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 Study Abroad CoordinatorThe Smith Center for International Sustainable Agriculture and the Herbert College of Agriculture (HCA) at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) are seeking a full-time Study Abroad Coordinator to administer and grow student global engagement in agriculture, natural resources, and related disciplines.

The Smith Center was established in 2017 with a mission of empowering UT faculty, staff and students to develop sustainable food systems solutions that benefit the lives of the poor and hungry, by feeding the world while restoring the planet.

Study abroad through HCA increased pre-COVID-19 from fewer than 10% of the graduating class in 2014 to more than 20% in 2019. Contributing to this increase has included new faculty-led programs, a revitalized International Agriculture and Natural Resources minor, and the launch of the university-wide Peace Corps Prep program. The Study Abroad Coordinator will build on that growth trajectory, developing student global champions, as part of a dynamic Smith Center team. This new position will provide strategic leadership, vision, growth and management of a portfolio of student study abroad experiences (e.g. semester/year long, internships, faculty-led programs, etc.). The new Coordinator will support and promote existing study abroad opportunities, and identify and expand appropriate new international academic exchange opportunities to continue Herbert College student growth in completing study abroad and international experiential learning opportunities. In addition, the position will serve as an HCA liaison to the university's Center for Global Engagement and work closely with the Smith Center team to coordinate study abroad opportunities in sync with the global engagement vision of the Smith Center, HCA, and the University of Tennessee.

About UTIA

UTIA, through its colleges, research and education centers, and county extension offices, serves the people of Tennessee and beyond through the discovery, communication and application of knowledge. UTIA is made up of four units that provide instruction, research and public service: AgResearch, the Herbert College of Agriculture (HCA), the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and UT Extension. UTIA’s main campus is in Knoxville, Tennessee, but the institute also operates 10 Research and Education Centers throughout the state, as well as having a presence in all 95 counties through Extension.


This is a full-time appointment reporting directly to the Smith Chair in International Sustainable Agriculture, located at UT’s Knoxville campus. The responsibilities of this appointment include:

· Work with Smith Center team and HCA Dean's office to provide strategic direction and metrics for success for HCA study abroad programming.

· Assist HCA staff and faculty in the development and support of HCA study abroad programming, including faculty-led programs, reciprocal student exchange programs, affiliated third-party international program providers/contractors, student research initiatives, international internships opportunities, credit and non-credit programs, international experiential and service learning programs, volunteer activities, student living learning community.

· Maintain the accuracy and completeness of data on HCA study abroad

· Advise students on all cultural and practical aspects of HCA study abroad including program selection, application and acceptance, financial aid and scholarships, registration, cultural awareness and adaptation, risk management, and health and safety issues.

· Advise Smith Center Student International Ambassadors, student IAAS club, and identify opportunities for collaboration with other student organizations and clubs.

· Develop internal UT partnerships for study abroad.

· Grow strategic external partnerships and collaborations for HCA study abroad.

· Promote and communicate about HCA study abroad to create awareness of study abroad initiatives, and to recruit students (particularly from underrepresented groups) into study abroad programming.

Required Qualifications:

· Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, natural resources, or related discipline

Required Experience:

· 2 years' experience working in international education, student services, academic advising, international engagement, or a related field.

Required Skills:

· Excellent written and oral communication skills.

· Ability to make sound judgments and prioritize development of appropriate and strategic programming.

· Excellent organizational skills.

· Knowledge of study abroad opportunities in agriculture and natural resources.

· Demonstrated knowledge of international education and advising.

· Demonstrated proficiency/skills using Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

· Demonstrated data gathering, processing, and interpretation skills.

· Critical thinking skills. Ability to respectfully and successfully work with those of varying education and background.

· Willingness and ability to work outside of regular business hours of operation, including during evenings and on weekends as necessary.

· Ability to travel internationally as needed.

Preferred Experience:

· Master’s degree in agriculture, natural resources, or related discipline (can substitute for the required two years of work experience)

· Demonstrated experience with faculty-led program development, implementation, and assessment.

· Public speaking experience.

· Proficiency in more than one language.

· Experience living, working, and/or studying abroad.

· Experience working in an office of study abroad in a higher education institution.

To apply

Qualified persons should complete an online application and submit 1) a letter of application detailing their ability to carry out the responsibilities of the position as described, 2) a curriculum vitae, and 3) names and contact information (address and telephone number) of three references. Application letters should be addressed to: Search Chair: Dr. Adam Willcox, Research Associate Professor, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, 2640 Morgan Circle, Knoxville, TN 37996. Questions regarding the position may be sent to Dr. Adam Willcox at [email protected] (865-974-1557).

Clear background check and official transcripts will be required prior to starting employment. Valid passport for international travel and driver’s license are also required.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

First review of applicants will begin February 28, 2022 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Job: Student Services
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: International Programs - Res
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Apr 1, 2022, 3:05:38 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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