About Innovating Faculty-Led Programs

A podcast for education abroad professionals and faculty

Innovating Faculty-Led Programs is a community for education abroad professionals and faculty to discuss innovative ways to develop and lead faculty-led study abroad programs.

Through this community, we explore faculty-led programs from the genesis of an idea through program development and implementation. Learn from experienced faculty leaders and education abroad professionals about maximizing local expert knowledge and the site itself, facilitating meaningful interaction with locals, preparing students for intercultural learning, partnering with key stakeholders across campus and beyond, applying insights from research into program development and student engagement, and much more.

This is intended to be an inclusive community, so whether you are experienced with faculty-led programs or are just starting out—and regardless of whether you are a faculty member or an education abroad professional working on campus, for a program provider, or abroad—I invite you to join the conversation. All relevant, civil comments are welcome!

Please also feel free to send comments, questions, or suggestions for future podcast episodes to . And if you would like to join me on a future episode, or if you want to suggest a possible guest, let me know that as well.

Meet The Host

Søren Peterson

Søren Peterson


Innovating Faculty-Led Programs is the creation of Soren Peterson, an international educator, applied anthropologist, and cultural geographer. He has more than two decades of experience managing faculty-led study abroad programs, and he codeveloped the curriculum for NAFSA’s Collaborative Approaches to Developing Faculty-Led Programs Workshop.

As an undergraduate level, he studied abroad twice on faculty-led programs in Latin America. At the master’s level, he used the anthropology of tourism and acculturation as theoretical frameworks for conducting ethnographic research on the sociocultural and economic impacts of education abroad programs on host families in Cuenca, Ecuador.