Professor Lily Arasaratnam-Smith

Professor Lily Arasaratnam-Smith

Deputy Vice President Faculty

Lily A. Arasaratnam-Smith is the Deputy Vice President Student Affairs at Alphacrucis College. Her primary area of expertise is intercultural communication, particularly intercultural competence and intercultural contact-seeking behaviour. Her first book, Perception and Communication in Intercultural Spaces (University Press of America, 2011), presents "intercultural spaces" as a new framework with which to understand intercultural communication in today's culturally diverse communities. Her recent work is on intercultural competence in higher education. Lily is a Fellow of the International Academy for Intercultural Research. The winner of the 2018 Excellence in Teaching award, Lily teaches in the areas of intercultural communication and research methodology and is the Chair of the Alphacrucis College Academic Board.

Qualifications

PhD (Communication) (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)
Dissertation Title Intercultural communication competence from multiple cultural perspectives: A new theoretical model and empirical validation 2003

MA (Communication) (University of Kentucky) 1999

BS (Mathematics) (University of Kentucky) 1998

BS (Psychology) (University of Kentucky) 1997

Current Research

Intercultural Communication

Research Interests

Intercultural communication competence, intercultural transitions, identity

Book

  • 2011
    • Arasaratnam, L. A.(2011). "Perception and communication in intercultural spaces.". University Press of America. | External link

Book Chapter

  • 2017
    • Arasaratnam-Smith, L. A.(2017). "Intercultural competence: An overview." In D. K. Deardorff & L. A. Arasaratnam-Smith (Eds.), Intercultural Competence in Higher Education: International Approaches, Assessment and Application (pp. 7-18). Routledge.
    • Calloway-Thomas, C., Arasaratnam-Smith, L. A., & Deardorff, D. K.(2017). "The role of empathy in fostering intercultural competence." In D. K. Deardorff & L. A. Arasaratnam-Smith (Eds.), Intercultural competence in higher education: International approaches, assessment, and application. (pp. 32-42). Routledge. | External link
  • 2016
    • Arasaratnam, L. A.(2016). Dwelling in intercultural spaces : global citizenship as a mindset In W. Jia, Intercultural communication : adapting to emerging global realities (pp. 473-482). Cognella Academic Publishing.
  • 2012
    • Arasaratnam, L. A.(2012). "Narrative insights." In Bernardo, K. & Deardorff, D. (Eds.), Building cultural competence: Innovative strategies (pp. 98-103). Stylus Publishing. | External link
    • Arasaratnam, L. A.(2012). "Intercultural communication competence." In A. Kurylo (Ed.), Inter/Cultural communication: Representation and construction of culture in everyday interactions (pp. ). Sage Publications. | External link

