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Brian L. Heuser

Associate Professor of the Practice, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations

Dr. Brian L. Heuser is an Associate Professor of the Practice of International Education Policy in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations (LPO)at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. Professor Heuser currently directs the International Leadership Development (ILD) track of the Human and Organizational Development (HOD) major, and teaches and advises in both the International Education Policy and Management (IEPM) masters program and Ed.D programs. He is also the Senior Research Fellow and Advisor for the Office of the Associate Provost and Dean of Students at Vanderbilt University. His University work is strongly centered on faculty governance - having served two years as Chair of the Peabody Faculty Council and also Chair of the Faculty Senate’s Faculty Life Committee - and institutional performance assessment.

Professor Heuser has research and work experience in more than 30 countries, including as a US Embassy Policy Specialist in the Republic Georgia where he worked on issues related to scientific and academic research conducted by tertiary institutions of the post-Soviet region. He has long worked with - and supported - renowned programs such as the Boren National Security Education Program, the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program, the Fulbright US Student Program, and the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.

His academic and policy work has a strong emphasis on higher education internationalization and economic development. Dr. Heuser’s research interests include the role of universities in creating economic development, the effects of ethical social norms on social cohesion, and educational issues related to student learning outcomes and human development. His emerging academic interests are related to the relationships between global health policy and education policy, and cross-national differences in university faculty work. He teaches classes in comparative education, international organizations and economic development, education policy, and international higher education management.

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