Iowa State University strives to be the most student-centered public research university in the nation. It is a place where adventurous minds are encouraged to accomplish amazing things. As a major international university ranked among the top public universities by U.S. News & World Report and a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), ISU offers a student experience rich in social and academic diversity. Approximately 35,000 students choose from 100 majors, study with world-class scholars, and hone their leadership skills in more than 800 student organizations. Students from all 50 states and 126 countries converge on one of the nation’s most beautiful campuses. Big 12 sports and a tradition of cultural and popular performances make campus life fun and memorable. Iowa State is a land-grant university, as well as the largest university in the state of Iowa, and the ISU class of 2022 has the highest-ever average high school GPA for an incoming Iowa State class. The campus is located in Ames, a community of 60,000 situated approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and was recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation and among the top 10 best places to live in America.

The Position

Responsibilities of the Position

Reporting to the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, the Director of the International Students and Scholars Office provides leadership and management for a dynamic department that delivers comprehensive services to Iowa State University’s international students and scholars. The Director is a key member of the Student Affairs leadership team and will be committed to supporting student success and actively advancing student affairs best practices. The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) supports students and scholars from abroad to achieve their academic goals and enrich the campus community with opportunities for growth through cross-cultural interaction. A total of 3,671 international students enrolled at Iowa State in fall 2018, comprising approximately 10.5 percent of the total enrollment. The ISSO Director leads a talented staff of 12 professionals, 2 clerical, and 10 graduate students and is responsible for an annual budget of more than $1.9 million.

The Director of ISSO provides leadership on department policies and procedures and administers an office that is committed to courteous, accurate, and timely service as well as creative programming to recruit and retain the best students, faculty, and staff from across the globe. The ISSO holistically advises and assists international students and scholars with their academic, cultural, and social transition to Iowa State University and to the United States. The Director will manage a full range of activities that support international students and scholars – enrollment, academic, and social success; retention; lawful status; personal well-being; employment; and travel. The Director will collaborate with campus partners to develop policy, processes, services, and programs that address unique situations affecting international students; serve as a primary resource for students and staff involved in the internationalization of Iowa State’s campus; create and champion initiatives that foster respectful communication, learning, and a spirit of cooperation; and promote a collaborative climate that recognizes, celebrates, and rewards diversity.

The successful candidate will be a committed and experienced educator with expertise in international education; show a demonstrated history of successful higher education leadership and a commitment to the holistic development of diverse student populations; a thoughtful and confident spokesperson, with demonstrated effectiveness in staff and program leadership within a college or university; an innovator capable of bringing creativity and imagination for relating academic and student life into an integrated and comprehensive student experience; and demonstrate flexibility and be forward-looking, committed to data-driven continuous improvement and exhibit technological competence and a willingness to embrace new technology.

Characteristics of the Successful Candidate

Bachelor’s degree and eight years of related experience, or a Master’s degree and six years of related experience, or a PhD (or other professional degree) and three years of related experience are required.  Experience must be at a comparable level and include higher education with progressive leadership responsibilities working with international students and student programs.  Preferred qualifications include a PhD and a degree in higher education or a closely-related field.

History of the Position

From June 2017 to January 2019, Dr. Krista McCallum-Beatty served as Director of the International Students and Scholars Office, recently departing for the director position at Michigan State University. Prior to Dr. McCallum-Beatty, Dr. James Dorsett served for approximately nine years prior to his departure in May 2015. Currently, Dr. Vernon J. Hurte, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, is serving as interim director.

Likely Opportunities, Priorities, and Challenges of the Position

The next Director of the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) must possess a broad and deep understanding of national best practices with regard to international student advisement, as well as all immigration policy, implementation, advocacy, compliance, and reporting requirements. The Director should be an experienced leader capable of managing complex situations, unwaveringly committed to the well-being and support of international students, and equipped to contribute at both a strategic and operational level at a large State research institution. There is a sense of unity across the division in support of identifying a competent and visionary individual who can promote and develop the staff/team, set departmental priorities, and boldly lead the ISSO into the future. The following were identified as possible opportunities, priorities, and challenges that will face the new Director, International Students and Scholars Office:

