Celebrating the 2022/23 IES Abroad Center Awards Winners

At IES Abroad, we take pride in all our colleagues across the globe who create a community that fosters meaningful study abroad opportunities. Center faculty and staff are essential in making our students’ time on-site memorable: while advancing our ideals of academic excellence, these dedicated professionals provide an inclusive and nurturing environment to support our students’ lifechanging experiences, both inside and out of the classroom. 

To honor the important contributions of our faculty and staff, we are celebrating three remarkable individuals who embody our mission of educating global leaders and exemplify an unwavering commitment and dedication to elevating the student experience. 

Our 2022/23 IES Abroad Center Awards recognize faculty and staff who advance our ideals of academic excellence, embrace curricular innovation, model global citizenship, and create lifechanging experiences both inside and out of the classroom for our students. Their passion and leadership inspire both colleagues and students alike, paving the way for the future of study abroad.

The award recipients were selected from among over 150 colleagues nominated by students, staff, and faculty at their Centers. With award criteria in mind, nominees were carefully vetted by an IES Abroad Awards Selection Committee with broad membership from across our organization, including representation from AVPs, Center Directors, Academic Deans, and Professors.  

We are thrilled to share that this year, our Center Award Winners will also attend and present at the 2024 IES Abroad Annual Conference.

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Award for Excellence in Teaching | Laura Vázquez Tavares, IES Abroad Barcelona Faculty

This award is given in recognition of dedicated, creative, and inspirational teaching to an instructor recognized by students, peers, and staff as going above and beyond in the classroom. Laura’s dedication to fostering a community that extends beyond mere learning, coupled with her commitment to training fellow professors in new technologies, has greatly enhanced our educational environment, making a lasting impact on the organization.

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“Laura has been an excellent teacher since the very onset of her career at IES Abroad Barcelona... She deserves the teaching award for her excellence in teaching, teaching her own students, and also teaching her peers. This has had a huge impact on our teaching and learning community in Barcelona. I am very grateful for her excellence!” - Cèsar Alegre Alsina, Barcelona Center Director

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Faculty Innovation Award | Federico Della Bella, IES Abroad Milan Faculty

This award recognizes someone who demonstrates curricular innovation in the content of their courses, their teaching methods, and throughout the study abroad experience in general. Federico has achieved outstanding accomplishments at our IES Abroad Milan Center. After introducing a skill validation platform in a Digital Marketing course, he allowed students an opportunity to complete challenges that not only reinforce concepts but also offer practical, hands-on experience applying course concepts to real world data.

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“Federico has been a proactively innovative teacher at IES Abroad from the beginning of his collaboration, ten years ago, as he is coming from the vibrant milieu of the Politecnico of Milan. Being intrigued by nature about technology as well as pedagogy, he has recently innovated his class one more time, by adapting a brand-new platform to his own teaching purposes: that allows students to use micro credentials and makes his Digital Marketing course way more interactive. His approach to creative teaching and non-problematic use of technology has been making Federico one of our brightest role models for our faculty in Milan.” - Roberto Andreoni, IES Abroad Milan Center Director

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Global Good Staff Service Award | Ángela Schaaf, Associate Director and Academic Director, IES Abroad Santiago

This award is given to an outstanding staff member at an IES Abroad Center who has served the organization in invaluable ways, modeling the kind of global citizenship that and dedication to our mission that we hope to see in our students. Ángela has achieved outstanding accomplishments at our IES Abroad Santiago Center. She has gone the extra mile to support students academically and emotionally, and ensure they feel prepared and supported throughout their entire study abroad experience. Her dedication to our students is proven by the consistent positive feedback she receives each term.

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“I have no words to express Angela' s commitment to IES Abroad and her excellent professionalism. She manages Academics and has nurtured effective relationships with faculty and partner organizations. She also manages CPs and Internships. Even though I assist her in the last two, she always is coming up with great ideas, contacts and with a positive and creative attitude. The way she supports our students is also commendable, even after hours.” -María del Carmen Cortés Arce, IES Abroad Santiago Center Director

It's no surprise we're award-winning! From our incredible colleagues to being ranked as one of the top study abroad organizations several years in a row, check out IES Abroad's most notable awards

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