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

Holly Carter, PhD

Holly Carter
Harlaxton College (UK)
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 interim principal of Harlaxton College in the UK and associate professor of Sociology at the University of Evansville. Originally from Texas...

Ji-Yeung Jang, PhD

Ji-Yeung Jang
Ohio University
Chair-Elect, Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS) KC; IEL Representative, Region VI
At Ohio University, Jang leads pan-university global strategy, global partnerships, and strategic communication. She has worked in the field of international education for more than 17 years, aspiring to strengthen the global capacity and network of higher education institutions and promote...

Eylem Atakav, PhD

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University of East Anglia
Past 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 also serves as the associate dean - international for the faculty of arts and humanities. She is the recipient...

Meredith Henderson, EdD

Meredith Henderson
Go Global NC
Intercultural Communication and Training Network Leader & Subcommittee Chair
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, PhD

Cindy Xinquan Jiang
The Ohio State University
Programs and Resources Coordinator, Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS) KC
Cindy Xinquan Jiang serves as the senior research associate in the Office of International Affairs at The Ohio State University. Her research involves a wide range of issues in international education including intercultural learning and competence, cross-cultural communication and adaptation...

Melissa Whatley, PhD

Melissa Whatley
North Carolina State University
Research & Scholarship Network Leader & Subcommittee Chair
Melissa Whatley, PhD, is a postdoctoral research scholar in the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research at North Carolina State University, where she conducts research on issues related to community college student success. Her primary areas of expertise include community colleges...

Ling LeBeau, PhD

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Syracuse University
TLS Coordinator, Content Team, 2022 and 2023 Annual Conference Committees
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 28 years of experiences in teaching, research, and administration. She has served in various roles in...

Gerardo L. Blanco, EdD

Gerardo Blanco
Boston College
Internationalizing Teaching, Learning, & Curriculum (ITLC) Network Leader & Subcommittee Chair
Gerardo L. Blanco is associate professor and associate director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College. He is also a Fulbright Specialist and a former Erasmus+ Teaching Fellow. His research explores the intersections of quality and internationalization in higher education...

Regional Liaisons

  • Region I: Alexander Mitu, Foundation for International Understanding Through Students
  • Region II: Amber West Martin, MEd, Rocky Mountain College
  • Region IV: Karmen Sorenson, PhD, Bismarck State College
  • Region V: Kari Henquinet, PhD, Michigan Technological University
  • Region VI: Cami Ross, MBA, Case Western Reserve University
  • Region VII: Aaron Clevenger, EdD, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Region X: Tim White, PhD, New Jersey City University
  • Region XI: Jingwen Yan, MEd, MA, Brandeis University
  • Region XII: David Wick, EdD, Middlebury Institute of International Studies