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K-State Today

November 16, 2012



Marcellus Caldas selected as International Educator of the Year

By Mary Pyle

The office of international programs has announced that Marcellus Caldas, assistant professor of geography, is the 2012 winner of the International Educator of the Year Award.

The K-State International Educator of the Year Award recognizes an individual each year who has made significant contributions to advancing international education at Kansas State University. One faculty, staff, administrator or other member of the K-State community is selected and honored for their major contributions and sustained commitment to advancing international education at K-State. 

The International Educator of the Year is usually recognized annually during International Education Week, Nov. 12-16. Due to the awardee’s travel schedule, the award reception has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in the Hemisphere Room of Hale Library. Caldas will be presented with a plaque recognizing his accomplishments and a $1,000 honorarium presented by Provost April Mason.

Caldas earned his Master of Science in agricultural economics from Federal University of Vicosa, Brazil; his Doctor of Science in applied economics from University of Sao Paulo, Brazil; and his Doctor of Philosophy in geography from Michigan State University.

He was also a postdoctorate fellow at the Center for International Development, Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is currently a full-time tenure track faculty member in the department of geography.

“Dr. Caldas has worked tirelessly to improve international education and scholarship during his five years at K-State, while at the same time he is working to put together the strongest possible research, teaching and service portfolio for his upcoming tenure and promotion decision,” said Marcelo Sabates, associate provost and associate professor of international programs.

“He has unbounded enthusiasm for international programs and his hard work is evident in generating opportunities for K-State students to learn more about the world outside our borders,” Sabates said.

Marcellus’s personal website is http://tocru310389.wix.com/caldasma_webpage#.

Past award winners can be found at http://www.k-state.edu/oip/outreach/intledaward.html.