Professor Steve Howard, a professor in the School of Media Arts and Studies within the Scripps College of Communication, has been appointed director of the Center for International Studies, effective Jan. 15. This newly-created full-time position is a collaboration between the Office of Global Affairs and International Studies and the Scripps College of Communication.
Howard takes on this new position following his longstanding leadership role as the director of the African Studies program and the Institute for the African Child at OHIO. He will remain in both positions during the 2014-15 academic year until a new director for African Studies is appointed for 2015-16.
Howard has more than 30 years of experience working in international education with a focus on African studies and communication. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology and African studies from Michigan State University, his M.A. from Michigan State University and his B.S. from Georgetown University. His extensive experience is auspicious given the increasing importance of communications in international relations and the prominence of Africa in this era of globalization. Howard holds more than 20 publications in the fields of sociology, development studies and Islamic studies in Africa. He is also fluent in French and Arabic.
Howard’s track record for recruiting and retaining faculty in international studies and bringing new ideas and resources to support his vision will serve to sustain the center’s academic diversity and vibrancy. Of note, under Howard’s leadership, African Studies at OHIO carried the designation of a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center and today continues to be a national leader.
Currently celebrating its 50th anniversary at Ohio University, the Center for International Studies is building on its proud history and accomplishments while also looking to the future. Over the next 18 months, Howard will lead the center and its University stakeholders to define its interdisciplinary program focus, structure and distinctiveness for advancing international studies at Ohio University in this phase of globalization. This will place the center in a strong position for recruiting the next director to start in fall 2016. Along with the center directors, staff and affiliated faculty, he will ensure that the center continues to offer unique educational experiences, providing students with the knowledge and practical skills needed to engage in global issues domestically and internationally as they move forward in their lives.
Original article via staff reports.