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Nov. 4, 2010
Contact: Alison Watkins, International Programs, (785) 864-4963

Geography professor to receive Woodyard International Educator Award

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LAWRENCE — Peter Herlihy, associate professor of geography at the University of Kansas, is the recipient of the 2010 George and Eleanor Woodyard International Educator Award.

The award recognizes faculty on the Lawrence campus who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in strengthening KU’s international dimension in curriculum development, study abroad programs, relationships with international partner institutions and collaboration with international colleagues in significant research and publications.

Since his arrival at KU in 1993, Herlihy has immersed himself in international scholarship. He became acting director of the Center of Latin American Studies this fall after serving as associate director since 2005. His colleagues note his creation of relationships between KU and universities and institutions in Central and South America, including the Bowman Expedition, which trains geographers through extensive foreign travel and data collecting. Graduate students appreciate his instilling in them a professional commitment to having international careers through research and language proficiency.

“The selection committee chose Professor Herlihy from a pool of remarkable nominees,” said Juliet Kaarbo, director of faculty programs for International Programs. “The committee was especially impressed by his long-term dedication to educational excellence and universitywide leadership. He has played a creative role in developing international curriculum and assumed an active role in developing international partners for KU, and his international collaborative research is significant and award-winning.”

Past recipients of the award (formerly known as the Provost's Award for Leadership in International Education) are Elizabeth Kuznesof, history, (2009); Ed Canda, social welfare, (2008); Bill Tsutsui, history (2007); John Head, law (2006); Anita Herzfeld, Latin American studies (2005); Marsha Haufler, art history (2004); Garth Myers, geography and African and African-American studies, and Robert Timm, ecology and evolutionary biology (2003); Melissa Birch, business, and Diane Fourny, French and European studies (2002); Judith McCrea, art (2001); Leo Villalon, political science and African and African-American studies (2000); and Tom Mulinazzi, civil, environmental and architectural engineering, and Charles Stansifer, history (1999).


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