Director, International Student & Scholar Services
International Student and Scholar Services
MA in Economics; Catholic University of America, Graduate Certificate in Cross Cultural Communication; American University, BS in Economics and Finance; Ankara University, Elementary Teaching Degree; Turkey
“Istanbul” by Orhan Pamuk which looks at the city from historical and cultural perspectives
With over 25 years of experience in International Education and Exchange, Senem is directing the office to ensure availability of superb services and programs for international students and scholars and providing expertise to other university offices on international education exchange. Senem is the recipient of NAFSA award for Outstanding Contributions to International Education in 2015 and the Fulbright International Education Administrators grant to France in 2017. She is active in NAFSA leadership: Association for International Educators as the Chair of the Embassy Dialogue Committee (EDC). In addition to chairing the EDC, she also serves as a mentor for NAFSA Region 8 and is on the Trainer’s Corps for J1 Exchange Visitor Regulations and Foreign Credential Analysis. She serves on the scholarship selection committees of the Boren, Fulbright, the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program and the U.S. Department of State Critical Languages Scholarship Program. Senem has been interviewed by the US Department of State, various sections of the VOA, NBC, ABC, WETA, WAMU, NPR and several foreign media on international education matters.
Senem researched and delivered numerous presentations at regional, local, national, and international conferences on topics relevant to international education. Prior to joining International Student and Scholar Services, Senem was instrumental in increasing AU's international profile when she managed international admissions and recruitment at AU for 8 years and traveled to Europe, Middle East and North Africa to market the university.
She has published an International Cookbook through AU to raise funds for international students who are in need of emergency funds and, researched and developed a reentry transition workshop for international students returning home after graduation. She has a published CD Rom by Rosetta Stone for Turkish Language teaching.