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Downing Thomas

Downing Thomas

Associate Provost & Dean of International Programs

About Downing

Downing A. Thomas is associate provost and dean of International Programs and a professor in the UI's French and Italian Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  He served as associate dean of International Programs and director of the UI Center for Human Rights during 2007-08.

Thomas received his doctorate in French literature from New York University in 1991 and joined the UI faculty that year.

He has served on the International Studies Committee established by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, and as a UI International Programs representative to the Internationalization Laboratory of the American Council on Education; chaired the IP Strategic Planning Committee in 2006; and served terms on both the UI Faculty Senate and Faculty Council.

In 2005, the French government honored him as Chevalier, or Knight, in the Order of Academic Palms. In February 2007, Thomas was elected to a one-year term as president of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages, an organization including 1,000 schools in the United States and Canada. Thomas served as chair of the Big Ten Academic Alliance Senior International Officer group from 2017-2019. In addition to his current leadership positions, he served as chair of the Department of French and Italian from 1999 to 2007.

Contact Information

Downing Thomas
1111-A UCC
Phone: 319-335-0373

Dean's Blog

Read Downing's reflections in the Dean's Blog series as part of International Accents.