  • It will be essential that the new Director of the International Students and Scholars Office commit to a comprehensive culture of collaboration and partnering across campus for maximum effectiveness. Iowa State University is committed to building relationships as a foundation of the campus culture, and strong collaboration is an absolute necessity in all endeavors to ensure success. The International Students and Scholars Office touches a vast number of individuals, departments, other campus entities, and external partners, so it will be crucial that the new Director quickly reach out across each of these areas to build strong relationships that foster ongoing positive interactions and act as a “connector” in all instances. These connections are absolutely essential in order to assess real needs, provide programs and services specifically geared toward the success of international students, and ensure that these international students are comprehensively supported at all times.
  • The scope of responsibilities of the ISSO is both deep and wide, and the new Director will need to quickly become familiar with all aspects under their purview in order to develop a comprehensive list of priorities. Included in those responsibilities are both student advising and immigration policy compliance, so the new Director will need to quickly learn and deeply understand the division/relationship between these two very compartmentalized areas of the position. The staff has been diligently at work to maintain the programs and services provided by the ISSO in the absence of a leader, and it will be incumbent upon the new Director to spend quality time with the staff to assess the current state of the department and identify areas in need of attention, as well as those areas that are working most effectively.
  • Iowa State University is on the move in a number of ways, with one of the major undertakings being the implementation of the new Workday Student Information System, which will also have major effects on the ISSO. With the complexity and breadth of need within the International Students and Scholars Office, it is imperative that the current SIS be resourced and maintained for a time, while at the same time implementing the new Workday system simultaneously to begin the integration. As the office will utilize both systems for at least a period of time beginning July 1, it will be imperative that the Director be able to assist and support the staff in managing both until Workday is fully operational.
  • This is an outstanding opportunity for the successful candidate to put their own professional mark on the International Students and Scholars Office and build it to an even higher level, as there is tremendous support from the administration for the Director and the programs and services that emanate from this office. With several immediate opportunities to fill positions soon after arrival, the Director will be able to get a quick start on bringing in new team members, as well as having a strong and supportive team already in place with which to integrate them.
  • Regarding this team, the current staff of the ISSO are extremely committed to the vision of assisting international students in every way, and they are dedicated to offering the best service possible. The staff works hard and the new Director should make it a priority to quickly get to know the staff as individuals, learn their particular needs, develop trust and confidence across the board, ascertain the programs and services that they conduct, and be prepared to provide comprehensive professional support for all staff and oversee the ongoing development of a strong team.
  • With the number of new and changing immigration regulations being set forth by the federal government, it will be essential for the Director to be intimately familiar with these policies and how they should most effectively be integrated with current policies and practices already implemented at Iowa State. It will then be a priority to ensure that all information is communicated appropriately across campus to all constituents.
  • With a new President recently taking office at Iowa State, there is a great measure of support for change to occur for the better, and that change appears to be fast and dramatic. The new Director will be asked to come on board, learn the office, staff, and institution, and be prepared to quickly begin moving forward, all the while ensuring that ongoing and traditional programs and services that are working well are celebrated and strengthened.
  • Iowa State University is a large institution, and it operates in many ways in a decentralized manner. Along those lines, the new Director must learn the nature of this decentralized structure and how best to effectively work in collaboration with campus partners, many of whose actions have direct impacts on the international students and the ISSO (e.g. each College has one or more international student advisors that are not an official part of ISSO, but must interact regularly with this office in various ways).
  • It is essential that the ISSO be perceived positively and the essential services provided to the international students be highlighted and promoted. While the administrative duties of the position are often office-centric, it will be expected that the Director be visible and accessible around campus, be involved with students and the community, personally promote programs and services, collaborate with colleagues on projects and committees, and serve as the “face” of the ISSO, all of which will require quality time outside the physical office space and in the student/campus realm.
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion are important parts of the Iowa State community, and the Director should be a leader in supporting, understanding, embracing, and nurturing these concepts. There are a large number of underrepresented populations within the institution, and the ISSO needs to be a model for maintaining a strong sense of equity and an unbiased, supportive environment at all times.
  • Iowa’s geographic location in the central Midwest can be both inviting and challenging, so the new Director must be able to diligently work with Admissions and other campus administrators to engage parents and families so they can see the many great advantages that Iowa State has to offer. Once international students commit to and matriculate at Iowa State, it will also be imperative that effective retention strategies be implemented for maximum efficiency.
  • The current physical space occupied by the ISSO is somewhat confusing to navigate and sometimes difficult to find within the Memorial Union. In the very near future though, the Memorial Union will be undergoing a sizeable renovation, with new space being created out of currently unused space, and the ISSO will eventually be moving to this newly reconfigured area of the building, which should serve to increase visibility and accessibility to the office.
  • There is great opportunity in this position for direct student contact and impact. Both individual international students and the various international student organizations look to the Director and the ISSO for support, advisement, and direction. It will behoove the new Director to quickly reach out to these various groups of students, let them know who they are, learn about them, and develop a strong partnership from the very beginning of the Director’s tenure.
  • Across the board, stakeholders reiterated that they liked working at Iowa State, are very supportive of each other, enjoy the vibrancy of the university, feel much camaraderie, and believe that there are many opportunities to make a big difference in this role. Like the campus community, the Ames community is also very safe, close-knit, and welcoming to new members. Within that community, there are amazing opportunities for town/gown involvement, a robust assortment of restaurants and food options, and a plethora of cultural and arts-related events, as well as recreation, sports, and other outdoor activities, that appeal to both the individual and to families. The state capitol of Des Moines is a mere half hour from Ames, and Kansas City and Minneapolis are only 3.5 hours away, so there is easy availability to several major hubs.

