When Experts Become Novices: A Mixed-Methods Exploration of International Scholars’ Experiences at a US University


  • Masha Krsmanovic University of Southern Mississippi




international faculty, international scholars, internationalization, J-1 exchange programs


The experiences of international scholars in the United States who are part of short-term or exchange programs remain vastly under-investigated compared to their full-time, tenure-track, and tenured peers. Gauded by Blau’s (1964) social exchange theory, this study investigated professional and social experiences of exchange scholars at a large public research university in the southeast. Mixed-method exploration was conducted through surveys and individual interviews with international scholars who participated in the exchange program in spring 2020. The results revealed that exchange scholars were most satisfied with work conditions and research experience, but least satisfied with professional development opportunities and cultural exchange. Further, participants’ research experience was significantly correlated with their cultural exchange, while their professional development was significantly correlated with work conditions and support. Additional implications and recommendations were drawn from the results revealing the unmet needs of program participants regarding the different areas of their exchange experiences.


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Author Biography

Masha Krsmanovic, University of Southern Mississippi

Masha Krsmanovic holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Policy Studies from the University of Central Florida. Her current role is Assistant Professor in the Higher Education program at the University of Southern Mississippi. Her preferred pronouns are she, her, and hers. Her research interests include international students' academic transition and success, social and cultural adjustment, first-year students, international student mobility and access, culturally responsive teaching, and curriculum design.



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How to Cite

Krsmanovic, M. (2022). When Experts Become Novices: A Mixed-Methods Exploration of International Scholars’ Experiences at a US University. Journal of Comparative & International Higher Education, 14(3a). https://doi.org/10.32674/jcihe.v14i3a.4119



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