Slippery Rock University invites applications for the position of Associate Provost for Global Engagement. The new Associate Provost will play a critical role as Slippery Rock University’s senior international officer. The successful candidate will provide strategic vision for the university’s international efforts and increase the visibility of the university to global audiences.
This key leadership position will provide guidance and oversight for the recruitment and retention of international degree-seeking students, study abroad by domestic and foreign students, and international teaching, research, and service conducted by faculty and staff. Importantly, the Associate Provost will develop and maintain partnerships with overseas universities, embassies, third-party intermediaries, and other relevant institutions.
The Associate Provost for Global Engagement reports directly to the Provost and Vice-President for Academic and Student Affairs and is a key member of the Provost’s leadership team. The AP-GE oversees the director for global exchanges and partnerships, the director of the ESL program, four professional staff and two clerical staff.
• Responsible for the process of comprehensive internationalization at SRU. • Recommend an institutional plan for internationalization to the Provost and President. • Cascade the internationalization plan down the organization by collaborating with SRU’s colleges and departments to encourage them to incorporate global strategies and programs in their unit plans. • Develop strategic plans for activities and programs that advance SRU’s globalization objectives. • Communicate the global education goals and objectives to internal and external stakeholders. • Develop agreements with institutions abroad that are consistent with the strategic plan. • Represent SRU in relationships and negotiations with universities, governments, and other institutions abroad. • Provide leadership in the areas of international student recruitment, retention, and advising, develop and implement an annual recruitment and retention plan that aligns with institutional goals. • Oversee important services in support of recruitment, including immigration services for international students. • Provide leadership in study abroad by SRU students by developing and overseeing the implementation of plans to increase faculty-led, exchange, and third-party programs. • Develop and oversee the growth of opportunities for non-degree-seeking foreign students to study at SRU, including our ESL program. • Work with faculty to encourage and support international research and creative activity, international service, faculty-led programs, and Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) initiatives. • Support SRU’s student learning outcome of developing a worldview that acknowledges diversity and global interdependence • Strive for equity and inclusion in office staffing and in student involvement in international activities. • Facilitate the professional development of staff. • Recognize and reward staff, faculty and students for involvement in international activities. • Manage risks associated with global education and ensure compliance with appropriate regulations and laws. • Ensure ethical behavior by staff and agents of the university. • Lead an Advisory Board that includes representatives from academic departments, offices and organizations to develop an annual calendar of global education programs and events on campus and in the community that align with the university’s strategic plan for Global Engagement. • Design and implement a plan for assessing organizational and student learning outcomes in Global Engagement, and take evidence-based steps to improve outcomes. • Cultivate and nurture relationships with international alumni.
Master’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and eight (8) years of relevant experience
Strong management experience
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Willingness and ability to travel extensively internationally
Prior experience in developing and executing long-term strategy, recruiting and retaining international students, and managing international programs in higher education
Experience working with diverse populations
Successful performance in on-campus interview
Doctoral degree in an appropriate area of specialization
Experience in comprehensive internationalization, education abroad, international enrollment management, and international student and scholar services
Slippery Rock University, founded in 1889, is a member of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The University is shaped by its normal school heritage and characterized by its commitment to intellectual development, leadership and civic responsibility. SRU provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educationa...l and learning opportunities that will help them succeed in their lives, professional careers and be engaged citizens.
Slippery Rock University opened its doors March 26, 1889 as Slippery Rock State Normal School with the primary purpose of training teachers. In 1926, the institution was purchased by the Commonwealth, renamed Slippery Rock State Teachers College, became a four-year teachers college, and continued the tradition of teacher training.
Today, Slippery Rock University is a four-year, public, coeducational, comprehensive university offering a broad array of undergraduate and select graduate programs to more than 8,500 students. The University has earned full institutional accreditation through the Middle State Commission on Higher Learning and discipline specific accreditations.
Located in the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania, the 660-acre campus is less than an hour north of Pittsburgh, one hour south of Erie, and 45 minutes east of Youngstown, Ohio. Two major highways, I-79 and I-80, intersect with seven miles of the University, conveniently linking it to the entire Commonwealth and its contiguous regions.
The campus is situated in the borough of Slippery Rock in Butler County, Pennsylvania, a safe and friendly community of approximately 3,000 people.