CommitteeTeaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community (TLS KC)
Position: Network Leader
Term Dates: Two-year term, renewable for one additional 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 Internationalizing Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum (ITLC) network of the TLS KC serves and connects faculty, administrators, and other professionals interested in internationalization initiatives at curricular, programmatic, and institutional levels. The ITLC network leader is a member of the TLS KC leadership team and chairs the ITLC Subcommittee. This position provides oversight and coordination of the ITLC 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 ITLC network subscribers.

Position updated June 2016

Applications are not currently being accepted.
Major Functions and Responsibilities

1. Participate as an active TLS KC leadership team member and communicate regularly with the TLS KC leadership team about activities and opportunities in the ITLC network, and ways to facilitate the dissemination of ITLC resources.

2. Monitor the content of the ITLC network.

  • Coordinate the development, updates, and dissemination of ITLC network resources.
  • Identify and/or develop new content to benefit the ITLC network community. Contact staff with suggestions to improve the user experience on the ITLC network.
  • Collaborate with other network leaders on cross-network resources and discussions.

3. Monitor and manage the discussion forum on the ITLC network.

  • 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.
  • Notify the TLS KC staff partner about technical issues and inappropriate posts.

4. Create an ITLC team (ITLC Subcommittee), as needed, to assist in the monitoring and management of the ITLC network and development of TLS KC projects.

5. Refer international educators to the ITLC network and other appropriate NAFSA networks.

6. Work closely with the TLS KC staff partner to maintain the ITLC 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:

  • Engagement of the committee/team to identify and implement strategies for increased personal outreach, recruitment, onboarding for all; especially diversity-focused and underrepresented groups
  • Increasing accessibility and participation from underrepresented groups, individuals, and institutions
  • Expansion of 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; who 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.
  • Two to five hours per month, depending on the time of year.
  • Participate in conference calls and e-mail communication with the TLS KC leadership team and staff.
  • Participate in the Washington Leadership Meetings (WLMs) in late January (funding for WLM is provided by NAFSA).
  • Prepare for and attend preconference meetings at the NAFSA annual conferences
  • Current NAFSA membership throughout length of volunteer service
  • Experience in international education, particularly in such areas as curricular and cocurricular internationalization, faculty development, and community engagement
  • Ability to identify resources relevant and helpful to the community of the ITLC network subscribers
  • Excellent leadership and communication skills
  • Ability to recruit and manage volunteers to serve on ITLC-related projects
  • Ability to work effectively with a team in an outcomes-based environment
  • Ability to make a two-year commitment Desired Qualifications
  • Experience monitoring or participating in web-based forums
  • Knowledge of professional networks in the field of international education