Measures of Success for the Position

At an appropriate interval after joining Iowa State University, the items listed below will initially define success for the new Director, International Programs and Scholars Office.

  • Campus Climate Surveys show improvement in the overall international student experience, the international students are more engaged in the campus community, and international student enrollment is rising.
  • The Director is perceived as the “face” of the department, as the “expert” on matters pertaining to the ISSO, and is known across campus in a positive way.
  • The Director has established strong relationships among the staff, as well as the Division of Student Affairs leadership, and has outlined opportunities for professional and team development.
  • A strategic plan and/or vision for the ISSO is in process, if not complete, and in the beginning stages of implementation.
  • The Director has established a strong connection with and high visibility among the international students, participates in international student organizations, and puts a focus on student support and development at all times.
  • The Director has made a strong and open commitment to diversity, inclusion, and socially-just practices with students, faculty, and staff.
  • Communication coming from the ISSO is clear, transparent, and consistent.

An Overview of the Student Affairs Division and Dean of Students Office

Leadership

Dr. Martino Harmon, Senior Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Harmon assumed the position of senior vice president for student affairs on March 21, 2016. He had served since 2013 as the associate vice president at Iowa State University. He brings extensive experience in admissions and enrollment management, student development, student activities, and diversity programming to Iowa State University. As the associate vice president for student affairs, Dr. Harmon oversaw enrollment services, admissions, student financial aid, learning communities, Educational Talent Search, and Upward Bound programs, as well as the student affairs budget and human resources operations.

Previously, Dr. Harmon was executive director of student success and retention at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Cincinnati, Ohio; dean of student development at Rhodes State College, Lima, Ohio; and dean of admission, retention, and student life at Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, Michigan. From 1996 to 2007, he served in various leadership positions at the University of Toledo in Ohio. He was interim assistant dean of students, director of the University of Toledo’s African American Student Enrichment Office, and director of freshman admission, among other roles. During his career at the University of Toledo, he worked closely with the Office of Residence Life in resource planning and programming.

Dr. Harmon is a member of the National Association of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), and has held regional and state offices with American College Testing (ACT), the College Board, and the Ohio Board of Regents’ Committee on College Access. Dr. Harmon earned his doctoral degree in higher education and administration (2013) from the University of Toledo, and he holds a bachelor of business administration degree (1987) and a master’s in education (1998) from the University of Toledo.

Dr. Vernon J. Hurte, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Dr. Vernon J. Hurte joined Iowa State University as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students in July 2017, bringing nearly 20 years of experience in higher education this role. In this role, he provides leadership, strategic vision, organization and administrative oversight for 14 departments and functional initiatives/areas, including the Academic Success Center; Hixson Opportunity Awards; International Students and Scholars; Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success; Margaret Sloss Women’s Center; Multicultural Student Affairs; National Student Exchange; Parent and Family Programs; Sorority and Fraternity Engagement; Student Assistance; Student Conduct; Student Accessibility Services; Student Legal Services; and Writing and Media Center. In addition, Dr. Hurte chairs the University’s Sexual Misconduct Leadership Committee and the Critical Incident Readiness Team, and serves as a member of the Student Success Council.

Prior to his time at Iowa State, Dr. Hurte served as Assistant to the Vice President and Senior Associate Dean of Students at the College of William & Mary, the second oldest university in the United States. At William & Mary, Dr. Hurte provided leadership and administrative oversight for the following departments and functional initiatives/areas: Academic Enrichment Programs (including the campus-wide tutoring program), the Center for Student Diversity, and The Haven, an inclusive gathering space for support for those impacted by sexual violence and harassment. Vernon also oversaw strategic planning and communication for William & Mary’s Dean of Students Office. Prior to joining William & Mary, Dr. Hurte served on the student affairs staff at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In addition to his professional practice, Vernon has served as a consultant to several institutions, specifically around issues of diversity and inclusion, as well as Title IX policy and protocol.

