Committee: Teaching, Learning and Scholarship (TLS) Knowledge Community 
Position: Co-Leader, Programs and Resources Working Group
Term Dates: Two-year term. Renewable for one term.

The Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community (TLS KC) 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.

The Co-Leader, Programs and Resources Working Group, is a member of the TLS KC leadership team. This position is involved in a variety of TLS KC programs and projects, including the TLS KC’s Innovative Research in International Education Award, Global Studies Literature Review, and graduate student initiatives.

Position updated June 2017

NAFSA is not currently accepting applications for this position.
Major Functions and Responsibilities
  • Serve on the review committee for the TLS KC’s Innovative Research in International Education Award.
  • Provide leadership for the TLS KC’s Global Studies Literature Review project.
  • Co-lead the TLS KC’s initiatives to address the needs of graduate students, including managing and expanding the online resource, Graduate Student Central.
  • Seek opportunities to identify or create resources for and add value to the three TLS KC networks.
  • Represent the TLS KC at the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo by participating in events such as the TLS KC Update Meeting and Networking Center meetings.
  • Work on other special projects as needed.
  • Participate as an active TLS KC leadership team member and communicate regularly with the TLS KC leadership team to provide updates on TLS KC projects and seek their feedback as needed.
  • Work closely with the Senior Director, Academic Programs, and the TLS KC staff partner.

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
  • This position collaborates closely with other NAFSA leaders to enhance work efforts across the association. 
  • This position partners closely with the NAFSA staff partner assigned. Effective relationships reflect and include responsiveness to phone calls/e-mail correspondence, timely delivery on responsibilities, open communication and mutual respect among other characteristics.
Commitment
  • Two-year commitment, renewable once.
  • 2-5 hours per month, depending on the time of year.
  • Participation in conference calls and email communication with the TLS KC leadership team and staff.
  • Participation in the Washington Leadership Meeting (WLM) in late January 2018 and early February 2019 (funding for WLM is provided by NAFSA).
  • Preparation for and attendance at pre-conference meetings at the NAFSA annual conference in late May 2018 and 2019.
Qualifications
  • Current NAFSA membership through length of volunteer service.
  • Background in international higher education.
  • Experience or strong interest in research. 
  • Ability to identify relevant resources that will be useful to international educators.
  • Ability to work effectively with a team in an outcomes-based environment.
  • Demonstrated skill in managing committee work.
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills.
  • Ability to make two-year commitment.