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.

Sora Friedman, chair
Professor of International Education, SIT Graduate Institute

Eylem Atakav, chair-elect
Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Humanities; Senior lecturer, Film and Television Studies, University of East Anglia

  • Anne D'Angelo, past chair
    Assistant dean of global initiatives, Carlson Global Institute, University of Minnesota
  • Sandra Crenshaw, programs and resources coordinator
    Associate provost, Arcadia University
  • Meredith Henderson, Intercultural Communication and Training Network leader
    Senior director of programs, Go Global North Carolina
  • Cindy Xinquan Jiang, programs and resources coordinator
    Senior research associate, Office of International Affairs, Ohio State University
  • Bryan McAllister-Grande, 2020 and 2021 Annual Conference Committee member
    Curriculum Integration Manager, Northeastern University
  • Melissa Whatley, Research and Scholarship Network leader
    Postdoctoral Research Scholar, NC State University
  • Jiangyuan (JY) Zhou, Internationalizing Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Network leader
    Internationalization specialist, Stockton University

Regional Liaisons

  • Region I: Kathy Gallentine,Central Washington University
  • Region IV: Tara A. Harvey, True North Intercultural
  • Region V: Kari Henquinet, Michigan Technological University
  • Region VI: Leslie Bozeman, Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis
  • Region VII: Angie Edwards, Queens University of Charlotte
  • Region X: Makeda King-Smith, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art
  • Region XI: Joseph Stanley, Providence College
  • Region XII, Zachary Frieders, University of California-Davis