KC ISSS Award of Excellence

 

KC ISSS AwardThe Knowledge Community for International Student and Scholar Services (KC ISSS) is charged with providing professional development opportunities and resources for those in the field of international student and scholar services. This KC ISSS award honors a NAFSA member who has demonstrated outstanding qualities as a leader in the field of international student and scholar services. Nominees should possess qualities of compassion, integrity, and leadership. They must be NAFSA members and been a professional in the field of international student and scholar services for at least 10 years. Nominees should have earned respect and admiration from students, colleagues and peers.

Selection Criteria

The nominee must have:

  • demonstrated a willingness to assist colleagues in the ISSS field;
  • advocated for the cause of international student and scholar services within his/her own institution, as well as with the greater community;
  • personified a constructive leadership style;
  • made exemplary contributions to the field which may include resource development, teaching and training, advocacy and mentoring;
  • empowered the field of international student and scholar services and the association to strive for a world where international education is a worthy pursuit and valuable experience.

Nomination Procedures

All ISSS members are invited to submit nominations for the award.

Each nominee must have the following:

  • one primary nomination form
  • two additional references (their names, organizations/institutions, daytime phone numbers, and e-mail addresses)
  • a copy of the nominee's professional CV/resume

The deadline to submit a nomination has passed.

2017 Recipient - Masume Assaf

Masume Assaf has advised international students at Penn State for 30+ years. She has served on NAFSA's Board of Directors and has been a presenter at several NAFSA conferences – mostly in the area of F and J regulations. Assaf was the recipient of NAFSA's Region VIII Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Education in 2005 and received the former Region IX Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Education in 1990.

In 2006, she received the Administrative Excellence Award from Penn State. Assaf co-authored F-1 Regulations for Beginners Linda Gentile as well as the recently revised electronic edition. She served in several positions on the former NAFSA Region IX and served NAFSA as chair of Region VIII. Later she served as chair of CAFSS (now known as KCISS). In 2013 she was awarded the Homer Higbee Award from NAFSA in recognition of distinguished and continuous service and mentoring of fellow NAFSAns.

She has a BA in Near Eastern Studies and Political Science from New York University and an MS in TESOL from SUNY Albany.

Nominations

Deadline: April 30, 2018

Past Recipients

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