AIEA Leadership Academy for New Senior International Officers

The Association of International Education Administrators is pleased to offer the AIEA Leadership Academy for new senior international officers. The Academy is a training program is designed for administrators in the first five years of their current appointment.

The 2019 AIEA Leadership Academy for New Senior International Officers will take place April 29-May 3, 2019 near Duke University. 

Check back in December 2018 for the 2019 Academy application. 

"This was a personally transformative event for me. It was also professionally transformative. It has re-energized me and will be a benchmark in my career going forward." 

"The academy was very worth-while from my perspective. The number of participants, diversity of participants, and topics discussed at the academy will be valuable to me moving forward in my role as SIO. Most importantly, the networking that took place was outstanding."

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 by AIEA. 

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
Making the Case for Internationalization 
Strategic Planning
Career Decisions

Past Academy faculty include Harvey Charles (University at Albany -SUNY) Pia Wood (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), Penelope Pynes (University of North Carolina, Greensboro), Riall Nolan (Purdue University). Additional speakers will include Darla Deardorff (AIEA) and Gilbert Merkx (Duke University). Each faculty member will chair two topical sessions, but all will comment on each topic. There will also be 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 2018 Academy was $1695 per person for AIEA members, and $2250 for non-members. This fee covered the cost of lodging (Mon-Thurs nights), materials, breakfasts, break snacks and beverages, lunches (Tues.-Thurs.), and the opening and closing dinners, as well as the forthcoming book Leading Internationalization (Sage 2018). Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses, airport transfers, two dinners (and The Sage Handbook of International Higher Education, which is a recommended text for the Academy). Full payment is due within 5 business days of notification of acceptance to the Academy. 2019 Academy costs will be announced at the end of 2018. 

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

 "The Academy is the best professional development program I participated in the last few years." 

"I now have a network of peers I can rely on, and the networking and validating challenges and experiences with colleagues was quite valuable."  

 "What was most valuable from the Academy? Learning from the faculty who were so open with their wisdom and were around the table with us. We had great discussions with colleagues and were able to present problems and solve them together. The group was outstanding."