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May 23, 2018

TO: American University Community
FROM: Scott A. Bass, Provost
SUBJECT: Dr. Christine BN Chin, Dean of the School of International Service

Following a national search, I am pleased to announce that Dr. Christine BN Chin has been selected as the new dean of the School of International Service. Her appointment is effective June 1, 2018.

We are very excited about this appointment. As President Burwell underscored, “As a top scholar, a committed teacher, and an innovative leader, Christine is the right person to build on SIS’s existing excellence and guide the school to new heights.”

Dr. Chin is an internationally renowned and award-winning scholar of global migration studies, offering path-breaking scholarship on the intersections of gender, class, race/ethnicity and nationality. Her most recent book, Cosmopolitan Sex Workers: Women and Migration in a Global City (2013), earned several awards, including the Distinguished Book Award from the Political Economy of the World-System Section of the American Sociological Association, and the Yale H. Ferguson Award from the International Studies Association-Northeast. Dr. Chin earned her PhD at American University’s School of International Service, her MA from University of California, Berkeley, and her BA from Wellesley College.

Dr. Chin is also an award-winning teacher. She has received teaching awards at the school and university levels, as well as earning the American Political Science Association’s Campus Teaching Award Recognition. As an educator committed to the ultimate ideals of high impact teaching and learning, Dr. Chin has worked very closely with the Office of Merit Awards to field numerous students for national and international merit competitions such as the Marshall, Fulbright, and Rhodes scholarships.

In recent years, Dr. Chin has served on multiple school and university-wide committees including the university’s budget committee and the President’s Council. She has been co-leading a special working group on the future of online education at AU and has involved SIS in innovative collaborations with Kogod School of Business and the Washington College of Law. While serving as interim dean during the 2017–18 academic year, she has been on leave from her position as executive director of AU’s Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning (CTRL), and she served previously as director of SIS’s International Communications program. She has a track record of steadfast commitment to diversity and inclusion at the institutional and individual levels.

Throughout the intensive search process, Dr. Chin displayed essential qualities of leadership, management, insight, and a vision for the future of SIS. We look forward to the new era Dr. Chin will bring to SIS.

For its work on this competitive, national search I would like to thank the search committee: Ken Conca (Chair), Mary Clark, Derrick Cogburn, Kristie Cole, Audrey Kurth Cronin, Austin Hart, Maria De Jesus, M.E. Mildenberg (SIS graduate student), Simon Nicholson, Jan Post, Rachel Sullivan Robinson, Amanda Taylor, and Bailey Wong (undergraduate student).

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Christine BN Chin on her appointment as the next dean of the School of International Service.