As Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Executive Director of the Office of International Programs (oIP), Dr. Sternberger currently leads a campus-wide effort to internationalize University curricula, services and programs, and coordinates global and international activities across JMU's seven colleges. Dr. Sternberger is responsible for administering oIP programs, including study and service abroad, international student and scholar support, and immigration services as well as works to develop opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to learn about and pursue global education, funding, service, and scholarship activities. She also directs JMU’s activities within its international consortium—the International Network of Universities—and serves on the Executive Committee of the consortium. Finally, Dr. Sternberger is responsible for the promotion of a distinctive national profile for global education, scholarship, and service at James Madison University that is congruent with the University’s mission and standard of excellence.
Dr. Sternberger earned her B.A. in Economics from the University of Missouri (Columbia), her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Washington State University, and an M.A. in Architectural History from the University of Virginia; she has also completed post-graduate work at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Dr. Sternberger’s interests are cross-disciplinary and international in nature. Her primary program of research is concerned with assessing international learning processes and outcomes, particularly the affective, cognitive and developmental “transformation” that often results from exposure to different cultures. She has also published and presented on a number of interrelated topics, including the assessment of psychological disorders, the relationship of various psychological perspectives to the discipline of art history, and the development of a global curriculum for the training of clinical psychologists. Dr. Sternberger is a member of the American Psychological Association’s Division of International Psychology, the Association of International Education Administrators, the College Art Association, NAFSA, and the Society of Architectural Historians among other organizations. A devoted advocate of international education, Dr. Sternberger has taught, conducted research, led students, presented papers, and served as an administrator and counselor in a diverse range of countries and cultures including Korea, England, Turkey, Germany, Japan and Portugal.