CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
UI hosts conference for Russian and Ukrainian scholars March 28-April
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A group of 27 Russian and Ukrainian scholars participating
in the Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP) will gather at the University
of Iowa from March 28 to April 1 for a national conference sponsored by
UI International Programs.
The Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP) provides opportunities
for young Russian and Ukrainian university faculty to develop their academic
knowledge and teaching skills in specially designed programs at American
universities. It is administered by the U.S. Information Agency (USIA)
with assistance from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars
The keynote speaker at the UI conference is S. Frederick Starr, chairman
of the Central Asia Institute at Johns Hopkins University, who will speak
on "The Future of U.S.-Russian/Ukrainian Relations and Implications
for Higher Education." The conference will include several panels
of experts to discuss establishing links between U.S. and Russian/Ukrainian
universities, how to write grants, and issues concerning re-entry/returning
The scholars also will learn about testing from officials at American
College Testing (ACT) and will tour the Herbert Hoover Museum and the famous
Stanley African art collection at the UI Museum of Art.
Stephen Arum, assistant dean of International Programs and coordinator
of the conference, said the conference will serve several purposes.
"It will give these scholars an opportunity to reflect on their
year-to-date in the U.S. and allow them to begin to think about re-entry
issues concerning their return home," he said. "It also gives
them the opportunity to get to know each other in order to increase their
network of contacts at home."
USIA's Office of Exchanges in Moscow and Kiev selected 22 Russian and
five Ukrainian scholars to participate in the JFDP during the 1997-98 academic
year, the fourth year of the program. The scholars originate from institutions
of higher learning throughout Russia and Ukraine and represent various
academic disciplines, including business administration, economics, law,
public administration, library science and university administration.
Scholars are hosted by 12 U.S. universities, including the UI, which
is hosting four scholars this year. American faculty mentors at each institution
assist the scholars in course selection, expose them to various teaching
methods, lend advice in curriculum development, seek opportunities for
practice teaching, and aid in the selection of books and journals to take
back to the participants' home institutions.
The UI scholars, their home towns and fields of study are: Volodymyr
Chumachenko, Odessa, Ukraine, history; Vadim Goloubev, St. Petersburg,
Russia, linguistics; Ludmilla Kouraeva, Saratov, Russia, social work; and
Irina Kratko, Moscow, Russia, business administration. These four scholars
live in the Iowa City area and are available for interviews by appointment.
There will also be a few times during the conference when participants
will be available for comment. Contact Steve Arum at (319) 335-0335 to
set up a time.