TLSTeaching, 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 recipient will be honored by the TLS KC leadership in conjunction with the NAFSA Annual Conference and Expo, recognized in the NAFSA publication International Educator, and encouraged to open the Fall 2021 Symposium on Research with a presentation about the research.

The deadline for 2021 submissions has passed. 

Congratulations to Ming Cheng, PhD, recipient of the 2020 TLS Innovative Research in International Education Award!

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...

Julie Ficarra, PhD

Julie Ficarra
SUNY Cortland
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...

Chrystal George Mwangi, PhD

Chrystal George
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Chrystal A. George Mwangi is an assistant professor of higher education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her scholarship broadly centers on 1) structures of opportunity and issues of inequity that impact the trajectory of diverse students into and through college; 2) internationalization...
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