International Education Awards

Georgia State is proud of its “international champions”: the faculty, staff, and students who embody what it means to be a global citizen and who work to advance international understanding across campus and around the globe.

In 2012, the Office of International Initiatives began recognizing one exemplary faculty, staff, international student, and study abroad student for their commitment to international education. Note: International Education Awards were not awarded in Fall 2016.

Award Details

The Faculty Award for Global Engagement honors and recognizes outstanding academic and service accomplishments and contributions to international education by Georgia State University faculty.

Eligibility:

  • Are full-time teaching staff at Georgia State University employed for at least two years;
  • Have demonstrated track records of international engagement at Georgia State University;
  • Have made exemplary contributions to enrich the campus culturally and further international education through teaching, research and service on and off campus. (Preference will be given to nominees who have made contributions in more than one area.)

The Staff Award for Global Engagement honors and recognizes outstanding accomplishments and contributions to international education by non-academic Georgia State University staff.

Eligibility: Consideration for this award shall be given to a current GSU staff or team who are full-time non-academic staff and meet one of the following:

  • Have demonstrated track records of leading and/or influencing internationalization in their unit/area and visibly contributing to international engagement at Georgia State over the past year
  • Have made exemplary contributions to enrich the campus culturally and further international education by initiating and/or supporting programs that enrich the experience of students, faculty and fellow non-staff members on and off-campus
  • Have made contributions to international education beyond the boundary of their job duties or unit
  • Applicants and nominators will be asked to register before completing and submitting the form in order to log in and retrieve saved application and nomination.

*Staff of the Office of International Initiatives are not eligible to apply or be nominated for this award. They may however nominate staff.*

The International Student of the Year award aims to honor and recognize outstanding contributions to international understanding by a Georgia State University international student.

Eligibility: Consideration for this award shall be given to current GSU international students who:

  • Are in F1 or J1 visa status and currently enrolled
  • Have made significant academic achievements at GSU
  • Personify global citizenship and inspire the same in others
  • Have made exemplary contributions to enrich the campus culturally and further international understanding as evidenced by: academic research, extra-curricular campus activities, and/or community involvement abroad or in the U.S. (such as with school programs, civic group programs, or service projects). Normally, recipients have made contributions in more than one area.

The Study Abroad Student of the Year is awarded annually to a study abroad student from the previous academic year who not only benefitted greatly from their study abroad experience, but who continues to view the world from a global perspective. Nominees should be global citizens with a commitment to internationalizing themselves and their surroundings, whether through cultural or academic exchange, research, on-campus activities, and/or community involvement abroad or in the U.S.

Eligibility, Criteria & Nomination Process:

  • Nominees must have studied abroad on a GSU sponsored study abroad program or exchange during the past academic year.
  • Nominations may come from any GSU staff or faculty member; student nominations will not be accepted.
  • Nominations are confidential; however, quotations from the nomination forms will be used when the winner is honored.

Application Instructions

Complete the respective application for each award and submit it to the appropriate office listed on the application form by the assigned deadline.

Award Announcements

The Office of International Initiatives is redesigning its International Education Awards. Stay tuned for more info on the next award cycle!

Previous Winners

2015 Faculty Award for Global Engagement: Dr. Tanya Caldwell, Professor and Associate Graduate Director, English, College of Arts & Sciences

2015 Staff Award for Global Engagement: Paula Huntley, Business Manager II, Institute of International Business, Robinson College of Business

2015 Study Abroad Student of the Year: Jessica Mitchell
Study Abroad Program: Study Abroad in South Africa; Led by Dr. Glenwood Ross

2015 International Student of the Year: Kerrian Baker, School Psychology, College of Education and Human Development
Home country:  Jamaica

Click here to view the 2014 Award Recipient names and video bios.  

2013 Faculty Award for Global Engagement: Dr. Iman Chahine, Assistant Professor, Middle and Secondary Education, College of Education.  See Dr. Chahine's video bio here.

2013 Staff Award for Global Engagement: Ashley Mastin, International Specialist, College of Arts & Sciences.  See Ashley's video bio here.

2013 Study Abroad Student of the Year: Sara Schuh, Middle Level Education, College of Education
Study Abroad Program:  Language, Immigration, and Religion: Comparative Cultural Education in the U.S. and France; Led by Dr. Alyssa Dunn.  See Sara's video bio here.

2013 International Student of the Year: Sahil Bajaj, Biophysics, College of Arts & Sciences
Home country:  India.  See Sahil's video bio here.