Meet the Study Abroad Team
Kate Batchelder is the Study Abroad Manager with Montana State University’s Office of International Programs. She works primarily with students seeking semester or year-long study abroad experiences around the globe. Ms. Batchelder’s background in international education spans over a decade in the realms of higher education, international development, and study abroad both domestically and internationally. Ms. Batchelder earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies at Bates College as well as a Master of Arts in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Outside the office, Kate enjoys gardening, reading, and attending the great music and arts performances around Bozeman. Of course she wouldn’t be allowed to be called a Bozemanite if she didn’t also love spending time outside running on trails and playing in the snow!
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Group International Travel Advisor
Eleanor comes to the Office of International Programs as the International Travel Compliance Specialist and Partnership Agreement Administrator. As an International Educator with over 15 years’ experience in various aspects of International Education within higher education, she holds a Master of Science in International Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish & Latin American Political Science from Oklahoma State University. In order to master the Spanish language, she lived abroad in Honduras, Central America fueling her passion to not only become a global citizen but to facilitate life-altering education abroad experiences for others. Her work as an International Educator has taken her to every Continent, except Asia, but there’s still time to explore!
As part of the MSU Office of International Programs, Eleanor serves MSU and Affiliated campuses by ensuring administrators, faculty, and students register through the International Travel Registry, as outlined in the MSU Travel Policy developed for global safety and security. In addition, Eleanor is the Partnership Agreement Administrator and liaison for all MSU campuses seeking to establish and maintain global institutional partnership agreements (i.e. Memorandum of Understanding, Faculty & Student Exchanges, specialized academic programs).
Coming to Montana in 2011, Eleanor enjoys all the amenities living in Montana has to offer. When not in the OIP, you’ll find her hiking, camping, and cross-country skiing with her dog, Godiva, or visiting her daughter in Chicago. And let’s not forget….TRAVELING ABROAD!
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David C.W. Parker
David C.W. Parker is an associate professor of political science at Montana State University who studies the U.S. Congress and legislatures generally. He provides frequent media commentary for local, state, and national news outlets on Montana and American politics, including the Washington Post, NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS’s Frontline, and the Sundance award-winning documentary Dark Money. His first faculty-led experience in 2015, when he took 17 MSU students to the United Kingdom to study British politics, was deeply transformative for him as a teacher, scholar, and mentor. Parker believes that study abroad builds critical thinking skills, confidence, and empathy among students in ways simply not possible in the classroom. Students from his 2015 and 2017 trips have presented research at international conferences, published an article on the Scottish Parliament in a peer-reviewed journal, and will be interning at the British Parliament as a prestigious Hansard Society Fellow. His favorite study abroad experiences include watching Nicola Sturgeon and Ruth Davidson clashing during First Minister’s Questions, navigating London’s Tube, taking tea at Fortnum and Mason’s, and climbing Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh.
Rachael has joined the Office of International Programs at MSU as a Study Abroad Coordinator, working as an advisor to incoming exchange students and to non-MSU students traveling abroad with CCIS programs sponsored by Montana State. She also handles transcript evaluations and credit transfers for MSU students who have returned from studying in another country.
She comes to Bozeman all the way from Michigan, where she attended Northern Michigan University in the state’s Upper Peninsula. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and English Writing, and an Associate’s Degree in Graphic Communication, Rachael relocated to Vermont to further her studies. While attending SIT Graduate Institute, she earned her TESOL certification, lived and volunteered in Costa Rica teaching English, interned in the international offices at Stonehill College (MA) and Johnson & Wales University (RI), and received a Master’s Degree in International Education. Returning to her home state, Rachael then worked as an ESL Tutor at her old middle school for a year before making the leap to Montana State.
When not at work Rachael can be found playing trivia, mountain-biking, baking, and practicing her Spanish traveling through Latin America!
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Faculty Led Program Coordinator
A Bozeman native and an alumnus of Montana State University, Wendy is the Faculty Led Program Coordinator for OIP. Her role includes collaborating with faculty to facilitate short-term, customized and faculty-led study abroad program opportunities for MSU students.
Since 2010 and prior to joining OIP in 2016, Wendy served as a Program Manager for MSU Human Resources and MSU Testing Services Manager. She holds a B.A. in Speech Communication from MSU-Bozeman and has a career background in publishing, advertising sales, and marketing for several companies in the west.
In her spare time, you will frequently find her at the yoga studio, attending sporting events or happily planning her next trip to an exotic location.
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