Russell Ganim, director of the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), has been named the new associate provost and dean of International Programs. He will begin on Jan. 1.
Ganim succeeds Downing Thomas who is stepping down on Dec. 31 to return to a faculty position in CLAS after serving as associate provost and dean of International Programs for 10 years.
“I am grateful to Downing for the leadership and vision he has provided for the internationalization of our campus in the areas of student success, creation and discovery, and engagement,” says Montse Fuentes, executive vice president and provost. “He has been a tireless advocate for the university and has raised UI’s visibility with global partners. And he has been a wonderful colleague.”
Ganim has been a professor of French and director of the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the UI since 2011. He has served as chair of the Department of German since 2013 and chair of the Department of French and Italian since 2016. He also serves as the administrative head of the American Sign Language Program and was chair of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures from 2011 to 2016.