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 2017 Award Selection Committee: Elizabeth Matthews - Michigan State University, Amy Cockrell - Miami University, David Archbold - Oakland University, Stephanie Hernandez - Southern Methodist University, Iyabo Oyewo - City University of New York, Borough of Manhattan Community College, and Ravi Srinivas - University of St. Thomas.

2016 Recipient - Heather Housley

Heather Housley is director of international student and scholar services at Georgia State University (GSU) in Atlanta, where she has worked with international students and scholars since 1997. Housley is a long-time member of NAFSA and is a frequent presenter at 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.

Housley 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.

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