TLSThe Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community (TLS KC) 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.

The TLS KC Innovative Research in International Education Award celebrates and recognizes new and innovative research from any discipline that demonstrates a potential or proven impact in the field of international education. Submissions should focus on individual peer-reviewed publications in the format of either a journal article or a chapter in an edited volume (i.e., a book chapter) and may be put forward by either application or nomination.

All are encouraged to apply or nominate colleagues for this award. NAFSA membership is not a requirement. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

The submission period for the 2023 Award is now closed. Submissions will open for the 2024 Award in November 2023.

Christina W. Yao, PhD

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University of South Carolina
Christina W. Yao, PhD, is an associate professor of Higher Education and program coordinator of the Higher Education and Student Affairs Master’s program at the University of South Carolina. She is a qualitative researcher who studies undergraduate and graduate student engagement and learning in...

Tang T. Heng, EdD

Tang Heng
National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
Tang Heng is an assistant professor at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. By studying what happens when people and ideas circulate across borders, she highlights issues related to diversity and education through a comparative and international education...

Ming Cheng, PhD

Ming Cheng
Edge Hill University
Ming Cheng, PhD, is a professor of higher education at Edge Hill University in the UK. She has over 14 years’ of international experience from working at British and Chinese universities. Her research interest covers curriculum internationalisation, postgraduate learning and supervision...
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