Emory has launched a nationwide search to locate a permanent vice
provost for International Affairs and director of the Halle Institute
for Global Learning, the provosts office announced recently.
The School of Laws Tom Arthur has held this position on an
interim basis for the past two years. Marion Creekmore served as
vice provost from 19932000, also serving as Halle director
the last four years of his term.
During the past decade, the University has made significant strides
in internationalizing its teaching, learning and research. Several
offices and programs devoted to internationalization have been created
in the various schools, and the number of students and faculty who
spend time abroad has skyrocketed.
As this globalization trend continues at Emory, it is being refined.
Interim Provost Woody Hunter has directed each of the Universitys
schools to designate a point person or office on internationalization,
someone to whom foreign visitors may turn with questions about a
variety of issues, from visa matters to American banking and housing.
Also, in the wake of Sept. 11, the Universitys general counsel
office now has a direct oversight role with respect to visa and
tax issues for foreign students and scholars.
The vice provost will be the principal, University-level
spokesperson for the identified goals of internationalization throughout
Emory, Hunter said. The vice provost will help to coordinate,
as necessary, programs across school and department lines, work
closely with [International Student and Scholar Programs], the Office
of the General Counsel and with other international programs. The
vice provost also will work closely with the Office of Institutional
Advancement in developing new sources of extramural support.
In addition to chairing the International Affairs Council, the
vice provost also is director of the Halle Institute for Global
Learning, created in 1997 to foster interschool collaboration with
a focus on faculty education. The institute coordinates annual faculty
study trips abroad (including recent trips to Germany and India),
sponsors a faculty research seminar and arranges visits to campus
by distinguished international figures.
Successful candidates, according to Hunter, should have substantial
international experience, including having lived abroad for extended
periods; the ability to attract American and international figures
in a range of professional fields to Emory for programming; and
advanced degrees or other academic credentials. Internal candidates
are encouraged, and applicants may send their information to Harriet
King, senior vice provost for academic affairs.
To aid in the hunt for a permanent vice provost, Hunter has assembled
a search committee, to which Creekmore will serve as consultant.
Hunter said he hopes to complete the search by fall semester.