Woodyard International Educator Award

Megan Greene, Eleanor Woodyard and Charlie Bankart presenting Woodyard Award to Virginia Harper Ho in 2019.

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. Previous award recipients are not eligible for nomination.

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;
  • Mentoring faculty and students in international development

Nomination Process

KU International Affairs is currently accepting nominations for the George & Eleanor Woodyard Award through Nov. 1, 2021.

All documentation and letters of support should be specific to this competition. A faculty committee appointed by the Associate Vice Provost of International Affairs 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 vitae.
  3. Statements of support from KU colleagues, students, and/or partners abroad (limited to six).

Nominations and supporting materials should be submitted via email to whitneydenning@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.


  • KU International Affairs is currently accepting nominations for the George & Eleanor Woodyard Award through Nov. 1, 2021.

Recipients of the George and Eleanor Woodyard International Educator Award

Virginia Harper Ho, KU Law Professor

As the recipient of the 2019 George and Eleanor Woodyard International Educator Award, KU Law Professor Virginia Harper Ho was recognized for her work to internationalize the curriculum at the KU School of Law, develop cross-border programs with KU’s international partners, encourage and facilitate study abroad, and recruit and mentor international students and scholars.

KU Law Dean Stephen Mazza noted that Harper Ho “models outstanding leadership in international education through her incredible and truly meaningful contributions at the international, regional and university levels.” 

Harper Ho is pictured above during the 2019 award presentation with Megan Greene, Eleanor Woodyard and Charlie Bankart. 

Read more about her work in international education. 

2019: Virginia Harper Ho, Law

2018: Glenn Adams, Psychology

2017: Mahasweta Banerjee, Social Welfare

2016: Brent Metz, Anthropology

2015: Christopher Brown, Environmental Studies, Geography

2014: Megan Greene, History

2013 Jon Havener, Visual Art

2012: Erik Herron, Political Science

2011: Raj Bhala, Law

2010: Peter Herlihy, Geography and Latin American Studies

2009: Elizabeth Kuznesof, History and Latin American Studies

2008: Ed Canda, Social Welfare

2007: Bill Tsutsui, History

2006: John Head, Law

2005: Anita Herzfeld, Latin American Studies

2004: Marsha Haufler, Art History

2003: Garth Myers, Geography and African-American Studies

2003: Robert Timm, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

2002: Melissa Birch, Business

2002: Diane Fourny, French and European Studies

2001: Judith McCrea, Art & Design

2000: Leo Villalon, Political Science and African & African American Studies

1999: Tom Mulinazzi, Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering

1999: Charles Stansifer, History



Contact: Whitney Denning, Events Manager