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

The TLS Intercultural Communication and Training (ICT) Network Subcommittee is charged with creating and maintaining resources for the ICT Network in coordination with the TLS KC team and ICT Network Leader. This work is on-going as it is planned to have new materials appear regularly while existing resources need to be kept up-to-date. The ICT Network is especially focused on supporting those interested in intercultural learning theory, cross-cultural counseling/advising theory, and intercultural training techniques.

Position updated October 2019

Major Functions and Responsibilities
  • Review existing resources and develop new resources to enhance the offerings of the ICT Network, including providing assistance in drafting text of resource introductions and descriptions;
  • Identify and post timely discussion topics on the ICT Network forum (including announcements of new resources, documents, events, calls for proposals, etc.), reply to subscribers’ postings, and recruit members to participate in online discussions;
  • Promote the ICT Network at NAFSA events and other relevant professional meetings and encourage participation;
  • Assist with online poster fairs;
  • Review and make recommendations on updates to/viability of Intercultural Activity Toolkit and Theory + Connections.
  • Provide an update for the TLS team for the leadership meetings held at WLM (January) and the NAFSA Annual Conference (May) regarding resources that need updating, creating, or retiring, as well as discussion topics, and other areas where the team could assist in promoting participation in the ICT Network.
  • Participate in conference calls (minimum 4 per year) and e-mail communication with the TLS KC leadership team and NAFSA staff

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

Relationships with Other Members 
This position collaborates closely with other NAFSA leaders, especially the Intercultural Communication and Training Network Leader, to enhance work efforts across the association.

Relationships with the NAFSA staff 
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
  • Serve a two-year term, renewable once for a maximum term of four years
  • Devote five to ten hours per month to ongoing e-mail correspondence, projects, subcommittee conference calls, etc.
  • Attend annual subcommittee meeting during the NAFSA Annual Conference, when possible and as needed.
Qualifications
  • Demonstrated familiarity with intercultural communication and training theory and practice.
  • Demonstrated interest in mentoring others and participating in online discussions.
  • Willingness to adopt organization-wide perspectives and TLS KC strategic priorities.
  • Ability to work effectively with a team in an outcomes-based environment.
  • Willingness to adopt organization-wide perspectives.
  • Manage unconscious bias in the assessment and decision-making process.
  • NAFSA membership through the term of service is appreciated