The Provost and Executive Vice President seeks applicants for the Senior Advisor to the Provost for International Affairs. Internal candidates, please review the position description for more details.
Senior Advisor to the Provost for International Affairs
Summary of Major Roles and Expectations
The senior advisor to the provost for international affairs serves as the university’s senior international officer (SIO). Informed significantly by their own experience abroad, international scholarship, teaching and engagement activities, they collaborate with partners on campus and peers at other leading universities to develop and continuously refine a vision for international research, education and engagement at a preeminent research-intensive university. They are active in representing OSU within appropriate organizations and in debates about internationalization in higher education.
The senior advisor is a productive partner with other leaders and faculty on the campus, including vice provosts, vice presidents, deans, department and school heads, graduate and undergraduate program directors, and relevant committees in the Faculty Senate. The senior advisor is an active listener and engages effectively with campus stakeholders on both the academic and administrative sides of the university. They forge particularly strong, collaborative partnerships with the senior vice provost for faculty affairs, the vice president for research, the vice provost for undergraduate education, the vice provost and dean of the graduate school, the vice provost for student affairs, and the director of INTO OSU.
As a thought leader, they serve as the individual designated by the provost to lead the development and implementation of a compelling vision for internationalization at OSU grounded in shared governance, that recognizes the central role of colleges and the faculty, and that advances the overall goals of the university. Meeting the university’s goals for internationalization in research, education and engagement is not the sole responsibility of the senior advisor, but a shared responsibility of many across the campus.
Strategist and Coordinator
In 2017, OSU made the decision to dismantle the Division of International Programs. That was a strategic choice to integrate international programs and supports into the core administrative units rather than build up a separate administrative “silo” dedicated specifically to serving international activities, students and scholars.
For example, the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO)—OSU’s central study abroad support unit—is overseen by the vice provost for undergraduate education, reflecting OSU’s goal to make study abroad a growing component of students’ learning experience, especially at the undergraduate level. The Office of International Services (OIS) is overseen by the vice provost for student affairs and serves as the central resource supporting international students, as well as scholars and faculty (providing help with visa and immigration issues, international visitors, international hiring, and international travel). International admissions is coordinated jointly by the vice provost for enrollment management and the director of INTO OSU, with close consultation with the vice provost for undergraduate education and vice provost and dean of the graduate school.
This “integrated model” prioritizes advancing OSU’s internationalization strategy and agenda as a role and responsibility of multiple senior leaders, especially the vice provost for undergraduate education, the vice provost and dean of the graduate school, the vice president for research, the vice provost for student affairs, the vice provost for enrollment management, and the director of INTO OSU. The charge of the senior advisor to the provost for international affairs is to lead the development of the internationalization agenda, monitor progress on its implementation, and facilitate coordination across administrative units responsible for various components of the agenda. The senior advisor chairs an international council of university leaders for this purpose.
The senior advisor serves as strategist and coordinator rather than direct manager of central campus programs. A small core staff provides support to the senior advisor to assist with the strategy making and coordinating functions.
The senior advisor to the provost for international affairs is a clear, direct and authentic communicator of the university’s internationalization goals and plans and of the university’s academic goals and plans overall. The latter recognizes that the senior advisor is a member of the provost’s senior leadership team, which carries the responsibility of participating in deliberations, planning and decision making about matters beyond the international domain. As a member of that team, the senior advisor offers candid and constructive advice from the perspective of their area of responsibility. Once the provost weighs advice of the senior leadership team and makes a decision about priorities or actions, the senior advisor accurately and sincerely communicates the rationale for those decisions and works to advance the priorities or support the decisions within the scope of their responsibility.