Dr. Nelson Brunsting


Adjunct Instructor

Dr. Nelson Brunsting is a Part Time Assistant Teaching Professor in Education, Director of Global Research and Assessment for the Center for Global Programs and Studies, and Director for the Center for Research on Abroad and International Student Engagement at Wake Forest. He teaches EDU 311 (Learning and Cognitive Science) as well as INS 153 (Introduction to U.S. University Life and Culture). His research focuses on understanding and enhancing the development and well-being of diverse populations in academic contexts, including special education teacher burnout, students with emotional-behavioral challenges in schools with three-tiered models of prevention, and international student adjustment and engagement at U.S. universities. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of International Students and on the editorial board for Remedial and Special Education.

Academic Appointments

Research Associate Professor, International Studies


Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016
M.A., Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 2009
B.A., Wake Forest University, 2006

Past Professional Experiences

Instructor, First-Year Seminar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Instructor, Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Substitute Special Education Teacher, Durham Public Schools
Group Leader, Discovery School of Virginia

EDU 311 Learning & Cognitive Science

Kiang, L., Brunsting, N. C., *Zachry, C., +He, Y., +Takeuchi, R., & Tevis, T. (in press). Identity fusion of international students with different social groups and well-being outcomes: A longitudinal study. Journal of Studies in International Education. doi: 10.1177/1028315320932320
Brunsting, N. C., *Zachry, C. E., +Liu, J., Bryant, R., +Fang, X., +Wu, S., & +Luo, X., (in press). Sources of perceived social support, social-emotional experiences, and psychological well-being of international students. Journal of Experimental Education. doi:10.1080/00220973.2019.1639598
O’Brien, K. M., Brunsting, N. C., Bettini, E., Cumming, M. M., Ragunathan, M., & Sutton, R. (2019). Special educators’ working conditions in self-contained settings for students with emotional/behavioral disorders: A descriptive analysis. Exceptional Children, 86, 40-57.
Brunsting, N. C., *Mischinski, M. M., +Wu, W., Tevis, T., +Takeuchi, R., +He, Y., +Zheng, Y., & Coverdell, T. (2019). International Students’ Social Outcomes, Educational Status, and Country of High School Graduation. Journal of Studies in International Education, 23, 589-606.doi: 10.1177/1028315318825362
Brunsting, N. C., *Zachry, C. E., & +Takeuchi, R. (2018). Predictors of international undergraduate student psychosocial adjustment to U.S. universities: A systematic review from 2009 to 2018. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 66, 22-33.
Brunsting, N. C., Sreckovic, M. A., & Lane, K. L. (2014). Special education teacher burnout: A synthesis of research from 1979-2013. Education and Treatment of Children, 37, 681-711.

Brunsting, N. C.,Kathuria, S., Zeng, F., & Harrison, K. (2020, March) Whose support is most important for international students’ well-being: faculty, domestic students, or other international students? A quantitative study. A paper presented virtually for Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference, Miami, FL.

Brunsting, N. C., Bettini, E., Common, E. A., Rock, M., & Royer, D. J. (2020, February). Social support, self-efficacy, and burnout of special educators of students with EBD. A paper presented at the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) Annual Conference. Portland, OR.

Royer, D. J., Brunsting, N. C., Oakes, W. P., Lane, K. L., Buckman, M. M., Common, E. A. (2020, February). Secondary teachers’ sense of efficacy and burnout after two years of implementing Ci3T. A paper presented at the Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo. Portland, OR.

Brunsting, N. C., Royer, D. J., Oakes, W. P., Lane, K. L., Menzies, H. M., Buckman, M. M., Common, E. A., & Allen, G. E. (2019, October). Ci3T Models of Prevention: Middle and high school teacher efficacy and burnout. A paper presented at Teacher Educators for Children with Behavioral Disorders Annual Conference on Severe Behavior Disorders of Children and Youth. Tempe, AZ.

He, Y., Takeuchi, R., Kiang, L., Brunsting, N. C., Zachry, C., & Tevis, T. (2019, March). Identity fusion and well-being of international university students in the United States. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore, MD.