Stephanie Chastain

Stephanie Chastain


Strong and ambitious higher education professional with a passion for international education, service and student development.



Risk Assessment for Study Abroad Facilitators

Conduct Standards/Judicial Affairs Training for Study Abroad Facilitators

Study Abroad 101 Workshop Presenter

Penn State Risk Management Certificate

Penn State Contract Signatory

Suicide Prevention and Crisis Management

LGBTA “Train the Trainer”

CPR, AED, and First Aid Certified

Large Passenger Van Certification

FEMA Disaster Management Certification

Disability Services/ADA Documentation and Accommodation Protocol

Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS)

Five Outs First Person Shooter Responder

Red Dot Training for Website Management

Proficient Oral and Written Communicator

Honors and Awards

Equal Opportunity Planning Committee Grant (2009, 2010, 2011)for Study Abroad with Service ShortTerm Embedded Program

Vice President’s Award for Outstanding Program (2009) Western Region Penn State Martin Luther King Day of Service

Vice President’s Award for Outstanding Program (2010) Alternative Spring Break-Navajo Nation

Most Outstanding Club Advisor (2008)

Organizations & Activities

International Association of Student Affairs and Services (IASAS)

College Student Educators International (ACPA)

National Orientation Directors Association (NODA)

Penn State Council of Campus Chief Student Affairs Officers

Penn State LBGTA Support Network/Safe Zone

Shenango Globalization Committee

Shenango Student Activity Fee Committee (Co-chair)

Shenango Technology Fee Committee

Shenango Safety Committee

Shenango Enrollment Management Committee

Red Cross of Mercer County, PA Volunteer

Work History

Work History
Sep 2007 - Present

Associate Director of Student Affairs

Penn State University

Designedand implemented a short-term embedded Study Abroad program with a 63% increase inparticipation from 2010 to 2011

Advisestudents and serve as a liaison to the Office of Global Programs, University Park for those interested in Penn State wide international learning opportunities

Liaise to university offices, external academic institutions, non-profits, and third-party providers

Increase,encourage, and facilitate collaboration with campus and university-wide faculty and staff onvarious global initiatives including study abroad, service learning, cultural programming, and internships

Assisted with curriculum development for campus globalization certificate

Revised and implemented new student orientation and first year experience seminar curriculum

Market Student Affairs programs through traditional and social media

Supervise and evaluate full-time & part-time professional staff, graduate interns, and students

Manage all departmental and special event budgets

Contributedto strategic planning initiatives including campus, department, and diversity plans

Serve on various campus and university committees including the Globalization Committee

Track, compile, and analyze data for university reports regarding departmental projects

Areas of Administration, Coordination, and Supervision:

Intercultural Education & Study Abroad – fosters an international and intercultural dimension oncampus and provides educational opportunities for Penn State Shenango students to learn and experience an international education

Student Programming, Recreation, & Leadership Development – provides educational, social andwellness programming for students, and prepares students for current and future leadership roles

Career Services – aids students in self-assessment, presentation skills, job placement and career planning as well as coordinates internship opportunities

Counseling & Disability Services – provides quality individual and group counseling, assessment andreferral services for students who may be experiencing psychological, behavioral or learning difficulties

First Year Orientation – facilitates the successful transition of new students to the Penn State community

Student Organizations – provides appropriate advocacy and leadership development opportunities as well as an avenue for club creation for students with particular interests.

Student Conduct – administers the student judicial process and encourages an honest and civicallyengaged community

Study Abroad Teaching Experience

International Studies 497: Explorations of Culture

Penn State Shenango, Spring 2011-Peru, Spring 2012-Costa Rica

An upper level embedded Study Abroad course targeting students who have completed HDFS 287Y.Students participate in lectures and complete a service based short term study abroad experience for one week with emphasis on understanding the complexities of a global society and enhancing interculturalcommunication skills.

Human Development and Family Studies 287Y: Intercultural Community Building

Penn State Shenango, Spring 2010-Navajo Nation, Spring 2011-Peru, Spring 2012-Costa Rica

An intensive writing, short-term embedded Study Abroad course grounded in intercultural communication theory, skill development, social justice, and community building.

Sep 2006 - Sep 2007

Assistant to the Director of Student Affairs/Admissions Counselor

Penn State University

Student Affairs Responsibilities:

Assistedwith the overall development, coordination, and implementation of a variety of student services at Penn State Shenango including: campus activities, campus organizations, orientation, health programming, and on and off campus recreation

Servedas a liaison between students and administration of the campus

Trainedstudent organization officers on organizational policies

Reviewedand edited the Student Handbook and the StudentOrganizational Handbook annually

Presentedvarious leadership and developmental workshops for Penn State student leaders

Supervised and trained Fitness Center and Game Room student employees

Servedas the campus international student liaison

Preparedpromotional materials for campus activities

Compiledvarious university reports

Admissions Responsibilities:

Responsible for adult recruitment

Advisedprospective students and their families regarding admissionsprocedures and academic programs

Completed daily operations of the Penn State Shenango Admissions Office including student database management, documentation and data entry

Maintainedcorrespondence with prospective students

Promoted and marketed Penn State Shenango at college fairs andrecruitment events

Gave admissions and student life presentations at various open houses, offer receptions, and luncheons

Attendedenrollment management conferences and trainings

Aug 2005 - Aug 2006

Graduate Assistant

West Virginia University

Professional release time as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at West Virginia University:

Communication Studies 316: Intercultural Communication

West Virginia University, Spring 2006

This course provides students with specialized knowledge and skills in identifying, analyzing, and meeting the challenges of effective communication in a multicultural society, both in the context of organizations and among individuals.

Communication Studies 112: Small Group Communication

West Virginia University, Spring 2006

This course focused on theories and techniques relevant to successful participation in small group and community settings.

Communication Studies 306: Organizational Communication

West Virginia University, Fall 2005

An Organizational Communication course focused on communication processes and problems inorganizations and institutions with an emphasis on practical application.