Internationalization Task Force

Task Force Leadership

John Yopp, Co-chair
John Yopp

John Yopp is Associate Provost for Educational Partnerships and International Affairs and Director of the Appalachian Mathematics and Science Partnership at the University of Kentucky and is charged with leading the internationalization of the University. He was a member of NAFSA's International Task Force on the Bologna Process and on the Board of Directors of the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). One of his major interests is the impact of the Bologna Process on U.S. and international graduate education. He has worked closely with the European Association for International Education, The European University Association, and other European Associations on the Bologna Process since 2000. This collaboration includes yearly workshops at NAFSA's conference with these European partners.

John Yopp was Vice President for Graduate and Professional Education at the Educational Testing Service (ETS) from 1997 to 2003 and Vice President for Strategic Higher Education Initiatives from 2003-2004. He was responsible for the international and national build-out of computerized testing in the TOEFL and GRE programs. In addition to his position at ETS, he was a Senior Visiting Scholar at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute and a Senior Scholar in Residence at the Council of Graduate Schools in Washington D.C. In these latter two positions he worked with the late Senator Paul Simon, as Project Director, to create, through legislation, a Congressional Commission to study the establishment of the Abraham Lincoln Fellowship Program for Study Abroad now renamed The Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act. His committee of high level representatives from the major international educational associations (e.g. IIE, NAFSA, Alliance) produced the Commission's briefing book.

He served as associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research and Dean of the Graduate School at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) from 1986-1997. He was also a professor of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry at the Illinois University for 27 years.

He also served as chair of the Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education and as a member of the executive committee of the Commission on International Affairs for The National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges. He was a member of the Board of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and of the executive committee of Graduate Deans for the African-American Institute. He serves or has served as a member or chair on numerous state and national boards and committees concerned with international educational issues over the past 25 years.

He received his B.S. in Biology from Georgetown University and his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Louisville. He was a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow in biochemical adaptation to extreme environments at NASA's Ames Research Center before joining SIUC in 1970.

Beth Barnes, Co-chair

Beth BarnesBeth Barnes became director of the School of Journalism and Telecommunications in 2003. She came to UK from Syracuse University, where she was an assistant dean overseeing master's degree programs in communications and manager of an intramural champion softball team.
Her professional experience is in advertising and marketing communications; she worked in marketing management at United Air Specialists, corporate advertising research at IBM, and media research at DDB Worldwide. She is co-author of Strategic Brand Communication Campaigns, and has published in Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, the Journal of Advertising Education, and the Journal of Marketing Communications. Barnes serves on the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. She frequently chairs site visits to programs seeking accreditation or re-accreditation.

Barnes received a B.A. in English from the College of William and Mary and an M.S. in Advertising and Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Northwestern University.

Susan Carvalho, Assistant Provost for International Programs

Susan CarvalhoDr. Kumble R. Subbaswamy announced the appointment of Dr. Susan Carvalho to the position of Assistant Provost for International Programs, effective August 15, 2007. This interim position is expected to exist for some two years, as the Internationalization Task Force, in the context of UK's ACE Internationalization Laboratory participation, develops plans to enhance the University of Kentucky's presence on the global stage and bring a more palpable international presence to the campus. The position is designed as a 50% administrative position, with the other 50% maintained within Dr. Carvalho's home department of Hispanic Studies.

In this capacity, Dr. Carvalho will work with the Internationalization Task Force in assessing current international initiatives across the campus, and seek ways to promote interdisciplinary collaborations, both research-based and curricular, among faculty within the University. She will explore opportunities for strategic international partnerships. She will also collaborate with deans and academic units in fostering effective second-language acquisition tailored to students' particular professional and disciplinary needs.

Dr. Carvalho's academic and professional background makes her an ideal candidate for this position. She is an internationally visible scholar of Hispanic cultural studies who has published extensively and delivered over forty invited lectures and conference presentations. Her record of administrative work has prepared her well for the role of Assistant Provost for International Programs: she has served as Director of the Middlebury College graduate and undergraduate Spanish Schools in Vermont, Guadalajara, and Madrid, as Acting Chair of the UK Department of Hispanic Studies and of Political Science, as Associate Dean of College Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences, and as a Fellow of the American Council on Education with an internship in the Office of the Provost of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She also has a distinguished record of service to the University of Kentucky, having chaired the Work-Life Committee on Domestic Partner Benefits, and having served on the UCAPP Subcommittee on Graduate Education, the Graduate School External Review Committee, the University Committee on Academic Priorities, the University Senate, and the Graduate Council, among other roles.

Her stellar reputation as a faculty person and administrator make her a valuable addition to the staff of the Office of the Provost.