Meredith McQuaid is the Associate Vice President and Dean of International Programs for the University of Minnesota system. In this role, she promotes the global dimensions of teaching, research, and engagement across all colleges and campuses of the University.
She works with the President, Vice Presidents, Chancellors, Deans, faculty, and staff to create global opportunities; expand international and interdisciplinary components of teaching, research, and public engagement activities; recruit and support international students, faculty, and staff; and facilitate development of critical interdisciplinary and international partnerships important to the University’s strategic plan. She also has administrative oversight for the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, which includes the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA), China Center, Confucius Institute, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, International Student and Scholar Services, and the Learning Abroad Center.
Previously, she served as Associate Dean of Administration and International Programs (1995-2005) and Director of International and Graduate Programs (1994-2006) at the University of Minnesota Law School. In her 14 years at the Law School, Dean McQuaid led a number of domestic and international initiatives. She was responsible for the management and oversight of the Law School’s programs in China—including the summer J.D. program in Beijing and the LL.M. program for Chinese lawyers—and she greatly expanded the Law School’s international exchange programs and increased the number of international students. She holds an adjunct faculty position and teaches Introduction to American Law and Legal Research and Writing for Foreign Lawyers. She created and supervised the Judicial Observation Program for Foreign Lawyers, unique in U.S. law schools. In 2004, McQuaid served as chair of the Graduate Programs for Foreign Lawyers section of the American Association of Law Schools.
McQuaid earned her B.A. degree in Linguistics from the University of Minnesota and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School. Upon completion of her law degree, McQuaid joined Popham, Haik, Schnobrick & Kaufman in Minneapolis as an Associate Attorney, working in immigration and civil litigation.
McQuaid’s experience with international education began early on. As an undergraduate, she was one of the first U.S. students to study Mandarin in China after the country opened to the West. After graduation, she spent two years teaching English in Japan and then took a trip around the world by motorcycle before returning to school to earn her law degree.
She currently serves as past president of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the largest nonprofit professional association dedicated to international education. She has served on the University of Minnesota China Center Advisory Council, Campus Club Board of Directors, and on several selection committees for prestigious international fellowships, including the USIA Edmund Muskie Scholars Program.
In 2006, she was awarded the University of Minnesota’s Award for Global Engagement, given to faculty and staff members in recognition of outstanding contributions to global education and international programs in their field, discipline, or the University.
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