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McCants selected as 2016 International Educator of the Year

Monday, November 14, 2016

By Mary Pyle

Terrie McCants

Terrie McCants will be recognized as the 2016 International Educator of the Year at the International Education Awards Ceremony on Thursday, November 17, at 4 p.m. in the Hemisphere Room of Hale Library. The International Educator of the Year award, established in 2003 by the provost’s office, is presented annually to a K-State faculty or staff member for making significant contributions to advancing international education at Kansas State University.

McCants is the program coordinator for the certificates in conflict resolution and the co-coordinator for the conflict analysis and trauma studies minor in the College of Human Ecology. As part of these programs, she facilitates two study abroad courses: one to Northern Ireland focusing on peace and conflict and another to South Africa focusing on  sustainable peace post-apartheid. Besides teaching, McCants works as a mediator with the School of Family Studies and Human Services' Family Center and is the mediation coordinator for Kansas State University.

In nominating McCants, Briana S. Nelson Goff, professor in the School of Family Studies and Human Services said “McCants is truly an engaged international scholar. She not only actively pursues her own international program interests, but facilitates the engagement of her students in ways that enhance their critical thinking skills, professional knowledge, and diverse global experiences. Her international work has included Northern Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Mexico and Nepal—work that reflects a truly global approach.”

Brett Mallon, former master's degree student and current doctoral student in peace and conflict studies at the University of Manitoba, said “Terrie McCants embodies every aspect of the International Educator of the Year award. I feel confident in speaking on behalf of hundreds of her current and former students and the multitude of colleagues and associates when I wholeheartedly say we are eternally indebted to this incredible person who has been an instructor, a mentor and a friend.”

Marcelo Sabates, associate provost in the Office of International Programs at K-State, said “It is always such an honor to be nominated by colleagues,“ and, “This recognition by your peers demonstrates your superb work to elevate international awareness on our campus.”

“This is the largest nomination pool the award committee has discerned in recent years and it was very competitive representing high profile faculty and staff from colleges across the campus. This shows how engaged our colleges are in supporting and recognizing the international work being done globally right here in our classrooms and abroad,” echoed Marcellus Caldas, assistant provost for International Faculty Collaborations and Educational Programs and chair of the international educator selection committee. 

The K-State community is invited to congratulate McCants at the 2016 International Education Awards Ceremony. Provost April Mason will make remarks and present McCants with her award.

This article was posted on Monday, November 14, 2016, and is filed under College News, Family Studies & Human Services, K-State Family Center.