(Posted May 4, 2015)

Kati Csoman, dean of international programs
Kati Csoman, dean of international programs

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Kati Csoman, acting dean for Juniata College's Center for International Education, has been named dean of the center after a national search and interview process, effective May 1.

"Juniata is quite fortunate to have someone of Kati Csoman's caliber to lead the Center for International Education and I look forward to working with her in this role," says Lauren Bowen, provost at Juniata. "Her commitment to global education and intercultural competency and her vision as to how to achieve internationalization in the curriculum and co-curriculum, on the Juniata campus and throughout the world, will serve our students, faculty, staff and external partners exceptionally well."

Csoman has been an effective administrator within the college's international center since 2001, when she joined the center's staff as director of international student and scholar services. She served as acting dean in 2010-2011 and has been acting dean since February 2014.
Csoman has continued developing the international study initiatives that led to the college's receiving the 2012 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. In addition, she has continued her duties in overseeing the college's budgets for international study and managing immigration services for students, international faculty and language instructors and other duties.

"We are extraordinarily blessed to have Kati here at Juniata and we could not be more excited about having her lead our international efforts," says James A. Troha, president of Juniata. "Her tireless energy, genuine commitment to students, and compelling vision for international education will enable Juniata to continue its trajectory as a destination school for those students seeking an integrative international experience."

Csoman had served as assistant dean for international education at Juniata since February 2008, where she oversaw the immigration services for the entire campus and managed all administrative issues relating to study abroad and international exchange. She also managed Juniata's innovative short-term study abroad programs.

"Her tireless energy, genuine commitment to students, and compelling vision for international education will enable Juniata to continue its trajectory as a destination school for those students seeking an integrative international experience."

James A. Troha, president, Juniata


She started her career at Juniata in 1996, working as an assistant for the Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies' Link to Learn program. In 1998 she was hired at Penn State University as an education abroad adviser for the university's Office of Global Programs. She returned to Juniata and the Center for International Education in 2001 as director of international student and scholar services where she managed all immigration services and designed orientations and workshops for international and study abroad students. She was promoted to assistant dean in 2008.

Csoman's entire career has been involved in international issues and education, starting with her first job in 1990 as a Fascell Fellow in the U.S. Department of State. As a Fascell Fellow, she worked in the American Embassy in Budapest, Hungary until 1991 when she returned to the United States to become a project coordinator for a University of Pittsburgh fellowships program in the University Center for International Studies.

At Pitt, she also held positions an outreach coordinator and then as undergraduate adviser, lecture series coordinator in the University Center for International Studies and as an office manager for the Pennsylvania Governor's School for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh from 1993 to 1996.

She was an administrator for grants related to global education themes at Juniata, including a Fulbright-Hays grant to fund a delegation to Morocco and has led faculty delegations to Great Britain, Europe, Mexico, The Gambia, Senegal, Spain, Ecuador and Japan.

She earned a bachelor's degree in political science in 1989 from the University of Pittsburgh and went on to earn a master's degree in 1996 at Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. She also earned a certificate in nonprofit organization management. She studied abroad at Janus Pannonius University in Pecs, Hungary in summer 1987.

In addition to her duties and service to Juniata College, Csoman remains active in her professional community. She is a member of the BCA Study Abroad Advisory Council and is president of the Keystone Study Away Consortium. She is chair of the Hungarian Room Committee for the University of Pittsburgh's Nationality Rooms Program.

She also is a member of several professional associations, including AIEA: Association of International Education Administrators, the Forum on Education Abroad, Institute for International Education, NAFSA: Association of International Educators and PaCIE, the Pennsylvania Council for International Education.

Contact Gabe Welsch at welschg@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.