- Additional Positions at AU
- Dean, School of Professional & Extended Studies (SPExS)
- Professorial Lecturer, School of International Service
- PhD & MA in Political Science (International Relations), University of Maryland College Park; MPM, School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland College Park; BA in History, Bryn Mawr College, PA.
- Languages Spoken
- German (native speaker), English, French
- Favorite Spot on Campus
- the garden in front of Bender Library
- Book Currently Reading
- Chocolate City by George Derek Musgrove and Chris Ashe
Areas of Expertise: Organizational Development, International Conflict Transformation, Gender, Security
Carola Weil is the inaugural dean of the School of Professional and Extended Studies at American University. In this capacity, she oversees the building and delivery of life-long experiential learning programs at all levels from pre-collegiate to retirement life and career stages. Prior to joining American University in 2012, Carola Weil served as Associate Dean for Planning & Strategic Initiatives at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, where she managed the School’s operations, external partnerships, as well as new international, innovation, and diversity-enhancing programs. She has held teaching and research appointments in international relations and public diplomacy at the University of Southern California, George Washington University, and the Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Weil has served as Senior Program Officer in the United States Institute of Peace’s Grant Program where she was responsible for grant-making in and about conflict zones of Sub-Saharan Africa, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Columbia on topics ranging from the media to women’s issues. She previously led the Center for International Development and Conflict Management/University of Maryland as Executive Director, and served as program officer with a German operational foundation, the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation’s Washington DC office. She consults on organizational development, and has authored or co-authored studies on critical information needs of communities (for the FCC), on human security, humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect, as well as on topics related to gender and inclusion. Dr. Carola Weil has served in leadership roles on boards, such as Rational Games – a philanthropic organization, and in professional associations such as the International Studies Association. A dual citizen of Germany and the US, she is multi-lingual and has lived, worked or travelled on most continents.
Area of Expertise
Higher Education Innovation/Professional Education/Adult Learners, Globalization of Higher Education, Gender & Inclusiveness, Philanthropy, Subsaharan Africa; South Asia, Myanmar, Conflict Transformation, Public Diplomacy
Dr. Carola Weil joined American University (AU) September 2012 as the inaugural dean of the newly established School of Professional and Extended Studies, the new home of the Washington Semester, Mentorship, Graduate Gateway, WINS, International Gateway as well as other experiential learning, professional studies, and continuing education programs at AU. She brings to AU over 20 years of management, research and teaching experience in higher education, not-for-profit, and international settings. Prior to joining AU, Dr. Weil held multiple appointments with the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, most recently as the School’s Director of International and Strategic Partnerships and Associate Dean for Planning & Strategic Initiatives. In that capacity, Dr. Weil led the development of collaborative, applied research, and public service projects with partners in the academic, non-profit, government, international, military, and private sectors. While at USC Annenberg, she oversaw the School’s operations and helped launch the school’s first online MA in Communication Management, a new innovation and design laboratory, and several interdisciplinary programs. A scholar of international affairs, armed conflict, and human security, she held teaching and research appointments in international relations and public diplomacy at USC, George Washington University, and the Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She was senior program officer in the US Institute of Peace’s grants and fellowship program and the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation’s Washington DC office. Weil served as executive director of the University of Maryland College Park Center for International Development and Conflict Management, and the not-for-profit, Women in International Security. A German and US dual national, Carola Weil has lived or travelled on virtually every continent and experienced the benefits of a global, experiential education first hand. She is a member of numerous professional organizations, frequently serves as reviewer for noted journals and awards in international affairs and public service.