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times by explaining to members of both the
faculty and administration that the jobs of international education staff members are not
simply that of a travel agent.2
In retrospect, I'm pleased things worked
out as well as they did and that everyone is
still standing-although I look back in disbelief on my first four months when my task
was to resurrect and conclude a reclassification of four study abroad positions with
our human resources staff (started by my
predecessor). As they had worked without
accurate job descriptions and contracts for
a year, time was of the essence. However,
the likelihood of me doing a good job at this
without having a clue about the respective
disciplines was low at best. As to how I
(and my superiors) thought this would be
a fruitful task in light of the fact that I did
not understand the complexities of the profession shows our ignorance. Fortunately,
diligent investigation and much dumb luck

helped get the job done close to what I hope
is accurate.
There are countless other pieces of international education administration that I
encountered-with each day bringing new
challenges and lessons, which are no doubt
familiar to those of you in the field. Each of
the components I've mentioned here could
yield an article of its own. But as I imagine
that the pictures I've painted of the University
of St. Thomas system here are similar to many
across the United States, I hope my observations are helpful to others who inadvertently
land in the international education world-as
well as to those who purposely and thoughtfully prepare for it. I am especially sympathetic
to upper-level administrators who find their
portfolio of charges including yet one more
component of something their graduate
education/teaching/researching/advising/administrating work has not prepared them for.
I wish you the best, and encourage you to listen.

In closing, kudos to all of you who work
in the field of international education. You're
doing good work for generations of future
problem solvers, and I'm grateful that I was
able to hold a front-row seat for two years-
time and experience that will inevitably
shape the rest of my life and career.
IE
BRUCE GLEASON, PHD, a tenured professor in
the Department of Music at the University of St.
Thomas in Minnesota (UST), served as the interim
director of international education from 2012 to
2014. He is currently serving as the chair of the
Department of Teacher Education in the College
of Education, Leadership and Counseling at UST.

Endnotes
I think the conversation that still ranks as my favorite was
when one of our staff members responded to a query
about travel restrictions-indicating that a phone call to
the Cuban government was probably not going to result
in a waiver or policy change.
2
Lest I show my naivety further, I'll note here that as I
have no idea what it takes to be a travel agent, I'll wager
that were I to enter that world, I would find something
similar to the international education arena-highly
trained, highly educated people working with scores of
data, cultures, economies, etc.,-elements that hadn't
occurred to me (or to my upper administrators).
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Contents
Supplement Contents
Going Home to Teach
A Little Goes a Long Way
Opening a Window on the World at Columbus State University
Frontlines: Framing the Discussion
In Brief
Foreign Student Affairs
View From Out Here
Forum
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - 5
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