Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community


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

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Mission Statement

Equipping NAFSA members and other educators with the knowledge, research, and skills they need to engage in, encourage and support positive change practices that results in the infusion of international, intercultural, and global knowledge into the ethos and outcomes of their own work and, more broadly, the work of their organizations.

To accomplish its mission, TLS:

  1. Identifies and makes accessible, within and beyond NAFSA, new and existing theoretical and empirical knowledge that improves practice.
  2. Brings innovative people, concepts, structures, and ideas to NAFSA conferences and other educational programming.
  3. Works with others to identify gaps in research and knowledge and engages the membership in filling those gaps.
  4. Promotes dialogue that motivates scholars, educators, practitioners, and administrators to collaboratively internationalize their organizations.

Leadership Team

We are always happy to hear your feedback! Contact us at TLSkc@nafsa.org.

Ann Mason, chair
Lead consultant, Mason Education Group

Anne D’Angelo, chair-elect
Assistant dean of global initiatives, Carlson Global Institute, University of Minnesota

  • Douglas Palmer, past chair
    Vice president for academic affairs and professor of history, Walsh University
  • Eylem Atakav, Intercultural Communication and Training Network leader
    School director of internationalization and senior lecturer, University of East Anglia, UK
  • Jennifer Creamer, 2017 and 2018 Annual Conference Committee member
    Director, Center for Global Engagement, Robert Morris University
  • Emily Gorlewski, Research and Scholarship Network leader
    Associate director, Study Abroad, Center for Global Studies, Wesleyan University
  • Jonathan Larson, programs and resources coordinator
    Interim director and instructor in anthropology, Off-Campus Study, Grinnell College
  • Alexandra Neves, programs and resources coordinator
    Director of international studies and associate professor, Western New Mexico University
  • Jiangyuan (JY) Zhou, Internationalizing Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Network leader
    Internationalization specialist, Stockton University

Regional Liaisons

  • Region I: Kristin Evans, University of Washington Continuum College
  • Region II: Karen Gardenier, Colorado State University
  • Region IV: Taylor Nicole Gee, University of Central Missouri
  • Region V: Gretchen Dee, ELS Language Center at Dominican University
  • Region VI: Xinquan Cindy Jiang, The Ohio State University
  • Region VII: Angie Edwards, Queens University of Charlotte
  • Region X: Michelle Desikan, Columbia University
  • Region XII: Katherine Punteney, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey