Darla K. Deardorff

Intercultural Innovation Award (IIA)

Darla K. Deardorff is currently executive director of the Association of International Education Administrators, a global professional organization based at Duke University, where she is a Research Scholar in the Program in Education. In addition, she is visiting professor at Leeds-Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom, an adjunct professor at Monterey Institute of International Studies, and is on faculty of the prestigious Summer Institute of Intercultural Communication in Portland, Oregon. She has also been on the faculty of Harvard University’s Future of Learning Institute as well as at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. 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. She has been the keynote speaker for numerous conferences around the world including the CERCLL Intercultural Competence Conference in the US, ICC Global Conference in Salzburg, Austria as well as other conferences in Japan, 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 is editor of The SAGE Handbook of Intercultural Competence (Sage, 2009) as well as co-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). Another book on intercultural assessment is in press. Dr. Deardorff has worked in the international education field for over fifteen 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 World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue, held in Baku, Azerbaijan, as well as at UN-related events in Doha, Qatar and Belgrade, Serbia. 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. Other: For a succinct summary of Dr. Deardorff’s seminal work on intercultural competence, see http://www.nafsa.org/_/file/_/theory_connections_intercultural_competence.pdf


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  • Reconciliation
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  • Risk Management
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