Meet the USF World Leadership
Interim Vice President, USF World
Dr. Kiki Caruson leads USF’s global engagement across the Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee campuses, including study abroad programming, international student and scholars services, USF INTO pathway programs, the management of international partnerships, the Global Discovery Hub, initiatives that support research and scholarly mobility, Peace Corps programming, international alumni outreach, as well as global development activities. Dr. Caruson is an expert regarding the best practices for promoting strong relationships between university research and international offices and the data and metrics associated with successful global engagement across faculty, students, alumni, and global partners. She led an AIEA-Sponsored Thematic Forum: Developing Institutional Strategies for Growing Global Research held at the University of South Florida in 2014, which launched subsequent conferences hosted by Rutgers University (2016) and the University of California, Davis (2018).
Dr. Caruson is the author of numerous publications including “International Research Partnerships,” in NAFSA’s Guide to International Partnerships: Developing Sustainable Academic Collaborations edited by Jane Gatewood, 2019; “Building International Research Capacity: The SIO Perspective,” in NAFSA’s Senior International Officer Guide edited by David Di Maria, 2019; and Globalizing University Research: Innovation, Collaboration, and Competition published in 2017 by the Institute of International Education (IIE). In 2016, Dr. Caruson received the inaugural Big Ideas Award from the Society for Research Administrators International (SRA-I) for the creation of a peer-resourced, web-based Global Research Toolkit.
Dr. Caruson is an alumna of the USIEF India Fulbright Program for senior international education administrators (2013) and is an active scholar, teacher, and mentor. She has led student groups to Panama, India, and Peru, and has twice received USF's Outstanding Teaching Award. A faculty member in the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies within the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Caruson maintains an active, interdisciplinary research portfolio; is an advisor and mentor to graduate and undergraduate students; and has served in leadership roles in a number of professional organizations affiliated with her academic discipline, international education, and research administration.
Director, INTO USF
Serving in many capacities across his 20+ years at USF, Sean Gilmore is currently the Executive Director for the INTO USF Center. INTO USF delivers English language and academic preparedness training, as well as pathway programs that create an academic and cultural bridge for international students that ensures a smooth entry into USF academic programs. As the former Director of Admissions and Director of International Admissions at USF, his knowledge of international student recruitment, enrollment, and retention is extensive. As an alumnus of the University of South Florida providing access and opportunities to study at USF is embedded in Mr. Gilmore's DNA.
Director, Education Abroad
Since 2008, Amanda Maurer has served as the Director of the Education Abroad Office in USF World. In that time, the number of students participating in an international education abroad experience has increased by 150%, as reported in Open Doors. In the 2020 Open Doors report, USF ascended into the top 40 institutions in the United States for outbound mobility. Not only has student participation in study abroad increased under Amanda’s leadership, but the Education Abroad Office has also been nationally recognized because of its commitment to ensuring access and diversity in those who participate in study abroad programs. In 2017, USF was the awardee for the Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion in International Education (EDIIE) from Diversity Abroad, and in 2019, USF was awarded the IIE Andrew Heiskell Award - Access and Equity. Prior to coming to USF, Amanda served as the Senior Director of International Programs at Columbia Law School. She received her Master’s degree in Russian language and literature from Florida State University, where she studied abroad in the USSR and former Yugoslavia. She has served on several international education boards, participated and led training sessions, conference panels and poster sessions, and was a contributor to the ISA ThinkDen publication on Education Abroad Operational Models.
MOHSEN M. MILANI
Executive Director, Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies
An internationally recognized scholar, Dr. Mohsen Milani is the Founding Executive Director of the Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies and Professor of Politics at the University of South Florida. He served as Chair of the Department of Government and International Affairs at USF for thirteen years. During his tenure as chair, the department began a new Ph.D. program in Government. He has also served as a research fellow at Harvard University, Oxford University, and the Foscari University in Venice, Italy. Dr. Milani has authored more than 80 publications in top peer-reviewed academic and respected popular journals and his works have been translated into Persian, French, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese. His book, The Making of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, is frequently used as required reading in major universities in the US, Europe and Iran. The Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies has substantially increased USF’s national and global visibility through its major conferences, conversations, and other activities.
Director, Office of International Services
As the Director of the Office of International Services, Marcia Taylor is the Primary Designated Official (PDSO) for the university’s F-1 student program, the Responsible Officer (RO) for the university’s J-1 exchange program, and advises university staff on employment based visas and permanent residency. She has worked in the field of international education for 25 years. As a member-leader with NAFSA, Marcia has served as the Florida Association of International Educators Treasurer, the Florida Association of International Educators Chair, Region VII representative to Academy II, Region VII coach for Academy IV, Region VII Florida State Representative, and Region VII Chair. She has also been a member of the following NAFSA Committees: SEVIS Policy and Practice Subcommittee, International Student Subcommittee, Regional Affairs Committee, and Leadership Development Committee. Marcia was a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana, teaching mathematics at the secondary school level. She has a Master of Arts in International Affairs, with a concentration in African Studies, from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Hope College in Holland, Michigan.