Hoyt Purvis Award for Service in International Education

This Hoyt Purvis Award for Service in International Education is presented to members of the University of Arkansas community for their outstanding service to the field of international education and their commitment to promoting mutual understanding between people of all nations. Three members of the campus community are selected each year, to include a faculty member and a campus staff member at large, as well as a staff member within the Graduate School and International Education (GSIE). The award is presented annually during International Education Week at the University of Arkansas.

Individuals seeking to nominate others or self-nominate should complete the Hoyt Purvis Award Nomination Form. The deadline is 5pm on October 17 and recipients will be asked to attend the annual reception for International Scholars hosted by the Chancellor as part of International Education Week which is celebrated nationally during the 3rd week of November.

Selection Criteria

Successful nominees will have a record of outstanding service and/or leadership to international education and a commitment to promoting mutual understanding between peoples of all nations within the University of Arkansas campus community and the greater community. A committee designated by the Dean of the Graduate School and International Education will review nominations and make the final selections.


The Award

Names will be engraved on a permanent plaque to be displayed within GSIE. The awards to the recipients will be a nonmonetary recognition. The Dean of the Graduate School and International Education or a designee will present the awards.


Professor Hoyt Purvis served the campus as an administrator and faculty member for more than three decades before retiring in 2016. His contributions to the field of international education on campus included:

  • establishing and serving as the first director for the International Relations major;
  • establishing and serving as the first director for the International Relations major;
  • teaching courses in journalism, foreign policy, political science, Asian studies, Latin American studies, and European studies;
  • organizing a public symposium on an international topic every year for almost 20 years, drawing government officials, distinguished scholars and international dignitaries to campus;
  • advising hundreds of students and mentoring staff;
  • authoring books and articles on a wide array of international topics.

Hoyt Purvis’ career also includes roles as press secretary and special assistant to Senator J. William Fulbright; foreign and defense policy advisor/counsel to Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd; appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, on which he served for 10 years, including three as chairman.

Among his many awards and accolades are the National Outstanding Faculty Award from Phi Beta Delta Honors Society for International Scholars; citation for service to the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and U.S. Department of State; the University of Arkansas Honors College Distinguished faculty award and Faculty Gold Medal for mentoring.

Hoyt Purvis Award Nomination Form