Bryn Mawr alumna Susan Sutton ’69 will be returning to the College in January as a special consultant. She will serve as the College’s Senior Advisor for International Initiatives, announced Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe today.
Sutton is currently Associate Vice President of International Affairs at Indiana University and Associate Vice Chancellor of International Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She is also the president-elect of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), on whose executive board she has served since 2005.
AIEA is the only U.S. professional organization to focus exclusively on the needs and issues facing senior leaders in the field of international education development. The organization has made significant contributions to the growth of international education and outreach, institution building, research collaboration, and public diplomacy.
“Susan’s experience in facilitating international engagement and forging strategic partnerships, her understanding of the complex issues involved with the overall globalization of higher education, and her commitment to Bryn Mawr and its values will be invaluable resources as the College moves forward,” said McAuliffe in making the announcement.
In recent years, Bryn Mawr College has pursued, and continues to explore, a number of mutually advantageous relationships with academic institutions in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. At the same time, Bryn Mawr’s student body has continued to become more internationally diverse — a record 25.6 percent of the class of 2014 is composed of international students.
“Bryn Mawr is a world-class institution with worldwide reach,” says Sutton. “Its longstanding commitment to insuring talented women access to the highest levels of education now resonates on a global stage. By building on its existing international relationships, the College can be a powerful voice in shaping the global system of higher education that is emerging. I am excited to join Bryn Mawr in thinking through its approach to the important global issues in front of us.”
At Bryn Mawr, Sutton will study all existing programs — both curricular and co-curricular — to understand the College’s current participation and investment in global initiatives. Through conversations and collaborations with faculty, staff, and students, she will also help Bryn Mawr develop goals for internationalization, making recommendations regarding more effective ways to promote current efforts and identifying new projects for the College to explore
In her current roles at Indiana University and IUPUI, Sutton is responsible for overseeing the development of campus-wide infrastructure for international engagement; developing strategic reciprocal partnerships with institutions overseas; recruiting, advising, and admittance of international students; expanding the scope and reach of study abroad; internationalizing the curriculum; and facilitating collaborative international teaching and learning via the Global Crossroads videoconferencing facility. Under her leadership, the IUPUI campus was awarded the prestigious Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Partnerships.
“The idea of leveraging technology to create global partnerships is something in which I’m very interested and something for which a number of faculty members have expressed enthusiasm,” says McAuliffe. “Under Susan’s leadership, IUPUI has been a leader in those efforts.”
In addition to her administrative posts, Sutton has been a professor of anthropology at IUPUI since 1998. She came to the campus as an assistant professor in 1978. IUPUI named Sutton a Chancellor’s Professor in 2003, a designation reserved for faculty “who have compiled a career-long record of high-level achievement in all three areas of faculty work (teaching, research/creative works, and service) and a demonstrated commitment to the mission of the campus.”
After her undergraduate studies at Bryn Mawr, Sutton, received her doctorate in anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1978, where she also earned her master’s.
Her areas of academic expertise include research, teaching, and program development directed toward fostering cross-cultural perspectives and collaboration, as well as the anthropological study of tourism, migration, and the construction of community in modern Greece.
She was editor of the Journal of Modern Greek Studies from 1999-2002 and has published more than 50 articles on both anthropology and international education, as well as four books.