Committee: Teaching, Learning and Scholarship (TLS) Knowledge Community 
Position: Chair
Term Dates: Two-year term. Renewable for one term.

The Chair of the TLS KC works in partnership with staff and the team to define programming and opportunities to equip NAFSA members and other international educators with the knowledge, research, and skills they need to encourage and support the infusion of international, intercultural, and global knowledge into the ethos and outcomes of their work. The position is accountable to the Board of Directors through the Vice President for Scholarship and Institutional Strategy (VP SIS).

Position updated January 2019

The application period for this position has closed for 2020. It will reopen early in 2021 for the next application cycle.

Major Functions and Responsibilities
  • Lead efforts to assess the interests and needs of the TLS KCs target audience(s) and articulate the role and goals of the TLS KC
  • Produce an annual work plan that prioritizes the KC's activities
  • Partner with other team members, staff, and the VP SIS to refresh TLS KC priorities and initiatives as needed
  • Lead the planning of TLS KC activities, which may include online resources, training, networking, and conference sessions and workshops, among others
  • Collaborate with other team members and staff to develop project plans to realize the work plan priorities for each year, including proposing subcommittees and forming task forces necessary to accomplish the tasks
  • Maintain an up-to-date overview of all TLS KC activities, monitoring their progress and ensuring their success
  • Plan, in consultation with staff partner, and facilitate team meetings (at WLM, Annual Conference, and via phone)
  • Create opportunities for contributions from other interested members through service on subcommittees, task forces, and special projects
  • As Chair-elect, consult with the Leadership Development Committee related to the nomination of potential Chairs-elect
  • As Chair-elect, recruit appointed members for opening team positions
  • As Past Chair, serve on the Innovative Research in International Education Research Award review committee

All NAFSA leaders are expected to foster an inclusive environment and seek to learn and understand the multicultural perspectives of the committee/team, our constituents, and stakeholders to align with the NAFSA Diversity and Inclusion Statement. An expression of leadership in this area includes:

  • Engaging the committee/team to identify and implement strategies for increased personal outreach, recruitment, and onboarding for all, especially diversity-focused and underrepresented groups
  • Increasing accessibility and participation from underrepresented groups, individuals, and institutions
  • Expanding educational content within the committees’ purview through intentional outreach and recruitment of diverse presenters and institutional types in partnership with various NAFSA groups

NAFSA: Association of International Educators is a professional association driven by its Strategic Plan as established by the Board of Directors.  The success of the association depends on the productive engagement of three key constituencies: the Board, member-leaders, and staff.  Member-leaders are advocates for the association’s mission, vision, values, diversity and inclusion, and ethical principles. They align their work closely with the Board through its vice presidents and with staff to carry out the Strategic Plan. Member-leader roles are guided by objectives assigned by the Strategic Plan, by outcome accountabilities outlined in the Standing Rules, and by position descriptions for specific roles.  


Relationships with Other Members:
The Chair collaborates closely with the Coordinating Council and other KC and committee Chairs, as well as the VP SIS, to enhance work efforts across the association. The TLS KC Chair will lead the TLS KC in developing partnerships with knowledge communities, leadership committees, member groups, and regional teams. The Chair serves on the Coordinating Council for one year.

Relationships with the NAFSA staff:
The Chair partners closely with the NAFSA staff partner assigned to these KC. Effective relationships reflect and include responsiveness to phone calls/e-mail correspondence, timely delivery on responsibilities, open communication and mutual respect among other characteristics.


Volunteer Commitment:
The length of term is three years: one year each as Chair-elect, Chair, and Past Chair. Each year, the commitment with NAFSA will average three to five hours per week, although it varies considerably from month to month. Peak months and duties are:

All years:

  • Monthly: Participate in regularly scheduled team calls and regularly scheduled Chair-stream calls
  • January: Prepare for and attend the Washington Leadership Meeting (WLM)
  • May: Attend team meetings and lead related Open Meetings and sessions at Annual Conference


  • January-March: Recruit applicants for Chair-elect position
  • July: Attend Summer Coordination Meeting in Washington, DC, for chairs-elect; update work plan for following year
  • July-August: Recruit applicants for open team positions
  • November-December: Begin preparations for WLM


  • January: Prepare for and attend WLM; assist with an orientation and onboarding of new members
  • April/May: Prepare for/attend/lead team meetings at Annual Conference
  • October/November: Complete end-of-year work plan report
  • Ongoing: Mentor and support Chair-elect; facilitate connection with regional liaisons

Past Chair:

  • February/March: Serve as member of Innovative Research in IE Award review committee
  • Ongoing: Mentor and support Chair

NAFSA Meetings:
Travel, per diem, and lodging expenses are reimbursed for national NAFSA meetings, except for those surrounding the NAFSA annual conference; travel to/from the Annual Conference, along with any meals and lodging for meetings before/during the Conference, is not covered. Annual Conference registration is complimentary for the Chair and Chair-elect. Lodging, travel and per diem is provided for the Washington Leadership Meeting in January and the Summer Coordination Meeting for Chairs-elect. Other operating expenses incurred by members in their offices/at home, such as copying, phone calls, etc. are not reimbursed. Large copying jobs should be referred to staff. Conference calls are set up by staff and covered by the association as necessary.

Please Note: KC Chairs are kindly asked to not present at Annual Conference pre-conference workshops because their attendance is necessary at the KC team’s pre-conference meetings.


Required Qualifications:

  • Experience in teaching, learning, and/or scholarship as it applies to international education
  • Knowledge of current and seminal research and practices in intercultural/international education
  • Ability to articulate the educational benefits of international education and global learning
  • Willingness to adopt organization-wide perspectives and TLS KC-specific strategic priorities
  • Willingness to adopt association priorities and perspectives on volunteer development and management
  • High strategic planning, management, networking, and delegation experience
  • Strong coordination, analytical, oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with a team and with NAFSA staff in an outcomes-based environment
  • Commitment to access and respond to e-mail in a timely fashion as well as communicate using online electronic tools/systems plus the online workspace structure
  • Willingness and ability to travel for participation and representation at NAFSA meetings
  • Able to manage unconscious bias in the assessment and decision-making process
  • Recognized by peers for being energetic, innovative, and visionary
  • Valid NAFSA membership through the length of the leadership term
  • Ability to meet the volunteer commitment outlined and planning calendar deadlines

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated record of scholarship
  • Familiarity with research methods and analysis
  • Inclusive view of international education
  • Previous engagement with TLS KC activities, including team activities, or other NAFSA regional or national leadership experience, preferably within the past five years