UA Names Suzanne Panferov as Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives

The University of Arizona Office of Global Initiatives (OGI) has named Suzanne Panferov as associate vice president for Global Initiatives. Panferov will begin her duties this month, and will have direct oversight of a number of OGI programs. Panferov will be responsible for the design and development of assessment tools for OGI academic programs such as study abroad, inbound student programs, service learning and internationalization at home. Additionally, Panferov will work closely with UA colleges, departments and faculty, particularly on issues such as intercultural competency, assessment and new program development.

“The UA is recognized as a global research university, and we felt the need for additional leadership capacity and new program development to keep pace with opportunities worldwide,” said Mike Proctor, vice president for Global Initiatives. “As we looked at our needs and emerging trends, it was clear that one of the most competent and respected people in this space globally was right here on campus.”

Prior to joining OGI, Panferov was the director of the College of Humanities’ Center for English as a Second Language (CESL), the National Center for Interpretation (NCI) and the Writing Skills Improvement Program (WSIP). These units will remain in the College of Humanities, collaborating closely with OGI as they have in the past. Panferov is also a continuing associate professor in the College of Humanities. 

Panferov’s research focuses on language program administration, professional development, teacher training, pedagogy and literacy acquisition. She has presented in numerous countries on issues of professionalizing and empowering teachers, professional development and teaching methodologies. In 2009, Panferov participated in a Fulbright Administrator Exchange in Jalisco, Mexico. 

During her tenure as director of CESL, the center has grown to having five nationally-accredited programs with over 300 students enrolled in various programs per semester. CESL partners with departments across campus and worldwide to provide customized language educational programs.

From 2011-14, Panferov served on the TESOL International Association Board of Directors, and was elected president of the 13,000 member association from 2012-13. In this role she led the association in strategic directions to support and promote professionalism in English language teaching worldwide. 

“I am very grateful for all the outstanding work, impressive accomplishments that Suzanne contributed to COH throughout the years. I look forward to continuing working with her closely in this new capacity,” said Alain-Philippe Durand, dean of the College of Humanities.