The mission of the Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) is to advance the internationalization of the campus community and the university’s curriculum, enhance the diversification of the student body and faculty, and provide quality academic programs, services, and experiences to a broad spectrum of students, faculty, and community residents. The office facilitates faculty exchanges and provides study-abroad/exchange and academic advising for both international students and American students. The office also promotes faculty-led internationalization and recruitment of international students. OISP supports English language acquisition through the Asia University America Program (AUAP), a unique cultural learning experience for Japanese students, and University English as a Second Language Program (UESL). The promotion of cross-cultural and cross-national understanding also rests at the core of the OISP mission.
The Executive Director will build on the strengths of the program, particularly faculty-led internationalization, and will provide dynamic leadership for faculty and student study and research abroad as well as international student recruitment. The position, which reports directly to the provost, must possess a positive attitude, be service oriented, convey and instill a passion for excellence, and inform decisions with well researched data.
The Executive Director oversees OISP's 35 employees, including about 15 non-tenure track faculty, working closely with other campus departments, international partner institutions, national organizations, and state offices to prepare students and faculty for careers in international business, education, and services, as well as to extend the reach of educational and intellectual offerings.