Innovative Research in International Education Award

 

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

The TLS KC Innovative Research in International Education Award celebrates and recognizes new and innovative research from any discipline that demonstrates a potential or demonstrated impact in the field of international education. Applications are encouraged to address the innovative nature of research for the field of international education. Impacts may include a policy or programmatic change, a revelation of a pedagogic tool or methodology, increased awareness of an issue, implications for additional research by other contributors, or a change in thinking among international education professionals.

Demonstrating teaching, learning, and scholarship as critical priorities to NAFSA's mission, the award recipient will be featured in the NAFSA publication International Educator, honored at the 2019 NAFSA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, and encouraged to open the 2019 Symposium on Research with a presentation about the research.

Eligibility

  1. Scholars and researchers from all backgrounds and academic fields including graduate students, junior faculty, emerging scholars, and scholar-practitioners are encouraged to submit applications.
  2. Co-authored material will be considered. The submitted co-authored material needs to feature the nominee as the first or second author.
  3. All documents including research material should be submitted in English.
  4. Individuals may apply themselves or be nominated by a peer.
  5. Nominees are not required to have membership in NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
  6. Allowable materials include the following:
    • Accepted types of publications include articles in peer-reviewed scholarly publications such as journals. Peer review includes an evaluative process of a research publication that is done by a group of experts in the appropriate discipline(s) in order to measure the quality of scholarship under consideration. Book chapters in edited volumes based on scholarly research will also be accepted.
    • Submitted research for award consideration must have been published within the last three years.
    • Published material must be available in English (either originally or in translation) and in electronic form (as either a pdf or a link to an online publication).
    • Submitted research should have the ability to contribute to developing scholarship in or be applicable to the field of international education. The research can be based on a theoretical approach (creating, extending, or modifying theory) or an empirical approach (using actual observation or experimentation or statistical analysis).
     
  7. The following are not eligible for consideration:
    • Individuals who received this award within the previous three years,
    • Members of the selection committee,
    • Research sponsored by institutions and organizations, and
    • Unpublished theses and dissertations.
     
 

Benefits

  1. The recipient will receive an Award Certificate.
  2. The recipient and their research will be featured on the Award webpage.
  3. The recipient will be acknowledged at the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community Update Meeting at the NAFSA Annual Conference in May 2019.
  4. An interview with the recipient will be published in NAFSA’s International Educator magazine.
  5. The recipient will have the opportunity to open the NAFSA Symposium on Research with a keynote presentation on their research in fall 2019.
  6. The recipient will have the opportunity to chair a session related to research at the 2020 NAFSA Annual Conference.
  7. The recipient will serve as an honorable member of the 2020 Award Selection Committee.
 

Criteria

  1. Applicability of Research
    The research is applicable to the field of international education and relates to one or more international education domains (e.g. - comprehensive internationalization; education abroad; global learning; international education leadership; international enrollment management; international students and scholar services; teaching, learning, and scholarship).
  2. Innovation of Research
    The research is innovative and offers a fresh perspective, new direction, or improvement on existing knowledge and/or theories.
  3. Impact of Research
    The research has a demonstrated or potential impact to the field of international education.
 

How to Apply

In order to be considered, applicants must submit the following materials (in English) to TLSaward@nafsa.org by January 25, 2019. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  1. Applicant information: name, title, institution, contact information
  2. Research information: title, publisher, year of research to be considered
  3. PDF of research (book chapter, journal article)
  4. Application Letter
  5. Recommendation Letter

Application Letter should include:

  • Overview: A brief summary of the research submitted for the TLS KC’s Innovative Research Award including a citation verifying its publication.
  • Relevance: Description of how the research is connected to practice in the field of international education: Practice needs to show a connection with a staff member, administrator, or faculty whose day-to-day work involves engagement with international education activities or in collaboration with and within higher education institution(s).
  • Innovation:Description of how the research exemplifies “innovation,” i.e. how the research offers a fresh new perspective, provides a new direction, and/or improves upon existing knowledge and theory.
  • Impact: Description of a demonstrated or projected impact of the research on the micro level (home campus/organization) or the macro level (state, national, or international policy or debates).
  • Implications: Description of the implications of the research findings related to the NAFSA knowledge domain such as education abroad; global learning; international students and scholars services; teaching, learning, and scholarship; international enrollment management; international education leadership; and comprehensive internationalization.

