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Global Impact Awards

The UK Global Impact Awards seek to recognize alumni, faculty, and staff achievements and contributions towards enhancing the University of Kentucky's global engagement through research, education, and service, as well as fostering a culturally diverse, welcoming environment that is conducive to comprehensive campus internationalization.

Winners will be announced and honored at the UK Global Impact Awards reception, which will be held virtually or in person, as conditions permit, in late April or early May.

Nominations will involve submission of a narrative (1-3 pages) describing the nominee’s qualities, achievement and work, and how these reflect the criteria listed for the relevant UK Global Impact award, along with a current C.V. of the nominee.

Self-nominations will be asked to submit one letter of reference in support of their nomination.

Now Accepting Nominations through March 22

Self-nominations are accepted.

Award Categories

Click on each award to learn more.

Alumni Global Impact

This award seeks to recognize alumni whose highly distinguished careers have featured significant work outside the United States that has resulted in outstanding contributions to their communities or professions in global contexts, and/or who have exemplified ideals of global citizenship through the promotion of inter-cultural communication and mutual understanding, international peace and security, or responsible and sustainable international development.

Distinguished Faculty Achievements in International Research & Scholarship

This award seeks to recognize UK faculty who demonstrate a commitment to global engagement through research and scholarship, with well-established and ongoing records of international research activities.

Distinguished Faculty Achievements in Education Abroad

This award seeks to recognize UK faculty who demonstrate a commitment to global engagement and excellence in teaching through facilitating an education abroad program.

Distinguished Faculty Achievements in Internationalizing the Curriculum

This award seeks to recognize UK faculty who demonstrate a commitment to global engagement through activities and leadership in internationalizing the curriculum, with well-established and ongoing records of incorporating significant global perspectives and intercultural components to educational activities taking place on the UK campus.

Distinguished Staff Achievements in Campus Internationalization

This award seeks to recognize UK non-academic staff who demonstrate outstanding commitment, support and service to international students, staff, or visiting scholars/researchers at UK, and/or to UK students, faculty and staff engaging in education abroad activities.

2021 Global Impact Award Winners

Mosoka Fallah, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, Class of 2011

UK Alumni Global Impact Award

The first Alumni Global Impact Award recognizes Dr. Mosoka Fallah, an alumnus of the College of Medicine, for his extraordinary efforts in combatting Ebola epidemics in his native Liberia, and his tireless work to increase and enhance public health capacity in that nation, and provide access to health care in underserved rural communities. “Dr. Fallah has utilized his training at UK to have a truly global impact, especially in the are of providing quality healthcare to people in need,” said professor Bondada in his nomination. “And he played a vital role in containing the Ebola epidemic initially and ending it in Liberia.”

Sherali Zeadally, Associate Professor, School of Information Sciences, College of Communication and Information

UK Global Impact Award for Distinguished Faculty Achievement in International Research and Scholarship 

This award recognizes Professor Zeadally for his impactful and highly cited research in the areas of cybersecurity and privacy, in collaboration with researchers from South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. “Sherali and his international research collaborators have developed innovative cybersecurity and privacy solutions that could have a huge impact on improving the computer security of various systems and through his privacy research results, he has also developed novel privacy-preserving technologies aimed at protecting our data and sensitive information, ” noted Professor Badis Hammi, who collaborated with Zeadally while at Paris TECH University in France, ‘his research results have been internationally recognized and adopted by his peers and cybersecurity industry around the world."

Larry Grabau, Professor, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

UK Global Impact Award for Distinguished Faculty Achievement in Education Abroad 

This award recognizes Professor Grabau for his long-standing dedication to expanding education abroad opportunities for students in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFÉ). As a faculty member he developed and implemented a transformative, multi-disciplinary education abroad honors program global dynamics class on “world food issues.” As Associate Dean for Instruction, he successfully advocated for the creation of the “Dean’s International Incentive Fund,” which provided incentives to CAFÉ faculty to significantly increase that college’s portfolio of faculty-led education abroad opportunities. “Larry Grabau was one of the first faculty to fully integrate education abroad experiences into UK curriculum,” said Rebecca McCulley, professor and chair of the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, in nominating Grabau, “he helped institute the practice in my College, and he has played an instrumental role in making education abroad a possibility for everyone at UK.”

Sharon Brennan, Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education

UK Global Impact Award for Distinguished Faculty Achievement in Internationalizing the Curriculum 

This award recognizes Professor Brennan for her innovative passionate advocacy for inclusion of global competencies and learning outcomes in PK-12 teaching training at the UK and, more broadly, in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Brennan has played key leadership roles in the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching (COST) program, which has enabled more than 375 UK education majors to complete student teaching requirements abroad. Brennan also developed a preparatory course, “Culture, Education and Teaching Abroad,” and created a “global learning instructional unit plan” based on a widely accepted framework for global competency in teacher training. “Dr. Brennan is a highly enthusiastic and dedicated educator who has committed decades of her career to helping future teachers gain a global mindset,” observed Jared Stallones, Professor and Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, when nominating here for this award, “She has kept a global outlook at the forefront of all decisions made in the Department and her impact is felt in countless schools throughout our Commonwealth, nation, and world where our alumni are practicing what they’ve learned from her in their classrooms.”

Patricia Bond, Senior Assistant Dean, Office of Graduate Admissions & Recruitment, The Graduate School

UK Global Impact Award for Distinguished Staff Achievement in Campus Internationalization

This award recognizes Ms. Bond’s long career and consistent dedication to supporting international graduate students at UK. Bond has travelled and recruited international graduate students from some of the most remote regions of the world. In 2009, she joined a contingent of US university representatives to visit Iraq, and undertook a longer-term project to provide advanced higher education and training to Iraqi citizens, with the goal of rebuilding that nation’s higher education and research sector. “Pat is admired and respected by so many at UK. She is the ultimate professional who puts the needs of our students as her number one priority,” said Brian Jackson, interim dean of the Graduate School and professor, Department of Physiology. “Her commitment to improving the lives of people everywhere through educational opportunity has been multifaceted.”

Past Winners

2020 GIA Awardees

  • Distinguished Faculty Achievement in International Research and Scholarship : Srimati Basu, professor, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Distinguished Faculty Achievement in International Research and Scholarship: Jeffrey Seay, associate professor, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Distinguished Faculty Achievement in Education Abroad: Patricia Hyjer Dyk, associate professor and director of graduate studies, Department of Community and Leadership Development, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment 
  • Distinguished Faculty Achievement in Internationalizing the Curriculum: Melody Ryan, professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, College of Pharmacy 
  • Distinguished Staff Achievement in Campus Internationalization: Patricia Whitlow, director of Nationally Competitive Awards