J. Scott Van Der Meid
Scott has directed the study abroad program at Brandeis University since 1999. Prior to his time at Brandeis he worked for several years in Boston University's Office of International Programs.
Scott received his B.A. in History and German Literature with a concentration in Asia in the Modern World from Allegheny College and his M.A. in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University. He studied in West Germany during the fall of the Berlin Wall and Germany's eventual unification. Scott also studied and worked for several years in Tokyo, Japan. He has been to over 54 countries on every continent except Antarctica.
Professionally, Scott has served on several national advisory boards in the field of international education including Arcadia University, IFSA-Butlerand SIT Study Abroad. He is past Co-Chair of the NAFSA Rainbow Special Interest Group and served as a founding member of the Forum on Education Abroad's Advisory Council. Other national committee involvement included NAFSA's Committee on Underrepresentation in Education Abroad, the SECUSSA Data Collection Working Group, the CIEE Nomination's Committee, the IES Membership Committee, the Forum on Education Abroad's Data Committee and Forum on Education Abroad's Ethics Working Group. He currently serves on the Academic Programs Abroad (APA Paris) Advisory Committee, Arcadia University's Guild, the CET National Advisory Council, and IFSA's NAC Executive Committee.
Scott's research has focused on various underrepresented student groups within study abroad including published work on Asian Americans: Factors Influencing the Decision to Study Abroad.