Innovative Research in International Education Award Recipients


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.

2016 Recipient

Chris R. Glass, PhD
Graduate Program Director, Higher Education and Community College Leadership Master’s and Ph.D. programs, Old Dominion University

Chris R. Glass is an assistant professor of higher education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. He takes a social psychological approach to researching issues in American higher education, with an interest in how the presence of others affects educational outcomes such as achievement, motivation, and social development. Glass is a lead researcher on the Global Perspective Inventory (GPI), a widely-used assessment instrument that examines the relationship between educational experiences and global learning outcomes. He received the 2016 Provost’s Award for Leadership in International Education at ODU and participated in the 2014-15 ASHE/NAFSA Collaboration Global Learning and International Educational Mobility.

Glass’s article, “Comparative effects of belongingness on the academic success and cross-cultural interactions of domestic and international students”, uses a resilience-based model of acculturation to examine the effects of a sense of belonging on cross-cultural interaction and academic success. He found that a sense of belonging increased cross-cultural interaction between international and domestic students, and it substantially enhanced international students’ average grade earned. Cultural events, leadership programs, and community service enhanced a sense of belonging, buffered the effects of racism, and provided a secure base for the exploration of cross-cultural relationships. You can access the article on the International Journal of Intercultural Relations journal website, or request a free copy from Glass via Research Gate or by emailing him at

Glass received his PhD from Michigan State University where he worked at the Global Institute for Higher Education (GIHE) and National Center for the Study of University Engagement (NCSUE).

He is the author of the book International Student Engagement: Strategies for Connective, Inclusive, and Purposeful Campus Environments (Stylus Publishing) and the report "Uneven Experiences: What’s Missing and What Matters for International Students. To learn more about Glass’s research and writing on international students, MOOCs, and publicly engaged scholarship, visit his ODU website.

2014 Recipient

Dr. Sonia MassariSonia Massari, PhD
Director, Gustolab Institute, Academic and Program Director, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Rome Center

Sonia Massari is director of the Gustolab Institute, Center for Food Studies, and academic and program director of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Rome Center. Massari serves as scientific consultant for the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation, promoting new opportunities for young students and researchers in the food field. She currently teaches at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Rome Programs), Roma Tre University and Instituto Superiore per le Industrie Artistiche (ISIA), School of Design, Rome. Previously, Massari worked as a researcher, academic advisor, and faculty at several education and communication agencies, European Commission research centers, and universities in Europe and the United States. Since 2005, she has designed, directed, and managed more than 35 study abroad programs in Italy.

With her background in communication studies and interaction design, Massari has applied the creative design thinking approach to her educational projects on food studies and supports the rational use of new technologies and narrative video tools as new forms of shared learning. She is a winner of the 2012 International Women and Technologies award for being one of the first people to introduce the academic study of food in the Italian university system and to extend her project at an international level.

Massari received her PhD in food systems and interaction design from the University of Florence, with a thesis that combined the importance of education, the food system, and new digital technologies.

To learn more about Massari's work, read an in-depth interview from November 2014 and her article Introducing Food Experience Design in the Food Studies Curriculum.


Submissions due: Feb. 25, 2018