International Academy for Intercultural Research 

A professional interdisciplinary organization dedicated to the understanding and improvement of intercultural relations through world-class social science research
Established 1997


2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Michael Prosser
Professor Emeritus, University of Virginia

Michael H. Prosser, PhD, is professor emeritus at the University of Virginia, a founder of the academic study of intercultural communication, a Fellow of IAIR, past president of SIETAR International (1984-1986), chair of the International Advisory Board, and senior coeditor for the Intercultural Institute of Shanghai International Studies University (2006-present). He has been honored by Ball State University and the International Communication Association (1978); SIETAR International (1986 and 1990); the China Association for Intercultural Communication (2009 and 2011); and IAIR with the Life Time Achievement Award.  He is listed in the Marquis Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Asia, and Who's Who in the World. He has taught in the following countries: Canada; China including four universities; Swaziland as a Fulbright Professor; and the US, most recently at the University of Virginia (1972-2001) and the Rochester Institute of Technology. In total, he has taught 11,500 students and given lectures to more than 8,500 students in Cambodia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Russia, Singapore, and South Korea, and millions of individuals have seen or heard him on China Central TV, Shanghai International Channel, and China Radio International. In 2005, he was featured in the national China Semimonthly Talents Magazine (in Chinese) (July).

He is editor/coeditor, author/coauthor of nineteen books, the most recent of which are: Intercultural Perspectives on Chinese Communication with Steve J. Kulich (2007); Value Frameworks at the Theoretical Crossroads of Culture with Kulich and Weng Liping (2012); Value Dimensions and Their Contextual Dynamics across Cultures with Kulich and Weng (2014); Communicating Interculturally (2012) and Chinese Communicating Interculturally (2014) with Li Mengyu; Finding Cross-cultural Common Ground with Mansoureh Sharifzadeh and Zhang Shengyong (2013); and Social Media in Asia with Cui Litang (2014). He, Adil Nurmakov, and Ehsan Shahghasemi are coediting Social Media in the Middle East, and he is authoring A Journey to the East: Asia in Focus. His book, The Cultural Dialogue (1978) has been translated into Japanese by Roiche Okabe (1982) and Chinese by He Daokuan (2013). With Steve Kulich, he coedited a special volume for IJIR, “Early American Pioneers of Intercultural Communication” (2012). From  1998-2004, he was the series editor for 17 books in his “Civic Discourse for the Third Millennium” series for Ablex, Praeger, and Greenwood Publishers.

Father of three, he is grandfather of nine. His goal is to become a global citizen, noting as his favorite secular quote, Socrates: “I am neither a citizen of Athens, nor of Greece, but of the world.”


Previous Lifetime Awards

triandis harry

Harry C. Triandis
Emeritus Professor, University of Illinois

berry john

John Berry
Emeritus Professor, Queens University, Canada

landis dan

Dan Landis
Emeritus Professor, University of Mississippi, USA

pettigrew thomas

Thomas Pettigrew
Research Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

marsella tony

Tony Marsella
Emeritus Professor, University of Hawaii, USA


stephan waltercookie          pederson paul
Cookie and  Walter Stephan   Paul Pedersen
Emeritus Professors   Emeritus Professor
New Mexico State University   Syracuse University

Cookie and Walter Stephan (New Mexico State University)
Paul Pedersen (Syracuse University)

David Heise
Indiana University