Athens, Ga. – Judith D. Shaw, director of the University of Georgia study abroad program in Oxford, England, will serve as UGA’s interim associate provost for international affairs beginning May 1.
Shaw will fill the position being vacated by Mark W. Lusk, who will leave UGA April 30 for a similar post at Oregon State University. Her appointment was announced by Arnett C. Mace Jr., senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.
Shaw joined the UGA English department faculty in 1976 and in 2000 became director of the Oxford program, UGA’s largest study abroad program. About 225 undergraduates spend a semester at Oxford each year studying under Oxford faculty. She was a member of the international studies committee at UGA and is on the steering committee for the British and Irish studies program.
“Dr. Shaw has vast experience in international programs and has directed one of the most successful programs at Oxford,” Mace said. “She has the ability to maximize cooperation among diverse parties. I am very pleased that she has agreed to accept this interim role.”
The office of associate provost for international affairs oversees all of UGA’s international educational programs including study abroad, exchange programs for students and faculty and cooperative agreements between UGA and educational institutions in other countries. The office also handles matters concerning international students at UGA, and visiting international scholars.
Shaw, an authority on medieval literature, drama and culture, started the Oxford program in 1989. In 1999, it became UGA’s first year-round residential study abroad program when the university purchased a Victorian house in North Oxford as the program’s headquarters. Only three American universities – of which UGA is the only public institution – operate year-round residential study abroad programs in Oxford.
Shaw has been chosen an Outstanding Professor in the Honors Program four times and held the Sandy Beaver Teaching Professorship in 1988-90. She has been an Honors advisor for the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and served on the Georgia Council for the Arts for six years.