Dr. Carola Weil was appointed Dean of McGill University’s School of Continuing Studies in Montreal, Canada, on July 1, 2018. She previously served as inaugural dean of the School of Professional and Extended Studies at American University from 2012-2018. The School of Continuing Studies serves adult learners at all ages and stages of their professional lives as well as summer programs and international partnerships, delivered both in person and online. Carola Weil previously served as Associate Dean for Planning & Strategic Initiatives at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, where she managed the School’s operations, external partnerships, as well as new international, innovation, and diversity-enhancing programs.
Dr. Weil’s career has straddled public policy, non-profit and philanthropic sectors in addition to higher education. She has held teaching and research appointments in international relations and public diplomacy at the University of Southern California, George Washington University, and the Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Weil has served as Senior Program Officer in the United States Institute of Peace’s Grant Program where she was responsible for grant-making in and about conflict zones of Sub-Saharan Africa, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Columbia on topics ranging from the media to women’s issues. She previously led the Center for International Development and Conflict Management/University of Maryland as Executive Director, and served as program officer with a German operational foundation, the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation’s Washington DC office. She consults on strategy and organizational development, and has authored or co-authored studies on critical information needs of communities (for the FCC), on human security, humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect, as well as on topics related to gender and inclusion.
Dr. Carola Weil has served in leadership roles on boards, such as Rational Games – a philanthropic organization, and in professional associations such as the International Studies Association. A dual citizen of Germany and the US, she holds a PhD and Master’s in Political Science (International Relations/Security), and a MPM in Public Management from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Bryn Mawr College. She is multi-lingual and has lived, worked or travelled on most continents.