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Rae and Dan Landis (ca. 1983)

Rae and Dr. Dan Landis Outstanding Dissertation Award


The mission of the International Academy for Intercultural Research (IAIR) is to promote and facilitate intercultural research in the areas of psychology, communications, education, management, and other specializations in social sciences that are related to cross cultural studies.  The Academy encourages high quality intercultural research at the doctoral level, which is conventionally the starting point in academia.  The Rae and Dr. Dan Landis Outstanding Dissertation Award is intended to recognize and honor outstanding scholarly achievement by aspiring intercultural researchers.  Support for the award is provided by the Academy.


US $1,000.00, one-year membership in IAIR and free registration at the IAIR Biennial Conference when the prize is conferred.  The winner will be asked to give a presentation of his or her research at the Conference in Philadelphia, July 2023.

Criteria for Submission and Deadlines

The main thrust of your doctoral thesis (dissertation) must be centered around intercultural studies, that is to research the dynamics and/or promote understanding and appreciation between individuals and groups from diverse communities and heritage.  It should be unique yet rigorous in its theory and method.  Doctoral theses eligible for an award must have been completed (and accepted by the awarding university) during the two calendar years ending on December 31 of the year prior to the conference year. The winner of this award will be invited to present his or her PhD findings at the next IAIR Conference in 2023.

Submissions must be received by the chair of the Review Committee (see email address below) by February 1, 2023.

Rae & Dan Landis Outstanding Dissertation Award year:  2023

Dissertation Completed:       January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2022

Submission:                           February 1, 2023

What to submit

Please submit a 1500-word abstract (double-spaced, Times New Roman Font Size 12, 1-inch margins) of the doctoral thesis in English to the emails below by February 1, 2023. The abstract must contain no information that identifies the applicant, thesis supervisor, or institution. The word-limit does not include references. The abstract must contain complete details of the theory, method, results, and implications for the field.  Submit the abstract electronically as an email attachment to the address given below using a common word processing file format such as Word, Wordperfect, or Rich Text Format. Do not send it in a .pdf file. In a separate file, list your contact information (title of submission, name, affiliation, physical address, phone number, fax number, email address, webpage if you have one). 

A letter from the thesis advisor certifying the university acceptance date of the thesis should be sent by your advisor, also as an email attachment, directly to the Chair of the review committee.

Following a preliminary evaluation, finalists will be asked to submit a 35-page summary description of the full doctoral thesis, in the language in which it was written to the review committee.  Should the original language be other than English, the selection committee will be augmented to include scholars who are native speakers of that language and who feel competent to evaluate the work.  The winner of the award will be invited to prepare and submit an article derived in full or in part from his/her dissertation research to be considered for publication in the International Journal of Intercultural Relations.

Where to submit 

All materials should be submitted electronically to: 

Dr. Chan-Hoong Leong (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and

A/Prof. Justine Dandy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

The Conflict of Interest Policy of this committee can be found in the next tab.

The Rae and Dan Landis Outstanding Dissertation Award Committee

Statement on Conflict of Interest

September 22, 2021

The Rae and Dan Landis Outstanding Dissertation Award aims to recognise research excellence among PhD scholars who have recently graduated, and whose research are in the field of intercultural studies, or the types of social context and group dynamics that promote understanding and between individuals and groups from diverse heritage.  This circle of research is small compared to other disciplines, and academic scholars who study this field almost always have co-published or had some interactions with other scholars on a similar topic. 

It is therefore crucial that the evaluation process for the Dissertation Award be conducted in a professional manner that is objective, fair, and transparent.  The Award is given out once every 2 years. Approximately 8-9 months prior to the IAIR Biennial conference, a Call for Award Application is put out and applicants may submit their PhD abstracts to the Academy for considerations (refer to “Rae and Dan Landis Outstanding Dissertation Award Application” on the protocols). 

Dissertation Award Committee members are required to evaluate all submissions in a manner that is professional and honourable.

