Rob Martinsen enjoys his work as an associate professor of Spanish pedagogy at BYU. Martinsen spends his work days teaching and researching topics, such as language and culture learning. His research has focused primarily on the effects of study abroad programs on undergraduates and what factors lead to more learning while abroad. He has taken several study abroad groups to Spain in addition to serving there as a missionary.
Charles M. Vance is a BYU alumnus and professor of management at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Vance is an active scholar in international management and has a current 3rd edition textbook, Managing a Global Workforce. In addition, he will be working with MBA students in May and June to visit Athens, Rome, Barcelona, and Vienna and doing some expatriate-related interview research.
Don Carpenter is currently a service missionary in the Church History Library, collecting and preparing histories of the Church, mostly in Eastern European countries and Africa. Carpenter served with his wife Pat as the London Temple Visitors’ Centre director (2012–14), while living in Newchapel, Surrey, England. They also served a CES mission in Washington, D.C., teaching institute classes in northern Virginia. The two of them traveled extensively for ten years in Eastern and Southern Europe with their twin daughters, as part of a dance ensemble representing the U.S. in International Folk Dance Festivals. They have visited Israel three times, and also Scotland, Ireland, Egypt, Kenya, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand. Before retiring, Carpenter was associate commissioner of the Utah System of Higher Education (State Board of Regents) and was assistant dean at the University of Southern California. As a young man, he served in the Swiss Mission (German speaking, 1962–65) and spent the last nine months of his mission in Frankfurt, Germany, serving as personal secretary to Ezra Taft Benson, who was president of the European Mission for a second time.