In support of the University’s vision of cultivating excellence among the future generation of scholars and leaders in the global community, International Affairs has established the Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Education. 

This award honors an individual within the university community (faculty, staff, administrator) who has made distinguished contributions to international education and internationalization at UNT. 

The individual’s record should include at least one area of impact to international education at UNT. For example, 1) demonstrated positive impact on UNT students’ growth and development as global citizens 2) internationalizing program curriculum 3) outstanding international publications that include student contribution and research 4) study abroad program leadership and development over multiple years, and 5) collaboration with multiple visiting international scholars/visitors with significant impact on research/teaching.

A short, but not exhaustive list of international activity examples includes:

  • Spearheading and supporting effective curricular change in support of campus internationalization at UNT
  • Significant internationalization of courses at UNT
  • Providing opportunities for global learning for UNT students
  • Leading/developing study abroad and/or international internship programs for UNT students
  • Receiving recognition/awards for international education and scholarly contributions (teaching/research/service)
  • Significant publications showing evidence of international collaborations with demonstrated impact on global learning opportunities for UNT students
  • Hosting J-1 Exchange, Fulbright, and other international scholars at UNT for collaboration and mentorship
  • Leading and supporting campus internationalization involving the participation of UNT students, such as through global themed events, programming, or lectures at UNT

This individual's principal duties do not include campus internationalization. 

Scope and Applicability
  • Faculty and staff with a minimum 2 and maximum 5 years at UNT may be considered for this award.
  • Nominee has prioritized international education and internationalization in their work at UNT.

Any individual or group at UNT may make a nomination. Self-nominations will not be accepted for this award.

Nominations must include:

  • Nomination cover page 
  • Recommendation statement from the nominator
  • Two letters of reference from faculty, staff, or students (2 pages max per letter)
  • Nominee’s CV/resume

Nomination packets may be submitted digitally to

Hard copies may be delivered to Marquis Hall, Suite 105.