2022 A. Noam Chomsky Global Connections Award Winners
NORTH STAR MEDAL OF
This award is our premier acknowledgment of outstanding achievement and success in transnational research. It honors senior scholars whose lifelong service, leadership and contributions serve as a guiding north star for scholarly collaboration in research.
Dr. Betty Leask is an internationally recognized researcher and thought leader in internationalization of the curriculum, teaching and learning in higher education, and has published over 100 single and co-authored peer reviewed publications on a broad range of IHE topics over the last 25 years. She is Emeritus Professor in the School of Education at La Trobe University, Australia, and Chief Editor of the Journal of Studies in International Education, the highest ranked journal in the field. She is Senior Australian Teaching Fellow, Research Fellow at the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College, USA, Honorary Visiting Fellow and Founding Scholar, Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation (CHEI) Università Cattolica del Sacre Cuore Milan, Italy, and Research Fellow in the Center of Internationalization of Education Brazil-Australia at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil. She developed a research-based conceptual framework and process model of internationalisation of the curriculum (IoC) in 2013 as part of an Australian government funded National Teaching Fellowship. Her bestselling book, Internationalising the Curriculum, is published by Routledge, 2015. She contributes to the international education field globally as a member of committees and project boards and honorary appointments in universities. She was awarded life membership of the International Education Association of Australia in 2021.
Lynn Pasquerella has served as President of the American Association of Colleges and Universities since July 2016. She is a philosopher whose career has combined teaching and scholarship with local and global engagement, she has continuously demonstrated a deep and abiding commitment to ensuring that all students have access to excellence in liberal education, regardless of their socioeconomic background.
Pasquerella is a graduate of Quinebaug Valley Community College, Mount Holyoke College, and Brown University. She joined the faculty of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Rhode Island in 1985, rising rapidly through the ranks to the positions of vice provost for research, vice provost for academic affairs, and dean of the graduate school. In 2008, she was named provost of the University of Hartford. In 2010, she was appointed the eighteenth president of Mount Holyoke College. Pasquerella has written extensively on medical ethics, metaphysics, public policy, and the philosophy of law. She is the immediate past president of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and a member of the boards of the Lingnan Foundation and the National Humanities Alliance. In addition. She has received honorary doctorates from Elizabethtown College, Bishop’s University, the University of Hartford, the University of South Florida, and the University of Rhode Island.
Associate Professor Helen Forbes-Mewett’s contribution to transnational research is long- standing and highly regarded both nationally and internationally. Forbes-Mewett has worked tirelessly for two decades to better the circumstances of international students across several nations including Australia, the US, UK, and China. Her commitment to international students stems from a strong belief in equal education opportunities across nations, diverse populations, cultures and socio-economic status. Forbes-Mewett is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sociology; Research Lead of ‘Identity and Belonging’ – Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre; Research Associate, West Virginia University Research Centre on Violence, US; and one of the first non-European members of the International Migration, integration and Social Engagement (IMISCOE) network. Forbes-Mewett is an international leader in the areas of international student safety and security, mental health and well-being. She aims to bring about social and policy debate and change through her research and engagement. She produced the first research digest on international student mental health. Her 2020 article in Open Democracy attracted 28,000 views in one week. In 2019, she was awarded Senior Fellow of the International Education Association of Australia. Her work relating to international students informs policy and practice of both industry and governments. Her research outputs are widely recognized nationally and internationally. She has over 100 publications including journal articles, book chapters, and four books relating to international students, including International Student Security (Cambridge 2010), which continues to be the most highly cited publication on international students with 440 citations (averaging 40 citations per year). Her most recent publication is a co-edited Special Issue journal for the Journal of International Students on the impacts of the pandemic. Forbes-Mewett’s transnational approach extends to her PhD supervision of 20 international PhD students from 15 different countries. In 2015 Forbes-Mewett was awarded the Monash Postgraduate Association Award for Supervisor of the Year. She prides herself in taking a holistic approach to supervision to ensure a new wave of international education scholars who are work-ready. Of these, 11 have successfully completed and are developing their careers, and nine are current. To enable active learning for students from all backgrounds, Forbes-Mewett introduced International Students in Australia as a topic in the curriculum – a first for Monash and Australia. International student numbers in her class have increased to almost 50% over the last five years. In 2012 she received Monash University’s Vice-Chancellor Commendation for Commitment to Social Justice and Human Rights for her work with international students and on three occasions received acknowledgment for excellence in teaching. Forbes-Mewett’s industry links have been described as ‘enviable’ (Assoc. Dean, Research 2018). Continuing and strong external links with industry, government, and wider/international communities are evidenced by her appointment to several advisory councils, most notably a second term on the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Regional Advisory Council in 2019. She is regularly invited to give keynotes/presentations in Australia and internationally. The most recent being to the Australian International Education Conference on the topic of international student mental health in October 2021.
