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


  • 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