Dr. Bruce La Brack honored by NAFSA Award

Dr. Bruce La Brack, a long-time friend of AFS and a member of the AFS Educational Advisory Council, has recently been honored with the 2011-2012 NAFSA Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS) Knowledge Community Award for Innovative Research and Scholarship in Internationalization.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to international education; it has nearly 10,000 members around the globe. NAFSA believes that student exchange is key to establishing mutual understanding between nations and for preparing young people with necessary communication and cross-cultural skills that ultimately create a more just and peaceful world.

The Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS) Knowledge Community Award for Innovative Research and Scholarship in Internationalization recognizes professionals who have knowledge, research, and skills that advance intercultural learning and international understanding. These professionals’ work reflects a dedication and commitment to the field in advancing theories and ideas, as well as in practical applications.

This year’s recipient, Dr. La Brack, is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and International Studies at the University of the Pacific, in Stockton, CA, USA.

Dr. La Brack specializes in cultural anthropology, International Studies and South Asia. He founded the innovative and integrative re-entry program for University of the Pacific students who have studied abroad, which includes the “What’s Up with Culture?” website, a free resource dedicated to preparing study abroad students. He also served as Director of the Pacific Institute for Cross Cultural Training and Chair of the Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations Program.

In addition, Dr. La Brack’s accomplished career includes numerable publications on cultural adjustment, among other subjects; ten years as Training Editor for the International Journal of Intercultural Relations; and senior faculty at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication. His trainings have covered a wide variety of topics, including providing intercultural learning opportunities for military personnel and building intercultural competency within the scientific community.

All of us at AFS congratulate Dr. La Brack for his award and an illustrious career!

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