The University of Iowa

Blandina Kaduma Giblin named 2014 African Studies Faculty of the Year

September 25th, 2013
Blandina Kaduma Giblin

Blandina Kaduma Giblin

The African Studies Program, a unit of UI International Programs, has named Blandina Kaduma Giblin winner of the African Studies Faculty of the Year award. Giblin is a lecturer of Swahili in the Division of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures. The African Studies Program recognizes her “Meritorious service to the African Studies Program as an exemplary Instructor, translator, mentor, and co-director of study abroad programs in Tanzania, East Africa."

Giblin was the university’s first instructor of Swahili and created all of the core courses. She has taught courses in the Swahili language at the UI since 1991. She speaks a dozen languages of eastern and central Africa, is a published translator, has served as a court translator, and has held appointments as an external examiner at several American universities.

Although she has lived in the United States since 1984 and in Iowa City since 1986, she maintains an active family life in Tanzania and visits home frequently. Among her students she is renowned as a generous mentor and has hosted many visits by UI students at her residence in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

Professor Downing Thomas, associate provost and dean of International Programs, will present the award to Giblin during an African Studies Program reception for African and Africanist writers of the International Writing Program. The reception will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. It is free and open to the public. Learn more about this event.

Giblin was profiled by The Daily Iowan in 2013.