The Charles Klasek Award

Each year AIEA presents the Charles Klasek Award at the Annual Conference. "Chuck" Klasek was a founding member of AIEA from Southern Illiniois University at Carbondale and served as its third president. In addition to being a real leader in the founding of AIEA, Chuck was an excellent example of an effective international education administrator. He took on many tasks within AIEA including, in 1992, the editing and publication of "Bridges to the Future: Strategies for Internationalizing Higher Education." When Chuck died, the Executive Committee felt that a fitting tribute to his outstanding service to AIEA and to the field of International Education Administration would be to present an annual award in his name. The criterion for the award is that the recipient should have given long-term and outstanding service to the field of International Education.

Pictured: 2016-2017 AIEA President Gil Latz, 2015-2016 AIEA President Jenifer Cushman, 2017 Klasek Award Recipient Barbara Hill, and 2017-2018 AIEA President Hilary Kahn

Criteria and Nomination Process

The single criterion for the award is that the recipient should have given long-term and outstanding service to the field of International Education. Nominations should provide specific examples of the nominee's contribution to the field. Nominators must be current AIEA members. 

Nominators are suggested to provide the following documents: 

  • Candidate’s updated curriculum vitae
  • A letter of nomination or self nomination highlighting the career and the outstanding service to the field contributed by the candidate
  • Any other documents supporting the application that could be helpful to understand the contribution made by the candidate

Nominations should be submitted online by October 1: Klasek Nomination Form

Past Recipients  

Barbara Hill
American Council on Education
Press Release (.pdf)

2017

Jacques Proulx
University of Sherbrooke
Press Release (.pdf) 

2016

Gilbert Merkx
Duke University
Press Release (.pdf)

2015

Francisco Marmolejo
The World Bank
Press Release (.pdf) 

2014

William I. Brustein
The Ohio State University
Press Release (.pdf)

2013

Peggy Blumenthal
Institute of International Education

2012

Robert Slater
National Security Education Program

2011

Madeleine Green
American Council on Education

2010

JoAnn McCarthy
University of Pennsylvania

2009

David Larsen
Arcadia University

2008

Stephen Dunnett
SUNY Buffalo

2007

John K. Hudzik
Michigan State University

2006

Tony Adams
Macquarie University - Sydney

2006

Barbara Turlington
American Council on Education

2005

Thomas H. Hoemeke
University of North Texas

2004

Axel Markert
Eberhard-Karls-Universitaet Tubingen

2003

Jack Van de Water
Oregon State University

2002

Barbara B. Burn
University of Massachusetts-Amherst

2001

Burkart Holzner
University of Pittsburgh

2000

Joe W. Neal
University of Texas at Austin

1999

Ralph Smuckler
Michigan State University

1998

Harold Josephson
University of North Carolina - Charlotte

1997

LaMarr Kopp
Pennsylvania State University

1996

Charles Klasek (Posthumous)
Southern Illinois University

1995