People

Stephen Ogunnubi

Stephen Ogunnubi

Title/Position
Practicum Student
International Student & Scholar Services
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Ben Partridge

Title/Position
Senior Designer
Communications & Relations
Ben Partridge is a Creative Media Specialist for International Programs with a background in marketing and community engagement. His work focuses on social media, graphic design, photography, and writing as a means to help promote department programming and celebrate student and faculty success stories.
Mary Paterson

Mary Paterson

Title/Position
Administrative Services Manager
International Programs
Brandon Paulson

Brandon Paulson

Title/Position
Assistant Director
International Student & Scholar Services
Besides advising duties, Brandon's area of specialization includes intercultural training, where he oversees the Building Our Global Community certificate series, the Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity program, and special requests for individualized workshops. Brandon serves as orientation coordinator, arranging content and schedules for orientation programs. He is also instructor for the Global@Iowa course where international and domestic students learn and increase intercultural skills together. Brandon holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and a Master's in Education with an emphasis on Student Affairs Administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He has studied in the United Kingdom, has studied Spanish, and has spent time in Costa Rica, Canada, Ireland, Spain, England, and Scotland.
Cory Petersen

Cory Petersen

Title/Position
Senior Advisor & Program Coordinator
Study Abroad
Lauren Powers

Lauren Powers

Title/Position
Administrative Services Specialist
International Programs
Tracey Pritchard

Tracey Pritchard

Title/Position
Human Resources Manager
International Programs
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John C Reitz

With Harvard B.A. (1970) and University of Michigan J.D. (1975). Reitz is currently the Edward L. Carmody Professor of Law and Director of the Masters (LLM) and Doctoral (SJD) Degree Programs at the College of Law and the Director of the Visiting Scholars Program. At Iowa since 1983 (full professor since 1988), Reitz teaches comparative law, introduction to U.S. law for foreign-trained lawyers, and administrative law and focuses his scholarship especially on (1) the way in which differences in countries’ political economies are correlated with differences in their legal systems, (2) the development of the rule of law, especially after communism or other authoritarian forms of government, and (3) comparative administrative law. Titular Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law; Past President of American Society of Comparative Law, 2010-2012. Permanent Visiting Professor, Zhejiang University Law School in Hangzhou, China (since 2008); Visiting Professor, Universities of Muenster (1994) and Freiburg (1996), Germany; and the Victoria University in Wellington (2002), New Zealand. Has lectured on U.S. and comparative law topics in China, Hungary, India, Nigeria, Poland, Rumania, Russia, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Vietnam.
Kevin Roiseland

Kevin Roiseland

Title/Position
Senior Advisor
International Student & Scholar Services
In addition to standard student and scholar advising duties, Kevin coordinates the non-resident tax program each spring, overseeing the workshops providing tax assistance and the online Windstar tax program. He also oversees some SEVIS reporting duties including OPT employment reports and I-20s for students returning after an absence. He serves as the ISSS liaison to the organizations Friends of International Students, the International Women's Club, and the Iowa City Area Development group. Kevin holds a B.A. in Spanish from Luther College and an M.A. in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Iowa. Kevin has a passion for travel and for learning about the cultures of the students he works with. He has traveled broadly throughout Latin America, Europe, and Asia.
Katie Ron

Katie Ron

Title/Position
Associate Director
Communications & Relations
Frank Salomon

Frank Salomon

Title/Position
John V. Murra Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, UW-Madison; Adjunct Professor, Anthropology, University of Iowa
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Morten Schlütter

Morten Schlütter (PhD, Yale University) is Associate Professor and Departmental Executive Officer (Chair) of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Iowa, and the former Director of the University of Iowa Center for Asian and Pacific Studies. He is the author of How Zen Became Zen: The Dispute over Enlightenment and the Formation of Chan Buddhism in Song-Dynasty China (University of Hawai’i Press, 2008), which focuses on crucial developments within Chan [Jpn.: Zen] Buddhism that came to dominate Chinese monastic Buddhism by the twelfth century. He is the co-editor of Readings of the Platform Sūtra (Columbia University Press, 2012), and the author of many articles on Chinese Buddhism and Chan. He is currently working on a book manuscript that traces the evolution of Chinese Chan through different versions of the Platform Sūtra.
Eric Schnedler

