Dr. JoAnn McCarthy has been named Assistant Provost for International Affairs, Interim Provost Peter Conn announced.
Dr. McCarthy will start her new position March 1, coming here from the University of South Florida where she has been Dean of International Affairs since 1999. In her role as Assistant Provost, she will work with the President, Provost and Deans to develop and implement the University’s global strategy, enhancing our distinctive strengths as an international institution. She will oversee Penn’s initiatives for increasing visibility in the international arena and provide leadership to move our international agenda forward.
This position, originally Executive Director of the Office of International Programs, has undergone some transformation over the past several months. “The increased responsibility Dr. McCarthy will assume reflects the increased importance this administration is placing upon global initiatives. I expect that in addition to running OIP, Dr. McCarthy will take responsibility for articulating Penn’s international character, both internally and externally, and will encourage and promote international activities throughout the University community,” Dr. Conn said.
In her position at USF, Dr. McCarthy has overseen the Division of International Affairs, which encompasses Latin American and the Caribbean Studies, the Center for Africa and the Diaspora, study abroad programs, services to over 2,200 international students and scholars, international recruitment and admissions, inter-national linkages, international distance learning projects, and international faculty and curriculum development. Previously, Dr. McCarthy served as Executive Director of International Programs at Old Dominion University in Virginia and at Illinois State University.
She holds a Ph.D. from Florida State University in foreign language education. Dr. McCarthy has served as President of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) and has also served on the editorial board of the International Education Forum. She was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Council on International Educational Exchange and has been an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators for more than 20 years. She has represented AIEA to the Coalition for International Education and the Alliance for International and Intercultural Exchange. She is a member of the American Council on Education’s International Commission, the Group of Advisors of the National Security Education Program (U.S. Department of Defense), and the national advisory board of the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI Program for Foreign Language and International Studies. She has also organized and served as president of statewide consortia for international education in Illinois and Virginia.
Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 16, January 11, 2005