Global Engagement Task Force
The University of Texas at Austin’s distinctiveness as a world-class university is rooted in the depth and breadth of knowledge and research generated by our faculty and by the contributions of alumni worldwide. To complement the overarching vision that President Fenves has for UT Austin, a set of global engagement strategies will be developed to ensure that the university is maximizing its global opportunities and impact.
The development of these strategies will be accomplished with the assistance of an International Board of Advisors (IBA) working directly with President Fenves and academic leadership.
Faculty input is critical to this process. To gather such input, Provost McInnis assembled the Global Engagement Task Force. The task force, comprised of faculty members from a diverse array of academic disciplines, was charged with making recommendations to President Fenves, Provost McInnis, executive leadership, and the IBA for the development of global engagement strategies.
- Recommend an administrative structure and leadership model that reaches beyond disciplinary and college-level silos to strengthen, expand, and explore new models of global engagement related to student learning, faculty research and teaching, library archives and collections, lifelong contact with alumni abroad, and institutional development.
- Assess and explore ways to further develop research relationships and partnerships with international funding agencies and multinational corporations.
- Explore ways to increase and broaden faculty engagement with international research institutions, institutions of higher education, and individual research partners with a particular focus on interdisciplinary engagement.
- Explore and recommend new models as well as enhancements to current practices related to the global learning and international experiences of our students.
- Explore ways to expand the curriculum related to international and global realities, past, present, and future.
- Investigate new student exchange models that expand the presence of international students at UT Austin within the bounds of state restrictions.
- Consider how to leverage our network of international alumni living outside the U.S. for the benefit of our students and our research mission and as a support network for UT Austin initiatives.
|Name||Title and Affiliation|
|Richard Flores, chair||Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Liberal Arts
Director, UT Global Initiative for Education and Leadership
|Rico Ainslie||Director, Mexico Center (LLILAS Benson)
Professor, Educational Psychology
|Kamran Ali||Director, South Asia Institute
|Michael Anderson||Director and Lecturer, International Relations and Global Studies
|Doug Biow||Director, Center for European Studies
Professor, French and Italian
|Bobby Chesney||Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Law
Director, Strauss Center for International Security and Law
|Angela Evans||Dean, LBJ School of Public Affairs
Professor, Public Affairs
|Lorraine Haricombe||Vice Provost and Director, UT Libraries|
|Eric Hirst||Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, McCombs School of Business
|Brian Korgel||Professor, Chemical Engineering|
|Robin Moore||Professor, Ethnomusicology|
|Jorge Piñon||Director, Latin America and Caribbean Energy Program
Interim Director, Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy
|Gregory Pogue||Interim Executive Director, IC² Institute|
|Liza Scarborough||Director of Faculty Development, Office of the Vice President for Research|
|Jonathan Sessler||Professor, Chemistry|
|Janet Walkow||Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer, Drug Dynamics Institute
Clinical Professor, Pharmaceutics
|Karin Wilkins||Associate Dean for Faculty Advancement and Strategic Initiatives, Moody College of Communication
Professor, Media Studies
|Maria Arrellaga, member ex-officio||Executive Director for Global Engagement, Office of the President|
|Name||Title and Affiliation|
|Mary Kemp||Operations Manager, UT Global Initiative for Education and Leadership|
|Amarah Ulghani||Communications Strategist, UT Global Initiative for Education and Leadership|
The task force has completed its full scope of work, and has submitted its final report.Download Report
The Global Engagement Benchmark offers a glimpse of UT’s current international reach and representation, summarizing student and faculty mobility, published works with international co-authors, contracts with international partners, alumni distribution and other metrics. A follow up report will include input from a UT faculty survey.Download Report