CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: June 1, 2000
UI International Programs receives $784,000 to fund National Resource
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa International Programs has received
a three-year, $784,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to continue
and expand international teaching, research and service, with emphases in
global health, global studies and foreign language development for health
The award designates International Programs as a Title VI National Resource
Center on International Studies. This is the sixth time that the UI has received
the designation since first becoming a National Resource Center in 1985, and
the award reflects the core of academic and service units that exist to support
international education at the UI.
Co-Directors for the NRC International Studies Center are Christopher Squier
of the College of Dentistry and Vicki Hesli of the College of Liberal Arts.
The grant, which will run from 2000-2003, will be used for several purposes.
These include: developing a proposed undergraduate minor in Global Health;
introducing an MA in International Studies with three sub-tracks; and developing
innovative, web-based, self-access language modules for students and professionals
in health sciences who need to use a foreign language in their work. These
activities will involve the UI collaborating with two sister institutions
in the state -- the University of Northern Iowa and Grinnell College -- to
develop new study abroad sites and to offer courses in common and shared conferences
with a focus in global health.
"The interdisciplinary and inter-institutional focus of this grant
represents the fruition of efforts over the years by many of our faculty,"
said Squier, associate dean for research at the UI College of Dentistry. "The
global health emphasis, in particular, serves as a catalyst to bring together
the health colleges with the College of Liberal Arts in some significant new
The grant will also support the International Writer-in-Residence program
and provide funds for academic year and summer foreign language fellowships
for graduate students, particularly in the less commonly taught languages.
"This grant represents a truly collaborative and cross-disciplinary
effort," said Hesli, an associate professor of political science. "The
grant proposal was written with the assistance of
Rex Honey in geography, Paul Greenough in history, and James Pusack in German.
The funds from the Department of Education will help to support important
interdisciplinary initiatives that represent a critical component of the strategic
plan for the University of Iowa."
Matching funds for the grant are being provided by UI International Programs,
the College of Liberal Arts, the Graduate College, the Office of the Vice
President for Research, the College of Public Health, the College of Dentistry,
the College of Education, and UI Libraries. The matching funds will make available
a total of almost $2 million for grant-related activities.
"This is a major milestone for International Programs that will help
us build on the excellence that already exists in many of these areas,"
said Steven Hoch, associate provost and dean of International Programs. "It
helps reaffirm the University of Iowa's commitment to internationalization
of the curriculum."
For more information, contact Hesli at 335-2356 or Squier at 335-7388.