Associate Dean for the Office of International and Summer Programs

Associate Dean for the Office of International and Summer Programs

Emory University

Atlanta, GA   |   February 11, 2020


Emory College of Arts and Sciences in Atlanta, Georgia, is seeking a strategic, engaging, and forward thinking leader with a commitment to academic excellence and student success in international education and summer programs for their next Associate Dean for the Office of International and Summer Programs (Associate Dean).

Reporting to the Dean of the College, the Associate Dean serves as the strategic and operational leader overseeing International and Summer Programs, including pre-college initiatives, semester and summer Study Abroad Programs, and Emory College online courses. The Associate Dean will prioritize and steward financial, human and capital resources with the goal of growing Emory College’s reputation and standing among international and study abroad programs. The Associate Dean will work with faculty to create new academic programs, promote a seamless student experience, and ensure a safe, inclusive, and healthy environment for these experiences. The Associate Dean is a key member of the Dean’s academic team and will lead and manage an office of dedicated professionals. The Associate Dean will collaborate regularly with faculty of Emory College, the office of undergraduate education, admissions, student health, campus life, residential life, and other stakeholders to enhance student co-curricular experiences.

About Emory University

Founded in 1836, Emory University’s beautiful campus is located in the Druid Hills neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia. Emory is a leading research university, and a top-ranked private institution recognized internationally for its outstanding liberal arts colleges, graduate and professional schools, and leading health care systems. Behind Emory’s fundamental commitment to providing a rigorous liberal arts education within one of the nation’s top research universities is a belief in the ardent pursuit of knowledge and its transformative power. With a mission to create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity, Emory is a community of impact and purpose to think beyond oneself. Emory is ranked No. 1 among medium-sized schools in producing Teach for America corps members, and No. 12 for Peace Corps members.

Emory University has four undergraduate schools and colleges with over 8,000 enrolled students, and seven graduate schools and colleges with almost 7,400 graduate and professional students enrolled for the Fall of 2019. Emory has a rich international presence and undergraduate curriculum, preparing the next generation of global thinkers and leaders. Emory boasts nearly 1,000 faculty members with international expertise from China and India to the United Kingdom, Brazil, Ethiopia, and Mexico. On campus, there are nearly 3,000 international students representing 222 countries. Partnerships across the globe are important to Emory so that students may consider the world their classroom.

About Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Emory College of Arts and Sciences, founded in 1836, is Emory University’s primary undergraduate division with more than 5,600 students. The intensive liberal arts curriculum is backed by all of the resources of one of the world’s top research universities.

Emory College plays a critical role in supporting and expanding the liberal arts throughout the University and its nine undergraduate and professional schools. Emory College is driven by its passions for inquiry and discovery, which are led by the College’s renowned 550-member faculty who bring their path-breaking research – and commitment to excellent teaching – to the classroom every day.

With more than 50 departments and programs, 86 majors, and 63 minors, students explore widely and dive deeply in rigorous courses of study that emphasize critical thinking, the nature of evidence from multiple perspectives and the ability to effectively reason and communicate. The College’s students are encouraged – and expected – to ask bold questions and expand the boundaries of knowledge.

The University’s strategic plan, One Emory: Engaged for Impact, speaks to the College’s role in creating an influential core of student life, the arts and humanities, and engaging global communities in partnership with Emory. See more information here:


Dean Michael Elliott

Michael A. Elliott, Charles Howard Candler Professor of English, was named Dean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences in May 2017. The recipient of several prestigious research fellowships, he has authored two books on subjects related to American literary and intellectual history. He also serves on the editorial board of The Norton Anthology of American Literature. He has previously served in the Emory College central administration as senior associate dean for faculty from 2009-2014, as executive associate dean from 2014-2015, and as interim dean of Emory College from 2016-2017. He completed his Ph.D. at Columbia University in 1998. Under Dean Elliott’s leadership, Emory College has focused on increasing faculty diversity, supporting undergraduate experiences that demonstrate the value of the liberal arts, and supporting innovative, interdisciplinary programs. You can read more about strategic planning in the College of Arts and Sciences here.

About the Office of International and Summer Programs

The Office of International and Summer Programs (OISP) has 22 employees divided into three teams (Study Abroad, Summer Programs, and Finance and Business). Study Abroad and Summer Programs both receive strong support and participation from the faculty of Emory University who form the backbone of academic programming.

