Kim Godsoe: Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

Kim Godsoe joined Brandeis University in 1994, first working in the Student Support Services Program and later serving as the Dean of Academic Services.  She joined the Provost’s Office in 2014. Godsoe supervises the offices of Academic Services, Study Abroad, International Students and Scholars, English Language Programs, and the University Registrar. She also oversees university assessment of learning goals; contributes to reaccreditation; co-chairs the Title IX Task Force; and serves as the Posse Liaison for Brandeis University, a role in which she helped to establish the Science Posse Scholars program. 

Prior to joining Brandeis, Godsoe worked in student advising and support services at Columbia University and Mount Ida College. She also taught English literature as an adjunct professor at Newbury College.

Godsoe holds a PhD in social policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, where her research focused on retention of undergraduates in STEM disciplines.  Godsoe received a Bachelor of Arts from Bryn Mawr College and a Master’s of Fine Arts in Writing from Columbia University.  She currently serves as an Executive Board Member for the American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Network of Massachusetts.

Vino Murugesan: Director, English Language Programs

Vinodini Murugesan is the Director of English Language Programs at Brandeis University. She also serves the department as its Academic Specialist. She holds a B.Ed. (Hons.) TESL degree from Exeter University (UK), an MA in English Literature from the University of Malaya, and a joint MA in English Literature and Women’s and Gender Studies from Brandeis University. She is currently completing a PhD dissertation in English at Brandeis. Vino organizes and oversees the office of English Language Programs, including the Gateway Scholars Program at Brandeis.

She designed the academic model for the Gateway Scholars Program, and created the accessory programs that support it. She also supervises the talented group of staff, instructors, and academic tutors that work with English Language Programs. Vino has extensive international experience in the field of education as academic theory, government policy, and commercial enterprise. She worked for the Ministry of Education in Malaysia as a teacher educator to research, plan, and conduct teacher education programs. She designed various teacher education programs based on language acquisition theory as well as the practical reality of language-learner situations in various places. She has worked with international publishers as education specialist, writer/editor, and marketing consultant, and she has co-authored several ELT resource books. 

Amy Rinaldo: Assistant Director, English Language Programs

Amy Rinaldo is the Assistant Director of English Language Programs. She holds an M.A. in TESOL from the School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute, Vermont, and a B.A. in Art History with a minor in Political Science from University of California, San Diego. She has taught English to speakers of other languages for a total of seven years in China, Thailand, Poland, California, and Boston, with students from over 30 countries. She has worked on program and curriculum development in a variety of contexts including elementary education, literacy and adult education, job-readiness programs, standardized test preparation, and higher education. Additionally, she has trained future teachers in a TEFL certification program and has served as an internship supervisor for TESOL graduate students. 

Amy serves as the Lead Instructor for the Academic Oral Communication component of the Gateway Scholars Summer Program, and she also teaches the Gateway Fall Academic Oral Communications classes. She also teaches and supervises ELP courses for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Amy designs and conducts English Language workshops focusing on speaking, listening, and writing for the International Business Scholl (IBS) at Brandeis. She holds on-site office hours at IBS in the Fall and Spring semesters, and oversees the ELP/IBS tutorial program. 

Amy is passionate about experiential learning and empowering students through interactive explorations of language, culture, and effective communication. She led a demonstration on creating a do-it-yourself corpus during SIT’s 2015 Sandanona Conference, reflecting her interest in corpus linguistics and how the authentic language found in language corpora can help unlock language patterns and be used to facilitate effective teaching and learning. She also presented on teaching non-verbal communication during in the Grad Student Forum at TESOL International 2015, highlighting her interest in pragmatics and cross-cultural awareness. Amy is a firm believer in creating instruction and programming that promotes not only academic success but also the holistic development and well-being of all students.

Sarah Wagner: Program Administrator, English Language Programs

Sarah Wagner is the Program Administrator of English Language Programs. She holds an M.S. Ed. TESOL from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish from Denison University. Sarah first became interested in international education while studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After college, she taught English to high school students in Spain for two years and has since taught English to refugees, immigrants, and international students in Cleveland and Philadelphia. While earning her Master’s degree, Sarah trained and mentored international graduate students in her department and coordinated Penn’s International Student Orientation. She is interested in working with her colleagues at ELP and throughout Brandeis to create a supportive environment where international students thrive.  Sarah’s departmental responsibilities include providing managerial support to the Director of English Language Programs, supervising student staff throughout the academic year, and assisting with the implementation of all ELP programs. 

