Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award
The Forum’s Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award was established to honor a Forum member who has been remarkably effective in influencing institutions of higher learning to understand and support education abroad through the dissemination of The Forum’s goals: standards of good practice, data collection and research, curricular development and academic design, and assessment. The award will be given to an individual, but individual achievement pre-supposes institutional efficacy and impact and provides inspiration to the field of education abroad. Awardees can be individuals who work on a U.S. or foreign university campus or for domestic or foreign providers or organizations.
The award is presented each year at The Forum’s Annual Conference.
The deadline to submit nominations for the 2018 Award was December 15, 2017.
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2017 Wollitzer Award
Dr. Margery Ganz was awarded the Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award at The Forum’s 13th Annual Conference in Seattle, WA.
In his nomination letter, ‘Dimeji Togunde wrote, “Margery is a tenacious advocate, who understands the transformative impact of sending students abroad so they can acquire knowledge of global issues and develop skills needed to be successful in a global society.”
Kathy Sideli wrote, “It is hard to imagine the field of education abroad without Margery Ganz… Margery has been ubiquitous in the field of education abroad for the better part of four decades, devoted to ensuring high standards in study abroad while intensely demanding that study abroad opportunities be more accessible to all underrepresented students… She worked assiduously with her own creative ideas and networks to make sure something actually was accomplished to change the landscape. The face of study abroad today is very different because of her tireless efforts.”
Ganz served as the Director of Study Abroad & International Exchange and Professor of History at Spelman College, and retired in July 2017 after 36 years of service to the field.
2016 Wollitzer Award
The 2016 Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award was awarded to the late Joe Brockington at the 12th Annual Forum Conference in Atlanta. The award was accepted on his behalf by his wife, Cathy, and sons, David, Sam and Drew. The award was presented to the Brockington family by Joe’s colleague and friend, Margaret Wiedenhoeft, Acting Director of the Center for International Programs at Kalamazoo College. According to Wiedenhoeft:
“Throughout his twenty-plus years in international education, Joe Brockington consistently contributed to and advocated for the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, mentoring colleagues at institutions on how to develop and provide programs incorporating The Forum’s Standards that met curricular goals while also fully supporting students. His contributions to the research of the development of the profession of international education helped to create recognition of the increasing professionalization of our work while acknowledging how much the field has changed. Throughout his career, Joe never missed an opportunity to remind colleagues that having standards was so important because, as he would say in his very Midwestern, dry, humorous tone, ‘that next to parenting, education abroad is the world’s greatest amateur sport.'” Click here to read Wiedenhoeft’s full citation.
Brockington, a member of the founding Board of Directors of The Forum, passed away in August 2015. He served as associate provost for international programs and professor of German language and literature at Kalamazoo College. He was instrumental in the founding of The Forum and over the years contributed to the field in innumerable ways by presenting at conferences and initiating projects.
2015 Wollitzer Award
Michael Steinberg, Executive Vice President of Academic Programs for IES Abroad, received the Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award at The Forum’s 11th Annual Conference in New Orleans.
Steinberg wrote in an email: “I am grateful for this recognition by The Forum on Education Abroad, an organization that has added so much to our field in its relatively short life. I was especially touched to receive an award established in memory of Peter Wollitzer, who was a colleague during both of our early years in study abroad and a close personal friend until his sad, untimely death. Peter and I shared a vision of concern for the personal and academic growth of each student who has the opportunity to study abroad.”
Steinberg was presented the award by Traci Williams, Texas Christian University, a member of the Wollitzer Award Selection Committee. Other members of the Committee were: Patti Brown, IFSA Butler; Jim Buschman, New York University; Enda Carroll, University College Dublin, representing the Board of Directors; and Alicia Stanley, Northwestern University, representing the Council’s Advocacy Committee.
2013 Wollitzer Award
Congratulations to Liam Ó Dochartaigh, former Director of International Education at the University of Limerick, who was awarded the Peter A. Wollitzer Award on April 5, 2013. Enda Carroll, Centre for Study Abroad Manager at University College Dublin, presented the award to Mr. Ó Dochartaigh at the Forum’s Ninth Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois.
2012 Wollitzer Award
The Forum proudly congratulates this year’s two recipients of the Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award, Jon Booth, Executive Director, Syracuse University Abroad, and Michael Vande Berg, Vice President for Academic Affairs, CIEE. Jon Booth’s award was presented by Michael Calo of Syracuse University, and Mick Vande Berg’s award was presented by Martin Hogan of CIEE.
2011 Wollitzer Award
On April 8, 2011 Dr. Susan Pugh, emeritus associate vice provost for enrollment management and director of student financial assistance at Indiana University, was awarded the Peter A. Wollitzer Award. Kathleen Sideli, associate vice president for overseas study at Indiana University, remarked for the conference attendees that Susan Pugh defined for the field of education abroad the highest standards of good practice regarding financial aid. Dr. Pugh embraced the cause of widening the availability of financial aid to students going abroad by promoting the concept among organizations in her own field, such as the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Until that time study abroad was not widely seen by either financial aid administrators or federal education officials as an integral part of an undergraduate degree program. Her advocacy efforts helped change that perception.
Upon receiving the award, Dr. Pugh commented that she kept up her efforts over the years, despite it being outside her own experiences, because she wanted “to remove the various barriers to the success of others, so they might realize their dreams.”
2010 Wollitzer Award
Dr. James Langridge, University of Wollongong and founding Board Member of The Forum, received the 2010 Wollitzer Award. To a rousing standing ovation, James Langridge of the University of Wollongong accepted the Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award at a plenary session at The Forum’s Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC. Jon Booth, Executive Director of Syracuse University Abroad, and a member of the Award’s Selection Committee, stated in his introduction to the ceremony, “The Peter A. Wollitzer Award is to honor a Forum member who has been remarkably effective in influencing institutions of higher learning to understand and support education abroad. We all need heroes. We all need role models. The Forum set up this award to identify heroes and role models amongst The Forum membership.”
2008 Wollitzer Award
The Forum is proud to congratulate David A. Larsen, Arcadia University CEA, the recipient of the 2008 Wollitzer Award. Lorna Stern Laniak’s warm citation for Dr. Larsen spoke of the breadth and depth of his service, and led to a rousing ovation. Dr. Larsen provided some words of appreciation.
2007 Wollitzer Award
The recipient of the Wollitzer Award in 2007 was Professor R. Michael Paige, of the University of Minnesota. Diane Elton’s award citation, presented at The Forum Conference in Austin, TX, noted Dr. Paige’s many achievements, accomplishments and dedication on every level to education abroad.