Search for Vice Provost for International Affairs

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) seeks an experienced and visionary academic leader to serve as its first Vice Provost for International Affairs.  

UIC is among the nation’s preeminent urban public research universities, a Carnegie RU/VH research institution, and the largest university in Chicago.  UIC serves approximately 29,000 students, comprising one of the nation’s most diverse student bodies.  Through its 15 colleges, including a full complement of health sciences colleges, UIC produces internationally recognized multidisciplinary academic programs in concert with civic, corporate and community partners.  By emphasizing cutting-edge and transformational research plus a commitment to the success of all students, UIC embodies the dynamic and engaged 21st century urban university.   UIC is a nucleus of international activity, with 159 partnerships in 64 countries supporting faculty and student exchange, research, and services.  In 2015-16, 176 UIC students from diverse backgrounds studied abroad.  UIC welcomed 3,966 international students from 102 countries and territories — up 10.9% from 2014 — and 786 international scholars from 67 countries and territories.  Signature global academic initiatives include the Center for Global Health.

The Vice Provost for International Affairs will work directly with the Provost to provide expert academic leadership in areas affecting UIC’s global presence.   The vice provost will engage the campus to foster innovative and entrepreneurial activities across administrative boundaries, to develop strategies to increase UIC’s global presence, and to establish strategic relationships that benefit UIC’s educational and research missions and reputation.  The vice provost’s office will consolidate UIC’s international services to provide an efficient, supportive and welcoming infrastructure for students and scholars engaging in international work.  These services include:

  • Office of International Affairs: Supports the colleges’ international efforts and is UIC’s gateway for partners and for visiting delegations, scholars, fellows, and exchange students.
  • Office of International Services: Provides expertise on immigration policy and facilitates transition to UIC and the U.S for international students, scholars, staff, and their families.
  • Shorelight/UIC International: A new partnership supporting the recruitment, preparation, and success of international students.
  • Study Abroad Office: Engages UIC students with programs on six continents and assures funding for their international experience.
  • Tutorium for Intensive English: Provides English as a second language instruction and a model intensive English program supporting UIC’s master’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
  • US-Asia Executive Development Program (UAEDP): The UAEDP has welcomed 10,000+ Asian professionals in customized degree and non-degree programs meeting their specific needs.

The Vice Provost for International Affairs will create a vision and lead the continued development of UIC’s international presence in a coordinated and strategic manner; provide internal communication to raise awareness of UIC’s global endeavors; interact with internal constituencies, including the Faculty Senate; and regularly convene key faculty and administrators.  The vice provost will also work collaboratively to identify and eliminate barriers to international activity and to ensure the satisfaction of global partners and participants in UIC programs.  Throughout these activities, the vice provost will lead the conceptualization of how international programs can enrich UIC’s diverse environment.  Externally, the vice provost will represent UIC to partner institutions, foundations, and consortia and will cultivate relationships to place UIC students, attract global learners, stimulate international research, grow funding for international study, and enhance UIC’s reputation abroad.

Candidates for Vice Provost for International Affairs must possess an outstanding record of scholarly achievement meriting appointment as a tenured professor in a UIC department; significant administrative and leadership experience related to international education and/or research programs; and a demonstrated commitment to diversity.  Essential to the position are strong interpersonal skills; the ability to build collaborative teams and manage employees; and the ability to engage with potential partners, funding agencies, and donors, including travel to represent UIC nationally and internationally.

Review of applications will begin September 6, 2016. For fullest consideration, please complete an electronic application, including a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for a minimum of three references by September 6, addressed to search committee chair Dr. Bo Fernhall, Dean of the College of Applied Health Sciences. Nominations, questions or concerns may be directed to Faizan Abid: (312) 996-2706 | fabid2@uic.edu.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity and is particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities, women, covered veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

The University of Illinois conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act