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Grynspan Appointed to New International Programs Position

July 10, 2007

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Dévora Grynspan has been appointed Assistant to the President for International Programs at Northwestern University, it was announced today (July 10) by President Henry S. Bienen.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dévora Grynspan to this newly created position,” Bienen said. “She will report directly to me, working on assignments that will meet the challenges posed by a rapidly changing world of globalization. Northwestern is committed to strengthening and expanding its academic and research initiatives around the world.”

Grynspan, the director of the Office of International Program Development (IPD), will continue in that position and in her role with the IPD's international public health programs, Bienen said. The IPD was created in 1998 to coordinate and promote international programming, including pre-professional study abroad programs and international exchanges.

Grynspan, who joined Northwestern in 1998, has served as director of IPD since 2002. She has served as assistant dean for international and area studies at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and a lecturer in political science at Weinberg and in preventive medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine.

She has developed specialized programs abroad, especially for students in underrepresented disciplines, introducing a thematic and interdisciplinary approach to international programs. With a grant from the National Security Education Program, Grynspan developed a Global Health Studies program, including a Minor in Global Health; public health programs in China, Mexico, South Africa and France; and new courses in Global Health. With the Feinberg School of Medicine, she developed several programs for medical students who participate in clinical rotations and public health research in these same countries.

She also established partnerships and exchanges with universities, including Sciences Po (Paris), Tsinghua University (Beijing), ETH-Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Ecole Polytechnique (Paris), Université Louis Pasteur (Strasbourg), Capital Medical University (Beijing), Stellenbosch University and University of Cape Town, Universidad Panamericana (Mexico City, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago).

Another new program brings together students from Northwestern, Sciences Po and Universidad Panamericana for a year of study and research on “Global Cities.” Students will study at Northwestern during the fall quarter, Mexico in winter quarter, and Paris in the spring quarter, with a stop in Shanghai during spring break. 

Grynspan previously held faculty positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Skidmore College and Northern Illinois University. She received a bachelor's degree in economics, a master's in political science and a doctorate in political science, all from Northwestern; and a law degree from the University of Illinois.