Phillip Bailey

The University of Central Arkansas has named Dr. Phillip Bailey as the new associate vice president for International Engagement.

In his role, Bailey will lead, manage and develop international programs, along with recruiting international students and developing partnerships with universities across the globe. Bailey most recently completed a year as UCA’s interim associate vice president for International Engagement, and prior to that has served UCA as a tenured professor of French in the UCA Department of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures, and Cultures. Bailey had been chairman of the department for more than 16 years.

“In his time as the interim associate vice president, Dr. Bailey has worked with the International Engagement office, as well as faculty and staff across campus, to strengthen and expand partnerships with institutions in Mexico, Southern France and China. In addition, he has led efforts to expand our recruitment efforts across the globe,” said Dr. Michael Hargis, interim provost and executive vice president. “I look forward to seeing Dr. Bailey continue to serve UCA and impact students’ international experiences.”

In Bailey’s 25 years at UCA, he has authored “Proust’s Self-Reader: The Pursuit of Literature as Privileged Communication” and co-authored numerous works on topics such as foreign language achievement, learning styles and foreign language anxiety.

“I am humbled and thrilled to be given the opportunity to collaborate with faculty, staff, and students to expand and strengthen internationalization in all areas at UCA. I also look forward to facilitating more international collaborations for UCA faculty and staff in areas such as research and professional development,” Bailey said. “Our efforts support UCA’s mission to prepare all students to become global citizens equipped with the requisite knowledge to live and work in global communities. I am confident that under the leadership of President Houston Davis and incoming Provost Patricia Poulter we will prepare all students to ‘go here, and go anywhere!’”

Bailey earned his bachelor’s in French and humanities from Saint John’s University in Minnesota, and both a master’s and doctorate in French from the University of Virginia.