faculty chosen to staff new International Residential College
Brown, associate professor at the McIntire
School of Commerce has been tapped to lead the new International
Residential College, set to open next fall.
several years, students who wanted to immerse themselves in a
foreign language and culture could live in one of four language
houses scattered around Grounds -- Maison Française, Casa
Bolivar, Max Kade Deutsches Haus and Russki Dom.
students who would rather dip their toes into foreign cultures,
without jumping in over their heads, have had limited options
-- until now.
talk to any student with international interests, not just those
pursuing area studies," said Brown who has been named principal
of the new residential college. "We'd like to bring in a
broad range of people with diverse enthusiasms and different levels
with Brown, three other faculty members will be part of the IRC's
new leadership team: Marga Odahowski, as director of studies,
and two senior faculty fellows, Bruce Reynolds and Yuri Urbanovich.
is currently the interim associate director for the Department
of Student Health's Office of Health Promotion. Her background
includes experience as a drug and alcohol counselor and as an
instructor of meditation and yoga.
will join U.Va. in the fall after serving on the economics faculty
of Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. He is currently the director
of the East Asian Studies program there and recently has served
as editor of the China Economic Review.
Urbanovich is an international scholar in U.Va.'s Center for the
Study of Mind and Human Interaction and an expert on nationalist
movements and ethnicity.
new residential college will be located in the Sprigg Lane dormitories,
Mary Munford, Gwathmey, Lewis and Hoxton. Mosaic House, a cross-cultural
dorm founded in 1995 in Hoxton, will continue as an independent
but participating unit of the new college, and its applications
will be handled separately.
like the University's two other residential colleges, the IRC
will bring together a diverse group of about 340 first- through
fourth-year American and international students, who are interested
in understanding world cultures, politics, societies or languages.
for the college will run the gamut from cooking classes and folk
dancing to lectures, seminars and workshops, from foreign films
to visits to foreign embassies in Washington, Brown said. Some
of the programs will be designed for the college's residents,
while others will be open to the larger academic community.
want the IRC to enrich not only the lives of its residents but
the life of the University community as well," Brown said.
International Residential College expects to collaborate with
related academic departments and schools, and the other international
resources at U.Va., including the International Center, the International
Studies Office, the vice provost for international affairs, and
the foreign language houses. It should become a focal point for
exploring global, cross-cultural and international issues on Grounds,
said Barbara Nolan, vice provost for instructional development
and innovation, who spearheaded the planning of the new college.
have been actively planning the new residential college for the
past two years, but the idea is at least six years old,"
Nolan said. "The Virginia 2020 International Commission brought
together people thinking along these lines, and the commission's
critical mass of faculty and students lent new impetus to the
an intensive review of a number of highly qualified candidates,
Brad Brown was chosen to lead the new effort. He teaches strategic
management and international business at the McIntire School.
His research focuses on entrepreneurial networks and corporate
social responsibility, especially human rights auditing in factories
around the world.
has a longstanding interest in international business and has
taught on various business topics at institutions in Vietnam,
Finland, Denmark, Lithuania and England. He earned his bachelor's
degree in applied science from the U.S. Naval Academy, his master's
degree in business administration from the University of Maryland
and a doctorate in business policy and international business
from the University of Washington.
believes the new position is a good fit with his interests.
"I like living an integrated life, where my professional
and personal lives are closely linked," he said. "I
think the residential colleges are closest to Thomas Jefferson's
idea of an academical village. I'm very excited about getting
in at the beginning to help shape the future of international
studies at U.Va."