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Noel Fallows named associate provost for international education at UGA

Noel Fallows

Athens, Ga. – Noel Fallows, an administrator with a proven record of fostering international partnerships in research, instruction and outreach, has been named associate provost for international education at the University of Georgia.

Fallows has been serving as interim associate provost for international education since February and was previously associate dean of international and multidisciplinary programs in UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

“Throughout his career, Dr. Fallows has forged connections that open doors of discovery and opportunity,” said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten. “I am confident that he will build upon UGA’s national leadership in providing study abroad opportunities while continuing to create mutually beneficial partnerships that advance research, scholarship and service.”

Fallows, a Distinguished Research Professor of Spanish in the department of Romance languages, joined the UGA faculty in 1992 as an assistant professor. As associate provost for international education, he oversees nearly 200 university-level partnerships in more than 50 countries, as well as 180 study abroad programs and more than 50 international exchange programs with collective enrollments in excess of 2,500 students per year. UGA’s Office of International Education also oversees residential study abroad programs in Cortona, Italy; San Luis de Monteverde, Costa Rica; and Oxford, United Kingdom; as well as immigration services for international students and visiting scholars.

“I am thrilled at the prospect of leading the Office of International Education into a new era of excellence in instruction, research and outreach in the international arena, focusing on faculty and staff skill-sets and strengths, and providing the highest quality global academic experiences for UGA students,” Fallows said.

Fallows served from 2007 to 2016 as associate dean of international and multidisciplinary programs in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, where he provided oversight of five departments, seven interdisciplinary centers and institutes, 50 international partnerships and 30 international education programs that originated in the Franklin College. He previously served as head of the department of Romance languages, with total enrollments in excess of 6,500 students per semester.

His teaching honors include being appointed a member of the UGA Teaching Academy and earning the Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the university’s highest early career teaching honor. Fallows has represented UGA on the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia Foreign Languages Academic Advisory Committee and served on the UGA Task Force on General Education and Student Learning.

In 2015, he was honored with the Richard Reiff Internationalization Award for major contributions to the internationalization of UGA and also received the Albert Christ-Janer Creative Award for scholarly activities that have gained international recognition. His additional honors include being named a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and being named Professor Honoris Causa at Cesar Vallejo University in Peru.

His research focuses primarily on the medieval and early modern periods, and he is the author of nearly 50 journal articles and eight books, including “Jousting in Medieval and Renaissance Iberia,” recipient of the 2012 La corónica International Book Award.

Fallows earned his doctorate in Spanish literature from the University of Michigan, his master’s degree, also in Spanish literature, from UGA and his bachelor’s degree in French and Hispanic studies from the University of Liverpool in the U.K.

“I am pleased that Dr. Fallows has been named the next associate provost for international education,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “International learning experiences and collaborations are more important than ever in our globalized world, and Dr. Fallows brings an impressive set of qualifications to this critical role.”

A committee chaired by Vice President for Instruction Rahul Shrivastav and assisted by the UGA Search Group in Human Resources conducted a national search to identify the finalists for the position. For more information on the Office of International Education, see