This award recognizes humanitarian efforts in creating equity and/or scholarly balance. Applicants could be organizations (e.g., institutions of higher education and NGOs) that have had a profound global equity-oriented impact and/or a humanitarian whose work is fundamental to equity, transnational connectivity, and/or scholarship.
Aya Chebbi, a Pan-African feminist and scholar. She rose to prominence as a voice for democracy and a political blogger during 2010/2011 Tunisia’s Revolution. She served as the first ever African Union Special Envoy on Youth and the youngest diplomat at the African Union Commission Chairperson’s Cabinet (2018 – 2021). She is the founder of Nala Feminist Collective, a multigenerational alliance of African women activists and politicians united behind feminist transformative change. Aya served on the Board of Directors of CIVICUS, World Refugee Council, Robert Bosch Stiftung Advisory, Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, International Progressive Council among others which produced trailblazing reports in the humanitarian and development fields. She holds Bachelors in International Relations from University of Tunis El Manar and Masters in African Politics at SOAS, University of London.
Dr. Lachman’s career began in theatre arts, as the executive director and founder of Clowns Without Borders South Africa, a humanitarian arts-based organisation that provides psychosocial support to vulnerable children and families through humour and play. He demonstrated his commitment to intervention science by pursuing a D.Phil. at the University of Oxford, and thus became a developer of the Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH) programmes, which focus on promoting child wellbeing in low- and middle-income countries. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he co-led an emergency response to support parents; this in turn sparked the development of digital parenting programmes. Today, PLH programmes are being used in over 35 countries around the world, and the COVID-19 Parenting materials have reached over 210 million people. Dr Lachman currently leads the Global Parenting Initiative, a 5-year, $22 million project aimed at expanding evidence and impact of parenting interventions in the Global South.
The Unforgotten provides aid to children who, instead of going to school, pick through trash at local landfills, looking for food to eat and items to sell, in order to contribute to their family’s income. The Unforgotten targets children whose mothers and families also eke out a living by wastepicking. 100% of donations go directly to helping to pay for school fees, tutoring, uniforms, shoes, school supplies, lunch, and transportation for the children in our programs. The Unforgotten also provides families with weekly food supplies, so these children do not go hungry or are forced to return to the landfills. The Unforgotten has active programs in Zambia, Djibouti, Yemen, Nepal, India and Bangladesh.
ACHIEVEMENT IN RESEARCH
This award recognizes influential scholarly contributions in any discipline or language, whether they be in the form of scholarly journal articles, books, book chapters, or other expressions of scholarly collaboration. It recognizes an exemplary publication, not an individual or individuals.
ADESOJI ADEOLU ONI
Adesoji Oni a Fulbright Scholar, Rooney Scholar and ADEA most accomplished Education Researcher in Africa is from the Department of Educational Foundations, Faculty of Education, University of Lagos, Nigeria. He specializes in Sociology of Education and Foundation Studies in Education. His area of research focus includes; Sociology of Higher Education, Teacher Education, Social problems in education, Social change in education, social deviances/social disorganizations in education with particular focus on students’ secret cult in Nigeria. He has published extensively in these areas in both local and international journals with over 160 publications to his credit. He is a consultant to UNESCO Africa and UNICEF, Education Lead Expert to NATCOM UNESCO, Nigeria, and he was inducted to the International Educators Hall of Fame in the year 2020. He is currently the Vice President and Editor-in -Chief of Higher Education Research and Policy Network (HERPNET). He is a member of Association of Sociologists of Education of Nigeria (ASEN) and Editor of Nigerian Journal of Sociology of Education (NJSE) . He is also on the editorial board of so many journals locally and internationally.
Birgit Schreiber, Ph.D., is a senior expert for the international higher education sector, has served in senior leadership positions for the past 20 years, with expertise in Southern and Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe. She is a consulting expert to a range of national and trans-national bodies, notably USAf South Africa where she develops, teaches, and publishes on higher education leadership projects and programs for the national and Southern African sector with focus on social justice, access and student centered higher education. She has managed a trans-national project that develops capacity in Southern Africa, most recently a project with Botswana Higher Education developing Norms and Standards for higher education to advance access and success at tertiary institutions. Birgit has over 70 publications on social justice, student affairs, student engagement and higher education. She is editorial executive of the Journal for Student Affairs in Africa (JSAA), is on the board of the Journal of College Student Development (JCSD) and is a Column Editor for the Journal of College and Character (JCC). She recently completed co-editing a 600-page Global Handbook on Student Affairs. She is a member of the Africa Centre for Transregional Research at the Albert Ludwig University Freiburg, Germany. After being the Africa Chair, she serves as the Vice President for the International Association of Student Affairs and Services.
