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Current Team Members

Kevin Kinser is Professor and Head of the Department of Education Policy Studies, and Senior Scientist in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at The Pennsylvania State University. He is also a Senior Fellow for Internationalization at NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Kinser is a graduate of Columbia University’s Teachers College (New York).

He studies non-traditional and alternative higher education, particularly the public policies and organizational structures related to private for-profit institutions and international cross-border higher education. Kinser is co-founder of the Cross-Border Education Research Team (C-BERT) which investigates the scope and impact of international branch campuses worldwide. Kinser is the author or editor of four books and more than 70 articles, chapters, and scholarly reports, and he is regularly invited to present his research at conferences in the United States and abroad. Because of his research, Kinser is regularly sought out by national and international media outlets for commentary on for-profit and international higher education. He is  co-editor of a book on US quality assurance called Accreditation on the Edge: Perspectives and Controversies in Higher Education Quality (Johns Hopkins Press). He can be reached at Dr. Kinser’s CV -1.2019

Jason E. Lane is interim dean of the School of Education at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He is also professor of Educational Policy & Leadership, senior fellow of the Rockefeller Institute of Government, and founding director of SUNY’s Academic and Innovative Leadership (SAIL) Institute.

An accomplished education leader and noted scholar of higher education, Dean Lane’s scholarly expertise focuses on the leadership and governance of higher education, particularly as it relates to the emerging relationship between higher education, public policy, and globalization. His research has led him to work and consult with institutions, organizations, and governments across the country and around the world. He currently co-leads Taking Student Success to Scale (TS3) a national network of 23 systems of higher education working to implement evidence-based practices to improve student completion and was invited by the American Council on Education to lead a master class on using data analytics in leadership to college and university presidents.

He has written more than 75 journal articles, book chapters, and policy reports; and authored or edited 10 books, including Academic Leadership and Governance of Higher Education (Stylus Press), Multi-National Colleges and Universities: Leadership and Administration of International Branch Campuses (Jossey-Bass), Building Smarter Universities (SUNY Press), and Colleges and Universities as Economic Drivers (SUNY Press). He has received more than $1 million in grants from funders including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the New York State Education Department.

As co-director of the Cross-Border Education Research Team, his work in documenting and analyzing international branch campuses has been foundational in the developing research field of transnational education. A Fulbright New Century Scholar, he has conducted research in more than 30 countries on the development of multi-national colleges and universities. His research in this area has received numerous awards, including the Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Education Research from the Association for the Study of Higher Education. He has also served on the boards of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), Council for International Higher Education (CIHE), the Gulf Comparative Education Society (GCES), and SUNY Korea.

Since 2016, Professor Lane has served as the chair of the Department of Educational Policy & Leadership. During his tenure he shepherded the change of the department’s name, led the development of several new academic programs including an undergraduate minor in leadership, master’s in higher education, and graduate certificates in community college leadership and international education management. In addition, he has served as a fellow for academic innovation in the Office of the Provost; founding executive director of SUNY’s Academic and Innovative Leadership (SAIL) Institute, a higher education leadership think tank and provider of professional development; co-chair of the University’s Self-Study committee for the upcoming Middle States reaccreditation; and co-leader of the Hispanic Leadership Institute, an initiative of Governor Cuomo to strengthen and diversify the academic leadership pipeline.

Professor Lane also held several senior leadership roles with the State University of New York system administration, including vice provost for academic planning and strategic leadership and senior associate vice chancellor for the State University of New York, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of academic, economic, global, and leadership initiatives across the system. His responsibilities included guiding educator preparation for the system, managing SUNY’s Urban Teacher Education Center in NYC; serving on the steering committee for the Master Teacher program, and co-leading the Teach-NY initiative. He can be reached at   Dr. Lane’s CV – 11.2018 

Li Zhang is currently an Associate for Academic Programs and Planning at the State University of New York System Administration. She received her Ph.D in international higher education from the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies (EAPS) at University at Albany, State University of New York. She is interested in the internationalization of both secondary and higher education. More specifically, her research areas include the establishment of International Branch Campuses (IBCs), organizational legitimacy issues, and quality assurance.

She serves as US Representative for the Association for Collaborative Leadership (ACL) China Office. ACL is an educational, research and professional organization striving to develop leadership capabilities and advance collaboration among higher education institutions in the United States. Meanwhile, Li serves as an independent consultant for Chinese universities that want to establish partnerships with US higher education institutions as well as other forms of internationalization the Chinese universities would like to pursue. Li is a C-BERT Fellow and China Group Leader, focused on developing C-BERT connections with scholars on Chinese-Foreign Cooperation in Running Schools.

Dr. Kaoushikk Mukherjee is a Higher Education Professional for the last two and a half decades from India, who has enjoyed various leadership positions. A recipient of prestigious Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship awarded by the U.S. Department of State, he honed his expertise in the field Higher Education Administration and Organization Development from Pennsylvania State University. Currently working as a research fellow in SUNY Albany he is attached to the Department of Education Policy and Leadership. His areas of interest hover around Cross-Border Education, Strategic Organization Development, Internationalization Strategies, Collaboration and Partnership with a focus to make institutes globally competitive.”

Ying Wang is a visiting scholar at the University at Albany, State University of New York. She is an associate professor at Liaocheng University. Her research mainly covers Translation Theory and Practice and Higher Education, as well as Intercultural Communication. She has published more than ten academic articles and won many national and collegiate research prizes. She is interested in educational policy and internationalization of higher education and devoted to establishing partnerships between Chinese and foreign higher education.


Sarah T. Zipf is a PhD student in Higher Education at the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to starting her doctorate education, she served as the Associate Director of Compliance and Financial Aid for Outreach & Online Education, overseeing the financial aid office and scholarship portfolio for the Penn State World Campus.  As a graduate assistant for the division of Outreach & Online Education, Sarah worked with state authorization regulations. Currently, Sarah is a graduate assistant for the Department of Education Policy Studies, where she works closely with Kevin Kinser on department-level communication and organization efficiency strategies. Her research interests include educational equity, financial aid, nontraditional students, and online education.


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