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

The TLS Research and Scholarship Network Subcommittee is charged with creating and maintaining resources for the Research and Scholarship Network in coordination with the TLS KC team and Research and Scholarship 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 Research and Scholarship Network is especially focused on facilitating communication between research and practice.

Position updated October 2019

Major Functions and Responsibilities
  • Review existing resources and develop new resources to enhance the offerings of the Research and Scholarship Network, including providing assistance in drafting text and descriptions of resources
  • Identify and post timely discussion topics on the Research and Scholarship 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 Research and Scholarship Network at NAFSA events and other relevant professional meetings and encourage participation
  • Help determine trends and gaps in current research on internationalization, as well as identify key people who might serve in an advisory role to NAFSA with regard to research trend and gap analysis and possibly producing new research
  • Provide an update for the TLS team for the leadership meetings held at the Washington Leadership Meeting (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 Research and Scholarship 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 with Other Members 
This position collaborates closely with other NAFSA leaders, especially the Research and Scholarship 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.

  • 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.
  • Demonstrated experience working with/in research resources in the field of international/global education.
  • Demonstrated experience working with or researching emerging scholar-practitioner needs and their impact on the field of international education.
  • 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