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

Eylem Atakav, PhD

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University of East Anglia
Chair, Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community
Eylem Atakav, PhD, is a professor of film, gender and public engagement at the University of East Anglia where she teaches courses on women, Islam and media; and Middle Eastern media. She is the recipient of 2016 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Outstanding Contribution to Pedagogy Award and is...

Sora Friedman

Sora Friedman
SIT Graduate Institute
Past Chair, Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community
Sora Friedman serves as the past chair of the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS) Knowledge Community. She has worked in the field of international education (IE) for over 30 years, focusing on the preparation of new professionals in the field, IE management training, exchange program...

Holly Carter

Holly Carter
University of Evansville
Holly Carter, PhD, is the chair-elect of the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS) Knowledge Community.

Sandra Crenshaw

Sandra Crenshaw
Arcadia University
Sandra Crenshaw is the programs and resources coordinator for the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS) Knowledge Community.

Meredith Henderson

Meredith Henderson
Go Global NC
Leader, Intercultural Communication and Training Network
Meredith Henderson is the executive director (interim) and deputy director/senior director of programs at Go Global NC. She is responsible for overseeing and leading the development and execution of programs for educators, policy, and community leaders and business executives. Henderson has served...

Cindy Xinquan Jiang

Cindy Xinquan Jiang
Ohio State University
Cindy Xinquan Jiang is the programs and resources coordinator for the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS) Knowledge Community.

Bryan McAllister-Grande

Bryan McCallister-Grande
Northeastern University
2020 & 2021 Annual Conference Committee Member, Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship
Bryan McAllister-Grande, EdD, is the 2020 and 2021 Annual Conference Committee member for the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS) Knowledge Community. McAllister-Grande is the assistant director for curriculum integration at Northeastern University. He is the cofounder of NAFSA's Global...

Melissa Whatley

Melissa Whatley
North Carolina State University
Melissa Whatley is the Research and Scholarship Network leader for the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS) Knowledge Community.

Jiangyuan (JY) Zhou

Jiangyuan (JY) Zhou
Stockton University
Jiangyuan (JY) Zhou is the Internationalizing Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Network leader for the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS) Knowledge Community.

Regional Liaisons

  • Region II: Amber West Martin, Rocky Mountain College
  • Region IV: Karmen Sorenson, Sorenson Company
  • Region V: Kari Henquinet, Michigan Technological University
  • Region VI: Leslie Bozeman, Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis
  • Region VII: Aaron Clevenger, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Region X: Tim White, New Jersey City University
  • Region XI: Joseph Stanley, Providence College
  • Region XII: David Wick, Middlebury Institute of International Studies