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.

Contact Information

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

Messages from the Dean

Dean's Message: Launch of USAID/UI Collaborative Agreement 

Monday, April 3, 2023
Dean Ganim celebrates the recent USAID-funded partnership between University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and the Kosova Education Center which seeks to strengthen higher education in Kosovo.
Princess Galyani Valhana Institute of Music, Thailand

Dean's Message: Spring events and Thailand visit

Monday, April 3, 2023
Dean Ganim discusses recent events held this spring as well as his recent trip to Thailand.
Karen Wachsmuth and Doug Lee in front of Top Producer banner

Dean's Message: A visit to Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Dean Ganim discusses his recent trip to Washington, D.C., last month's successful Lunar New Year celebration, and a panel discussion marking the one-year anniversary of the war in Ukraine.
Students on the faculty-led program in the Dominican Republic

Dean's Message: The spring semester is off to a good start

Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Dean Ganim talks about our annual report, study abroad participation and ways in which we welcome new international students.
Kosovo delegation and UI representatives

Dean's Message: Rebound

Sunday, January 1, 2023
Dean Ganim reports on how study abroad is making a comeback and on the various delegation visits that occurred in December.