Linda Tobash

    • Applies her keen mind, attention to detail and incredible work ethic in service to many organizations, especially TAICEP, to further strengthen the associations and serve her colleague
      • Elevates the professionalism of international admissions in a very humane and student-centered manner
      • Has a truly cross-cultural and diplomatic way of bringing together professionals from around the world to move projects forward and achieve meaningful change
      • Has an incredibly positive, supportive and joyful personal character




The Korea Society, Senior Advisor for Education, 2019 to present

World Education Services, Senior Director of Policy, Knowledge and Data, 2015-2018

Institute of International Education, Director, University Placement Services, 1997–2015

LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York
    Director of Admissions, 1987-1997
    Director of Non-Credit Programs and Administrative Systems, 1984-1987
    Assistant Director of the English Language Center, 1982-1984

New York University and LaGuardia CC, Adjunct ESL Instructor,1980-1982
US Peace Corps, Republic of Korea, English Teaching Volunteer, 1976-1978

Pennsylvania Department of Education Fort Indiantown Gap Vietnamese and Cambodian Refugee School, English Teacher, 1975 


Vice President of Professional Development, 2018-2022

Vice President for Standards, 2019
Member of Steering Committee & Transition Committee, 2013

NAFSA: Association of International Educators 

Secretary, Region, 2019-2022

Lifetime Member Award: 2019

Chair and Chair-elect, Leadership Development Committee, 2017-2018

Chair, Leadership Orientation Subcommittee, 2014-2015 

Member, Bologna Process Task Force II and planning committee for joint NAFSA/EAIE
    Bologna Symposium in Brussels, 2006-2007

Member, Bologna Process Task Force I, 2004-2006

Chair, Annual Conference Session Selection, 2005

Coordinator, Annual Conference Session Selection, 2004

Member, NAFSA Trainer Corps, 1999-2005

Education and Training Committee (founding member), 1996-2002 
Member ATESL Committee, 1995-1999

Member, TESOL Standards for Teachers of Adult Learners Task Force, 2001-2002
Member, Development Advisory Committee, 2001-2002
Chair, Sociopolitical Concerns Committee, 1996-1998
Member, Board of Directors, 1991-1993
Member, Steering Committee for 1992 TESOL Summer Institute in Bratislava, 1991-1992
Professional Standards Committee, chair subcommittee on employment concerns, 1981-82
Local Co-chair, TESOL Convention, 1985
Interest Section Coordinator, TESOL Convention, 1981

EAIE, member and frequent presenter
Friends of Korea, Board of Directors, 2013 to present, and Chair of Nominating Committee,
  2015- present


Master of Arts in TESOL, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York
Bachelor of Science in English, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania
Certificate, Development of Intercultural Coursework at Colleges and Universities, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii


Publications & Presentations


State of International Education chapter in The AACRAO International Guide: A Resource for International Education Professionals, Linda Tobash and Daniel Obst. AACRAO, Washington, DC, 2010

Three Year Bologna-compliant Degrees: Responses from US Graduate Schools, An IIE Briefing Paper, Institute of International Education, New York, April 2009

How Can HEIs Develop Strategies and Policies to Attract International Students?  in Proceedings of the Bologna Process Official Seminar: The External Dimensions of the Bologna Process. Hellenic Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs Secretariat for Higher Education, Athens, 2006

Bologna Process Activities: An Update. NAFSA Admissions wRAP UP newsletter. Vol.3, Issue 5, December 2006

The Undergraduate Classroom Experience . EJournal USA, Department of State, Bureau of International Information Programs, Washington, D.C., November 2005

Choosing a Major. EJournal USA, Department of State, Bureau of International Information Programs, Washington, D.C., November 2005

International Recruitment Principles and Practices chapter. The AACRAO International Guide: A Resource for International Education Professionals, Eric Staub and Linda Tobash. Washington, DC, 2001 

Giving Voice to Sociopolitical Issues. TESOL Matters, June/July 1997

Sociopolitical Concerns Addressed at TESOL ’96 . TESOL Matters, August/September 1996

Report of Employment Concerns, Marian Blaber and Linda Tobash. TESOL Newsletter, April 1989

Part-time Issues: A Closer Look .TESOL Newsletter, October 1984

Part-time Issues: An Initial Inquiry .TESOL Newsletter, April 1984

Review of Language and Culture in Conflict .TESOL Newsletter, February 1984

A Report: Collective Bargaining in a Period of Retrenchment. TESOL Newsletter, Oct. 1983


Since 1999 frequent presenter and trainer on the US higher education system, admission practices and trends as well as  working with sponsored students, Bologna, joint/dual degrees among other topics. Following is a very select  listing. 


A Primer on U.S. Higher Education, offered as a NAFSA workshop or session annually from 2003 to 2021, WES webinar 2016, and at EAIE in 2015 


What is a Bachelor’s Degree? U.S. and European Perspectives, NAFSA annually from 2013 to 2019, EAIE 2015, 2017, 2018, AIEA 2012


Workshops on U.S. Admission and Mobility Trends, Working with Sponsored Students and Agencies, Understanding US Accreditation, Best Practices in Advancing Exchanges and Linkages, and Tips for Applying to U.S. Colleges and University, 1999-2019 

Offered at numerous Fulbright and other international offices and institutions in countries that include: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iraq, Libya, Mexico, Peru, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, US, Vietnam


Professional Associations’ Role in Developing Global Leaders, International Day at the U.N., November 2018, New York


Evaluating Three-year European University Degrees: Pre- and Post-Bologna, TAICEP 2016


International Applicants: What Credentials Do I Need to Review?, AACRAO 2016


EducationUSA Level II and Level III Advisor Competency Trainings, Washington, D.C. 2015


Global Change & Challenges: Is the United States Doing Enough?, AACRAO 2013


A Fresh View on International Joint Study Programmes: U.S. Perspective, EAIE 2012


Update on the Bologna Process and the European Higher Education Area, AACRAO, 2012


Sponsored International Students—What Staff and Faculty Need to Know, AACRAO 2010, 2012



Presenting at NAFSA Winter Leadership Workshop 2017


NAFSA Life Member Award 2019


The Korea Society Project Bridge Youth Ambassador 2020


Bratislava TESOL Workshop 1992


 LaGuardia Community College  


Institute of International Education Office