Dr. Sonia Feigenbaum serves as the inaugural senior vice provost for global engagement and chief international officer. Before joining UT, she was the associate vice chancellor for international engagement and global strategies and senior international officer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).
While at UNL, Dr. Feigenbaum advanced internationalization by building strategic global partnerships, enhancing globally focused academic programs for students and faculty, and increasing institutional global visibility. She led efforts to expand and better serve international scholars and students, foster greater cross-cultural engagement on campus and secure external funding to bolster on-campus internationalization efforts. She also launched an initiative to expand students’ global competencies through synchronous collaborative online learning with peers across the globe; developed and implemented new scholarship modes for education abroad opportunities to expand access; and secured funding from the U.S. Department of State, Stevens Initiative, Argentina and German Fulbright Commissions, to name a few.
Prior to joining UNL, Dr. Feigenbaum was associate provost for global engagement at Brown University, Director of the Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and International and Foreign Languages Divisions at the U.S. Department of Education; Deputy Director of Public Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her extensive background in policymaking pertinent to global initiatives spans academia, close to 15 years of service with the federal government where she administered and managed budgets in excess of $250M as well as work in the nonprofit sector. She is natively fluent in French and Spanish and proficient in Italian, Portuguese, and Russian.
Dr. Feigenbaum earned her undergraduate degree in music performance (cello) and master’s and doctoral degrees in Spanish from Indiana University, Bloomington.