NAFSA recognizes professionals and leaders year-round for outstanding contributions to international education.

Board of Directors

NAFSA honors the contributions of the Board of Directors who provides strategic and fiduciary guidance for the association. NAFSA Board Members are innovators who have impacted international education through direct participation or affiliation. Meeting as a full board several times per year and serving on several board committees throughout the year, NAFSA Board members are actively engaged in preserving our legacy and partnering to frame the future of the association.

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Regulatory Practice and Leadership Committees

NAFSA honors the contributions of members who serve as leaders within the regulatory practice areas and on the leadership committees. International Education professionals serve two-three years guiding a team through a work plan that aligns with the NAFSA strategic plan. Together they collaborate across the association to create resources, provide services, and deliver sessions that meet the professional and career needs of members.

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National Awards

NAFSA honors distinguished contributions of international educators with NAFSA International Education Awards presented at the Annual Conference. Each year NAFSA recognizes professionals for their outstanding contributions to international education.The Professional Development and Engagement Committee of the NAFSA Board is responsible for nominating individuals for the Award for Leadership and Collaboration in honor of Cassandra Pyle and the Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field in honor of Marita Houlihan. The Membership Engagement Committee is responsible for nominating members of the Award for Distinguished Service to NAFSA in honor of Homer Higbee, Life Membership Award, and The Rising Star Young Leader Award.

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Advocate of the Year

NAFSA honors the contributions of members who have served as an Advocate of the Year. Each year a professional is selected who has excelled in contributing to NAFSA through their grass root efforts.

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Knowledge Communities

NAFSA honors the contributions of members who have made an impact in the professional areas of practice and received a Knowledge Community Award. Professionals are recognized by the knowledge community for stellar contributions to the advancement of education abroad, international scholar and student services, international enrollment management, and teaching, learning and scholarship.

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Regional Awards

NAFSA honors the contributions of international educators who are making an impact in the NAFSA Regions with a Regional Award. A variety of awards are given annually by the regional teams. Professionals are recognized for their past contributions to the region or for their potential to contribute to International Education.

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