Vice Provost and Dean for the Division of International Studies

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Finalists Announced


Guido A. Podesta (CV)
Monday, April 21
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Bradford L. Barham (CV)
Thursday, May 1
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Downing A. Thomas (CV)
Wednesday, May 7
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The search is now closed. A vice provost and dean has been selected: Read more.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of the world’s top-ranked research universities, invites nominations and applications for the position of vice provost and dean for the Division of International Studies. The university seeks a talented and visionary individual to provide leadership for its international programs and initiatives. Founded in 1848, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the largest land-grant universities in the United States. The university has more than 2,000 faculty, 15,000 staff, 43,000 students, and a budget of over $2.8 billion.

UW-Madison has a rich, diverse range of international programs, initiatives, and engagement. The campus is home to a number of path-breaking area and international studies centers and programs, including eight federally funded National Resource Centers; a federally funded Center for International Business Education and Research; and innovative cross-campus international programs such as the Global Health Institute and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. The university has a strong history of supporting cross- and inter-disciplinary work in fields as diverse as language study, agriculture, law, engineering, and medicine, among others. The vice provost/dean of international studies provides leadership and promotes faculty collaboration and initiatives across the institution for international education, research and engagement, and for strategic planning and coordination in this area. Reporting to the chancellor and the provost, the vice provost/dean’s primary roles and areas of responsibility are to serve as the senior international education officer for the university and as the dean of the Division of International Studies, which includes oversight responsibilities for the International Institute, International Academic Programs (study abroad), and the International Internship Program.

Major qualifications for this position include a relevant background in scholarship and teaching; evidence of leadership and experience in the management of interdisciplinary and international programs; experience in working collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students in an environment of broad, statutorily defined shared governance; a proven record in program development, strategic planning and implementation, administration, and the supervision of staff; demonstrated ability to respond to student and faculty needs effectively and compassionately; the ability to work effectively with individuals and groups from a variety of cultures; and academic accomplishments as a scholar and teacher that meet the standards for a tenured appointment as full professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Candidates should be aware of intellectual developments in area and international studies; have significant international experience; demonstrate the ability to build a broad vision for advancing UW–Madison’s global presence in the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea; work well with other deans and campus leaders, faculty, and staff, and partners around the world, and with the public and private sectors; have the capacity to manage substantial operations, and the ability to raise funds from public and private sources.

Applications and nominations must be received by January 14, 2014, to ensure full consideration; the committee will consider applications until it closes the search. The committee particularly encourages applications and nominations of women and persons of underrepresented groups. Applicants should include:

  1. a current resume or curriculum vita
  2. a comprehensive cover letter that addresses how their strengths and experience match the qualifications for the position, and what they see as challenges and opportunities of the position
  3. the names, addresses, e-mails, and telephone numbers of five references

Candidates will be informed before references are contacted. Please note that in accordance with Wisconsin statutes the names of nominees and applicants who explicitly request confidentiality will not be made public unless the applicant has advanced to become a finalist. The university is required to release the names of the finalists who will be interviewed by the chancellor. Submit questions, applications and nominations to:


Search and Screen Committee members

Richard Keller, Professor, Medical History and Bioethics (Chair) 
Constance Chucholowski, Student Representative
Jo Ellen Fair, Professor, Journalism and Mass Communication
Susan Huber Miller, Senior Administrative Program Specialist, Center for International Business Education & Research
Dan Jonas, Financial Program Supervisor, Division of International Studies
Nancy Kendall, Associate Professor, Educational Policy Studies
James Ntambi, Professor, Biochemistry/Nutrtional Sciences
Jonathan Patz, Professor, Global Health Initiative
Gay Seidman, Professor, Sociology
Soyeon Shim, Dean, School of Human Ecology
Masarah Van Eyck, Administrative Program Specialist, CALS International Programs
Jolanda Vanderwal Taylor, Professor, German

Contact the Search and Screen Committee


The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.