on intercultural competence, see http://www.nafsa.org/_/file/_/theory_connections_intercultural_competence.pdf

For a 2012 interview with Dr. Deardorff on the value of intercultural competence at higher education institutions:  http://www.academicimpressions.com/news/international-student-success-missing-piece?qq=13409h441768jK202

For 2013 interview on Chinese TV (14 min. into the program on Azerbaijan and World Forum): http://www.m1905.com/video/play/713998.shtml

For 2015 talk at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Business School in Port Elizabeth, South Africa:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W2PNtoJWHU 

For a 2016 interview on Mezun TV (Turkey):  http://www.mezun.tv/expert-opinion-discussions-on-higher-education/aeia-icra-direktoru-dr-darla-deardorff-ile-uluslararasilasma-uzerine-soylesi/

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2 Responses to About Darla K. Deardorff

  1. Wagdi says:

    I am searching for you since a long time due to your wonderful advancement to the field of Intercultural Communicative Competence. I am a new phd candidate in teaching communicative competence. I need your advice at some of the obstacles I face. Thank you in advance.

  2. Amin Bahramnejad says:

    Dear Prof.Deardorff


    Hope you are fine.

    I’m a visiting student at Ohio University.

    Doing my Ph.D. in applied linguistics at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China.(expected to be graduated in December 2017)
    My M.A was in linguistics and I did it at Delhi University, New Delhi, India.
    My B.A was in English language and literature and I did it in Iran.
    After living, working and studying in three different countries in the middle east, central and east Asia, I became interested in doing my ‘second Ph.D.’ in education policy and specifically on an ethnographic study of how education policies influence students, teachers and families lives.
    I have seen this issue in the countries I have worked and studied.
    I’m thinking to do implement this research in Tajikistan.( I’m a Persian native speaker and do understand and speak Tajik language)
    I appreciate if let me know your idea about the topic and also the possibility of working on this topic at Duke(from the academic year 2018).

    Amin Bahramnejad

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