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Swanson named associate dean of UI International Programs

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Elizabeth Swanson, associate parofessor in the University of Iowa College of Nursing, has been named associate dean of UI International Programs.

Swanson joins Michael McNulty, associate provost and dean, and Stephen Arum, assistant dean, in leading the UI's efforts to refine and expand the role of International Programs.

The associate dean's responsibilities include working with the associate provost for undergraduate education to encourage and facilitate undergraduate international education and to support and expand efforts to internationalize the undergraduate curriculum. The associate dean also coordinates and administers the UI's Global Scholars Program and other internationally-oriented faculty development programs.

Swanson has participated in several international nursing conferences and educational programs for faculty and nursing students in the former Soviet Union. She has co-planned and taught nursing content in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novgorod, and Dubna. One of the focal areas for these educational programs has been caring for the older adult. Swanson also will write a series of columns about global aging issues for the Journal of Gerontological Nursing.

"Liz brings to this position a broad range of administrative experiences and a demonstrated interest and record of achievement in interdisciplinary and international education," McNulty said. "I am confident that her participation will significantly contribute to our efforts in strengthening and extending international programs at the University of Iowa."

Swanson earned both her B.S.N. and master's degrees from the UI College of Nursing. She also holds a doctorate in Post-Secondary Education and Student Development from the UI College of Education. She has taught at the UI since 1975 and will continue to teach an undergraduate nursing course while she serves as associate dean of International Programs.

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 for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research, and teaching.