Journal Article

  • 2021
    • Arasaratnam-Smith, L. A., Coetzee, N. J., & Hodson, C. (2021). The double-edged sword of ‘best aspects’ and ‘needs improvement’ in student experiences: A qualitative analysis. Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice, 18(3). | External link
  • 2020
    • Goncalves, G., Sousa, C., Arasaratnam-Smith, L.A., Rodrigues, N., & Carvalheiro, R. (2020). Intercultural communication competence scale: Invariance and construct validation in Portugal. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 10.1080/17475759.2020.1746687. | External link
    • Arasaratnam-Smith, L. A.(2020). Developing global graduates: Essentials and possibilities. Research in Comparative & International Education, 15(1) 1-7. | External link
    • Barnes, L., Northcote, M., Rickett, C., Lounsbury, L., Arasaratnam-Smith, L. A., Josey, K., & Obers, N. (2020). Women in higher education: The challenge remains, who wears the "pants". Universal Journal of Educational Research, 8(12) 6885-6892. | External link
  • 2018
    • White, A., & Arasaratnam-Smith, L. A.(2018). "The messenger now and then: A socio-cultural analysis of the role of the 'preacher.'". Journal of Pentecostal Theology, 27 146-158. | External link
  • 2017
    • Arasaratnam-Smith, L. A., & Northcote, M. (2017). "Community in online higher education: Challenges and opportunities.". Electronic Journal of E-Learning, 15(2) 188-198.. | External link | AC Link
    • Arasaratnam-Smith, L. A.(2017). "Congregational attitudes toward immigrants: The case of Australian churches.". Australasian Pentecostal Studies, 19. | AC Link
  • 2016
    • Arasaratnam-Smith, L. A.(2016). "An exploration of the relationship between intercultural communication competence and bilingualism.". Communication Research Reports, 33(3) 231-238. | External link
  • 2015
    • Arasaratnam, L. A.(2015). "Intercultural competence: Looking back and looking ahead.". International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 48 1-2. | External link | AC Link
    • Arasaratnam, L. A.(2015). "Research in intercultural communication: Reviewing the past decade.". Journal of International & Intercultural Communication, 8(4) 290-310. | External link
  • 2014
    • Arasaratnam, L. A.(2014). "Ten years of research in intercultural communication competence: A retrospective.". Journal of Intercultural Communication, 35. | External link
    • Alexander, B. K., Arasaratnam, L. A., Avant-Mier, R., Durham, A., Flores, L., Leeds-Hurwitz, W., Mendoza, S. L., Oetzel, J., Osland, J., Tsuda, Y., Yin, J., & Halualani, R. (2014). "Identifying key intercultural urgencies, issues, and challenges in today’s world: Connecting our Scholarship to dynamic contexts and historical moments.". Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 7(1) 38-67. | External link
    • Arasaratnam, L. A.(2014). "A discussion of multiculturalism in Australia from educators’ perspective.". SpringerPlus, 3:36. | External link
  • 2013
    • Arasaratnam, L. A.(2013). "A review of articles on multiculturalism in 35 years of IJIR.". International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 37 676-685. | External link
  • 2012
    • Arasaratnam, L. A.(2012). "Intercultural Spaces and Communication within: An Explication.". Australian Journal of Communication, 39(3) 135-141.
  • 2011
    • Arasaratnam, L. A., & Banerjee, S. C.(2011). "Sensation seeking and intercultural communication competence: A model test.". International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 35(2) 226-233. | External link
  • 2010
    • Arasaratnam, L. A., Banerjee, S. C., & Dembek, K. (2010). "The integrated model of intercultural communication competence (IMICC): Model test.". Australian Journal of Communication, 37(3) 103-116.
    • Arasaratnam, L. A., Banerjee, S. C., Dembek, K. (2010). "Sensation seeking and the integrated model of intercultural communication competence.". Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 39(2) 69-79. | External link
  • 2009
    • Arasaratnam, L. A.(2009). "The development of a new instrument of intercultural communication competence.". Journal of Intercultural Communication, 20. | External link
  • 2008
    • Arasaratnam, L. A.(2008). "Acculturation process of Sri Lankan Tamil immigrants in Sydney: An ethnographic analysis using the Bidirectional model (BDM).". Australian Journal of Communication, 35 57-68.
  • 2007
    • Arasaratnam, L. A.(2007). "Research in intercultural communication competence: Past perspectives and future directions.". Journal of International Communication, 13 66-73. | External link
    • Arasaratnam, L. A.(2007). "Empirical research in intercultural communication competence: A review and recommendation.". Australian Journal of Communication, 34 105-117.
    • Arasaratnam, L. A., & Banerjee, S. C.(2007). "Ethnocentrism and sensation seeking as variables that influence intercultural contact-seeking behavior: A path analysis.". Communication Research Reports, 24(3) 303-310. | External link
  • 2006
    • Arasaratnam. L. A.(2006). "Further testing of a new model of intercultural communication competence.". Communication Research Reports, 23(2) 93-99. | External link
  • 2005
    • Arasaratnam, L. A.(2005). "Sensation seeking and international students’ satisfaction of experiences in the United States.". Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 34 184-194.
    • Arasaratnam, L. A., & Doerfel, M. L.(2005). "Intercultural communication competence: Identifying key components from multicultural perspectives.". International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 29(2) 137-163. | External link
  • 2004
    • Arasaratnam, L. A.(2004). "Sensation seeking as predictor of social initiative in intercultural interactions.". Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 33 215-222.
  • 2003
    • Morgan, S. E., & Arasaratnam, L. A.(2003). "Intercultural friendships as social excitation: Sensation seeking as a predictor of intercultural friendship seeking behavior.". Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 32 175-186.

