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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 in 1997.

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 plan.

"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 of Iowa."

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 of Iowa."

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 in 1995.

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.