Committee: Teaching, Learning and Scholarship (TLS) Knowledge Community 
Position: Intercultural Communication and Training (ICT) Network Leader
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 Intercultural Communication and Training (ICT) online network of the TLS KC provides resources and networking space for professionals interested in intercultural learning, cross-cultural counseling/advising, and intercultural training techniques.

The ICT network leader is a member of the TLS KC leadership team and chairs the ICT subcommittee. This position provides oversight and coordination of the ICT network and looks for opportunities to create added value for the TLS KC through a vibrant discussion forum, creation and identification of high quality and timely resources, and effective communication to the community of ICT network subscribers.

Position updated June 2017

NAFSA is not currently accepting applications for this position.
Major Functions and Responsibilities
  1. Participate as an active TLS KC leadership team member.
  2. Coordinate the content of the ICT network, including: • Coordinate the review and revision of resources;
    • Identify and develop new high-quality and timely resources;
    • Contact staff with suggestions to improve the user experience on the ICT network;
    • Collaborate with other network leaders on cross-network resources and discussions.
  3. Monitor and manage the discussion forum on the ICT network, including:
    • Seed discussion and exchange on the discussion forum, as appropriate;
    • Identify questions and topics to recommend to the TLS KC leadership team for consideration for further development into resources;
    • Respond promptly to issues and requests from subscribers and notify the staff partner of technical issues as they arise.
  4. Create an ICT team (ICT Subcommittee), as needed, to assist in the monitoring and management of the ICT network and development of TLS KC projects.
  5. Increase the number of subscribers to the R&S network and refer them to the other TLS KC networks as appropriate.
  6. Communicate regularly with the TLS KC leadership team about activity and opportunities in the ICT network, and ways to facilitate the dissemination of ICT resources.
  7. Work closely with the TLS KC staff partner to maintain the ICT network and coordinate the development of relevant TLS KC materials.

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.  

  • 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.
  • Two-year commitment, renewable once.
  • 5-10 hours per month, depending on the volume of activity on the ICT network.
  • 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.
  • Current NAFSA membership through length of volunteer service. •
  • Experience in international education, particularly in the area of intercultural communication and training.
  • Ability to identify resources relevant to the community of the ICT network subscribers.
  • 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.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience monitoring or participating in Web-based forums.
  • Knowledge of professional networks in the field of international education.