AIEA Leadership Academy for Newer Senior International Officers

May 1-5, 2023
Rizzo Center (Hyatt)
Chapel Hill, NC, USA

The 2023 AIEA Leadership Academy for New Senior International Officers is an intimate, selective, and intensive Academy with deep learning on issues relating to leading internationalization. Participants build a strong network of peers and develop action plans addressing challenges and opportunities in internationalizing their institutions.

Program Acceptance
The program will accept a limited number of Senior International Officers (SIOs) at higher education institutions with less than 5 years in their current leadership 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. Applicants will be accepted through the March 1 application deadline. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application within 30 days following the submission of their applications. *Important: Acceptance will only be confirmed for participants who are able to participant in the full Academy training and all scheduled events(dinners, receptions, etc). Participant late arrival and early departure will not be permitted. 

*Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as this is a competitive process with limited space!

The faculty members for the Academy are all experienced SIOs and will be present for all Academy sessions. The 2023 Academy faculty include Dr. Harvey Charles (University at Albany, State University of New York; past AIEA president), Dr. David Di Maria (University of Maryland Baltimore County), and Dr. Cheryl Matherly (Lehigh University; past AIEA president). Additional speakers will include Dr. Darla K. Deardorff (AIEA).

Academy Program Content
The Academy will cover eleven thematic topics that are relevant for leaders in international higher education: 

The Role of the Senior International Officer
Strategic Planning
International Student Recruitment and Enrollment Management
Developing International Strategic Partnerships
Budgeting and Exploring Resources
Assessment: What SIOs Need to Know
Internationalization of the Curriculum
Making the Case for Internationalization
Career Trajectories for SIOs
Future of International Education

Each faculty member will chair topical sessions, and all will contribute to 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 institutional contexts. Through the Academy, participants will gain valuable knowledge and insights into how to lead comprehensive internationalization at their institutions. Upon successful completion of the Academy, participants will receive a certificate of completion issued by the Association of International Education Administrators.

Academy Schedule
Participants are requested to arrive on Monday afternoon in time for an opening reception on Monday evening at the Rizzo Center. The following Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will feature two working sessions each morning and two sessions each afternoon. Breakfasts and lunches are provided. No group dinners are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. There will be a closing academy dinner on Thursday night at a leading restaurant in Durham/Chapel Hill area. Friday morning will feature a session for presentations by participants and the awarding of certificates of completion, after which participants will be free to depart (no sooner than 12 noon -with flights departing no sooner than 2 pm).

Fees and Payment
The early registration fee for the 2023 Academy is $2850 for members and $3400 for non-members. After November 15, 2022 the fee is $2950 members and $3500 for non-members. This fee covers the cost of lodging (Mon-Thurs nights), text book Leading Internationalization: A Handbook for International Education Leaders (edited by Deardorff and Charles), all academy materials, breakfasts (Tues-Fri), all break snacks and beverages, lunches (Tues.-Thurs.), and the opening and closing dinners. Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses, airport transfers, two dinners (and Handbook of International Higher Education (second edition), which is an additional recommended text for the Academy). Full payment is due within 14 business days of notification of acceptance.

If you have any questions, please send an email to [email protected] or call +1 (919)-893-4980.

Academy Deadlines: 

November 15, 2022

Last day to apply at the early member ($2850)/ nonmember ($3400) rate

March 1, 2023 

• Last day to submit an application for the 2023 Academy 
• Deadline for cancellation with 25% refund (see cancellation policy)

Other deadlines
• AIEA will notify applicants of the status of their applications within 30 days of the submission of their applications
• Academy fees are due in full within 14 business days of notification of acceptance 

AIEA Academy participants are responsible for securing any visas needed; AIEA can issue an invitation letter upon receipt of full payment

Cancellation Policy 
Refunds are possible if notification is given in writing to [email protected] by the dates specified below:

December 31, 2022
• Deadline for cancellation with 50% refund 

March 1, 2023
• Last day to submit an application for the 2023 Academy (note—this program may fill prior to March 1; you are encouraged to apply ASAP)
• Deadline for cancellation with 25% refund 

*Please also note that AIEA is not responsible for any fees that might be subtracted from the refunded amount to cover bank transfer or service charges. 

No refund is possible after March 1, 2023.

AIEA is not responsible for problems beyond our control such as weather conditions, campus conditions, travel difficulties, visa problems, health issues, etc. No refunds will be given in these situations that may impact participation in the Academy.

 "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." 

"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."