The Charles Klasek Award

Pictured (L-R): AIEA President Cheryl Matherly, Immediate Past President Nell Pynes, 2019 Klasek Award Recipient Hans de Wit, Past President Hilary Kahn, and AIEA Executive Director, Darla Deardorff. 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 (L-R): AIEA President Cheryl Matherly, Immediate Past President Nell Pynes, 2019 Klasek Award Recipient Hans de Wit, Past President Hilary Kahn, and AIEA Executive Director, Darla Deardorff. 

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 for the 2021 Charles Klasek Award will be open in Fall 2020

Past Recipients  

2019
Hans de Wit
Boston College 
2019 Klasek Award Press Release (.pdf) 

2018
Susan Sutton
Bryn Mawr College
2018 Klasek Award Press Release (.pdf)

2017
Barbara Hill
American Council on Education
Press Release (.pdf)

2016
Jacques Proulx
University of Sherbrooke
Press Release (.pdf) 

2015
Gilbert Merkx
Duke University
Press Release (.pdf)

2014
Francisco Marmolejo
The World Bank
Press Release (.pdf) 

2013
William I. Brustein
The Ohio State University
Press Release (.pdf)

2012
Peggy Blumenthal
Institute of International Education

2011
Robert Slater
National Security Education Program

2010
Madeleine Green
American Council on Education

2009
JoAnn McCarthy
University of Pennsylvania

2008
David Larsen
Arcadia University

2007
Stephen Dunnett
SUNY Buffalo

2006
John K. Hudzik
Michigan State University

2006
Tony Adams
Macquarie University - Sydney

2005
Barbara Turlington
American Council on Education

2004
Thomas H. Hoemeke
University of North Texas

2003
Axel Markert
Eberhard-Karls-Universitaet Tubingen

2002
Jack Van de Water
Oregon State University

2001
Barbara B. Burn
University of Massachusetts-Amherst

2000
Burkart Holzner
University of Pittsburgh

1999
Joe W. Neal
University of Texas at Austin

1998
Ralph Smuckler
Michigan State University

1997
Harold Josephson
University of North Carolina - Charlotte

1996
LaMarr Kopp
Pennsylvania State University

1995
Charles Klasek (Posthumous)
Southern Illinois University