I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Carola Weil as Dean of the School of Professional and Extended Studies (SPExS), formerly the Washington Professional Development program.
Dr. Weil’s successful experience in program and partnership building includes the precise building blocks necessary for the anticipated expansion of SPExS. She brings to AU over 20 years of experience in higher education, not-for-profit, and international settings. Holding multiple appointments with the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, Dr. Weil currently represents the school in Washington DC, on the East Coast, and abroad as the school’s Director of International and Strategic Partnerships. In this capacity, Dr. Weil leads the development of collaborative, applied research, and public service projects with partners in the academic, non-profit, government, international, military, and private sectors. Prior to this position, she served as assistant dean and later associate dean for Planning and Strategic Initiatives at the Annenberg School. In addition to cultivating strategic partnerships with industry and the public sector, she oversaw school-wide operations. She helped launch the school’s first online MA in Communication Management, assisted in the development of a new innovation and design laboratory, and helped establish several interdisciplinary programs in fields such as economic literacy, sports media, and entrepreneurship.
Dr. Weil holds an AB from Bryn Mawr College, and a MPM and MA from University of Maryland College Park, where she also earned her PhD in Political Science. A researcher on topics related to international affairs, conflict, and human security, she has research faculty appointments in international relations and public diplomacy at USC. She has held appointments at the United States Institute of Peace, George Washington University, the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, the University of Maryland College Park Center for International Development and Conflict Management, Women in International Security, and the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation. Her work has led her to appreciate the importance of making higher education more accessible to a diverse population. She views life-long learning as a key means to educational access and as an essential link between academic, business, government, and non-governmental sectors in both driving innovation and providing greater equality of access to opportunities in society.
Her leadership experience and passion for life-long learning will be instrumental in the continued enhancement and development of SPExS. I am grateful to the search committee, led by Dean Emeritus Bill LeoGrande, for its hard work. Dr. Weil will serve as dean designate beginning August 15, 2012, and will assume the position of dean on September 17, 2012. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Weil to AU.