International education is critical to all our students, not simply ones with an interest in global affairs. Exposing students and faculty to scholars from around the world on our campus enriches us in two ways: It encourages our students to see beyond their own horizons and it gives us an opportunity to reflect on how we can best serve the needs of international students in the United States. Moreover, interaction with others, whether hosting international visitors in the U.S., or traveling as visiting lecturers in other countries enhances our knowledge of the world and provides us with opportunities to expand our understanding of diversity and tolerance.
Elizabeth S. Rangel is the Director of Communications at the Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC), a cognitive research institute at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a versatile, experienced communications leader with expertise in strategic communication, international collaboration, and university teaching.
Dr. Rangel has a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education from the University of Pittsburgh. She has taught college-level courses in sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, cultural diversity, as well as Spanish and English as a Second Language. Her research on early elementary English language learners focused on the role of linguistics knowledge for teachers in the reading acquisition process. Her most recent publications include co-editing The Handbook of Intercultural Discourse and Communication (2012); and chapters in Innovative Learning Environments, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD, 2010), and the third edition of the International Encyclopedia of Education (2009).