After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Micronesia, Dr. Janet Bennett has devoted her career to developing theory and training design in intercultural competence.
As an educator, she created the liberal arts program at Marylhurst College, where she was the chairperson of the liberal arts division, creating award- winning interdisciplinary programs for adult learners.
She provides consultation, faculty development, and training in intercultural relations. In the global arena, she designs training for international education programs, and conducts seminars in Asia and Europe. In the area of domestic intercultural relations, she creates train-the- trainer programs in intercultural competence for various organizations, conducts programs for university campuses, and she is a sought-after speaker on intercultural topics at both academic and professional conferences.
Janet is the executive director of the Intercultural Communication Institute (ICI), a private, nonprofit, foundation designed to foster an awareness and appreciation of cultural difference in both the international and domestic arenas. ICI maintains an extensive library, and sponsors the annual Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication, the Winter Institute, and the Qatar Institute. Janet is also the director of the Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations, a limited residency graduate program for professionals and other non-traditional students. Janet has a particular interest in intercultural adaptation, transformative training design, leadership, and intercultural competence. She has published several articles and chapters on intercultural theory-into-practice and edited The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence (SAGE, 2015).