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.

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.

ICT Network

Explore Intercultural Communication and Training (ICT) resources and network with peers. 

Explore the ICT Network

ITLC Network

Explore Internationalizing Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum (ITLC) resources and network with peers. 

Explore the ITLC Network

RS Network

Explore Research and Scholarship (RS) resources and network with peers. 

Explore the RS Network

Ji-Yeung Jang, PhD

Ji-Yeung Jang
Ohio University
Chair, Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS) KC
At Ohio University, Jang leads pan-university global strategy, global partnerships, and strategic communication. She also oversees the offices that manage study abroad programs and international student services. She has worked in the field of international education for more than 17 years, aspiring...

Katherine Punteney, EdD

Katherine Punteney
Middlebury Institute of International Studies
Chair-elect, Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS) KC
Katherine Punteney, EdD, is a professor and founder of the MA in International Education Management program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) in Monterey, California. Katherine has more than 20 years of experience in the field of international education and is the author of...

Holly Carter, PhD

Holly Carter
University of Evansville
Past Chair, Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS) KC
Holly Carter, PhD, has worked in international education for 20 years and held senior leadership positions at multiple universities. She is currently the principal of Harlaxton College in the UK and associate professor of sociology at the University of Evansville.

Iuliia Hoban, PhD

Iuliia Hoban
Virginia Tech
Coordinator, Intercultural Communications and Engagement (TLS KC)
Iuliia Hoban, PhD, is an experienced higher education professional with expertise in intercultural and global studies and experience in curriculum design, experiential learning, program design, student mentoring and advising, and teaching. She is fluent in English, Russian, and Ukrainian, and she...

Kate Hellmann, PhD

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Washington State University
Coordinator, Programs and Resources (TLS KC)
Kate Hellmann, PhD, is a faculty administrator and researcher in the field of international education and TESOL. She has a PhD in Education with a focus on International Education and a Master's in Applied Linguistics. Spanish is her second language. She researches faculty experiences with...

Melissa Whatley, PhD

Melissa Whatley
School for International Training Graduate Institute
Research & Scholarship Network Leader & Subcommittee Chair (TLS KC)
Melissa Whatley, PhD, is an assistant professor of international and global education at the School for International Training Graduate Institute. Her research applies mixed methods and advanced quantitative analytic approaches to improve the understanding of policies and practices that diversify...

Ling LeBeau, PhD

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Syracuse University
2022 Annual Conference Committee Member, TLS Knowledge Community; TLS KC Rep, ACC
Ling Gao LeBeau, PhD, is associate director of international student success at Syracuse University. LeBeau is a scholar practitioner in the field of international higher education with many years of experiences in teaching, research, and administration. She has served in various roles in...

Melissa Hawkins, EdS

Melissa Hawkins
University of Alabama-Birmingham
Network Leader, Internationalizing Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum (TLS KC)
Melissa Hawkins is the International Teaching and Learning Specialist in the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Alabama—Birmingham. In this role, she conducts workshops for faculty focused on at-home internationalization initiatives, including how to incorporate international...

Subcommittee Members

  • ICT Subcommittee: Alison Owens, MA, Organization of American States
  • ICT Subcommittee: Althea Gordon, MA, The University of the West Indies
  • ICT Subcommittee: Hannah Morris, PhD, U.S. Department of State
  • ICT Subcommittee: Kandy Turner, EdD, Widener University
  • ICT Subcommittee: Liliana Gabriela Casanova Rangel, MA, Universidad del Rosario
  • ICT Subcommittee: Nick Dunn, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • ITLC Subcommittee: Karey Fuhs, MA, Northwestern University
  • ITLC Subcommittee: Melissa Hawkins, EdS, University of Alabama-Birmingham
  • ITLC Subcommittee: Nneka Nora Osakwe, PhD, Albany State University
  • ITLC Subcommittee: Ross Hudson, MA
  • RS Subcommittee: Jana Jaffa, DEd, Penn State University
  • RS Subcommittee: Natalie Irby Cruz, PhD, Old Dominion University
  • RS Subcommittee: Nick Gozik, PhD, Elon University
  • RS Subcommittee: Richard Marcus, PhD, California State University-Long Beach
  • RS Subcommittee: Todd Goen, MA, Christopher Newport University

Regional Liaisons

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