Frank Peters, associate professor and C.G. "Turk" and Joyce A. Therkildsen Professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, has been named director of the Study Abroad Center. Peters began his three-year, 75 percent appointment Jan. 2.
"Study abroad is a high-impact learning opportunity that helps students develop cultural competence and become more well-rounded global citizens," said Ann Marie VanDerZanden, associate provost for academic programs. "Frank will work with the colleges to develop and expand programs around the world, and help make study abroad accessible to every Iowa State student."
More than 1,800 students studied abroad in 55 countries during 2017-18. The Study Abroad Center assists students and faculty with program selection and preparation, as well as applying for passports and visas. This ensures the students' graduation is not delayed because of education abroad experience.
Peters, who joined Iowa State in 1996, holds bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in industrial engineering from Pennsylvania State University, State College. He has been involved in study abroad activities over the last two decades, including programs in England, Scotland and Ireland.
"I look forward to working with faculty, the Study Abroad Center staff, and study abroad staff in the colleges to more fully connect our programs to students' overall academic experiences," Peters said. "We want to enable students to integrate the experience of studying, traveling and living internationally with coursework that prepares them for successful careers and lives in a global environment."
VanDerZanden thanked Scott Grawe, associate dean for strategy and engagement in the Ivy College of Business, for his service as interim director since last January.