Schiller Named Interim Vice President for Global Strategies

Posted: March 24, 2010 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: March 23, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Anne Schiller. Photo courtesy of Anne Schiller

Anne Schiller, associate provost for international projects and professor of anthropology, has been named interim vice president for global strategies, effective July 1, Provost Peter Stearns announced.

“I am delighted that Anne Schiller has agreed to take on the vice presidency for global strategies for the coming year, while we reconstitute a search. Dr. Schiller has been working hard and successfully on a range of global projects since her arrival last summer, and she will extend her activities in implementing this new leadership position,” Stearns said.

Schiller joined Mason in August 2009. Her prior experience includes serving as director of international programs and director of international studies at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at North Carolina State University.

She also led a successful effort to establish undergraduate and graduate anthropology programs at NC State, and served as coordinator and director, respectively. She has established and directed study abroad programs in Southeast Asia and Western Europe.

Since joining Mason, Schiller has traveled to Iraq and to Korea on behalf of the university. She is working closely with faculty, students and administrators to evaluate a possible Korean campus. The new interim vice president has chaired the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Review Committee Process Task Group and negotiated with foreign institutions and other potential partners that seek to collaborate with Mason. She has also been involved in international grants activities and in the newly established Indonesia Initiatives Task Group.

Concerning the appointment, Schiller says, “It is a privilege to have the opportunity to promote Mason’s global vision as interim vice president. I look forward to assisting individuals and units to extend their international activities and contributing to the development of mechanisms that support and facilitate their efforts.”

Schiller also has experience in research and teaching abroad. She has conducted fieldwork among indigenous peoples of the Indonesian Borneo rainforest. Her current project concerns issues of cultural identity and heritage preservation efforts among vendors in a historic outdoor market place in Florence, Italy.

Her work has been supported by Fulbright Awards, the Wenner-Gren Institute and other sources. The results of her research have appeared in scholarly books, book chapters and articles, and are featured in a film produced by the National Geographic Society.

Schiller holds a BA from the University of Virginia, and MA and PhD degrees in anthropology from Cornell University. She also completed the Executive Leadership Development Program for International Educators sponsored by the Association of International Educators.

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