Special Event

Connecting research and practice in international education is vital. Each year, NAFSA's Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community (TLS KC) honors an individual's contributions to the knowledge and practice of the field through the Innovative Research in International Education Award.

This event features a presentation from the 2023 award recipient, Melissa Whatley, PhD, focusing on lessons from her research about equity and access to international education opportunities for students at community colleges [see the November 2023 Trends & Insights article where she further expands on these ideas.] TLS KC member leaders also provide opportunities for large-group discussion about the impacts of research in the field and provide guidance about the process to apply for the 2024 TLS KC Award.

This event is open to everyone—especially scholar-practitioners and researchers of all levels, including graduate students. All are encouraged to come with any questions or ideas.

Any questions about this event can be submitted via the TLS KC Feedback Form.

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Melissa Whatley, PhD

picture of Melissa Whatley
School for International Training Graduate Institute
Melissa Whatley, PhD, is an assistant professor of international and global education at the School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute. Her research applies mixed methods and advanced quantitative analytic approaches to improve the understanding of policies and practices that...

Kate Hellmann, PhD

Kate Hellmann photo
Washington State University
Coordinator, Programs and Resources (TLS KC)
Kate Hellmann, PhD, is a faculty administrator and researcher in the field of international education and TESOL. She has a PhD in Education with a focus on International Education and a Master's in Applied Linguistics. Spanish is her second language. She researches faculty experiences with...

Katherine Punteney, EdD

Katherine Punteney
Middlebury Institute of International Studies
Past Chair, Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community (TLS KC)
Katherine Punteney, EdD, is a professor and founder of the MA in International Education Management program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) in Monterey, California. Katherine has more than 20 years of experience in the field of international education and is the author of...

Blase Scarnati, PhD

Blase Scarnati, PhD
Northern Arizona University
Network Leader, Research & Scholarship Connections (TLS KC)
Blase Scarnati, PhD, served for the last decade as director of global learning at the Center for International Education, and is professor of musicology in the Kitt School of Music at Northern Arizona University (NAU). He regularly publishes on community-based global-local learning and its...