The Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award provides national recognition for faculty and staff non-practitioners1 who have made significant contributions to international education, either through innovative practices (Track I) or life-long impact (Track II).
Typically, the CII has presented one award each year, rotating between the two tracks. However, since no Malone Award was presented in 2020, the Executive Committee of the CII will present two awards for 2021 to individuals from APLU-member institutions. One from each category: Track I: Innovation and Track II: Impact.
The following criteria are central to the Malone Award and will be considered in both tracks:
Nominations for the 2021 cycle are now closed.
This track seeks to recognize an individual who has implemented innovative practices that have contributed to the advancement of pervasive internationalization of APLU campuses through curriculum, study abroad, research, program models, or other areas that contribute to the development of global education at member universities.
Individuals nominated for recognition must have made transformative contributions to the international activities of public and land-grant institutions and be able to demonstrate the tangible effects of the innovation. Individuals nominated must have held a position at an APLU-member institution for at least two years. Please see our member page for a list of APLU-member institutions.
In addition to the criteria outlined above for both tracks, the Innovation track nomination criteria consists of:
This track seeks to recognize the lifetime achievement and outstanding contributions made by a faculty member at an APLU-member university toward furthering international programs on campus, nationally or internationally. The purpose of this track is to recognize faculty or staff who, through their advocacy and leadership, have advanced international programs for academic institutions throughout their career. Individuals nominated must have held a position at an APLU-member institution for at least ten years. Please see our member page for a list of APLU-member institutions.
Individuals may be recognized for their accomplishments, either based on their cumulative record or for specific outstanding contributions. Accomplishments in any area of international engagement may be considered. Contributions may have either impacted individual APLU-member universities or the APLU membership collectively.
In addition to the criteria outlined above for both tracks, the Impact track nomination criteria also includes:
The nominator should submit the following items in a single PDF file to Jordan Merker at JMerker@aplu.org by May 3, 2021 at 11:59 pm EDT:
The deadline for submission of materials is May 3, 2021 at 11:59 pm EDT. The Commission will notify the winners in June and publicly announce the Malone Awards during the virtual CII Summer Meeting from July 12-14, 2021. Malone Award winners will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and are expected to prepare remarks to present during the Summer Meeting.
Please direct any questions regarding the process to Jordan Merker at JMerker@aplu.org.
All unsuccessful nominations will be retained and may be re-nominated, at the request of the nominator, for the next award period for that track.
It is the policy of the Commission on International Initiatives and its Malone Award Committee that selection of Malone Award winners be based on contributions as “Non-Practitioners.” The Commission feels that there are other organizations and forums that recognize the work of “Practitioners.” Since this policy has led to some confusion about what is intended, the following clarification is provided.
“Non-Practitioners” hold positions where the primary responsibility of the individual is not the administration of international programs. Note that the position held by non-practitioners may be of a type which includes oversight, but not the direct administration, of international programs. Therefore, non-practitioners are faculty or staff who have made significant contributions to the innovation and impact of on- or off-campus international programs, projects or initiatives, but who do not have direct or major responsibilities for international program offices or the programs administered by those offices.
It is possible that Malone Award nominees may have worked in international programs as a “Practitioner,” but then left such roles of direct involvement in international programs and subsequently made significant contributions to international activities. An example would be an international program administrator (Practitioner) who became a university president or chancellor (Non-Practitioner). Such individuals can be nominated for the Malone Award based on contributions made in their “Non-Practitioner” but not their “Practitioner” roles.