THE JOURNAL OF ENGLISH AS AN INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE
The Journal of English as an International Language is a new, refereed publication which aims at providing free on-line access to all those involved in the research, teaching and learning of English as an International Language. This is a wide-ranging field examining how language teaching and learning is structured, how meanings and ideas are formed and encoded, how they are communicated and represented, and how they are decoded and interpreted. It is a developing social sciences discipline which is increasingly reaching across into other disciplinary areas. The Journal of English as an International Language intends to represent this dynamism and seeks to provide a platform for publication of studies from academics, teachers and students.
EMERGING SCHOLAR CERTIFICATE
Each year, we recognize emerging scholars who have shown significant promise and commitment to transnational research. We recognize up to two emerging scholars (post-terminal degree completion) in any field who have distinguished themselves as rising leaders in advancing transnational research. We also recognize up to two current graduate students who have demonstrated significant promise to advancing transnational research through publications, leadership, or other relevant contributions.
NASSEF MANABILONG ADIONG
Dr. Nassef Manabilang Adiong is the founder of Co-IRIS (International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort) formed in 2012, PHISO (Philippine International Studies Organization) created in 2015, DSRN (Decolonial Studies Research Network) initiated in 2019, and BRLN (Bangsamoro Research and Legal Network) founded in 2022. He works on interdisciplinary research between Islam and International Relations and explores research studies on various policy, legal and legislative topics about the Bangsamoro communities. A former Associate Professor and UP Scientist at the University of the Philippines Diliman, and presently the Director of the Policy Research and Legal Services (PRLS) of the Bangsamoro Parliament.
In late 2021, Nassef was commended on a resolution adopted by the Bangsamoro Parliament citing his honors and distinctions as exemplary for the entire Bangsamoro young populace. Prior to the approval of the resolution, he earned the highest rank of “UP Scientist III” and conferred the “Centennial Professorial Chair” by the University of the Philippines Diliman and the “Professorial Chair in Political Science and International Relations” by the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. Beyond academia, he was honored as one of the TOYM (The Outstanding Young Men & Women) awardees of the JCI Philippines and one of the Most Outstanding Alumni of the University of the East.
Jean Linis-Dinco is an academic and a human rights activist from the Philippines. She is currently pursuing a PhD at UNSW Canberra focusing on the analysis of government propaganda and disinformation in the context of the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar. Earlier this year, Jean received a Peace Ambassadorship from the European Commission to attend the One Young World Summit in the UK. She was selected for her work in disinformation and peacebuilding. Jean has recently won an award for her transnational project on the gamification of human rights at the recently concluded United Nations-Oxford Youth Competition. She is also now a Board Director for the intercontinental group for early career researchers called PhD students in AI Ethics. In 2014, Jean directed Rainbow X—a film about the rising hate crimes against LGBTIQ people in the Philippines. The film won the Top Award from the International Association of Business Communicators in the same year. In 2018, Jean was selected as a Global Innovator for the Human Rights Campaign Global Innovative Advocacy Summit in Washington D.C. where she spoke about the role of film in raising awareness of human rights violations in her country. Jean’s work in the field of technology and human rights was acknowledged in 2022 when she awarded by the Women in AI Ethics™ (WAIE)–a fiscally sponsored project of Social Good Fund– as one of the top 100 Women in Artificial Intelligence Ethics globally. Before her PhD, Jean has previously worked as a Public Information Consultant for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and as a Digital Project Manager for Youth Development Australia. Jean is also a Salzburg Global Media Fellow and a finalist for the Nobel Peace Prize Challenge 2022 for her open letter addressed to Philippine President Marcos about the situation of freedom of expression in her country.
ROGER W. ANDERSON
Dr. Roger Anderson is an assistant professor of International Languages and Cultures at Central State University, Ohio’s public historically-Black college/ university (HBCU). He teaches French and Arabic language courses and globally-themed courses on Moroccan Films and International Virtual Exchange.
Dr. Anderson received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University specializing in Foreign, Second, and Multilingual Education. He received his BA and MA in African Studies/French from the Ohio University (Athens), and an MA in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language from Middlebury College. As a native monolingual, English speaker, Roger is an avid language learner. He is currently learning Swahili and Hebrew. He also taught English as a Second Language for seven years to international graduate students studying in Ohio. This work availed him teaching opportunities in Indonesia and leading service-learning trips to Guatemala.
Roger’s research interests focus on second language acquisition, Arabic education, la Francophonie and Francophone North America.