AIEA Leadership Academy for New Senior International Officers

2020 AIEA Leadership Academy for New Senior International Officers
May 4-8, 2020 in Chapel Hill, NC, USA 

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The 2020 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.

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

Location
The participants will be housed together at the Rizzo Center, a sophisticated meeting and conference center in Chapel Hill, NC, minutes from the main campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.

Faculty
The faculty members for the Academy are all experienced SIOs and will be present for all Academy sessions. The 2020 Academy faculty include Dr. Pia Wood (University of North Texas; past AIEA president), Dr. Penelope Pynes (University of North Carolina, Greensboro; past AIEA president), Dr. David Di Maria (University of Maryland Baltimore County) and Dr. Harvey Charles (University at Albany, State University of New York; 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
International Student Recruitment and Enrollment Management
Internationalization of the Curriculum
Relating to the Administration
Building Alliances
Developing International Strategic Partnerships
Making the Case for Internationalization
Assessment: What SIOs Need to Know
Exploring Resources
Strategic Planning
Career Trajectories for SIOs

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, May 4 in time for an opening dinner at the Rizzo Center (Hyatt) on Monday evening. 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 Chapel Hill. 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).

Fees and Payment
The fee for the 2020 Academy is $2250 per person for AIEA members and $2600 for non-members for those who apply by the November 15 early deadline. For those applying after November 15, the fee is $2500 for members and $2850 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.), access to Rizzo Center amenities including fitness center and jogging trails, and the opening and closing dinners. Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses, airport transfers, two dinners (and The Sage Handbook of International Higher Education, which is an additional recommended text for the Academy). Full payment is due within 25 business days of notification of acceptance.

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

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Academy Deadlines:

November 15
• Early Application deadline

December 31
• Deadline for cancellation with 50% refund (see cancellation policy)

March 1
• Last day to submit an application for the 2020 Academy (note—this program may fill prior to March 1; you are encouraged to apply ASAP)
• 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 25 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:
• (50%) refund by December 31, 2019
• (25%) refund by March 1 , 2020

No refund is possible after March 1, 2020.
AIEA is not responsible for visa issues, weather, illness, travel delays, etc. 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."