Scott Moore: Analytical Writing Specialist, English Language Programs

Scott Moore is the Analytical Writing Specialist for English Language Programs, as well as a Post-Doctorate Lecturer in Writing in the Brandeis English Department. He received B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from California State University, Chico, and his Ph.D. in English from Brandeis in August 2013. From 2009-2016 he taught eight sections of Composition and seven sections of the University Writing Seminar for the Writing Program at Brandeis. During his graduate work, he taught several courses in literature and rhetoric in writing, served as a writing tutor and workshop leader, and worked as a technical writer for the CSU Research Foundation. He received training in writing pedagogy from both CSU and Brandeis, is TESOL certified, and has spent the past three summers teaching Analytical Writing for Gateway.  

Scott enjoys working with students from varying cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds, and appreciates the fresh perspective and insight that generates from diverse student thinking. He values contextual approaches to scholarship, and challenges his students to consider how past texts and ideas inform our understanding of the present. Often, this means turning analytical attention to contemporary television, film, and digital media, as well as other textual objects from American popular culture. As a writing teacher, he also enjoys helping students to conceive of academic writing as a recursive process, one which begins in focused thought, and transforms through sustained drafting and revision into polished written product. His own current research interests center on issues of class, social mobility, and inequality, and his dissertation examines the failure of meritocracy in nineteenth-century U.S. literature and culture. He is also interested in the American Western, and recently presented work on Andrew Dominic’s film,The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Scott is a repeat contributor to ESQ’s “Year in Conferences” project, and his written work has previously appeared in ATQ, as well as the volume, Facing Melville, Facing Italy: Democracy, Cosmopolitanism, Translation.

Jodi Hanelt: Director, International Students and Scholars Office

Jodi became the director of the ISSO at Brandeis in the fall of 2015.  Prior to Brandeis, Jodi worked in the international offices of Tufts University and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, in addition to holding consulting roles at other Boston-area institutions.  A graduate of the Fletcher School at Tufts University, Jodi acknowledges the valuable contributions international students and scholars make to the Brandeis community.  These opportunities lead to the formation of meaningful relationships that create a foundation for the exchange of ideas over a lifetime.

Amanda An: International Student & Scholar Advisor, International Students and Scholars Office

Amanda joined the ISSO in July 2017. Amanda is originally from Southern California and prior to joining Brandeis worked as an international student advisor at California Institute of the Arts and Fuller Theological Seminary. In her free time, she enjoys visiting museums, being outdoors, and spending time with her family and dog.

Rachel Benjamin: Department Coordinator, International Students and Scholars Office

Rachel joined the ISSO in August 2018. Before joining Brandeis, she worked as a Retention Specialist at Commonwealth Care Alliance assisting members with MassHealth eligibility, many of whom were recent immigrants. She holds a B.A. in Spanish from Cornell University and pursued minors in International Relations and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Rachel is originally from Ipswich, MA and spends her free time singing in a chorus, playing the ukulele, going to the beach, and traveling.

Naoko Kotoge: Temporary International Student Advisor

Naoko is an International Student Advisor currently filling in for Amanda An while she is on leave. She is originally from Japan and before joining Brandeis in September 2018, she worked at Northeastern University. She holds a Master's degree in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University.

Kathleen McCarthy: Assistant Director, International Students and Scholars Office

Kathleen joined the ISSO in summer 2017. Prior to joining Brandeis University, she worked at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with international students in both the admission and immigration departments. Kathleen enjoys the cross cultural exchange that happens when working with international students and scholars.  She has earned a master's degree from Boston University's School of Education. In her free time, she enjoys visiting art museums, sewing, cooking, gardening, and traveling. 

Khuong Nguyen: Assistant Director for Immigration Technology Systems, International Students and Scholars Office

Khuong joined the ISSO in September 2015. Before joining Brandeis, he worked at his alma mater's international student office, Northeastern University, advising students on SEVIS compliance issues.  Khuong is an avid fan of baseball and enjoys cycling and traveling around the New England area.

