CIES 2021 Memorial Sessions

Celebrating CIES Members

2020-2021 has been a tough year for many. The CIES community has lost three valued colleagues. Memorial sessions for each will reflect on their contributions to CIES and the field of comparative and international education. Everyone is welcome to come to commemorate these influential colleagues.

John Hawkins

Monday, April 26, 5:45 to 7:15pm PDT

Co-sponsored by the East Asia SIG

John Hawkins (1944-2020) guided the Comparative and International Education Society serving as president and treasurer as well as the editor of Comparative Education Review.  He was a prolific contributor to comparative education scholarship, shaping our discourse with the publication of more than 70 articles and 20 books. He was also the recipient of the CIES Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

John devoted more than four decades to his work at UCLA as faculty in the Department of Education and Dean of International Studies, advancing the expansion of international studies, overseas programs, and regionally focused research centers. He also is remembered as an extraordinary adviser and beloved teacher. Through his scholarship in the areas of higher education and educational policy in East Asia, John influenced generations of scholars and practitioners.

Robert A. Rhoads

Tuesday, April 27, 3:30-5:00 PDT

Robert A. Rhoads (1957-2018), a professor of higher education in UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, passed away at the age of 60 after a long battle with cancer. Rhoads was a scholar of global citizenship, the role of research universities in China, and higher education. His co-authored volume Global Citizenship and the University: Advancing Social Life and Relations in an Interdependent World (Stanford, 2011) was recognized as the 2012 Outstanding Publication of the Year by the Postsecondary Education Division of the AERA. He also co-authored China’s Rising Research Universities: A New Era of Global Ambition (Johns Hopkins, 2014), co-edited The University, State, and Market: The Political Economy of Globalization in the Americas (Stanford, 2006) with Carlos Torres, and published on Massive Open Online Courses, student activism, student sexual identities and faculty socialization in the United States.

Nicholas “Nick” Stans Shawa

Thursday, April 29 – 10am-11:30am

Nicholas Stans Shawa (1963–2021) was an international development education research practitioner par excellence. A warm-hearted Malawian who was passionate about improving education, Nick’s expertise included field research and evaluation, project and team management, and computer technology. Nick served Malawi’s university system (Chancellor College, University of Malawi; and the former Bunda College), as well as numerous international development organizations. He provided technical leadership in research and evaluation, eventually working with the governments of nearly all African countries in ways that fostered teamwork, productivity, creativity, and fairness. Nick first attended CIES in 2003, and in 2017 he received the CIES International Travel Award for Distinguished Service in Education Reform. Nick was also a beloved chief in northern Malawi. His life was tragically cut short by COVID-19 on February 1, 2021. To contribute to “Masks for Malawi” in Nick’s memory, please go to