Innovative Research in International Education Award

 

The 2018 competition is now open.

TLSTeaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community (TLS KC) focuses on curriculum internationalization, research that informs practice, and intercultural communication, serving faculty; administrators; graduate and post doctoral students; researchers; intercultural trainers; cross-cultural counselors; and other professionals in international education.

The TLS KC Innovative Research in International Education Award, established in 2013, celebrates and recognizes new and innovative research with potential or demonstrated impact in the field of international education. Impacts may include (but are not limited to) a policy or programmatic change, increased awareness of an issue, or a change in thinking among a group of professionals.

Eligibility

  1. Encouraged to apply are graduate students, junior faculty, and emerging scholars. Established scholars with new innovative research can also apply.
  2. Individuals may apply themselves or be nominated by a peer.
  3. Co-authored material will be considered. The submitted co-authored material needs to feature the nominee as the first or second author.
  4. Nominees’ membership in NAFSA: Association of International Educators is not required.
  5. All documents including research material should be submitted in English.
  6. Not eligible for consideration are:
    • Individuals who received this award within the previous three years,
    • Members of the selection committee,
    • Group collaborative efforts and/or institutional-based submissions.
     
 

Benefits

  • The recipient will receive an Award Certificate.
  • The recipient and their research will be featured on the Award webpage.
  • The recipient will be acknowledged at the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community Update Meeting at the NAFSA Annual Conference in May 2018.
  • An interview with the recipient will be published in NAFSA’s International Educator magazine.
  • The recipient will have the opportunity to open the NAFSA Symposium on Research with a keynote presentation on their research in fall 2018.
  • The recipient will have the opportunity to chair a session related to research at the 2019 NAFSA Annual Conference.
  • The recipient will serve as an honorable member of the 2019 Award Selection Committee.
 

How to Apply

In order to be considered, applicants must submit the following materials (in English) to TLSaward@nafsa.org by February 12, 2018:

  1. Contact Information
    • Your name, title, degree, and contact information.
  2. Nomination Letter
    • This letter should include the following information:
      • A brief summary of the research submitted for the TLS KC’s Innovative Research Award.
      • Description of how the research is connected to practice in the field of international education: Practice needs to show a connection with a staff member, administrator, or faculty whose day-to-day work involves engagement with international education activities in or in collaboration with and within higher education institution(s).
      • Description of how the research exemplifies “innovation,” i.e. how the research offers a fresh new perspective, provides a new direction, and/or improves upon existing knowledge and theory.
      • Description of a demonstrated or projected impact of the research on the micro level (home campus/ organization) OR the macro level (state, national, or international policy or debates).
      • Description of how the research relates to any of the NAFSA knowledge domains (education abroad; international students and scholars services; teaching, learning, and scholarship; international enrollment management; international education leadership, and comprehensive internationalization).
      • What makes the research innovative?
  3. Recommendation Letter
    • This letter should be from a peer, such as a scientific advisor, a peer reviewer, or other individual familiar with the research.
    • The letter should briefly address the following questions:
      • What is the research about?
      • Is the research applicable in the field of international education? If so, how?
      • What makes the research innovative?
      • Does the research have an impact or a potential for an impact?
      • What areas of international education (or NAFSA knowledge domains: education abroad; international students and scholars services; teaching, learning, and scholarship; international enrollment management; international education leadership, and comprehensive internationalization) does the research relate to?
  4. Published Materials
    • Accepted types of publications include articles in peer-reviewed scholarly publications such as journals. Peer review includes an evaluative process of a research publication that is done by a group of experts in the appropriate discipline(s) in order to measure the quality of scholarship under consideration. Monographs, book chapters, or entire books will also be accepted.
    • Theses and dissertations will NOT be considered.
    • Submitted research for award consideration must be published within the last three years.
    • Published material must be available in English (either originally or in translation) and in electronic form (either a pdf-file or a link to online publication).
    • Submitted research should have the ability to contribute to developing scholarship or be applicable in the field of international education. The research can be based on a theoretical approach (creating, extending, or modifying theory) or an empirical approach (using actual observation or experimentation or statistical analysis).

How to Nominate Others

To nominate an individual, please send the following materials (in English) to TLSaward@nafsa.org by February 12, 2018:

  1. Contact Information
    • Your name, title, degree, and contact information.
    • The name, title, degree, and contact information of the colleague you are nominating.
  2. Recommendation Letter
    • Please describe why the research proposed for nomination should be considered for the TLS KC’s Innovative Research Award.
    • Please provide brief answers to the following questions:
      • What is the research about?
      • Is the research applicable in the field of international education? If so, how?
      • What makes the research innovative?
      • Does the research have an impact or a potential for an impact?
      • What areas of international education (or NAFSA knowledge domains: education abroad; international students and scholars services; teaching, learning, and scholarship; international enrollment management; international education leadership, and comprehensive internationalization) does the research relate to?

2017 Recipient

Polina Vinogradova, PhD
Director, TESOL Program, Department of World Languages and Cultures, American University

Polina Vinogradova is a faculty member and director of the TESOL Program at American University in Washington, DC where she works with graduate TESOL students and teaches courses in second language teaching methods. In her research, she explores ways to introduce participatory approaches to English as an additional language education and language teacher development. In particular, she studies pedagogical uses of digital stories and the role of a pedagogy of multiliteracies in student and teacher empowerment. Dr. Vinogradova holds a PhD in language, literacy and culture from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and has master's degrees in TESOL from the University of Northern Iowa and in intercultural communication from UMBC.

Dr. Vinogradova’s chapter “Teaching with Digital Stories for Student Empowerment and Engagement” (in Carrier M., Damerow R. M., and Bailey K. M., eds. 2017. Digital Language Learning and Teaching: Research, Theory, and Practice. Routledge & TIRF) presents a study that explored potential for digital stories to facilitate gradual introduction of overt instruction through multimodal scaffolded collaborative activities in an English as a second language class. Here, overt instruction refers to systematic and explicit instructional interventions that build on the learners’ strengths and backgrounds and create new knowledge through collaborative efforts between the students and the teacher. The findings illustrate that with overt instruction and through activities involved in digital story production, English language learners gained understanding of multimodal meaning making and engaged in meaningful communicative practices in English. They also developed a positive view of themselves as English language users and found ways to support each other thus developing an engaging and creative multicultural classroom environment.

2017 Award Selection Committee

  • Alexandra Neves, chair, Western New Mexico University
  • Karen Chambers, Saint Mary's College
  • Anne D'Angelo, University of Minnesota
  • Chris Glass, Old Dominion University
  • Katie Roller, The California State University

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