Research and Professional Grants

  • 2007
    • "Department of International Communication Excellence in Teaching Award,", $500, Macquarie University
    • "Research Incentive funds based on publication record,", $5000, Macquarie University
  • 2005
    • "L. L. Stewart Faculty Development Award,", $2000, Oregon State University
  • 2004
    • "Faculty Release Time Grant, Research Office,", $6000, Oregon State University
  • 1998
    • "Viji Jeganathan Award for Cross-Cultural Understanding,", $1000, Office of International Affairs, University of Kentucky

Presentations

Academic Conference

  • 2019
    • "The tension between acculturation and tradition: The case of the Syrian Orthodox diaspora in Australia." (2019), Biennial Conference of the International Academy for Intercultural Research, New York, NY, 28 Aug 2019
      Co-presenter: Davies, A., & Arasaratnam-Smith, L. A.
    • "A discussion of multiculturalism in Australia from educators’ perspective." (2019), VIII Biennial Conference of the International Academy for Intercultural Research, Reno NV, 27 Aug 2019
  • 2018
    • “Measuring the Effectiveness of University Efforts to Promote Students’ Intercultural Effectiveness through Internationalization.” (2018), Invited roundtable, SUNY Global Centre, New York, NY, 27 Apr 2018
  • 2014
    • Developing intercultural competence (2014), Leaders' training, Church of Living Water, Sydney Australia, 07 Jun 2014
  • 2013
    • Intercultural communication for leaders (2013), Leaders' training, Riverlands Church, Sydeny Australia, 13 Oct 2013
  • 2010
    • "The integrated model of intercultural communication competence (IMICC): Model test." (2010), Annual convention of the International Communication Association, Singapore, 01 Jan 2010
      Co-presenter: Arasaratnam, L. A., Banerjee, S. C., & Dembek, K.
    • "The relationship between sensation seeking and intercultural communication competence: Further model testing" (2010), Annual convention of the International Communication Association, Singapore, 01 Jan 2010
      Co-presenter: Arasaratnam, L. A., Banerjee, S. C., & Dembek, K.
  • 2009
    • "Sensation seeking and intercultural communication competence: A model test." (2009), Top-3 panel of the intercultural division of the Annual Convention of the International Communication Association,, Chicago, IL, 01 Jan 2009
      Co-presenter: Arasaratnam, L. A., & Banerjee, S. C.
  • 2007
    • "Acculturation process of Sri Lankan Tamil immigrants in Sydney: An ethnographic analysis using the Bidirectional model (BDM)." (2007), Annual Convention of the Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, Honolulu, HI, 01 Jan 2007
  • 2006
    • "Ethnocentrism and sensation seeking as variables that influence intercultural contact-seeking behavior: A path analysis." (2006), Annual Convention of the International Communication Association, Dersden, Germany, 01 Jan 2006
      Co-presenter: Arasaratnam, L. A., & Banerjee, S. C.
    • "Variables that influence intercultural contact-seeking behavior: An explorative analysis." (2006), Annual Convention of the International Communication Association, Dersden, Germany, 01 Jan 2006
    • "Intercultural attitudes and experiences – the anti drug? Examining the moderating effects of social initiative, motivation, and intercultural friendships." (2006), Annual Convention of the International Communication Association, Dersden, Germany, 01 Jan 2006
      Co-presenter: Banerjee, S. C., & Arasaratnam, L. A.
  • 2005
    • "Further testing of a new model of intercultural communication competence." (2005), Annual Convention of the International Communication Association, New York, NY, 01 Jan 2005
  • 2004
    • "Cultural Communication Competence: Development of a New Model." (2004), Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association, New Orleans, LA, 01 Jan 2004
    • "Further testing of the multicultural personality questionnaire using intercultural scenarios." (2004), Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL, 01 Jan 2004
    • "Sensation seeking as predictor of social initiative in intercultural interactions." (2004), Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL, 01 Jan 2004
  • 2003
    • "Intercultural communication competence: Identifying key components from multicultural perspectives." (2003), Annual Convention of the International Communication Association, San Diego, CA, 01 Jan 2003
      Co-presenter: Arasaratnam, L. A., & Doerfel, M. L
    • "Competing cultural voices: An ethnographic study of international students in American graduate education.' (2003), Annual Convention of the National Communication Association, Miami, FL, 01 Jan 2003
    • "Intercultural friendships as social excitation: Sensation seeking as a predictor of intercultural friendship seeking behavior." (2003), Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association, Miami, FL, 01 Jan 2003
      Co-presenter: Morgan, S.E., & Arasaratnam. L. A.
  • 2002
    • "Threat Buffer Theory: A New Approach to Predicting Intercultural Communication Behaviors and Attitudes." (2002), Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, New York City, NY, 01 Jan 2002
      Co-presenter: Morgan, S. E., Arasaratnam, L. A., Layne, W., & Harrison, T. R.
    • "Predicting attitudes toward intercultural communication with threat buffer theory: Development and testing of the threat buffer inventory." (2002), Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association, New Orleans, LA, 01 Jan 2002
      Co-presenter: Morgan, S. E., Arasaratnam, L. A., Layne, W., & Harrison, T.
    • "Competing cultural voices: An ethnographic study of international students in American graduate education." (2002), Annual Convention of the Eastern Communication Association, New York City, NY, 01 Jan 2002
  • 2001
    • "Untapped Cultural Resources: Engaging international students in the American college experience." (2001), 5th Annual Meeting of the Graduate Student Association Symposium, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 01 Jan 2001
    • "Threat Buffer Theory: A New Approach to Predicting Intercultural Communication Behaviors and Attitudes." (2001), Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association, Atlanta, GA, 01 Jan 2001
      Co-presenter: Morgan, S. E., Arasaratnam, L. A., Layne, W., & Harrison, T. R.
  • 1998
    • "Facilitating Transition into a New Culture: Welcome Week Activities at UK." (1998), 2nd Annual Meeting of the Graduate Student Association Symposium, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 01 Jan 1998
      Co-presenter: Arasaratnam, L. A., & Sarkari, M.

