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 tional 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.