OSA's Taylor Woodman Receives IES Professional Development Award
Today we are proud to announce that The Office for Study Abroad's Manager of Advising Services Taylor Woodman has been named the recipient of this year's IES Abroad Professional Development Award.
The Professional Development Award recognizes an education abroad professional who has made significant contributions to the field by creatively using resources to promote and support study abroad and provided leadership in the areas of program development and student services. The awardee is chosen by IES Abroad’s Nominations Committee, composed of IES Abroad full Member school study abroad coordinators. They base their choices upon nominations received from IES Abroad’s Consortium members.
In their press release, IES wrote that, "Throughout Woodman’s career, his experience and training have been focused on international education policies, international higher education, and international business cultures. He not only studied in Buenos Aires, Argentina and in Stellenbosch, South Africa as an undergrad, his professional and research projects have also taken him abroad to the Dominican Republic, Spain, the Netherlands, Ghana, Senegal, Israel, Jordan, Cuba, South Africa and Brazil. He has also been an instructor in topics such as “international investigations in Cuban education” and “global service in the Dominican Republic.”
Additionally, Woodman has a clear dedication to inclusion and diversifying access to study abroad. This is evidenced by his work as chair of the Diversity Abroad Task Force for high need students, his participation in the Selection Panel for the Gilman Scholarship, and his role as Co-Chair for the NAFSA Subcommittee for Underrepresentation in Education Abroad. He was also a reviewer for the All-Star Students program, a White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Dr. Mary M. Dwyer, President and CEO of IES Abroad, praised Woodman on his award, “Taylor Woodman embodies the type of individual we must recognize in study abroad—dedication, focus, and clarity of purpose. We’re delighted to have him as a professional within the study abroad field.”