Other presentation

  • 2020
    • Living a purposeful life (2020), Every Nation Church Singles Conferences, Sydney, 08 Aug 2020
  • 2011
    • Guest interviewee in Open House radio show (2011), Hope 103.2, Sydney, Australia, 20 Nov 2011
  • 2005
    • "Cultural differences in expectations in the education system." (2005), International Student Orientation, Oregon State University, USA, 01 Jan 2005
  • 2000
    • "Cultural differences in the classroom." (2000), Graduate Teaching Assistants’ Orientation, University of Kentucky, USA, 01 Jan 2000

Scholarship Publications

Book

  • 2017
    • Arasaratnam-Smith, L. A.(2017). "Reflections on Singleness.". APS Press. | External link

Journal Article

  • 2020
    • Arasaratnam-Smith, L. A., Pepper, N., Powell, R., & Ward, N. (2020). A study of cultural empathy and attitude toward diversity: The case of Australian Christian church attenders. Research in Social Scientific Study of Religion, 31 251-272.

Popular Article

  • 2021
    • Arasaratnam-Smith, L. (2021). May I Try On Your Glasses?. Crucis, . | External link
    • Arasaratnam-Smith, L. (2021). Preparing Students For Global Workplaces. Crucis, . | External link
  • 2020
    • Arasaratnam-Smith, L. (2020). Social Scripts Re-Written In A Social Distancing World. Crucis, . | External link
    • Arasaratnam-Smith, L. (2020). Let’s Talk About Gender, Race, And Offenses. Crucis, . | External link
  • 2017
    • Arasaratnam-Smith, L. A.(2017). "Made to stand out.". Crucis, . | External link
    • Arasaratnam-Smith, L. A.(2017). "Let’s talk about singleness.". Crucis, .
  • 2007
    • Arasaratnam, L. A.(2007). "Building international student leadership teams.". Internationals on Campus, Fall issue11-13.

Other Publication

  • 2021
    • Arasaratnam-Smith, L. A.(2021). Prologue.
  • 2017
    • Arasaratnam-Smith, L. A.(2017). "Intercultural communication competence.".
  • 2016
    • Lily A. Arasaratnam (2016). "Intercultural competence.". | External link
  • 2015
    • Arasaratnam, L. A.(2015). "Perceptions.".

Professional Memberships

Editorial Board, International Journal of Intercultural Relations (since 2015)

International Academy for Intercultural Research (since 2010)

Completed Supervision

  • 2015
    • Hughes, D., Exploring the cultural hurdles in virtual teams: The case of collaboration between Australians and Americans (Masters Project/Thesis), 2015
  • 2014
    • Nwosu, J., Shifting Identity in the Midst of Cultural Transition: An Autoethnography (Masters Project/Thesis), 2014
    • Holder, A., The transforming power of belonging (Masters Project/Thesis), 2014
  • 2012
    • Samuel Abalo, Developing intercultural competence at Agape church (Masters Project/Thesis), 2012
  • 2006
    • Tananuraksakul, N., The impact of English language learning on learner's personal security: A case study of international students in Sydney (Masters Project/Thesis), 2006

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