About Us

Meet the USF World Leadership

USF System Vice President, USF World

Roger Brindley, EdD

Roger Brindley, Ed.D., leads USF World overseeing system-wide global engagement for the University of South Florida (USF). USF is currently ranked as a top 25 public research university with $568M in expenditures. Internationally, USF is ranked 32nd among public institutions in the U.S. by the Times Higher Education World Rankings and Top 50 for public universities in the U.S. by the Academic Ranking for World Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. In 2013, USF was a recipient of the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. During the 2015-16 year, the university was recognized as a 2016 Peace Corps Top College for undergraduate volunteers and in 2016-17 as the third ranked graduate school for Peace Corps volunteers in the United States. In 2017, the Fulbright Commission announced USF as the number one producer of Fulbright Faculty Scholars across all universities in the United States, and in 2018-19 USF has repeated this #1 ranking. In February 2019, USF received the Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education from IIE.

A USF professor for 23 years, Brindley has received the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award and the USF President's Award for Faculty Excellence, and he was identified as an Honored Professor by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars in 2001. Brindley has written numerous articles in North American and European publications on policy and practice in higher education, has served as editor for three national/international journals, and frequently speaks at international conferences around the world. Between 2015-17, Brindley was honored to be elected the APLU Executive Chair for the Commission on International Initiatives, and has spoken at national conferences of the APLU, the Association International Education Administrators, as well as the British Council Going Global conference.

Between 2016-18 Dr. Brindley continued his Vice Presidential leadership at USF while serving as Interim Dean to the College of Education. Today, he leads USF World and the international student success initiatives for almost 5,000 students from 147 countries and the 2,250 outgoing faculty, staff and students completing academic experiences abroad, while documenting the global footprint of over 1,200 USF faculty who conduct teaching, scholarship and research overseas.


Assistant Vice President for Research, Innovation and Global Affairs

Kiki Caruson, PhD

Kiki Caruson, Ph.D., is the Assistant Vice President for Research, Innovation and Global Affairs for USF World and a faculty member in the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies within the College of Arts and Sciences. As a member of the USF World leadership team, she is responsible for comprehensively data mapping USF's global footprint and for promoting international engagement including education abroad programming and internationalization of the curriculum. Dr. Caruson manages the USF Global Discovery Hub, programs that support research and scholarly mobility and global partnerships, Peace Corps programming, among other strategic initiatives. Dr. Caruson is an expert on the best practices for promoting strong relationships between university research and international offices and the data and metrics associated with a successful global portfolio. She is the author of numerous publications including 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 (and funding) 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. 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.


Executive Director, Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies

Mohsen M. Milani, PhD

Mohsen Milani, PhD, is the executive director of the Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies (CSDS) and a professor of politics. He served as a department chair from 1998 to 2012.

An internationally acclaimed scholar, his advice is solicited by private and governmental entities. He has served as a fellow at Harvard, Oxford, and Foscari University (Italy). Since 2002, he has given more than 100 lectures in 20 countries. An author of a classic book on the causes of Iran's Revolution, he has published more than 60 academic pieces, including "Iran's Policy toward the U.S," "The Ayatollah's Game Plan," "Rouhani's Foreign Policy," and "Meet Me in Baghdad," all in Foreign Affairs."

He has been interviewed/quoted in The New York Times; The Economist; BBC, Der Spiegel; Le Monde; The Washington Post; The Wall Street Journal; The Atlantic; Forbes; CNN; ABC Nightline; NPR; Chuo-Koron (Japan); Avvenenire (Italy); Publico (Portugal); Nepszabadsag (Hungary); and Globo News (Brazil).