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Woodyard International Educator Award


The George and Eleanor Woodyard International Educator Award recognizes KU faculty members who have provided outstanding leadership in international education at KU. Previously known as the Provost's Award for Leadership in International Education, this award is now supported by a generous endowment from Dr. George and Mrs. Eleanor Woodyard. Professor Woodyard joined the faculty of KU in 1966, and he was named KU's first Dean of International Studies in 1989. The award includes $1,000 in funding for professional activities. February 1, 2016, is the deadline for nominations.  Click here to see a list of past recipients.

Selection Criteria

  • playing a creative role in developing a significant aspect of the international curriculum at KU, including study abroad programs; visiting international educators, scholars, artists, performers, or researchers; new internationalized programs and certificates;
  • assuming a lead role in developing an active KU collaboration with international partners;
  • collaborating with international colleagues or students in significant research and publications;
  • Assumes a lead role in developing an active KU partnership with an international partner.
  • mentoring faculty and students in international development

Nomination Process

All documentation and letters of support should be specific to this competition. A faculty committee appointed by the Associate Vice Provost of International Programs will review applications. Previous nominees are encouraged to update their files. If you have nominated someone in the past, please send an updated statement of nomination and an updated CV for that individual.
The following materials are required for new nominations:

1. A one- to two-page letter of nomination including a description of the activities that qualify the candidate for this award.

2. A résumé or vita.

3. Statements of support from KU colleagues, students, and/or partners abroad (limited to six).

Nominations and supporting materials should be submitted via email by Monday, February 1, to mmward@ku.edu. Please save all nomination and supporting materials as a single pdf file. The application file should contain the nominee’s last name. For example: a nomination file for Jon W. Smith should be saved as smithjw.pdf. Please put “Woodyard International Educator Nomination” in the subject line.


Stuart Day, Director of Faculty Programs
785-864-6161 / day@ku.edu

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