McQuaid Appointed Interim Associate Vice President and Dean of International Programs
Meredith McQuaid, Associate Dean for Administration and International Programs at the Law School, has been appointed Interim Associate Vice President and Dean of International Programs of the University of Minnesota. The appointment is effective November 1.
The appointment will be two-thirds time to allow her to continue with some of her responsibilities in the Law School. Dean McQuaid will generally work at the Law School on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and at the Office of International Programs (OIP) on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
This leadership change follows the recent resignation of James Perry in the interim role. A search for a permanent associate vice president and dean will be launched next month.
During Dean McQuaid's career at the Law School, she has supervised the International Programs office, which includes a Master of Laws Program for Foreign Lawyers, many student and faculty exchange programs in countries throughout the world, and several partnerships with the China University of Political Science and Law. She has initiated many of these exchange programs, including a law program in Beijing and a new program at the University of Montevideo. She designed and teaches an innovative course to introduce incoming international law students to the American legal system, and taught courses on immigration law.
Prior to joining the University she worked in private practice, specializing in immigration law, and was a legal adviser to international students. Dean McQuaid is the current President of the China Center Advisory Board and a past chair of the AALS Section on Graduate Programs for Foreign Lawyers. She recently received the University Award for Global Engagement, which recognizes outstanding contributions to global education and international programs at the University.
Dean McQuaid will provide administrative oversight of the Office of International Programs (OIP) and its new academic initiatives, International Student and Scholar Services, Learning Abroad Center, Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, and the China Center. She will work with Allen Isaacman in his part-time role as Assistant Vice President for International Scholarship, the OIP directors, Associate Director Kathleen Sellew, and other University leaders to promote strategic positioning priorities, implement recommendations, and further define the comprehensive international efforts needed to transform our University. She will provide leadership to promote and support the global dimensions of teaching, research, and engagement across the University; create and expand global opportunities and programs; seek new opportunities for faculty and staff to work across disciplinary lines; and concentrate on learning outcomes that create globally competent graduates.
Please congratulate Dean McQuaid on her new appointment. She brings the skills and experience needed to advance critical global initiatives and help align the efforts of OIP units and others engaged in international activity.