Half of this year’s International Recognition Reception honors went to the College of Education.
Ted Moen, program coordinator in the Office of External and Global Programs, received the award for Outstanding Staff Contribution to International Education.
Moen is instrumental in providing infrastructure, planning, fiscal administration and behind-the-scenes work supporting numerous efforts to broaden international learning, appreciate cultural diversity and exchange innovative ideas.
He also played a large role in helping the college host 21 Uruguayan teachers who visited NIU in February.
“Ted has a unique way of making our international guests feel welcomed and at home,” say Terry Borg and Kay Caster. “He has shared the Huskie pride in a personal manner.”
Meanwhile, the Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment (ETRA) received the award for Outstanding Department Contribution to International Education.
Leading the college in the recruitment of international faculty and students, the department’s faculty and doctoral students have been involved in promoting and supporting study abroad programs and have leveraged global relationships for faculty from other college departments.
ETRA also has offered and supported international courses in the curriculum or inclusion of international issues in its courses.
“Our long and rich history of knowledge-sharing throughout the world has created our reputation as the College of Education’s leader in the welcoming and recruitment of international faculty and students,” ETRA Chair Wei-Chen Hung says.
“Through our teaching of international students, international initiatives, scholarly collaborations and willingness to share relationships, we provide NIU domestic students a global perspective,” he adds. “At the same time, the global perspectives of the ETRA faculty, developed from international conference participation and international travel, have promoted the inclusion of international issues in our design- and technology-related courses.”