Comprehensive internationalization spans the entirety of DU's functions as a higher education institution. Get to know the staff dedicated to supporting and advancing international engagement at DU.
Meet the Internationalization Staff
Vice Provost for Internationalization
Dr. Uttiyo Raychaudhuri joined DU as the Vice Provost in January 2020 and will be the primary advocate for the University’s internationalization efforts. He is charged with leading the University on internationalization programs, partnerships and services, as well as developing and implementing DU’s comprehensive internationalization agenda. Dr. Raychaudhuri is to lead the continued development of DU’s global strategies and to preside over an Office of Internationalization that highlights DU’s strength in research, community engagement and teaching worldwide. Additionally, Dr. Raychaudhuri manages a large and complex set of units including the English Language Center, International Student and Scholar Services, and the Office of International Education, which runs DU’s hallmark undergraduate experience, the Cherrington Global Scholars program. Dr. Raychaudhuri has responsibility for a growing internationalization curriculum that includes credit-bearing classes for study abroad and language learning. He is responsible for the development and continuation of DU’s strategic partnerships with select institutions abroad, an essential part of DU’s long-term vision. With nationally recognized academic programs, a history of widespread influence, a forward-looking vision for a 21st century education and a deep commitment to promoting inclusion, DU opens a world of opportunity to students and empowers Pioneers to make a difference around the world.
Dr. Raychaudhuri joins DU from Cornell University, where he served as the first executive director in the Office of Global Learning, providing leadership and vision for the university in global learning, study abroad, faculty-directed courses and programs, and international immigration and support services. Prior to his work at Cornell, Dr. Raychaudhuri also served as Director of Clemson Abroad at Clemson University and before that at the University of Georgia. He has successfully advocated for high-impact, evidence-based academic and global engagement as a key foundation of the universities strategic plan. Dr. Raychaudhuri has worked in the capacity of both faculty and administrator roles and been actively engaged in the field of international education for over 18 years. His leadership in education abroad programming has been recognized twice (2012 & 2014) with the IIE Andrew Heiskell Award for Best Practices and Innovation in International Education.
- Bengali – Native speaker, fluent
- Hindi – Native speaker, fluent
- English – Native speaker, fluent
Director of Budget and Operations, Internationalization
Develop and manage all current and future fiscal year budget models for Internationalization, as well as oversee all contracts/agreements and budgets concerning relationships with overseas universities, including agreements originating in academic units. Collaborate closely with the VP to strengthen the scope of our strategic partnerships and other foreign institutional partnerships.
Past experience encompasses information systems management (implementing software, managing servers and computers, software instructor, technical writing), job cost accounting, human resources, website development, marketing, event planning, conducting and planning orientations, and grant writing/preparation. Countries visited include: Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and UK
I enjoy interactions with students and professionals across the field and collaborating with partners domestically and in other countries.
- French - written, intermediate, spoken, basic.
Administrative Assistant, Internationalization
Executive and Academic Director for Internationalization
I work with campus constituents to develop, implement and facilitate a multiplicity of initiatives related to Internationalization at Home (IaH). This includes advancing internationalizing the formal and informal curriculum, as well as various components of campus internationalization.
Additionally, I provide academic and administrative oversight and day-to-day management of intercultural development coursework tied to international education experiences serving 750+ students per year. I oversee and lead curriculum development, assessment, instructor development including supporting a learning-centered pedagogy.
Finally, assist maintaining the university-wide elements of internationalization such as the Internationalization Council, the Internationalization Summit, and spreading the integration of the University’s strategic partnerships.
My doctorate research focused faculty members engagement in internationalization at home, particularly in the classroom. Recent projects include investigating the efficacy of intercultural coursework on students' intercultural development and methods for helping faculty internationalize their coursework. I've visited a variety of countries for work and travel, including South Africa, Iceland, Australia, Peru, Sweden, the Netherlands, Spain and the Nordic countries. Anyone who knows me well will tell you that I'm avid gardener and that I'm very fond of strategy games. Like many in Colorado, I take time to hike in the mountains with my wife and two dogs Simon and Henry.
Working in international education is so rewarding because it is focused on building opportunities for students, faculty and staff to engage with and value different perspectives.
- Norwegian - High proficiency
- Swedish - Reading and listening proficiency
- German - Reading proficiency
- Icelandic - Low proficiency
Director, Strategic Partnerships
Emelee Volden is the Director of the Office of International Education at the University of Denver (DU) where she provides strategy and advocacy for education abroad and global learning.
Prior to DU, Emelee was the Senior International Officer at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse where she was responsible for all campus internationalization efforts, education abroad, international student and scholar services and ESL. She has also worked at Northwest College (WY) where she led international student recruitment, admissions and retention efforts and the University of Minnesota where she advised on and assisted with the development of education abroad programs.
Emelee earned an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Sioux Falls. Emelee’s international education experience began as an undergraduate student studying abroad in Florence, Italy. After graduation, she then taught in Wajima, Ishikawa, Japan on the JET Program, returning to the U.S. eager to begin her professional career in international education.
Her areas of expertise include comprehensive internationalization, program development and management, partner collaboration, faculty training and development, cross-cultural communication and intercultural competency, study abroad advising, and student development.
Director, International Student and Scholar Services
Theresa Johnson is the Director of International Student and Scholar Services where she oversees immigration compliance and cultural adjustment for DU’s international student and scholar populations. International students and scholars play a critical role to bring unique perspectives and important knowledge to campus and Theresa is honored to be a part of that here at DU.
Theresa joined DU from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where she worked in the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for over 10 years. She most recently served as the Associate Director where she managed the operations of the office and oversaw the International Scholar Team. Prior to joining the staff at Northwestern, she worked with the Fulbright Scholar Program at the Institute of International Education in Washington, DC.
Theresa earned her Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies with a minor in French from American University, spending a semester abroad in Brussels and a semester abroad in Paris. She earned her Master’s Degree in International Education from George Washington University.
In her spare time, Theresa likes to play tennis, go for runs, and explore on her bicycle. When the weather doesn’t allow for outdoor activities, she enjoys watching true crime dramas, travel shows, and playing board games