Eric Schnedler

Title/Position
IT Support Consultant
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Carol Severino

I'm interested in second language writing, especially ESL writing and writing in Spanish. I collect data in our writing center and use it to explore issues in composition and in second language acquisition. I'm interested in Latin American culture and literature and did a Fulbright in Ecuador. I have a BA in Spanish, a master's in linguistics/TESOL, and a PhD in English with a specialization in Rhetoric and Composition. 
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Helen Shen

Helen H. Shen, Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures, The University of Iowa, USA. Currently she also serves as Chair for the SAT Subjest (Chinese) Test Committee, College Board; serves on the Editoral Board for the two journals: Chinese as a Second Language and Chinese as a Second Langauge Research.Her major research areas are Chinese L2 literacy development and reading education. Website: www.myweb.uiowa.edu/hshen
Maia Sheppard

Maia Sheppard

Title/Position
Assistant Professor, Teaching and Learning
Maia Sheppard is an assistant professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education. Her research focuses on teaching difficult histories in secondary schools and social studies teacher education. Drawing on sociocultural theory, she examines the significance of identity, emotion, and place in social studies curriculum and teaching. She recently co-edited the book, Teaching Difficult Histories in Difficult Times: Pictures of Practice, and her work has been published in Teaching and Teacher Education, Theory and Research in Social Education, the Journal of Museum Education, and the Journal of Social Studies Research, among others.
Jordan Smith

Jordan Smith

Title/Position
Lecturer, Biblical Studies
Shari Sorensen

Shari Sorensen

Title/Position
Accountant
International Services Assistant
Sujatha Sosale

Sujatha Sosale

Sujatha Sosale is interested in media development and social change in Global South countries, with a focus on South Asia and the southern Indian Ocean region. She has published in the areas of news and public affairs reporting about contemporary development, trade agreements in the news, national identity and news discourse at critical historical junctures, the political economy of the development of media technologies in colonial contexts, and media technology use in contemporary urban contexts. Her current research examines the use of mobile technologies in a remote rural region in South India.
Sonja Spear

Sonja Spear

Title/Position
Religious School Principal, Agudas Achim
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David Stern

Professor Stern is the author of Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations: An Introduction (CUP, 2004), and Wittgenstein on Mind and Language (OUP, 1995) and has edited several books on Wittgenstein. Thanks to a fellowship from the NEH for 2020-2021, he is currently working on the first complete translation of Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and its German manuscript sources. His other research and teaching interests include the history of analytic philosophy, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, philosophy and computing and digital humanities.
Amelia Stevens

Amelia Stevens

Title/Position
Receptionist
International Programs
Candice Stevens

Candice Stevens

Title/Position
Senior Accountant
International Programs
Autumn Tallman

Autumn Tallman

Title/Position
Senior Associate Director
Study Abroad
International Health, Safety & Security
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Downing Thomas

My research focuses on early-modern French studies (1650 to 1800) and can be divided into three interdisciplinary areas: music and opera, theories of language, and aesthetics. My professional knowledge base extends to internationalization strategies, the global higher education landscape, and academic leadership.
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Richard Velasco

Richard Velasco is a clinical assistant professor of mathematics and science education. He teaches secondary math methods courses and supervises secondary math and science pre-service teachers. Prior to working at the University of Iowa, Richard was a secondary math teacher for twelve years, a national board certified teacher in early adolescent mathematics, and a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. His current line of research includes STEM teacher advocacy, conceptualizations of STEM education, and informal STEM learning spaces.
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Daniel Vorwerk

Title/Position
Assistant Director, Events & Stewardship
Communications & Relations
Karen Wachsmuth

Karen Wachsmuth

Title/Position
Associate Director
International Fellowships