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University of Iowa News Release

June 30, 2005

Reisinger Named UI Associate Provost, Dean Of International Programs

William Reisinger has been named associate provost and dean of International Programs at the University of Iowa. Executive Vice President and Provost Michael Hogan announced the three-year appointment, effective immediately. Reisinger has held the position on an interim basis since July 2003.

The associate provost and dean works with the provost, other members of the central administration, deans, faculty and staff to enhance international activities at the UI. In recognition of the interdisciplinary nature of international academic programs and the several international degree programs supervised, the associate provost also serves as dean of International Programs. Reisinger will be responsible for overseeing the Office for Study Abroad, the Office of International Students and Scholars, and the interdisciplinary centers, programs and study groups organized within International Programs. He will provide leadership for the UI's internationally oriented teaching, research, creative work and service and promote internationalization of the curriculum. He will work with vice presidents, deans and directors of the international units and programs to strengthen faculty resources in international programs and enhance academic partnership with foreign institutions.

"I look forward to continuing to work with International Programs staff and faculty, who contribute the vital international dimension to the university's teaching, research, diversity and public engagement," Reisinger said. "Meeting the ambitious targets in the university's new strategic plan for study abroad and for international student enrollments will pose an exciting challenge, as will ensuring that our degree programs provide students with innovative and high quality international learning opportunities."

Hogan said Reisinger's administrative skills and commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship ensure a strong future for International Programs at the UI.

"I've been pleased with Bill's dedication to global education, improving the experience of our international students both in and out of the classroom, and recognizing and facilitating faculty contributions to international education," Hogan said. "I am happy that he will continue his leadership in this vital area."

Reisinger joined the UI faculty in 1985 and was promoted to full professor in 1996. He has taken a leadership role within International Programs since 1997, when he co-wrote a successful application for a $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to create a National Resource Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. He served as director of the Center from 1999 until 2001, when he was named chair of the department of political science in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He chaired the committee that developed the International Programs Strategic Plan in spring 2000 and is a fellow with the UI Center for Human Rights.

Under Reisinger's leadership, International Programs has launched two new degree programs, strengthened the international faculty ranks and seen enhanced private giving. The new bachelor's degree program in International Studies, which began accepting students in fall 2003, proved immediately popular and now has more than 350 majors. The interdisciplinary master's program has also begun to fill a vital niche for students who seek an international career. More than 80 UI faculty members now have secondary appointments in International Programs, recognizing their teaching and research as central to the University's international efforts. In addition, the number of students studying abroad has continued to grow, and international student enrollment has stayed level despite a decline nationally. 

Reisinger earned a master's degree and doctorate from the University of Michigan. He studies democratization in the former communist states, post-Soviet public opinion and Russian legal orientations. He has written or edited six books, published numerous scholarly articles and taught courses on comparative politics, politics of Russia and Eurasia, and transitions to democracy. He is a member of the American Political Science Association, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, International Studies Association, and the Midwest Political Science Association. His salary as associate provost and dean will remain $113,539.

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