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Sept. 11, 2008
Contact: Alison Watkins, International Programs, (785) 864-4963.

Social welfare professor receives international educator award

LAWRENCE — Ed Canda, professor of social welfare at the University of Kansas, received the 2008 George and Eleanor Woodyard International Educator Award at the faculty/staff convocation held Sept. 4.

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Richard Lariviere presented the award to Canda, who has been on the KU faculty since 1989.

The award recognizes faculty on the Lawrence campus who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in strengthening KU’s international dimension in such areas as curriculum development, study abroad programs, relationships with international partner institutions and collaboration with international colleagues in significant research and publications.

Canda’s extensive international experience includes helping the School of Social Welfare develop relationships with Korean universities, conducting a study abroad program for social welfare students in Korea, infusing his courses with international perspectives, advising international doctoral students and researching cross cultural subjects. His international scholarly work includes receiving the Most Outstanding Academic Book on Social Work in Translation from the Republic of Korea National Academy of Scholars for his translated book “Spiritual Diversity in Social Work Practice.”

Past recipients of the award are: Bill Tsutsui, history (2007); John Head, law (2006); Anita Herzfeld, Latin American studies (2005); Marsha Haufler, art history (2004); Garth Myers, geography and African-American studies, and Robert Timm, ecology and evolutionary biology (2003); Melissa Birch, business, and Diane Fourny, French and European studies (2002); Judith McCrea, art and design (2001); Leo Villalon, political science and African and African-American studies (2000); and Tom Mulinazzi, civil, environmental and architectural engineering, and Charles Stansifer, history (1999).

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