Global Engagement Task Force

Completed 2017 Initiative


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 wide 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
Professor, Anthropology
Rico Ainslie Director, Mexico Center (LLILAS Benson)
Professor, Educational Psychology
Kamran Ali Director, South Asia Institute
Professor, Anthropology
Michael Anderson Director and Lecturer, International Relations and Global Studies
Lecturer, Government
Lecturer, History
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
Professor, 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
Professor, Accounting
Brian Korgel Professor, Chemical Engineering
Robin Moore Professor, Ethnomusicology
Jorge Pi√Īon 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

Support Staff

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
Final Report

The task force has completed its full scope of work, and has submitted its final report.

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Global Engagement Benchmark

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.

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