Russell Ganim

Russell Ganim

Russ Ganim is associate provost and dean of International Programs at the University of Iowa. He has held this position since January 2020, having previously served as the director of the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Iowa.

Dean Ganim is committed to rebuilding international education in the wake of the pandemic. To that end, he has expanded Iowa’s international partnerships, encouraged development of both virtual and traditional study abroad programs, and renewed efforts to recruit international students.

To strengthen internationalization efforts on campus, Dean Ganim has hosted or helped organize multiple lectures, symposia, and other media events that promote global awareness. Many of these initiatives have been designed to foster connections between international education and efforts to advance diversity, belonging, equity, and inclusion.

Dean Ganim is a professor of French by training but has served as an administrator for the past 20 years, dedicating much of his career to global engagement. Read more about Dean Ganim on the University of Iowa's Faculty and Staff Experts page.

Contact Information

Russell Ganim
1111-A UCC
Phone: 319-335-0373

Messages from the Dean

group of students sitting at table smiling

Dean's Message: Our role as convener on campus and abroad

Friday, December 1, 2023
Through our annual fall break meal event and connecting with alumni abroad, Dean Ganim shares how we bring people together.
Iowa alumni in Saudi Arabia

Dean's Message: Middle East visit forges new and renewed connections

Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Dean Ganim discusses his recent visit to the Middle East, where he supported the recruitment of new international students and met with Hawkeye alumni.
Russell Ganim with Anant Chakradeo in front of International Programs photos and "connecting Iowa with the world and the world with Iowa"

Dean’s Message: UI’s leadership role in international education underscored by visiting colleagues from around the world

Monday, October 2, 2023
Dean Ganim discusses the many visits by partners from around the world this past month including author and labor rights leader Saket Soni and Dr. Nada Melhem from American University of Beirut.
aerial view of large I made from class of 2027 students on the pentacrest

Dean’s Message: Welcoming the newest cohort of international students to Iowa

Friday, September 1, 2023
Dean Ganim welcomes the newest group of international students to Iowa and discusses some of the efforts that go into welcoming them.
Russ Ganim with others holding Iowa flag in mountains in Germany

Dean’s Message: Study Abroad program, Academic Year in Freiburg, celebrates 60 years of growing Global Hawkeyes

Tuesday, August 1, 2023
Dean Ganim discusses his visit to Freiburg, Germany to celebrate this long-running study abroad program, the CIMBA annual awards banquet and graduation, and IP's visit with this year's Mandela Washington Fellows.