George Mwangi receives innovative research award

Chrystal George Mwangi, assistant professor, higher education, received the Innovative Research in International Education Award from NAFSA, an organization promoting international education and providing professional development opportunities in the field.

The Teaching, Learning and Scholarship Knowledge Community (TLS KC) Innovative Research in International Education Award, established in 2013, celebrates and recognizes new and innovative research with potential or demonstrated impact in the field of international education. Impacts may include (but are not limited to) a policy or programmatic change, increased awareness of an issue, or a change in thinking among a group of professionals.

George Mwangi said that the research study the awards committee recognized her for is "Partner Positioning: Examining International Higher Education Partnerships through a Mutuality Lens." It explores "60 international higher education partnerships through the lens of mutuality...examining how partners negotiate and navigate power." These partnerships were created with the goal of addressing international development challenges through collaboration between a university in the Majority World and a university in the U.S. The findings emphasized "the process of partnership creation, navigating cross-cultural contexts, partner positioning and partnership dynamics, and stakeholder engagement."