AIEA Academy for New Senior International Officers

The Association of International Education Administrators is pleased to offer the AIEA Academy for new senior international officers. The Academy, co-hosted with the Duke University Center for International Studies, is a training program is designed for administrators in the first five years of their current appointment. Dates for the 2017 AIEA Academy will be announced soon. 

The program will accept up to 17 Senior International Officers (SIOs) at higher education institutions with less than 5 years in their current position. Each participant will be asked to identify a specific challenge or topic of particular interest to them as SIOs, and to write a brief 1-page essay (max 300 words) about this as part of the application process. Upon successful completion of the Academy, participants will receive a certificate of completion issued jointly by AIEA and Duke University. Application information will become available by December, 2016. 

The participants will be housed together in the Kings Daughter’s Inn, a small five-star boutique hotel on edge of Duke University’s East Campus. There will be four faculty members for the Institute, all current or former SIOs, who will be present for all sessions. There will also be at least two additional speakers. 

The Academy will cover nine thematic topics that are relevant for leaders in international higher education, which are likely to include:  

Relations with the Administration
Involving Faculty
Making Alliances
Programs and Partnerships
Strategic Planning
Career Decisions

Past Academy faculty include Pia Wood (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), Penelope Pynes (University of North Carolina, Greensboro), Riall Nolan (Purdue University), and Gilbert Merkx (Duke University). Additional speakers will include  Darla Deardorff (AIEA). Each faculty member will chair two topical sessions, but all will comment on each topic. There will also be three sessions set aside for presentations and small group discussions among the participants to apply the knowledge to their own contexts. Through the Academy, participants will gain valuable knowledge and insights into how to lead comprehensive internationalization at their institutions. 

Participants will be asked to arrive on  in time for an opening dinner at the Kings Daughter’s Inn on the first day of the Academy. The following Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will feature two working sessions each morning and two in the afternoon. Breakfasts and lunches are provided. No dinners are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. There will be a closing dinner on Thursday night at a leading restaurant in downtown Durham. Friday morning will feature a session for presentations by participants and the awarding of certificates of completion, after which people will be free to depart. (Please do not make flight reservations before a 2 pm departure.) 

The fee for the 2016 Academy was $1600 per person for AIEA members, and $2000 for non-members. This fee covers the cost of lodging (Mon-Thurs nights), materials, breakfasts, break snacks and beverages, lunches (Tues.-Thurs.), and the opening and closing dinners, and a copy of Internationalizing the Academy: Lessons of Leadership in Higher Education (edited by Academy faculty Gil Merkx and Riall Nolan). Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses, airport transfers, two dinners (and The Sage Handbook of International Higher Education, which is a core text for the Academy). Full payment is due within 5 business days of notification of acceptance to the Academy.

Cancellation Policy:
A partial refund of $1000 is possible if notified in writing to by April 15. No refund is possible after April 15. 


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