Director, Institute for Global Studies, University of Delaware

Posted by University of Delaware on May 29, 2017

Committed to excellence and impact, the University of Delaware is a research intensive, learner-centered institution. In 2015, the University received the Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Campus Internationalization from NAFSA for its efforts to internationalize the campus and imbed intercultural learning across its activities.

The University of Delaware invites applications for the position of Director, Institute for Global Studies. Reporting to the Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs, this strategic position provides oversight and leadership to the programs, extramural projects, and activities associated with the Institute for Global Studies and fosters an organizational climate that supports global education and values diversity. The Director works in collaboration with the colleges and other academic and administrative units to facilitate, expand and enhance campus internationalization, intercultural learning, and global initiatives. The Director provides oversight to the educational, fiscal, and programmatic mission of the unit, which includes Study Abroad programs, World Scholars, sponsored projects, global outreach, STEM internationalization, hosting international visitors, and facilitating international partnerships and exchanges.

The Institute for Global Studies (IGS) was created in 2009 to enhance the international dimensions of teaching, research and outreach at the University of Delaware. The IGS provides leadership and support for programs and experiences that contribute to the education of informed, skilled, open-minded citizens of the world.


  • Provides leadership and a vision consistent with the global educational mission of the university
  • Coordinates academic policies, programs and activities of the Institute for Global Studies
  • Determines the strategic objectives, short- and long-range planning, and the implementation of programs to meet global initiatives
  • Oversees study/travel programs, institutional agreements, international delegations, extramural projects, and the fiscal and personnel management of the Institute for Global Studies
  • Operates in collaboration with students, scholars, faculty, senior leadership, and administrative staff to create conditions that support and enhance campus-wide global objectives
  • Works closely with the Office of Risk Management to implement policies and procedures associated with the safety and welfare of students, faculty, and staff traveling on study abroad and other IGS-related programs
  • Actively identifies and oversees external funding, including grants, for international initiatives
  • Represents the university with the local program administration and externally to the local media, educational and governmental agencies, and the community at large


  • Master’s Degree required, Doctorate preferred, with 7 to 10 years of progressively responsible and relevant experience in international higher education
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both orally and in writing
  • High degree of flexibility and collaborative abilities; strong written and verbal skills
  • Established networks in the field of international education
  • Demonstrated ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and judgments
  • Skills in strategic planning, organizing resources, managing personnel and establishing priorities
  • Experience working, studying, or living overseas; teaching and research experience preferred
  • Project management and supervisory experience involving initiatives with multiple partners is preferred
  • Experience working with people of diverse cultures; ability to foster a cooperative work environment; ability to work collaboratively and effectively across colleges and programs
  • Review of applications will begin on July 1, although nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Nominations and expressions of interest will be held in confidence.

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