Inside the College of Charleston podcast: A Conversation with Aimee Arias, Dean of the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs

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On this episode of Inside the College of Charleston, the podcast speaks to Aimee Arias, dean of the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs and professor of international studies at the College of Charleston. Arias shares some upcoming events, internship opportunities, study abroad programs and much more.

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Aimee Arias was appointed the dean of the College of Charleston School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs on July 1, 2023. In this role, Arias will build upon the school’s dedication to preparing students to become discerning, knowledgeable and engaged global citizens. An innovative leader, educator and researcher, Arias fosters collaboration in teaching and research; builds industry, community and international connections; and handles all aspects of research funding.

In her previous role as associate dean of research and creative activity in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University, Arias worked to develop a research strategic plan for FAU to increase proposals for external funding, diversify the external outlets for proposal submission, expand cross-discipline faculty collaboration and enhance the promotion of research success.

Among her achievements is the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Brazil’s Universidade Federal Fluminense to support faculty research collaborations and student exchanges. Also at FAU, Arias was assistant director of the Leon Charney Diplomacy Program. In this role, she trained students for participation in Model European Union competitions, served as the on-site advisor for National Model United Nations and created the South Florida High School Model European Union. She also served as chair of the Department of Political Science, where she developed a five-year plan focused on enriching education, promoting cultures of research and inquiry, and connecting FAU to the community and industry.

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