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Podestá named vice provost and dean of international studies

Guido Podestá, interim vice provost and dean of international studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been named to the position on a permanent basis.

Guido Podesta

Guido Podesta

“Over the past two years, Guido’s thoughtful presence has reinforced the university’s commitment to one of our most critical strategic priorities,” says Provost Paul DeLuca. “I look forward to seeing the division’s continued progress under his leadership.”

Podestá has held the position on an interim basis since June 2012, when Gilles Bousquet left to become interim chancellor of UW-Eau Claire.

“International work is no longer confined to one field, but ingrained in what we all do,” says Podestá. “It’s not just for international historians or engineers; it involves a lot of cross-disciplinary work taking place throughout campus.”

Before serving as interim dean, Podestá was associate dean of international studies and liaison to the International Institute. A professor and former chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, he previously directed the university’s program in Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian studies.

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Bon voyage: UW students going abroad in 2014 receive advice, awards

Watch for the possibilities. Joe Elder offers that piece of advice to students preparing to embark soon on a variety of international programs, experiences that will take them far from the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus.

The students, along with parents, family and friends, and university staff, packed the Pyle Center’s Alumni Lounge on April 17 for the Division of International Studies Spring 2014 Scholarship Award Ceremony, co-sponsored by the Division’s International Academic Programs and International Internship Program.

The remarks by Elder, a professor of sociology, languages and cultures of Asia, and integrated liberal studies, set the stage for the announcements of scholarship awards to help students pay their way.