3 March, 2000
Thoughts on Leadership in International Activities for
In general: International activities are a diffuse responsibility and
a novel area of attention for the University of Virginia. Therefore it is crucial that our
efforts in this area have strong and effective leadership, not only eventually, but also
in order begin the process of turning the enthusiasm of planning into action. We therefore
propose an Interim Vice Provost for International Activities to chair the International
Activities Committee in 2000-01 and to begin to build an office staff for implementation
and development. The Interim Vice Provost would have primary responsibility for the
administration of a significant incentive budget, with the advice of the IAC, and would
undertake the coordination and encouragement of all aspects of the University's
international activities. We also expect that a search would be conducted for a Vice
Provost for International Activities whose term would begin in Fall 2001.
Why an Interim Vice Provost for International Activities? Next year
will be a pivotal year for international activities at UVA. If we look like we know what
we are doing and are moving ahead, we can accomplish three things: we can maintain and
develop the momentum that has already been created, we can impress the vice provostial
candidates with our potential and hence attract the best talent, and last but not least we
can actually get a few things done.
For this we need a highly respected academic with experience in international
activities, and the University needs to acknowledge the importance of this function of
interim leadership. Next year will see the establishment of the International Activities
Committee, the beginning of implementation of new initiatives, and the expansion of the
International Studies Office. Progress in these areas will not tie the hands of an
incoming permanent administrator; on the contrary, lack of progress would face the new
arrival with acute crises.
So the function of leadership next year is to begin to do what the Vice Provost for
International Activities will continue to do. Therefore the most appropriate name for the
position would be Interim Vice Provost for International Activities (IVP).
What would the IVP do? The IVP would have general responsibility for
encouraging and coordinating international activities at UVA. Specifically, it would:
1)organize and chair the International Activities Committee; 2)manage a sizable incentive
budget with the advice of the Committee; 3)be an active force in all aspects of
international activities, including next year's special tasks of establishing the
International Residential College, expansion of International Studies Office, planning the
Foreign Language Quarter, and so forth; 4)begin to formulate development goals and
strategies; 5)be the spokesperson and public face for international activities.
Why an incentive budget? Many of the ideas of the International
Activities Planning Commission point to categories of activities in which faculty need to
be encouraged to come up with specific proposals. Part of the incentive budget could be
devoted to funding proposal development in such areas as study abroad. Part of it could be
used to fund research in areas that appear attractive. Another use would be as co-funding
to encourage projects by other units, though this may not get started in the first year.
What staffing would this require? Unlike planning, which could make do
with no office and haphazard staffing, the IVP would require a very competent
administrative assistant, a real office with a high OTPS budget, especially for travel,
and a development person. The IVP must function as a regular administrative office, and
its facilities and personnel should be expected to transfer to the VP. So the best thing
to do would be to bite the bullet on the basics this coming year so that things will be in
place and running for the following year.
The AA will have many interesting things to do and would thereby triple the
effectiveness of the IVP.
A development person is necessary both to begin the work of development in this area
and to secure an autonomous niche of priorities and targets in the general scheme of
development. Ideally this person would be on the budget of the IVP and later the VP, since
it is an essential function of the office, but perhaps Development would pay for it.
Since there will be tasks that require sustained research, gathering of materials, and
gophering, there is a need for 20 hours of research assistance.
The IVP's office will be the first thing that the VP candidates imagine themselves
occupying, so it should not be shorted.
With a large committee to chair the office expenses will be large, and the IVP and its
designates can be expected to do an inordinate amount of relatively expensive traveling.
What compensation should the IVP receive? This would be an internal
appointment, so let us assume that the candidate is on a nine-month academic contract. The
IVP should get a half-time reduction in teaching to help create the time necessary for the
position, and should receive a month's summer salary for August 2000 for preparatory work
and two month's salary in summer 2001 for deferred compensation and transitional work. The
IVP's department should receive money to hire a temporary substitute, figured at
$6000/course in Arts & Sciences, therefore $12,000 for the year.
What will this cost? Here is a ballpark estimate.
Incentive budget: $100,000
This should rise sharply since many projects are multi-year and expensive items such as
line co-funding are not contemplated for next year.
IVP Summer salary = 3months = 1/3 salary. If $100,000, then $33,000
Department compensation $12,000
Administrative assistant $50,000
Development person (paid for by Development?) $70,000
20 hours research assistance $20,000