Global Scholar Award

Distinguished Global Scholar Award

By Dr. Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker 

The Distinguished Global Scholar Award is bestowed upon a leading scholar in global international education who has dedicated his/her life-long career to the field. The selection is based on evidence of extensive scholarship in global international education and active engagement of educational stakeholders (such as students, teachers, administrators, teacher educators, civic leaders in schools and communities, institutions of higher education, and professional organizations) in promoting global and international education in the United States and or in other countries.


Recipients of 
The Distinguished Global Scholar Award



2005. Dr. Jan L. Tucker (deceased 1997), Florida International University

2006. Mr. James Becker (deceased 2016), Indiana University

2007. Dr. Charlotte Anderson & Dr. F. Lee Anderson (deceased), Northwestern University

2008. Dr. John J. Cogan, University of Minnesota

2009. Dr. Merry M. Merryfield, The Ohio State University

2010. Dr. Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker, Florida State University

2011. Dr. Kenneth A. Tye (deceased 2015), Chapman University

2012. Dr. Josiah Tlou, West Virginia University

2013. Dr. David Grossmann, University of Hawaii

2014. Dr. Angene Wilson, University of Kentucky

2015. Dr. Carole L. Hahn, Emory University

2016. Dr. Judith Torney-Purta, University of Maryland

2019. Dr. Graham Pike, Vancouver Island University

2021. Li-Ching Ho, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2022. Omiunota Ukpokodu, University of Missouri-Kansas City



GlobalEducationMovement.pngThe achievements in and contributions to the social studies/global international education field of the above thirteen distinguished global scholars are described in The Global Education Movement: Narratives of Distinguished Global Scholars edited by Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker (Information Age Publishing, Inc., 2018)

The pages of this book paint a portrait of thirteen scholars and their lifelong professional accomplishments in and contributions to teaching, service, and research in global international education around the world. Their extraordinary work contributed extensively to the development, direction and growth of the global education movement in the United States initiated by James M. Becker at School Services of the Foreign Policy Association, USA, in the early 1960s. These scholars were honored with the Distinguished Global Scholar Award presented by the International Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies, the largest professional organization for social studies educators in the United States. Their narratives comprise an intriguing mosaic of backgrounds, scholarship, and contexts from which their extraordinary work blossomed in building bridges—not walls—among peoples and nations.

The publication is intended to honor the professional achievements in global international education of these scholars who have devoted their professional lives to creating a better world through their work. More importantly, this book exposes globally-minded individuals, educators, scholars, administrators, and policymakers around the world to empowering role models from Africa, Europe, and the United States and opportunity to learn about the multitude of professional activities, teachings, partnerships, exchange programs and research in which they might engage to promote a deeper understanding about the cultural, geographic, economic, social, and technological interconnectedness of the world and its people---the very purpose of global education.


Table of Contents:

  • Civic Education for a Global Nation: James M. Becker, Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker.
  • Global Visionary: The Life and Work of Jan L. Tucker, Bárbara C. Cruz.
  • Developing Global Perspectives: His, Mine, and Ours: Charlotte C. and Lee. F. Anderson, Charlotte C. Anderson.
  • Reflections of a Global Comparative Educator, John J. Cogan.
  • Cross-Cultural Experiences in the Making of a Global Educator, Merry M. Merryfield.
  • Rites of Passage: Nazi Era, Coming to “Amerika”, Global Education,  Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker.
  • Journey of a Lifetime: Kenneth A. Tye, Barbara Benham Tye.
  • My Journey in Global Education Through the Decades, Josiah Tlou.
  • Pathways to Global Education: Reflections on a 50+ Year Career, David L. Grossman.
  • Bringing the World Back Home: Peace Corps Experience and Global Education. Angene H. Wilson.
  • From Global Education to Comparative Global Citizenship Education: One Woman’s Journey, Carole L. Hahn.
  • Five Decades Contributing to the Research Foundations for Enhancing and Assessing Students' Global Awareness, Judith Torney-Purta.
  • (Kirkwood-Tucker, 2018) 

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