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Release: May 15, 2000
UI names Christopher Roy new associate dean of International Programs
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Christopher Roy, UI professor of art and art history,
has been named the new associate dean of International Programs at the University
of Iowa, effective July 1.
A nationally-recognized expert on African art and art history, Roy has taught
courses on African, Pre-Columbian American, and American Indian Art. He is
also director of the Project for Advanced Study of Art and Life in Africa
(PASALA), which provides funding for graduate scholarships for the study of
African art, for student research in Africa, for international conferences,
publications, and other activities. He also most recently served as the director
of the UI African Studies Program (ASP), a position he has held several times
since coming to the University of Iowa in 1978.
Roy first became interested in Africa when he traveled across North Africa
as a student in 1966. From 1970-72, with his wife Nora, he served as a Peace
Corps volunteer in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, where he was director of the
National Art Center. In 1973 he began graduate studies at Indiana University
under the supervision of Professor Roy Sieber (Ph.D. University of Iowa 1957).
His master's thesis was on "West African Pottery Forming and Firing Techniques."
From 1976-78 he carried out research on Mossi art in Burkina Faso, funded
by fellowships from the Social Science Research Council and the Fulbright-Hays
Program. His dissertation, "Mossi Masks and Crests" was completed
in 1979. He has been teaching at the University of Iowa since 1978.
He worked closely with Max and Betty Stanley of Muscatine from 1978 to 1991
as they formed their important collection, which they donated to the UI Museum
of Art. He wrote three catalogues of their collection, the most recent the
second edition of "Art and Life in Africa: Selections from the Stanley
Collection" (1992). In 1983-85, he carried out additional research in
Burkina Faso with a University of Iowa Faculty Scholarship. The result was
the publication in 1987 of Art of the Upper Volta Rivers (Paris: Chaffin).
In 1990-91 he organized a major exhibition of the Stanley Collection at two
museums in Taiwan. From 1995-99 he has worked with Dr. Lee McIntyre on a project
to create a CD-ROM on African art, titled "Art and Life in Africa: Recontextualizing
African Art in the Cycle of Life" with funding from the U.S. Department
of Education Fund for Improvement of Post Secondary Education and the National
Endowment for the Humanities.
In 1997-99 his exhibition "Kilengi: African Art from the Bareiss Collection"
opened in Hannover, Vienna, Munich, Iowa City, and Purchase, New York.
The associate dean plays a key role in developing new academic programs
and in providing new opportunities for international faculty and student curricular,
programmatic and research development. The position also oversees all academic
aspects of International Programs and works closely with the associate provost
and dean for International Programs and International Programs faculty on
general policy and governance affecting International Programs. In addition,
Roy will coordinate with appropriate deans in the administrative oversight
of international degree and certificate programs.
"I look forward to advancing international education at the University
of Iowa through this role," Roy said. "The University of Iowa has
many talented faculty, staff and students, and I am excited about the opportunity
to work more closely with them."
Steven Hoch, University of Iowa associate provost and dean of International
Programs, said Roy's international research, teaching and administrative experience
make him an excellent choice for this position.
"Christopher Roy brings an intellectual vitality and wealth of experience
to this role," Hoch said. "With his strong background in international
scholarship, teaching and research, he will make major contributions to the
growth and success of International Programs."
Roy earned his bachelor's degree in 1970 from St. Lawrence University in
Canton, N.Y., and his master's degree and Ph.D. from the Indiana University
department of fine arts.
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.
Roy succeeds Elizabeth Swanson, who served in this role since December of