KC ISSS Award of Excellence


The Knowledge Community for International Student and Scholar Services (KC ISSS) is charged with providing professional development opportunities and resources for those in the field of international student and scholar services. This KC ISSS award honors a NAFSA member who has demonstrated outstanding qualities that distinguish him or her as a leader in the field of international student and scholar services.

Nominees should possess qualities of compassion, integrity, and leadership. They also must be NAFSA members and must have been professionals in the field of international student and scholar services for at least 10 years. Nominees should have earned respect and admiration from students, colleagues, and peers.

KCISSS would like to thank the following individuals for serving on the 2016 Award Selection Committee: Tami Renner-Loyola University-Chicago, Emiko Christopherson- Oregon State University, Harlan Smith- Cleveland State University, Shama Ali- Creighton University, and Kinda Haddad- University of Central Florida.

2016 Recipient - Heather Housley

Heather Housley is Director of International Student & Scholar Services at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where she has enjoyed working with international students and scholars since 1997. Heather is a long-time member of NAFSA, and is a frequent presenter at the state, Region VII, and national conferences. She has served as chair of the Georgia Association of International Educators, state representative to Region VII, and chair of Region VII where she coordinated the 2012 bi-regional conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Heather has a passion for student leadership development that led her to initiate and chair a statewide committee to establish the Georgia International Leadership Conference for international and U.S. study abroad students in 1998. The annual conference has served as a model for other states in the region which have developed similar leadership conferences. She enjoys learning more about the world every day while serving GSU’s growing international student and scholar community, and is invigorated by the challenges and opportunities presented by the ever changing landscape of international education.

Heather served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, and is a past recipient of Region VII’s International Excellence Award. A Tennessee native, Heather is an enthusiastic fan of both her alma maters - the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and The Ohio State University.