Vice Provost for International Affairs

Middle Tennessee State University - Murfreesboro, TN4.3

Full-timeEstimated: $61,000 - $83,000 a year
Middle Tennessee State University seeks a dynamic individual to lead the Office of International Affairs (OIA) and invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice Provost for International Affairs (#565030).

Located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, MTSU currently enrolls more than 21,000 students. Appointment date may be as early as January 1, 2020. Opportunity for expedited tenure is possible.

The Vice Provost for International Affairs (VPIA) is responsible for providing institution-wide leadership to international initiatives and expanding the comprehensive internationalization of the University’s mission in teaching, research, and service.

Reporting to the Provost, the VPIA coordinates the University’s international programs and provides the focus for new initiatives. The VPIA will oversee the Office of International Affairs (OIA). MTSU’s Academic Master Plan makes a commitment to prepare students to learn and work in a global society; thus, the VPIA works in partnership with deans, directors of international units and faculty members to develop and support international initiatives to achieve the University’s commitment. The OIA facilitates partnerships with international institutions and organizations; provides MTSU students with high-quality international academic programs and educational opportunities abroad; advises, provides orientation and program support for international students and visiting scholars; recruits international students; hosts activities with an international focus, etc. Currently MTSU hosts international students from 65 countries and an ELS Language Center on campus.

Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
  • Provide leadership for the internationalization of MTSU that enhances its quality international programs and advances the University to a position of leadership in international education;
  • Articulate, advance, communicate, and implement MTSU’s international vision to constituencies and stakeholders;
  • Secure internal/external funding for international initiatives;
  • Encourage the development of curriculum innovation in international education including study abroad programs, faculty and student exchanges, etc.;
  • Encourage scholarly research and creative activities in international education;
  • Lead the management function of the OIA, i.e. budget development and monitoring, personnel hiring and development, recruitment and strategic planning;
  • Develop and maintain an extensive network of domestic and international contacts to promote internationalization of Middle Tennessee State University;
  • Forge partnerships with international universities.
  • International travel is required.
The successful candidate will be expected to have:
  • Understanding of current issues in international education to include student and scholar visa issues, dual and joint degree programs, campus-wide international programs, exchanges, and partnerships, curriculum integration, and study abroad innovations.
  • Deep understanding of higher education systems around the world.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity.
  • Experience in developing and sustaining international education partnerships.
  • Successful experience obtaining and administering federal, state, and foundation grants.
  • Strong leadership skills, including establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with diverse constituencies, and excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
Required Education
Terminal degree from an accredited institution

Required Related Experience
Five (5) years senior administrative experience in international programs required; including managing budgets, staff supervision and development, and strategic planning.

Required License/Registration/Certification Other Desirable Salary and Benefits
Rank and salary commensurate with education and experience. Additionally, MTSU provides its employees with a comprehensive benefits package that includes the following:

  • Health, dental, vision and life insurance as well as several other optional benefit plans
  • Retirement savings programs that include your choice of two plans as well as three deferred compensation savings plans; mandatory 5% employee contribution
  • An Employee Assistance Program
  • Educational Assistance Programs
  • Sick leave
Job Open Date 09/12/2019 Job Review Date for Optimal Consideration 11/01/2019 Is this position Grant Funded? No Special Instructions to Applicants
In order to successfully apply, applicants are required to include a Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae at the time of online application submittal.

Please review your application/document attachments closely as you certify and submit your application to the posting. Applicants who do not successfully attach all required documentation cannot be considered. Edits to application/documents already submitted are allowed PRIOR to the Job Review Date for Optimal Consideration but not beyond.

Application/documents received by the review date will receive full consideration; however, the posting remains open and applications MAY BE submitted until the position is filled.

If you need assistance in applying or editing application/documents already submitted, please contact Faculty Recruitment Specialist at 615-898-5128.

If you have position specific questions, please contact Dr. Karen Petersen, Search Committee Chair,

Additional Information
If selected for an on-campus interview, applicants should then request official transcripts (not issued to student) of all college degrees be sent directly to the Office of the University Provost prior to the interview. In order to complete an employment agreement, official transcripts from each degree-granting institution must be provided. If transcripts are from a non-U.S. institution, it is the responsibility of the prospective faculty member to have the transcripts both translated into English (if needed) and evaluated by an approved credential evaluation organization. Please use one of the organizations found on the list at this link when obtaining new credential evaluations:

Likewise, you will be required to provide names and contact information for three PROFESSIONAL recommendations (external to MTSU) during your application to the posting. If you are approved for the candidate pool, our online hiring system will then automatically generate solicitation for these letters using contact information you provided. The letters of recommendation must be professional (not personal) recommendations and should be returned via the link provided in the solicitation email. Letters must be current and specific to the job posting and may not be provided from a general dossier.

Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility for U.S. employment will be required prior to employment (Immigration Control Act of 1986). Clery Act crime statistics for MTSU available at or by contacting MTSU Public Safety at (615) 898-2424.

MTSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that values diversity in all its forms. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Pre-Employment Information
MTSU is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore, you may be required to provide information about your criminal history in order to be considered for this position.

Job Category Faculty - Tenure Track Job Type Full Time Academic Resources
Recommendation Letters
Reference Letters
Accept Recommendations Yes
Minimum Requests 3
Maximum Requests 5
Last Day a Recommendation Provider Can Submit Reference 06/06/2020
Special Instructions to Recommendation Provider
Letters of professional recommendation (not personal) should be submitted via the uniquely assigned link and per the instructions included in the solicitation letter automatically generated if/when the recommendations are required. Generic letters stored on a third party site will not be accepted.

Letters should be addressed to:
Dean Karen Petersen
Search Committee Chair