He is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including being named in 2010 as one of InSpire Magazine’s “Top 40 Inspirers in America.” Vernon lives in Ames, with his partner, Regenea; his two children, Myéva and Vernon, II; and their 120-lb. Italian mastiff, Ceasar. In his spare time, Vernon likes to spend leisure time with his family, traveling, working out, and playing golf.

Education

  • Doctor  of Philosophy; Educational Psychology – The University of Tennessee, Knoxville,  May 2004
  • Master  of Divinity – Virginia Union University, May 2009
  • Bachelor  of Science; Psychology – Bowie State University, May 2001

Institution & Location

Institutional Background

Iowa State University, located in Ames, Iowa, is one of the nation’s leading land-grant universities. Chartered in 1858 as the Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm, it became the nation’s first land-grant institution when the Iowa General Assembly awarded it the state’s land-grant charter in 1864. The college opened in 1868–1869, and a class of 26 was graduated at the first commencement in 1872. Graduate study was offered almost as soon as classes began, and the first graduate degree was conferred in 1877. The college was renamed Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in 1898 and became Iowa State University of Science and Technology in 1959. Today, Iowa State University is a comprehensive research university of international stature with over 36,000 students from all 99 counties in Iowa, 50 states, and 126 other nations.

Iowa State has led the development of several fields of study that are central to the land-grant movement, including engineering, agriculture, human sciences, and veterinary medicine. Extension, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2003, traces its roots to Iowa and early outreach programs by Iowa State’s Adonijah Welch and Perry Holden. The legislation establishing the national Agricultural Experiment Station system was written by Iowa State faculty members Seaman Knapp and Charles Bessey in the 1880s.

George Washington Carver, one of the nation’s most distinguished educators and agricultural researchers, received bachelor’s (1894) and master’s (1896) degrees from Iowa State. The electronic digital computer, one of the most important technological innovations of the 20th century, was invented at Iowa State in the late 1930s by John Vincent Atanasoff. Carrie Chapman Catt, founder of the League of Women Voters and a key strategist behind the final ratification of the 19th Amendment, graduated as valedictorian of the Iowa State class of 1880.

Today, Iowa State is a recognized leader in many areas, including plant and animal genomics, materials sciences, analytical chemistry, biology, physics, behavioral studies, information assurance, virtual reality, engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, business, journalism, kinesiology, transportation and logistics, and education. Major research initiatives involve the bioeconomy, food safety and security, combinatorial chemistry, human/computer interaction, and animal health.

Iowa State is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), which consists of leading research universities in the United States and Canada. Iowa State aspires to be the best university in the nation in advancing the land-grant ideals and putting science and technology to work. The university’s mission is to create, share, and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place.

From a student perspective, Iowa State University is a place where adventurous minds are encouraged to accomplish amazing things. As a major international university ranked in the top 50 among public universities by U.S. News & World Report, Iowa State offers a student experience rich in social and academic diversity. One hundred majors, over 800 clubs, and approximately 12,000 students living in campus residential facilities enrich college life on a beautiful, park-like campus. A tradition of cultural and popular performances makes campus life fun and memorable. At Iowa State University, students can discover their passions and unlock their potential.

Iowa State fields 18 varsity teams in the Big 12 Conference, one of the nation’s premier athletics leagues. A strong fan base helps the Cyclones continually break attendance records and earn top honors in national online polls ranking the best “student spirit” (Hilton Coliseum) and “most dominant mascot on Earth” (Cy).

Ames and Central Iowa

Beneath the small-town charm of Ames, Iowa, beats the heart of a much larger city. A city that has become a player in developing the world’s bio-economic future. A city with top-quality education, from kindergarten to graduate school. A city that regularly draws performers like Kenny Chesney, Dave Matthews, Gabriel Iglesias, and Widespread Panic, along with international symphonies and Broadway musicals. A city with hundreds of acres of parks, numerous bike paths, and cultural festivals and celebrations. A city that’s been ranked the second-most-livable small city in the nation.

Iowa is a place where neighborhoods are friendly and commutes are short. A place where quality public education is not just a dream, but a reality. A place of vibrant cities with shopping and entertainment possibilities. A place of endless outdoor recreational opportunities.

You can learn more about Ames at www.cityofames.org.

