Samantha McCabe, Acting Assistant Dean and Director of International Student Services (ISS), has been selected as Permanent Director of the ISS. His new appointment has been effective since May 1.
McCabe has served as Interim Leader since October 2019, leading a team of 15 staff responsible for supporting international students in a myriad of areas, including immigration, programming, counseling, work placement and retention. Prior to this appointment, she held other positions serving international students, such as Deputy Director of SEVIS Compliance and International Student Advisor.
International students are an important part of the student body at UW-Madison. More than 5,900 international students were enrolled at the university during the 2020-2021 academic year. These students bring unique perspectives to the UW-Madison classroom community, classroom learning, research and innovation. The university continues to be a top destination for international students, with the Open Doors 2020 report listing UW-Madison as # 24 for the 2019-2020 academic year.
“With a strong track record of connecting and serving an international audience, I have no doubts that Samantha will continue to provide exceptional leadership to the ISS and work to ensure that international students are able to excel at the University. of Wisconsin-Madison, ”said Guido Podestá, vice-president and dean of the international division.
“I am delighted to continue to lead this team of dedicated professionals and advance opportunities for our talented international students,” said McCabe. “Innovation and advocacy for inclusive learning and equitable access for international students are at the forefront of the work we do at the ISS. This is an exciting new era for developing long-term strategic and organizational planning to continue our work and intentionally weave support for international students into the fabric of the campus as a whole.
In addition to UW-Madison, McCabe worked at Grambling State University in Louisiana as an international admissions counselor, Inova Centro De Linguas in Brazil as an ESL instructor and AmeriCorps VISTA as a job developer for community refugee and immigration services.
McCabe received her MA in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from UW-Madison, where she majored in Global Higher Education. During her graduate studies, she also participated in a summer abroad to study research on mixed methods in education at Makerere-Kampala University in Uganda. She obtained her BA in International Relations from Beloit College, where she majored in African Studies. During her undergraduate studies, she attended a semester abroad at the Augsburg College Center for Global Education in Namibia.
About the ISS
International Student Services seeks to contribute to the successful experience of all students, with an emphasis on international students studying at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. ISS provides essential services and programs to advance the internationalization of the campus and the wider community through dynamic leadership and resources. Currently, ISS is part of student affairs at UW-Madison. The ISS, along with international faculty and staff services, will join the international division on July 1.