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Published March 11, 2021
The chair of the University of Wyoming’s Department of History and American Studies has been named UW’s associate vice provost for global engagement.
Isadora Helfgott oversees UW’s Global Engagement Office, created as part of UW’s strategic plan, which calls for expanded recruitment of international students and greater engagement of faculty and students in international education. She has held the position as an interim appointee since last summer.
“Dr. Helfgott has demonstrated excellent leadership ability and vision in leading this office on an interim basis, and we’re excited that she will continue in this role without the ‘interim’ label,” Interim Provost Anne Alexander says.
Helfgott received her M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Harvard University, and her B.A. in history with a minor in art history from Swarthmore College. Before coming to UW’s Department of History in 2009, she taught at Georgetown University and the University of Toronto.
UW’s Global Engagement Office includes the Education Abroad Office, formerly the Office of Study Abroad; the International Students and Scholars Office; the Center for Global Studies; and the English Language Center.
Helfgott says she is honored for the opportunity to continue working with an “amazing team” in the Global Engagement Office.
“I look forward to building on the University of Wyoming’s long-standing commitment to thinking and acting globally through nurturing our international community; fostering inclusive access to transformative global experiences for all UW students; promoting global curiosity in research and teaching on campus and throughout the state; pursuing international partnerships; and helping faculty, students and community partners identify and develop international projects,” Helfgott says. “Now, more than ever, we recognize that the opportunities and grand challenges we encounter in Wyoming intersect with global developments, and can benefit from global perspectives.”