AIEA Leadership Academy for New Senior International Officers

Date: May 4, 2020 — May 8, 2020
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, USA


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.

Take advantage of the early registration discount and apply by November 15! Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as this is a competitive process with limited space!


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.


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 5 business days of notification of acceptance.

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

APPLY HERE: 2020 AIEA Leadership Academy for New SIOs Application