In July 2015 Terri Givens moved to Menlo College as the new Provost. As a scholar, she focuses on the global politics of immigration, as well as European politics. Having joined The University of Texas at Austin as a government professor in 2003, she served there as director of the Center for European Studies, the France-UT Institute, the Robert S. Strauss Center's European Union Center for Excellence, the Texas Language Roadmap, and as co-director of the Longhorn Scholars Program. Dr. Givens also served as a vice provost, overseeing the university's undergraduate curriculum and spearheading global initiatives as the chief international officer.
Dr. Givens' international recognition includes an appointment as Public Policy Scholar of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a Visiting Fellow at the Freie Universitäet in Berlin, a Visiting Fellow at the Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales in Paris, an appointment as a Distinguished Scholar Alumna from Stanford, and a German Marshall Fund Fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation. She regularly attends the Brussels Forum.
In between earning her bachelor's degree in international relations from Stanford University and her doctoral degree in political science from UCLA, Dr. Givens worked in the fields of community service and nonprofit administration. She is the author of several publications and is a regular columnist for Inside Higher Ed. A lifelong athlete who believes fitness helps strengthen the foundation of families and communities, she founded Take Back the Trail (http://www.takebackthetrail.com) to empower women and encourage the development of healthy families.