Internationalization Award

This award honors a GVSU faculty member for significant service, teaching, program development, international projects, and other contributions to the internationalization of the University and campus community. It recognizes the achievements of tenured, tenure-track, or affiliate faculty members who advance international education and the global learning mission at GVSU. Examples of such accomplishments include, but are not limited to:

  • Excellence in developing and/or leading a study abroad program or encouraging students to participate in high impact experiences outside the USA
  • Leadership in building or improving international partnerships
  • Commitment above and beyond normal scope of duties in meeting the needs of international students and/or faculty
  • Inspiring global citizenship in others in the GVSU community, reflected in courses or campus activities
  • Promoting and raising awareness of internationalization among GVSU students, faculty, and staff
  • Effective help in the recruitment of qualified international students to GVSU
  • Exemplary contribution to international research, scholarship, or teaching

The award winner is chosen by a special subcommittee of the International Education Committee (faculty governance advisory committee).  To be eligible, individuals must have been employed at GVSU for at least five years, and be a tenured, tenure-track, or affiliate faculty member. Individuals cannot be a previous winner in the past five years. Self-nominations are not accepted. Current members of the International Education Committee are not eligible for the award; IEC committee members may nominate a colleague, but the nominators must recuse themselves from the review committee for that award cycle. The award will be presented at the annual faculty awards ceremony, typically held in February of each Winter semester.

Submit Your Nomination:

Nominations may come from any member of the GVSU community and must include:

  • A nomination form
  • Two or three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a current or former GVSU student
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Brief statement on internationalization activities from nominee (limit 800 words)
  • Any other relevant supporting documentation of the nominator’s choosing

Submission Deadline: 1 November of each Fall semester

Submit the nomination form and supporting materials, by email as a .pdf document, to:

Kate Stoetzner
Padnos International Center
130 Lake Ontario Hall
[email protected]

Review of Nominations:

Nominations will be reviewed by the Selection Committee, which will make a formal recommendation to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. The winner will be announced at the annual Faculty Awards Convocation, which is held in February each year.


Previous Awardees

2023: Paola Leon - Social Work 

2022: Steeve Buckridge - History Department

2021: Naoki Kanaboshi - Criminal Justice

2020: Anne Caillaud - Modern Languages and Literatures

2019: Sherie Klee - College of Education

2018: John Constantelos - Political Science Department

2017 Carol Sanchez - Seidman College of Business

2016  Jim Goode - History Department 

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