Recommendation Letter should be from an advisor, peer reviewer, or other individual familiar with the research. This recommendation should briefly address the following questions:

  • What problems or issues in international education does the research address?
  • How does the research connect theory to practice in the field of international education? What are the implications of this research for international education research and scholarship?
  • Why is the research relevant and innovative?
  • What is the demonstrated or potential impact of the research in the field of international education?
 

How to Nominate

In order to be considered, nominations must be submitted (in English) to TLSaward@nafsa.org by January 25, 2019. Incomplete nominations will not be considered. Nominations should include:

  1. Contact information:
    Nominator: name, title, institution, contact information
    Candidate: name, title, institution, contact information, relationship to nominator
  2. Research information: title, publisher, year of research to be considered
  3. PDF of research (book chapter, journal article)
  4. Nomination Letter

Nomination Letter

Nomination letter should address the following:

Summary 

  • Please provide a brief summary of the research submitted for the TLS KC’s Innovative Research Award including a citation verifying its publication.

Relevance & Applicability

  • How is the research connected to practice in the field of international education?
  • How is this practice connected with a staff member, administrator, or faculty whose day-to-day work involves engagement with international education activities and/orin collaboration with and within higher education institution(s)?
  • What problems or issues in international education does the research address?

Innovation

  • How is this research innovative?
  • How does this research exemplify “innovation,” i.e. how does the research offer a fresh new perspective, provide a new direction, and/or improve upon existing knowledge and theory?

Impact

  • What is the demonstrated or potential impact of the research in the field of international education?
  • Please describe demonstrated or projected impact of the research on the micro level (home campus/ organization) or the macro level (state, national, or international policy or debates).

Implications

  • Please describe implications of the research findings related to the relevant NAFSA knowledge domain(s):
    • Education Abroad
    • Global Learning
    • International Student and Scholar Services
    • Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship
    • International Enrollment Management
    • International Education Leadership
    • Comprehensive Internationalization
     
 

2019 Recipient

Julie FicarraJulie Ficarra, PhD
Julie Ficarra is a scholar-practitioner currently serving as the associate director for study abroad at SUNY Cortland in Upstate NY. She has previously worked in International Education at the University at Buffalo, Harvard University, the University of South Florida, and was an Una Chapman Cox Fellow at the US Department of State (Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs), as well as at the US Embassy in Mbabane, Swaziland. She holds a master’s degree in international education policy from Harvard University and recently completed a PhD in cultural foundations of education from Syracuse University. Her dissertation “Producing the Global Classroom: Exploring the Impact of US Study Abroad on Host Communities in San Jose, Costa Rica and Florence, Italy” uses neoliberalism as a theoretical framework to interrogate the assumption that study abroad produces mutually beneficial, cross-cultural, exchange between US students and hosts.

Her research interests focus broadly on the application of critical social theories to our understanding of the relationships of power that are maintained, challenged, or produced through international education in its many forms. She is particularly interested in exploring the various hidden curriculums embedded within education abroad programs.

This interest was the impetus for the project and subsequent article “Curating Cartographies of Knowledge: Reading Institutional Study Abroad Portfolio as Text” which introduces institutional study abroad portfolios, defined in this work as, “the compilation of study abroad programs that a university promotes to its students which take place in particular locations focusing on specific academic disciplines.” Using three post-secondary institutions in the US as illustrative cases, Ficarra argues that in looking at institutional study abroad portfolios as a unit of analysis, “common-sense” disciplinary/geographic pairings emerge, which have the potential to unintentionally define where particular types of knowledge do (and more importantly, do not) exist.

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