University of New Mexico Provost Chaouki Abdallah announced Nicole Tami as the director of Global Education initiatives effective Aug. 1, 2015. Tami currently serves as the director for International Student Integration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“I am extraordinarily pleased to announce that Nicole Tami has agreed to join Academic Affairs as the new director of Global Education Initiatives,” said Provost Chaouki Abdallah. “During the interview process, Dr. Tami demonstrated exceptional knowledge of global education and best practices for comprehensive internationalization at UNM.”

Tami has over eight years of relevant experience in international engagement, communication and educational outreach, working actively with academic and student affairs units at Illinois. Having facilitated campus-wide integration efforts for one of the largest international student cohorts in the country, Tami will draw on a broad skill set, as she assumes the leadership of UNM’s Global Education Office.

As a UNM alumna, who grew up in New Mexico, Tami has a great affinity for this region and is excited to serve her alma mater.

“I am delighted and honored to return to the University of New Mexico in this new capacity, and look forward to working with the GEO staff to promote and expand the University’s international mission," Tami said. "Preparing our students to work and live in an increasingly globalized world, starts with comprehensive internationalization, which means student and faculty mobility, collaboration with foreign partners, and engaging the international students and scholars on our campus.”

Tami earned her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She speaks multiple languages including German and Italian. Tami has also received several awards including the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship by the United States Department of Education in 2005.

Update - Sept. 4, 2015

The Provost’s Office has just announced an important title change for Director and Senior International Officer (SIO), Dr. Nicole Tami. Her official title is now Executive Director for Global Education Initiatives, which is an important recognition of the level and breadth of responsibility SIOs maintain within the realm of an institution’s international education portfolio.

Tami not only directs the operations of GEO, but is also responsible for the strategic internationalization of campus, which extends into matters of policy, business practice and pedagogy, for example.

This revision demonstrates the University’s commitment to international initiatives and will provide Tami the necessary status to deputize on behalf of the University with international institutions, foreign governments and other international partners.