Montana State University

Professional Position
Vacancy Announcement
April 24, 2014

Associate Provost for International Programs
Office of International Programs

Search Number     14-321
Start Date Upon successful completion of search process
Appointment Full-time (1.0 FTE) fiscal year Montana University System contract; subject to annual renewal

Competitive and based upon qualifications and experience.

Benefits Eligible
Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Provost of International Programs. We are seeking a visionary leader who will elevate and further develop International Programs at Montana’s land grant institution, while implementing the internationalization goals outlined in our 2012 strategic plan, as we prepare our graduates to address the global grand challenges of the 21st century. The Associate Provost is expected to be a leader within the university, representing the university to external constituents at the state, national and international levels. In addition, the Associate Provost will be responsible for developing, evaluating and approving programs and projects within the Office of International Programs. As the senior international officer, the Associate Provost will provide leadership and management of the Office of International Programs including program planning, development and oversight of an operating budget of $3.3 million ($475,000 in state funding, $2.5 million in designated/restricted gifts and $300,000 in grants.)


Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of nine academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the university hosts an enrollment of over 15,000 students, including approximately 2,000 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and also received the Community Engagement Classification. MSU students have been awarded the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates-Cambridge, as well as Fulbright and Boren International Fellowships and Awards.

MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities which include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport is served by several major airlines and is the busiest airport in the state.

Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, opera and ballet companies, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Bozeman is listed as one of National Geographic's "World's 25 Best Ski Towns." ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns - small towns that offer an exceptional quality of life. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America's most desirable university towns.



Responding to fundamental trends which pull the United States and Montana into the global marketplace and place the United States in daily contact with other nations, Montana State University seeks to bring international education to the core of the academic and cultural life of the campus. The Office of International Programs (OIP) offers a full range of international programs and services to MSU students, faculty, and staff.

The OIP provides quality educational opportunities abroad for MSU students at 240 universities in 50 countries and also offers services and programs which make MSU accessible to capable students from around the world. The OIP is responsible for developing and maintaining international institutional relationships between MSU and selected universities. To this end, MSU has established sister-institutional relationships with over 40 universities and more relationships are under development. In partnership with these institutions, MSU offers student and faculty exchanges, conducts collaborative research activities and provides other cooperative programs. Current sister institutions are located in Australia, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Republic of Korea, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

Additionally, the OIP assists faculty to pursue scholarship and teaching at the global level. The OIP provides information and assistance to faculty members wishing to engage in international research, participate in a faculty exchange program, or develop international dimensions to their courses. In addition, the OIP assists departments and offices in obtaining visas and making other arrangements necessary to host visiting scholars from abroad. The OIP also houses the United States Arabic Distance Learning Network.


MSU encourages qualified students from other nations to enroll in its programs on a degree-seeking, non-degree or exchange basis. International students enrich the campus, exposing MSU students to the diverse cultures and traditions of other nations. In order to enable international students to succeed at MSU and to have a positive experience on the campus, the Office of International Programs offers a program of international student advising on cultural adjustment, immigration regulations, academic and personal matters; programs to integrate international students into the campus and the Bozeman community; and instruction in English as a Second Language through the A.C.E. Language Institute.


The Associate Provost of International Programs will report to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, supervise an Office of International Programs staff of approximately 20 and convene and chair the MSU International Programs Advisory Council.

Appropriately qualified candidates may be eligible for a tenured faculty position.

The Successful
Candidate Will

  • develop and implement a strategic plan for internationalization that is aligned with, and contributes to Montana State University’s strategic plan.
  • provide vision and leadership in international research, teaching and engagement strategies.
  • increase the visibility of international programs at Montana State University nationally and internationally.
  • provide leadership and oversight to the Office of International Programs to ensure that the appropriate administrative infrastructure and services are in place to effectively support international programs, students, scholars and initiatives.
  • appoint, supervise and evaluate staff in the Office of International Programs.
  • have demonstrated experience in administration and in international educational programs and exchanges.
  • work in collaboration with the vice presidents and deans to support and increase opportunities for international learning, discovery and engagement.
  • identify and prepare grant funded proposals for international initiatives.
  • facilitate internal and external marketing and program information.
  • inventory departmental study abroad and international service learning offerings.
  • expand the university’s program of activities in international student recruitment, education and global engagement.
  • represent the university nationally and internationally.
  • convene and chair the International Programs Advisory Council.
  • engage in development work with the MSU Alumni Foundation.
  • supervise and facilitate development and implementation of policies and procedures for faculty and student study abroad and exchange programs.
  • coordinate and facilitate student/faculty agreements with selected international colleges and universities.
  • establish and maintain professional networks with related local, state, national and international organizations and agencies.
  • facilitate and act as primary point-of-contact for visiting international groups.
  • identify, evaluate and prioritize opportunities, networks and points of collaboration between campus academic units and international partners.
  • collaborate with representatives from international colleges, universities, and organizations for special projects or programs as required.
  • identify, cultivate, evaluate and sustain strategic partnerships with institutions of higher education to advance international engagement.

1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Screening of applications will begin on May 7, 2014 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.


To apply, submit the following:

  • (1) a letter of application with contact information, and
  • (2) a current resume or vitae, and
  • (3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of five current professional references.

    An application packet addressing all of the above listed items is highly encouraged. Missing materials and/or information may not be requested and may result in your application not being considered for the position.

    Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred, and must have the applicant's signature on the letter of application. For electronic submittals, please indicate "Applicant - Search #14-321" in the subject line of the email.

    • Submit materials to our search consultant:

    • Sperry MacNaughton
    • MacNaughton Associates
    • 1155 Via Vallarta
    • Riverside, California 92506
    • (O) 951-788-4951
    • (C) 951-536-5906


      In order to receive Veterans Preference during the application review process, it is highly recommended that the required forms are included at the time you submit your application materials. Click here for the forms and information regarding Veterans Preference. Important note: Your preference form is submitted to a different location than your application materials. A DD214 is not a required document.

Posted (ses4/24/14)