Faculty Director, International Affairs

Position Description

Applications due by 11:59 p.m. on April 19, 2024.

Date: March 2024
Business Title: Faculty Director, International Affairs
Department Name: Office of the Provost
Management Center: University General
Supervisor Name and Title: Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs

Position Objective

The Faculty Director, International Affairs will enhance the international reputation and research profile of the university. This will be achieved by advancing collaborative research projects between CWRU researchers and those in other parts of the world; advancing international research funding opportunities; identifying and developing international relationships aligned to the university priorities; and actively engaging in improving the university’s international rankings.  This leadership position will be focused on integrating international activities throughout the university and building new partnerships that advance our research and scholarly mission. 

This position within the Office of the Provost will provide a focal point for international research activities among faculty while also collaborating with the Office of Research and Technology Management and the Office of the President. The Faculty Director serves on the Provost’s Advisory Council.

This position requires 50% effort (internal search) and requires status as a tenured, full professor at Case Western Reserve University.

Administrative Supplement

An administrative supplement is included in this position and is negotiated based on experience and level of responsibilities. 

Essential Functions

  1. Develop and implement a strategy for supporting international research and funding opportunities. This includes developing a support structure for faculty pursuing international grants, collaborative grants with international partners and affiliates, Fulbright and other global fellowships, as well as expanding faculty and staff intercultural competency training to address cultural aspects to working internationally. 
  2. Determine ways to foster new and ongoing international relationships as aligned with the interests of the faculty and university. Finalize the development of a robust and accessible international repository of university-wide global engagement as a step toward strategic alignment of partners. Confirm and identify relationships in countries with collaboration and funding potential, with a strong understanding of geopolitical risks and rewards. 
  3. Enhance CWRU’s international reputation and rankings through a number of mechanisms, from collaborating with colleagues around campus on ranking projects, to working with Deans and their designees to ensure faculty records and publications are appropriately included in ranking data. 
  4. Oversee two staff members, including an Executive Director of International Affairs and Department Administrator to ensure all facets of the international faculty strategy are being implemented. 

Nonessential Functions

  1. Perform other duties as assigned.


Department: Regular contact with the Provost and other professionals in the office.
University: Regular contact with the deans, senior administrators in the schools, and faculty. 
External: Periodic contact with administrators at other institutions. Frequent contact with members of the community.
Students: Occasional contact with students.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Direct supervisory responsibility for Executive Director of International Affairs and Department Administrator.


Experience: This position is open to CWRU tenured faculty members holding the rank of Full Professor with a strong track record of collaborative leadership, communication, and organizational skills.
Education/Licensing: A terminal degree (e.g. PhD EdD) is required.

Required Skills

  1. Excellent decision-making skills and exceptional judgment.
  2. Strong skills in negotiation, collaboration, and consensus-building.
  3. Strong record in research, scholarly works, or creative worlds that involve collaboration. 
  4. Strong appreciation and advocacy for diversity.
  5. Demonstrated track record of mentoring students in research, experiential learning, and/or service learning.
  6. Ability to function as a member of a team across the University and among our partners.
  7. Superior ability to communicate persuasively, effectively, and thoughtfully (verbally and written). Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and customers face to face.
  8. Highest levels of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness and a commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards.
  9. Ability to address and resolve conflicts with integrity and compassion.

Working Conditions

General office environment.

Submission Requirements

Candidates should submit 1) a cover letter that states interest in the position, experience in areas related to the role, and vision for the role, 2) a curriculum vitae, and 3) a list of four reference contacts. Please submit application materials as one, combined PDF to Susan Karaba at slk18@case.edu. Please name your file "Last Name, First Name_International Affairs"