2021 AIEA Leadership Academy for New Senior International Officers

Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA)
Monday, May 3, 2021 to Friday, May 7, 2021
Rizzo Center
150 Dubose Home Ln
27517 Chapel Hill , NC
United States
North Carolina US

The 2021 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. 

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 2021 Academy is $2500 for members and $2850 for non-members. After November 15 the fee is $2575 for members and $2950 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 25 business days of notification of acceptance. 

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

Academy Deadlines:

November 15, 2020

• Last day to apply at the early member ($2500)/ nonmember ($2850) rate

March 1, 2021

• Last day to submit an application for the 2021 Academy 
• Deadline for cancellation with 25% refund (see cancellation policy)

Other deadlines
• AIEA will notify applicants of the status of their applications within 30 days of the submission of their applications
• Academy fees are due in full within 25 business days of notification of acceptance 

AIEA Academy participants are responsible for securing any visas needed; AIEA can issue an invitation letter upon receipt of full payment

Cancellation Policy 
Refunds are possible if notification is given in writing to secretariat@aieaworld.org by the dates specified below:. 

September 1, 2020
• Cancellation deadline with 25% refund for participants accepted to the 2020 Leadership Academy 

*Please note: The cancellation policy below applies only to participants accepted into the 2021 Academy.

December 31, 2020
• Deadline for cancellation with 50% refund 

March 1, 2021
• Last day to submit an application for the 2021 Academy (note—this program may fill prior to March 1; you are encouraged to apply ASAP)
• Deadline for cancellation with 25% refund 

*Please also note that AIEA is not responsible for any fees that might be subtracted from the refunded amount to cover bank transfer or service charges. 
No refund is possible after March 1, 2021.

AIEA is not responsible for problems beyond our control such as weather conditions, campus conditions, travel difficulties, visa problems, health issues, etc. No refunds will be given in these situations that may impact participation in the Academy.

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Contact Information
Contact Person: 
Dr. Darla K. Deardorff
Executive Director
+1 (919)-893-4980