Resilience for a World in Flux


  • Chris R. Glass Old Dominion University





The rise of nationalism worldwide has led many international researchers to reflect on their role as educators and leaders. Resilience is vital during such tumultuous times. The popular definition of resilience is the capacity to quickly recover from difficulties and setbacks. The term is often misunderstood for a type of sturdy individualism that some people possess more than others or the immunity from stress and negative emotions. There is another, more empirically-based, understanding of resilience. Diane Coutu (2002) outlines three dimensions of resilience: (a) a staunch acceptance of reality; (b) deep belief buttressed by strongly held values; and (c) an uncanny ability to improvise. I believe, as international researchers and educators, we must be resilient in a world where the policies and politics around international students are increasingly in flux.

Author Biography

Chris R. Glass, Old Dominion University

CHRIS R. GLASS, PhD, is Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director (Higher Education and Community College Leadership) at Old Dominion University. His research and writing focuses on international students, MOOCs, and publicly engaged scholarship. Dr. Glass is also the author (with Wongtritrat and Buus) of International Student Engagement: Strategies for Creating Inclusive, Connected, and Purposeful Campus Environments (Stylus, 2014).




How to Cite

Glass, C. R. (2017). Resilience for a World in Flux. Journal of International Students, 7(2), I-III.




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