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Dec. 20, 2007

UI graduate student receives Josephson Award for international education

Mark Salisbury, a graduate student in the University of Iowa College Education originally from Stillwater, Minn., has been awarded the Association of International Education Administrators' Harold Josephson Award for Professional Promise in International Education.

The Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) presents the Josephson Award each year to a graduate student at a member institution that demonstrates leadership in international education through graduate study and research.

Salisbury was the co-principal researcher for the University of Iowa's internationalization assessment project that began in the fall of 2006, in conjunction with the UI's participation in the American Council on Education's (ACE) Internationalization Laboratory. During this time, Salisbury examined how international activities on campus can lead to a more globally aware, interculturally proficient campus community. Along with Diana Davies, director of UI International Programs, he developed and analyzed surveys of UI faculty and staff to make recommendations emphasizing the importance of internationalization at the university.

Salisbury will present aspects of his research in "Reconceptualizing Internationalization: From Disconnected Activities to a Developmental Process," at several conferences next semester.

"In sharing our findings with the university community, I think it has helped people realize that internationalization isn't a pie-in-the sky ideal," Salisbury said. "This process has inspired a larger conversation about how this institution can ensure that every student has some sort of internationalizing experience, whether it be in a foreign country or right here in Iowa."

In addition to his research with ACE and graduate assistantship with International Programs, Salisbury has been involved in international student advising, study abroad advising and intercultural research and development.

"What is particularly remarkable about Mark's commitment to international education and to internationalization is the scope of his interests and expertise," Davies said. "He is concerned with a broad range of questions and issues, like how international students contribute to the learning of their U.S. colleagues, how the presence of international students influences faculty teaching methods, and why some students study abroad while others do not."

Salisbury is a research assistant at the Center for Research on Undergraduate Education in the UI College of Education and is pursuing a doctorate in student affairs administration and research. He is currently researching the reasons students choose to study abroad. His colleagues in the study are assistant professor Paul Umbach and professor Mike Paulsen of the College of Education and the Higher Education Program in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies. The research is part of a Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education (WNSLAE) study, which investigates critical factors that affect the outcomes of liberal arts education.

"Mark is an exceptional student and is quickly becoming a very skilled researcher," Umbach said. "He is doing some exciting and important work on study abroad and how it affects college students. His first study, in what is likely to be a series of important studies, looks at who has access to study abroad, something that has not been explored in a large-scale empirical study. The findings of this study will not only have important implications for future research, they will inform how study abroad programs recruit diverse students."

As the recipient of the award, Salisbury will receive $1,000 and is invited to present his research at the AIEA conference in Washington, D.C., in February. The Josephson Award was established to honor the memory of Harold Josephson, a longtime leader in AIEA and Associate Vice Chancellor of International Programs at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, who died in 1998.

AIEA, a membership organization formed in November 1982, is composed of institutional leaders engaged in advancing the international dimensions of higher education. The purposes of the association are to give members opportunities to join forces, exchange ideas, share institutional strategies and provide an effective voice on matters of public policy.

University of Iowa International Programs enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all university constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, see or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the UI Office of the Provost.

Founded in 1872, the University of Iowa College of Education was the nation's first permanent college-level department of education. Since then, the college has gained an international reputation of excellence in programs as diverse as Rehabilitation Counseling, Educational Measurement and Statistics, Counseling Psychology, Elementary and Secondary Teacher Education, and Higher Education Administration. The College of Education is also home to the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills and the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. For more information see

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Lois Gray, 319-384-0077,; Kelli Andresen, International Programs, 319-335-2026,; Writers: Stacie Carpenter and Cassandra Lalan