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Many Hats
SIOs have a wide array of responsibilities and often touch a myriad of areas
across the entire campus.

Partnership relations

80.4%

Oversight of study abroad

79.1%

Leadership of internationalization strategy

72.6%

Oversight of international student and scholar services

71.7%

Encouraging internationalization of the curriculum

69.1%

Oversight of international enrollment management

42.2%

Oversight of community programming about international topics

40.9%

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATOR J A N + F E B .1 4

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.

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together. A key part of being successful in the role
is just understanding that certain people are paid to
deliver things that don't require an institution-wide
perspective. Rather than beating them up for that,
figure out how to show them where their work might
fit into the bigger picture," Riedinger advises.
"Altruism will only get you so far. To make your
programs move forward, you need to be able to get
access to resources. You have to speak to those who
have resources and explain how what you are doing
speaks to their interest. You have to be entrepreneurial both internally and externally," Brustein adds.
"If you want to get people's buy-in, you need to
speak to their self-interest. Furthermore, if you want
to be creative and develop college-wide programs,
you have to be sensitive to people's turf. For example,
I was trying to create a global studies program and all
of a sudden there seemed to be resistance from some
the area studies centers. I had to make the argument
that this would bring more students to the fold for
them," he says.
To help get everyone on the same page, new SIOs
therefore "need to demonstrate a commitment to
creating mutual benefit for the institution and the
individual," according to David Pilsbury, pro-vicechancellor for international development at Coventry
University in the United Kingdom.

When the International Experience and Mobility
Unit was created at CU, he simultaneously launched a
staff mobility program. "We now send out more students than any other UK university, and we are one of
the largest recruiters of international students. When
you add to this specific program to foster staff mobility,
we have a tremendous pool of international knowledge
and views that we use in the classroom to enrich the
student experience. Staff are provided with opportunities to develop their teaching and research with the
benefit of the different perspectives that exposure to
international colleagues allows," Pilsbury explains.

Develop a Unique
Constellation of Skills
New SIOs also have to create structures and facilitate
conversations that might not otherwise fit with the
traditional institutional ways of doing things. Pilsbury
argues that to do this, SIOs need to be willing to wear
a variety of hats: "As international activities are cross
cutting, and growing, often rapidly, they are bringing
new challenges and opportunities that don't always fit
with existing structures and ways of working so the
SIO has to be cheerleader, venture capitalist, negotiator, architect, planner and influencer," he said.
Brustein concurs: "You have to be a jack of all
trades. You have to understand scholarship, be a
good salesperson, be a good fund raiser, and be a good
ambassador. The constellation of skills is somewhat
unique. I don't think that anyone goes into it with all
of those skills."
Brustein suggests that new SIOs find mentors and
advisers both on and off-campus to help develop the full
range of necessary skills, as well as navigate the institutional landscape. To connect with colleagues at other
institutions, new SIOs can attend various conferences
where SIOs tend to gather, such as NAFSA: Association
of International Educators' annual conference.
Likewise, on-campus mentors can help new SIOs
identify potential opportunities and avoid potential
minefields. Brustein says that he actively establishes international advisory committees with faculty
and staff representing the entire university. "They
come up with policy recommendations and share
best practices," he explains, adding that the group
members also become ambassadors throughout
the entire university.
At Ohio University, Edmonds similarily has access
to an advisory group of a dozen senior colleagues who
can help her develop strategies to mobilize her interests. She has started to build a group of people with
similar ideas who serve as a sounding board.



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From the Editors
In Brief
Storytelling— International Style
Puzzle Masters
Lone Star Looks Abroad
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
View From Out Here
Forum
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