Prior to the evaluation, all committee members must declare a Conflict of Interests (COI), if (i) they know of any applicant personally, and (ii) whether they had previously or are currently working jointly on any research projects and/or publications.  The statement will not disqualify a committee member affected by (i) and/or (ii).  Instead, the objective of this declaration is to hold individual committee member accountable for their judgement, such that it is unbiased and visible to all.

The disclosure on COI must be made to the Chair after the abstracts are circulated to the committee members, but before the evaluation commences. The Chair may require an Award committee member to recuse from evaluating an applicant’s submission if there is a compelling reason for doing so, for instance, the applicant’s dissertation is supervised by a committee member. In this instance, an independent, external reviewer will be appointed to assist in the evaluation of the abstract affected by the COI. 

The Award committee member who has a COI shall evaluate all submissions except the applicant’s whose abstract is affected by a COI.  This Award committee member shall provide to the Chair, details of his or her assessments and benchmarks used in evaluating all abstracts, and these documentations shall enable the appointed external reviewer to make an informed judgment on where the COI-affected abstract stands vis-à-vis the rest of the submissions.

In addition, given the Executive Council is required by the by-laws to approve the designee(s) of this award, there exists the potential for a conflict of interest.  In the event that a member of the Executive Council has a conflict of interest, then they must declare that conflict of interest and abstain from the approval vote by the Executive Council. This condition would also apply to the Award committee members if they also happen to be members of the Executive Council.

The process and declaration on Conflict of Interests is a transparent one.  It will not disadvantage any Award committee member who may have deserving graduate students eligible for the award but at the same time, it will hold the Award Committee and the Chair accountable for their decisions, and to uphold integrity, impartiality and transparency.

Chan-Hoong Leong, PhD

Chair (2021-2023), Rae and Dan Landis Dissertation Award Committee


schwarzenthal miriam 

Dr. Miriam Schwarzenthal, PhD, University of Potsdam, Germany

Dissertation titled "Intercultural Competence and Critical Consciousness Among Adolescents Attending Culturally Diverse Schools in Germany" 

kende judith Dr. Judith Kende
University of Leuven, Belgium

“Who defines inequality for whom? The interplay of intergroup contact and inequality"

Dr. Jonas Kunst

"Clash of civilizations? How acculturation and common identity processes shape the relationship between majority and Muslim minority groups in the West"

smeeks anouk Dr. Anouk Smeeks
European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations (ERCOMER) at Utrecht University

"The presence of the past: Historical rooting of national identity and current group dynamics"
tip linda

Dr. Linda Tip
University of Sussex

"Causes and consequences of public and private acculturation preferences: Views of minority and majority group members in three countries"

olsen jesse

Dr. Jesse Olsen
Kwansei University, Japan

"The Effect of Organizational Diversity Management Approach on Potential Applicants’ Perceptions of Organizations"

munusamy vijayan

Dr. Vijayan Munusamy
University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA

"Decoding the Meaning of Multiculturalism: An International Study of Malaysia, Singapore and Hawai‘i"

wasti arzu

Dr. S. Arzu Wasti
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

"Organizational Commitment and Collectivism: The Case of Turkey"

brew fran

Dr. Fran Brew
Macquarie University, Australia

"Intercultural Conflict in the Workplace: A study with Western expatriates and East-Asian host-nationals."

lin judy

Dr. Judy Lin 
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

"Developmental, Social and Cultural Influences on Identity Conflict in Overseas Chinese"

chan hoong

Dr. Chan-Hoong Leong
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

"A multi-level research framework for the analysis of attitudes toward immigrants"

moustafa leonard karen

Dr. Karen Moustafa-Leonard
University of Memphis, Memphis, Tenn.

"A cross-cultural investigation of temporal orientation in work organizations: A differentiation matching approach"

macnab brent Dr. Brent MacNab
University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
cassiday patricia

Dr. Patricia Cassiday
Seattle University

"Leadership in International Settings: Exploring the values, beliefs and assumptions of expatriates"


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