Job Posting: Vice Provost for International Affairs, MTSU

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Oct 05, 2009 / 0 comments

Vice Provost for International Affairs, MTSU

Middle Tennessee State University is seeking a dynamic individual to
establish and lead an Office of International Affairs (OIA) and invites
nominations and applications for the position of Vice Provost for
International Affairs
. Located in historic Murfreesboro, Tennessee, MTSU
currently enrolls more than 25,000 students.

The Vice Provost for International Affairs (VPIA) is responsible for
providing institution-wide leadership to MTSU's international initiatives
and expanding the comprehensive internationalization of the University's
mission in teaching, research, and service. Reporting to the Executive Vice
President and Provost, the VPIA coordinates the University's international
programs and generates and provides the locus for new initiatives. MTSU's
Academic Master Plan makes a commitment to prepare students to learn and
work in a global society; thus, the VPIA works in partnership with deans,
directors of international units and faculty members to develop and support
international initiatives to achieve the University's commitment. The VPIA
will have oversight of the Office of International Affairs (OIA). The OIA
will facilitate partnerships with international institutions and
organizations; advise; provide orientation and program support for
international students and visiting scholars; recruit international
students; host activities with an international focus, etc. Currently MTSU
hosts international students from 85 countries. MTSU also hosts an ELS
Language Center on campus.

Responsibilities of the position include:

. Provide leadership for collaboratively developing an exciting, relevant,
and shared vision that advances the internationalization of MTSU, enhances
its quality international programs and leads MTSU to a position of
leadership in international education;

. Articulate and advance the international vision and message to constituencies and stakeholders and lead in its implementation;

. Promote and model a climate of open communication and accessibility by engaging in and encouraging dialogue, joint planning, and problem-solving with constituencies both on and external to the MTSU campus;

. Promote diversity in the work/educational environment;

. Establish a strategic direction for the Office of International Affairs that results in initiatives that enhance student academic success, teaching excellence, and scholarship;

. Encourage the development of curriculum innovation in international education including study abroad programs, faculty and student
exchanges, etc.;

. Encourage scholarly research and creative activities in international education; . Develop and implement the strategic direction for the University's international centers and services;

. Lead the management function of the OIA, i.e. budget development and monitoring, personnel hiring and development, recruitment and strategic planning;

. Develop and build the infrastructure to support faculty and students' international studies;

. Coordinate the development of international travel and safety policies for the University;

. Secure internal/external funding for international initiatives;

. Develop and maintain an extensive network of domestic and international contacts to promote internationalization of Middle Tennessee State University;

. Promote and market international education programs and initiatives of the university and influence positive stakeholder perceptions; and

. Forge partnerships with international universities.

Job qualifications include:


. Earned doctoral degree preferably in a field related to international

. Senior administrative experience in international programs required; including managing budgets, staff supervision and development, and
strategic planning;

. Must qualify for rank of professor in one of MTSU's academic departments; tenure upon appointment possible.

. Strong leadership skills;

. Demonstrated experience working with a diverse faculty and staff in a wide range of disciplines to create and implement innovative programs to enhance international education and experience;

. Experience in maintaining and expanding positive relationships with internal and external constituencies at the campus, local, state, national, and international levels;

. Demonstrated understanding of current issues in international education, such as student and scholar visa issues, dual and joint degree programs, English proficiency requirements, campus-wide international programs, exchanges and partnerships, curriculum integration, and study abroad innovations;

. Contributions to the field of international study through research, publication, conference presentations and/or service to the profession;

. Demonstrated commitment to global dimensions of higher education; . Excellent written and oral communication skills;

. Understanding and appreciation for diversity and differences among various
cultures; and

Preferred qualifications include:

. Three (3) years senior administrative experience in international programs
preferred; including managing budgets, staff supervision and development,
and strategic planning;

. Successful experience obtaining and administering federal, state and foundation grants; . Successful experience in cultivating donors, both international and domestic;

. Proficiency in a foreign language;

. Demonstrated experience enhancing teaching and scholarship; and,

. Experience working in a research-intensive public university.


Appointment date may be as early as January 1, 2010. Salary is negotiable and competitive with similar positions in comparable public universities. MTSU
also provides generous employee benefits.

Filing procedures: Interested applicants should go to and follow the instructions on how to complete an
application, attach documents, and submit your application online. Official
transcripts (not issued to student) of all college degrees and three letters
of reference specific to the position will be required prior to on-campus

Proof of U.S. citizenship OR eligibility for U.S. employment will be
required prior to employment (Immigration Control Act of 1986). Clery Act
crime statistics for MTSU available at or by contacting MTSU Public
Safety at 615-898-2424.

Position opens for applications September 25, 2009. Review of applications
will begin October 26, 2009, and will continue until the position is filled.

If you have questions, please contact MTSU Academic Affairs at (615)

MTSU is an AA/EO Employer.

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