Jingwen Yan: International Student Advisor, International Students and Scholars Office

Jingwen is an International Student Advisor. She is originally from Jilin, China. Before she joined Brandeis in December 2016, Jingwen worked as a Student Success Coach in the First Year Experience Office at Salem State University. She holds a B.A in English Literature from Beijing's Jiaotong University, an M.A in English Literature and an M.Ed in Higher Education in Student Affairs from Salem State University. In her free time, she loves to read, take walks, and spend time with her dog.

J. Scott Van Der Meid: Associate Dean of Study Abroad, Office of Study Abroad

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 52 countries on every continent except Antarctica. Professionally Scott has served on several national advisory boards in the field of international education including Arcadia University's National Advisory Board, IFSA-Butler's Executive Council of the National Advisory Council and SIT Study Abroad's Partnership Council. 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 as chair of the IES Institutional Membership Committee and is a member of the Advisory Board for the NAFSA Rainbow SIG.

Alisha Cardwell: Study Abroad Advisor, Office of Study Abroad

Alisha began working at Brandeis in November 2012. She comes from a small town in Ohio and was fortunate to have a high school Spanish teacher who first took her out of the country to both Costa Rica and Spain. She holds a B.A. from Miami University in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs and a M.Ed. with a specialization in higher education administration from Northeastern University. As a student, Alisha studied abroad for a semester in Luxembourg and also spent a summer in Costa Rica doing volunteer work. Prior to coming to Brandeis, Alisha worked with faculty-led study abroad programs at both EF College Study Tours and the Office of Lifelong Learning at Miami University and most recently worked in Graduate Admissions at New England College of Business and Finance.

Darren R. Gallant, '08: Assistant Director of Study Abroad, Office of Study Abroad

Darren joined the office in March 2013. He double majored in Sociology and Politics while at Brandeis. A member of the 2nd midyear class, he was very involved in various campus organizations and student life. During his junior year, Darren studied abroad in Copenhagen with the Denmark International Studies Program (DIS) to bolster his academic learning. Darren earned his M.A. in Higher Education / Student Personnel Administration from New York University. During his time at NYU he traveled to Israel to study international higher education. Most recently Darren worked at Grinnell College and Wheelock College in residence life and academic advising. He is excited to share his experience as an undergraduate at Brandeis and his travel to some 13 countries; including Australia, Costa Rica, Italy, Spain, and France.

Michelle Ranieri: Assistant Director of Study Abroad, Office of Study Abroad

Michelle started at Brandeis in August of 2018. She holds a B.A. from SUNY New Paltz in Anthropology she where she also double minored in Black Studies and Latin American Studies. Michelle also holds an M.A. from the University at Buffalo in Caribbean Studies. As an undergraduate, Michelle studied abroad for a semester in Havana, Cuba where her most unique experience was watching Fidel Castro give his final public speech to a sprawling crowd of university students, both from Cuba and around the world. In graduate school Michelle studied abroad in Merida, Mexico and did archival research in Seville, Spain.

Michelle spent the past three and a half years as the Resident Director in Cuba for IFSA-Butler. She is interested in research focused on service learning abroad, cultural competency, and re-entry/reverse culture shock. Michelle's responsibilities at Brandeis include the management of all Brandeis-Led Study Programs including sites in The Netherlands, Italy, and Denmark. She serves as a back-up advisor for regular summer students and is part of the risk management team.

Ashley Trebisacci: Senior Department Coordinator, Office of Study Abroad

Ashley is a Rhode Island native who joined the Office of Study Abroad in July 2018. She holds a B.A. in English and Gender & Sexuality Studies from Stonehill College and an M.Ed. in Higher Education from Merrimack College. She spent her junior year studying abroad at Worcester College in Oxford University through IFSA-Butler, and for her Master's capstone, she wrote an autoethnography on the transformational relationship between study abroad and sexual orientation identity development.

Ashley brings five years of higher education experience in the areas of diversity and inclusion, study abroad, and international student services. Her past research and presentation topics include LGBTQ+ student activism at religious colleges, campus sexual violence activism, queer students' experiences abroad, and students' identity fluidity. She is thrilled to join Brandeis's community of globally-engaged learners.