Des Moines

Located 35 miles south of Ames, Des Moines is the state capital and the largest city in Iowa, with over 600,000 residents. Often referred to as “the Hartford of the West,” Des Moines is a major insurance and financial center housing the home office of the Principal Financial Group and branches of EMC Insurance Group, Fidelity & Guaranty Life, Allied Insurance, Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa, and American Republic Insurance Company.

Wells Fargo is the city’s largest employer, and the 18,000-seat Wells Fargo Arena is the Des Moines area’s primary venue for sporting events and concerts. It is the home of the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League, the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League, and the Iowa Barnstormers of the Indoor Football League. Des Moines is also home to the Iowa Cubs baseball team of the Pacific Coast League. The I-Cubs, Class AAA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, play their home games at Principal Park, near the confluence of the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers.

Institutional Leadership

Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, President

Dr. Wendy Wintersteen was selected on October 23, 2017, to serve as Iowa State University’s 16th president. She assumed the office November 20 and is the first woman president in the university’s history.

From 2006-2017, Dr. Wintersteen served as dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station at Iowa State University. She was also the holder of the university’s first endowed deanship. During her tenure, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences was ranked in the top ten in the world (Quacquarelli Symonds ratings); experienced record enrollment growth (third largest in the nation); established innovative teaching partnerships, including the Global Resource Systems interdisciplinary major; expanded student opportunities in entrepreneurship through the Agriculture Entrepreneurship Initiative; enhanced diversity and inclusion efforts; raised nearly $250 million in private support; and completed several major building projects.

Dr. Wintersteen’s career at Iowa State spans nearly 40 years, beginning as an extension specialist in integrated pest management. After completing her doctorate, she served as a professor of entomology with a brief stint in Washington D.C., and then assumed a number of administrative roles in extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Dr. Wintersteen represents Iowa State University on many state, national, and international boards. She currently serves as president of the Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Foundation, which has worked in support of greater funding for food, agricultural, and natural resources research through a unified message to meet global challenges of a growing population, limited arable land, climate change, and new pest and disease pressures. In 2013, she was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to the board of directors of the U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund. Her past service includes terms on the boards of the Farm Foundation and the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology. Wintersteen also serves as past chair of the Administrative Heads Section of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ Board on Agriculture Assembly. She was the 2016 recipient of the Carl F. Hertz Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.

Dr. Wintersteen earned a bachelor of science degree in crop production from Kansas State University and her PhD in entomology from Iowa State University. In 2007 she was honored as a Kansas State University Alumni Fellow for professional accomplishments and distinguished service.

Mission

Create, share, and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place

The Iowa State University Strategic Plan 2017–2022

The University’s new strategic plan has been in development since late 2015, and went into effect on July 1, 2016.

The approved strategic plan is available at https://strategicplan.iastate.edu/iowa-state-university-strategic-plan-2017-2022.pdf

 

The Academic Program

Colleges, Majors, and Pre-Professional Programs

The University is organized into eight colleges:

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Design
  • College of Engineering
  • Graduate College
  • College of Human Sciences
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • College of Veterinary Medicine

These colleges offer 100 bachelor’s degree programs, one professional degree (doctor of veterinary medicine), 112 master’s degree programs, and 83 PhD programs.

Departments with the largest number of undergraduate majors:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering
  • Kinesiology
  • Animal Science
  • Art and Design
  • Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management
  • Psychology
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
  • Architecture
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Finance
  • Accounting

The Student Body

The University’s official fall, 2018 enrollment was 34,992, the fourth largest in school history.

  • Undergraduate 29,621
  • Graduate 4,774
  • Professional 597

 

  • New direct from high school students (freshman class) of 6,047 students includes 3,362 Iowans.
  • The freshman class has an average ACT score of greater than 25 and an average high school GPA of 3.64.
  • Students come from every county in Iowa, every state in the country, and from 126 countries.
  • This fall, 19,022 Iowans are attending Iowa State (54.4 percent of the student body).
  • A total of 3,691 international students enrolled at Iowa State in fall 2018, comprising 10.5% of the total enrollment.
  • Of the total number of students enrolled in fall 2018, 15,083 (43%) were women and 19,909 (57%) were men.
  • Of undergraduate students, 42% were women, while 82% of professional students were women and 43% of graduate students were women.
  • Nearly one in four Iowa State students is either a minority or an international student. Total U.S. minority and international enrollment is 8,554 or 24.4% of the student body. U.S. minority enrollment is 4,883 (14% of total enrollment). For the past twelve years, Iowa State has met or exceeded the 8.5% minority enrollment goal set by the Iowa Board of Regents.

Benefits Overview

 

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin March 22, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to J. Scott Derrick at jsd@spelmanandjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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