Woodyard International Educator Award

Award Presentation: Charles Bankart, Kapila Silva, Eleanor Woodyard, Brent Metz

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 not currently accepting nominations for the George & Eleanor Woodyard Award. Please check in with us fall 2023.

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).


  • KU International Affairs is not currently accepting nominations for the George & Eleanor Woodyard Award. Please return in fall 2023!

2021 Award Presentation

Kapila Silva, professor of architecture, accpeted the 2021 Woodyard Award at the award presentation on April 28, 2022. This is a recording of the event.

Recipients of the George and Eleanor Woodyard International Educator Award

Kapila D. Silva, KU Professor of Architecture

Kapila D. Silva, professor of architecture at the University of Kansas, is the recipient of the 2021 George and Eleanor Woodyard International Educator Award. 

The award selection committee was impressed with Silva’s creation of an Asian-focused study abroad program, the introduction of courses that included non-Western perspectives and his mentorship of international students and those doing research with an international context. The committee also highlighted Silva’s research and collaboration with colleagues from around the world, development of international partnerships, engagement with KU International Affairs and the area studies centers, and his co-directorship of the Multicultural Architecture Scholars Program.

Silva is pictured  (second from left) during the 2021 award presentation with Charles Bankart, associate professor for International Affairs, Eleanor Woodyard, and Brent Metz, selection committee chair and professor of anthropology.

Read more about his 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




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