Innovative Research in International Education Award

 

The 2018 competition has now closed. Thank you for your submissions. Information about the 2019 competition will become available in Fall 2018.

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. 
     
  7. 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).
     
 

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.
 

Criteria

  • Applicability
    The research is applicable to practice in the field of international education
  • Innovation
    The research is innovative and offers a fresh perspective, new direction, or improvement on existing knowledge and/or theories
  • Impact
    The research has a demonstrated or projected impact to the field of international education (e.g. impacts programs, campuses, organizations; state, national, or international policies)
  • Relation to International Education Areas
    The research relates to one or more international education domains (e.g. Comprehensive Internationalization; Education Abroad; Global Learning; International Education Leadership; International Enrollment Management; International Students and Scholar Services; Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship)
 

How to Apply

In order to be considered, applicants must submit the following materials (in English) to TLSaward@nafsa.org by Date To Be Announced:

  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?
 

How to Nominate Others

To nominate an individual, please send the following materials (in English) to TLSaward@nafsa.org by Date To Be Announced:

  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?
 

2018 Recipient

Chrystal A. George Mwangi, PhD
Chrystal A. George Mwangi is an assistant professor of higher education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her scholarship broadly centers on 1) structures of opportunity and issues of inequity that impact the trajectory of diverse students into and through college; 2) internationalization efforts within higher education, the transnational nature of universities, and the use of higher education as a tool for international mobility/migration; and 3) African and African Diaspora populations in higher education with a specific emphasis on the impact of race, racism, and coloniality on their educational experiences. George Mwangi engages qualitative, mixed methods, participatory, and critical research designs and frameworks. Her research has been published in journals including Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, Review of Higher Education, and Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Prior to her faculty position, George Mwangi worked for a number of years as a college administrator. She received her PhD in higher education administration from the University of Maryland, College Park and her MS in higher education and student affairs from Florida State University.

George Mwangi's research "Partner Positioning: Examining International Higher Education Partnerships through a Mutuality Lens" explores "60 international higher education partnerships through the lens of mutuality...examining how partners negotiate and navigate power." These partnerships were created with the goal of addressing international development challenges through collaboration between a university in the Majority World and a university in the U.S. The findings emphasized "the process of partnership creation, navigating cross-cultural contexts, partner positioning and partnership dynamics, and stakeholder engagement."

2018 Award Selection Committee

  • Cindy Xinquan Jiang, chair, Ohio State University
  • Sora Friedman, SIT Graduate Institute
  • Chris Glass, Old Dominion University
  • Christina E. Sanchez, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • Polina Vinogradova, American University

Nominations

Submissions due: Feb. 25, 2018

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