CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Jan. 13, 2000
Steven Hoch is new associate provost, dean of International Programs
IOWA CITY, Iowa University of Iowa history professor Steven Hoch
has been named the new UI associate provost and dean of International Programs.
Hoch most recently has served as director of the UI National Resource Center
for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) since its inception
The associate provost and dean of International Programs works with the
provost, other central administrative officials, faculty members and staff
in International Programs to advance international endeavors at the UI. The
associate provost and dean is responsible for ensuring high quality teaching,
research and effective integration and coordination of the respective International
Programs. Other responsibilities include strategic planning, budget creation
and resource allocation through capital planning, development, legislative
and Regent relations. The salary for the associate provost and dean is $101,000.
UI Provost Jon Whitmore said that the selection of Hoch means the university
will continue to strengthen global scholarship, teaching, research and service
at the UI, one of President Mary Sue Coleman's top goals in the new strategic
"Steven Hoch has a deep commitment to International Programs as demonstrated
through his dedicated service to the Center for Russian, East European, and
Eurasian Studies," Whitmore said. "I am confident he will help us
make new strides in internationalizing our research and teaching at the University
Hoch, 48, said that he is pleased to accept the leadership position with
UI International Programs. "International studies in the United States
is at a major intellectual crossroads," he said. "This is an exciting
time to be assuming the leadership of International Programs at the University
Hoch holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University, receiving his doctorate
in 1983. He was a graduate student in Moscow in 1976-77 and was a French Government
Fellow at "Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales" (Paris)
in 1975-76. Before coming to the UI in 1988, Hoch held appointments at Trinity
College and at Drew University. He was promoted to full professor at the UI
Hoch is an internationally known expert on imperial Russian and European
agrarian history and has written a book entitled "Serfdom and Social
Control in Russia: Petrovskoe, a Village in Tambov," that was later translated
into Russian. This book garnered the Outstanding Academic Book Award in 1988.
He has a book in progress, "Land and Freedom: Emancipation and the Rise
of a Peasant Economy in Russia."
Hoch is co-editor of the journal "Continuity and Change," published
by Cambridge University Press. He has also translated with a co-editor two
books on historical demography from French into Russian. He directs the Project
in Russian Population History, 1700-1917. Hoch has also published numerous
professional articles and has presented professional papers in England, France,
Finland, Canada, Austria, Switzerland, India, Russia, and Ukraine.
His professional activities include membership in the Council of Directors
of National Resource Centers, and he has served on various committees of the
International Research and Exchanges Board, the American Council for International
Education, and the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.
He has held fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the
National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Science Research Council,
the American Philosophical Society, the International Research and Exchanges
Board, the National Council for Russian and East European Studies as well
as from the French and Finnish governments. In 1990, Hoch was a recipient
of the prestigious UI Faculty Scholar Award.
Hoch's research and teaching interests focus on modern Russian history,
European agrarian history, and historical demography.
UI International Programs consist of a number of offices, centers, degree
programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under
the associate provost and dean of international programs, these units serve
to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global
scholarship, research and teaching.
Hoch succeeds Michael McNulty, who served as associate provost and dean
of International Programs since July 1993, first in an interim capacity and
then as a regular appointment. McNulty resigned to return to teaching full-time
in the 2000-2001 academic year, following a developmental leave this semester.