Study Abroad

Over 50 percent of Emory undergraduates engage in one of 100 approved academic study abroad programs before their graduation. Each summer about 24 faculty lead summer programs, and travel all over the world to provide a unique student experience. Typically, these programs enroll 310 to 350 students. During the academic year, around 125 students each semester participate in one of 100 programs and have their academic work transfer back to credit at Emory. In addition to approved programs, Emory runs its own study abroad program in Salamanca, Spain, and is a member of EDUCO consortium with Duke, Tulane, and Cornell Universities.

Since 2016, students have been offered the opportunity to engage in Global Internship, a program that allows students to earn academic credit while working in a full-time position in a wide range of industry sectors in one of 12 global cities.

Summer Programs

Emory College offers a robust summer school on campus and online, available in any one of three sessions. In 2019, 1,832 students enrolled in a summer course, with 45% of those students enrolled online in 45 unique courses. Online course demand continues to be a growth area for the College.


Emory’s Pre-College program is in its 12th year providing exceptional experiences for rising junior and senior high school students. This program is run in partnership with Residential Life, providing students with an authentic campus living experience. Students are selected on the basis of their academic record and interests and take one course with an Emory faculty member while enjoying co-curricular activities. In 2019, of the 422 students enrolled, 20% of the students came from 13 countries, with China sending the greatest number of students.

Emory is a member of the Association of Summer Sessions (AUSS) and the Forum of Education Abroad. The OISP team is also engaged in NAFSA, NAASS, CIEE, Pre-College Group, and other national and regional professional organizations that support summer programs and study abroad. Emory College equips students for an increasingly interconnected world, nurturing a culturally diverse community on campus and providing rich study and internship opportunities abroad.

Emory College of Arts and Sciences is committed to valuing difference and ensuring that the students, faculty, staff, and administrators are diverse in ethnicity, gender, religion, philosophy, sexual orientation, and physical ability. At the same time, Emory College is unified in the goal of achieving academic excellence, preparing for life and work in a global society. Emory College strives to offer multicultural and gender-balanced education in the curriculum, instruction, and services that address learning and physical disabilities and support for staff and faculty development.

The Opportunity

The Associate Dean will have responsibilities including:

  • Managing and overseeing a budget of $9 million; works closely with the financial team to manage budgets and financial forecasts for summer programs including online and pre-college programs, EDUCO and Emory in Spain;
  • Engaging campus partners to advocate for and support integration of study abroad into the curriculum and student experience; promote academic excellence and student success in all programs; make presentations to administration and faculty as requested; develop and coordinate relevant advisory committees to engage key campus and abroad stakeholders;
  • Ensuring Emory College online continues to meet the highest standards of online education while continuing to evolve structure of programs and offerings;
  • Representing Emory OISP on campus, domestically, and internationally. Actively engage with and stay on top of latest research and trends in the fields of international education and higher education in general; engage in national membership organizations, represent Emory College at national and international events and conferences; serve on University-wide committees and taskforces as needed;
  • Overseeing academic policies, procedures, and services; collaborate with stakeholders to develop and update academic policies and procedures in accordance with best practice and Emory College policy;
  • Engaging and actively participate in national and regional professional organizations that support study abroad and summer programs;
  • Leading the office in its support for overall student success and providing strategic direction and managing operational excellence; communicating and setting clear goals, objectives and measures for the teams, and creating and encouraging an environment that values diversity of thought and experience, equity in involvement and contribution, and inclusive of each team member.
Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will have many or all of the following attributes and demonstrated abilities and experiences:

  • PhD or terminal degree required;
  • Eight years of progressively responsible leadership experience, ideally in education abroad or international higher education, developing and/or leading international programs, or equivalent combined experience preferred;
  • Demonstrated capability and experience in academic administration related to budget and financial management, financial planning and forecasting for new program development;
  • Demonstrated experience and skill in leading, mentoring, and energizing teams, with proven ability to foster teamwork and generate a positive atmosphere;
  • Experience managing partnerships in strategic and innovative ways;
  • Demonstrated success with online program development and management;
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills that engage diverse audiences;
  • Collaborative and proactive work style;
  • Ability to build productive and trusted partnerships with diverse audiences of students, faculty, and administrators;
  • Ability to travel domestically and abroad;
  • Experience studying, working, or traveling internationally;
  • Ability to speak a second language is a plus.

Koya Leadership Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Beth Schaefer and Josyanne Roche are leading this search. Please make recommendations or express your interest in this role here. All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.


Emory University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all applicable Federal and Georgia State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action in its programs and activities. Emory University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran’s status.

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