International Educator - January/February 2014 - 28

Varied Backgrounds
60 percent of SIOs came to the position from outside the international education
profession.

40.0%
International education
practitioner/
professional

20.5%
Faculty

5.9%
Other

26.4%
Administration

7.3%
Did not
work in
higher
education

Data taken from a 2013 survey of senior international officers that included responses from 230 individuals.
The survey was conducted by Stratton Publishing & Marketing for NAFSA.

The big picture also requires viewing the institution from an academic, financial, and administrative
perspective. This can be a challenge, especially for
SIOs coming from a faculty background.
"One of the reasons faculty members become
faculty members is because they don't want to be in
business. As we are painfully reminded, universities are
very large businesses. You have to shift to a mindset that
this is both a place of learning and a place of business,"
says Jeffrey Riedinger, an experienced SIO who held his
first SIO position at Michigan State University (MSU)
and recently joined University of Washington (UW) as
the vice provost of global affairs. For him, an additional
challenge of coming from a faculty background was familiarizing himself with the administrative policies and
procedures that the university has to operate by: "Part
of the challenge is becoming familiar with administrative policies so you can move away from the position
where it looks like all you are doing is raising barriers."
He adds that one of the other things a new SIO
needs to do is get a handle on is the breadth and depth
of international research, international education opportunities, and study abroad. To do this, Riedinger
takes meetings with "anyone and everyone who wants
to see me."

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You're the SIO-Now What?
n■ Gain an understanding of the institutional culture
n■ Build relationships with key players on campus before implementing

organizational changes

n■ Create transparent decision-making processes
n■ Educate deans and faculty about the role of the international affairs office
n■ Become adept at defining how the activities and interests of individual

faculty, departments, and colleges align with internationalization efforts

*Tips provided by senior international officers interviewed for this article.

James Holloway, who was appointed vice provost for
global and engaged education at University of Michigan in May 2013, concurs.
"It takes time to learn how to operate at the university level, especially at a very large decentralized
institution. There are many stakeholders, with differing needs that are sometimes imperfectly aligned. The
solution is simple: meet everybody you can, understand and appreciate what they do, discover it's
importance and legitimacy, and bring the right folks
together to smooth out the friction points," he says.
William Brustein, currently vice provost for global
strategies and international affairs at The Ohio State
University (OSU), has been a SIO for more than a decade. He says that much of the same advice for anyone
going into senior management is relevant to starting as
an SIO: "You need to understand the greater politics
of the university and make sure you navigate the path
in such a way that you don't get on the wrong side."
Brustein's strategy for breaking into the SIO role at
a new institution is to set up meetings with the deans
of each college. Not only does he try to understand
their goals for internationalizing their colleges, he also
tries to help them understand the role of the global
affairs office on campus. "I explain our international

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