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.

CIIT Network

Explore Curriculum Internationalization and Intercultural Training (CIIT) resources and network with peers. 

Explore the CIIT Network

RSC Network

Explore Research and Scholarship Connections (RSC) resources and network with peers. 

Explore the RSC Network

Katherine Punteney, EdD

Katherine Punteney
Middlebury Institute of International Studies
Chair, 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...

Ji-Yeung Jang, PhD

Ji-Yeung Jang
Rutgers University
Past Chair, Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS) KC
Ji-Yeung Jang, PhD, is Assistant Vice President for Global Affairs at Rutgers University where she provides leadership to promote globalization through creating and fostering activities and initiatives that support global teaching, experiential learning, global diversity and inclusion, and research...

Zachary Frieders

Zachary Frieders
University of California, Davis
Chair-elect, Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS) KC
Frieders is the founding executive director of the UC Davis's Global Learning Hub, which supports the university's "Global Education for All" initiative through study abroad, internships, research, experiential learning, and intercultural and global leadership opportunities. Frieders has more than...

Iuliia Hoban, PhD

Iuliia Hoban
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
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. Iuliia’s research agenda is broadly focused on the politics...

Kate Hellmann, PhD

Kate Hellmann photo
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...

Blase Scarnati, PhD

Blase Scarnati, PhD
Northern Arizona University
Research & Scholarship Network Leader & Subcommittee Chair (TLS KC)
Blase Scarnati, PhD, served for the last decade as director of global learning at the Center for International Education, and is professor of musicology in the Kitt School of Music at Northern Arizona University (NAU). He regularly publishes on community-based global-local learning and its...

Ling LeBeau, PhD

Syracuse University
2024 Annual Conference Committee Member, TLS KC
Ling Gao LeBeau, PhD, is 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 international...

Melissa Hawkins, PhD

Melissa Hawkins
University of Alabama-Birmingham
Network Leader, Curriculum Internationalization & Intercultural Training (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
Regional Liaisons

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