Internationalizing the Academy

Internationalizing the Academy Lessons of Leadership in Higher Education

Edited by Gilbert W. Merkx and Riall W. Nolan, Foreword by David Ward
cloth, 256 Pages
Pub. Date: December 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-867-2
Price: $66.00

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paper, 256 Pages
Pub. Date: December 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-866-5
Price: $33.00

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Internationalizing the Academy is the first book to offer a detailed look at efforts to bring ambitious and expanding portfolios of international programs to US campuses. Gilbert W. Merkx and Riall W. Nolan, leading figures in the burgeoning international higher education sector, provide a thorough examination of how numerous “internationalizing” efforts are being implemented and promoted on a strikingly wide range of campuses. 


This book is a valuable compilation of personal experiences from those who were Senior International Officers at higher education institutions during the last few decades. The book connects diverse SIO experiences with varied institutional pathways to internationalization, and also highlights several important aspects of leadership. — John K. Hudzik, professor and former dean and vice president, International Programs, Michigan State University

This remarkable volume of essays provides unique insiders' accounts of the struggles and the triumphs of the pioneering generation of Senior International Officers (SIOs) in US higher education. The contributors provide remarkably unvarnished autobiographical accounts of their efforts to institutionalize a truly global approach to administration at a wide variety of college and university campuses. — Stephen E. Hanson, vice provost, International Affairs and director, Reves Center for International Studies, College of William & Mary

Merkx and Nolan have put together a stellar group of US university leaders whose candid insights and experiences on internationalizing the academy will inspire and guide other leaders in internationalizing their institutions. This is a must-read for university leaders and for those who aspire to lead their institutions forward in this global century. — Darla K. Deardorff, executive director, Association of International Education Administrators

The editors and contributors tell it as it is, providing a clear, objective discussion of an important emerging facet of higher education in the US. This book will be most useful, indeed critical, for those seeking an in-depth, no-nonsense examination of the growth of international programs. — H. J. Bultinck, CHOICE Connect

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About the Editors

Gilbert W. Merkx is a professor in the Department of Sociology at Duke University; he is also the former vice provost for international affairs at Duke.

Riall W. Nolan is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Purdue University; he is also the former associate provost and dean of international programs at Purdue. 

Table of Contents

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