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International Advisory Council

Charge:  Acting in an advisory capacity to the Provost and to the Associate Provost for International Programs, the International Advisory Council (IAC), through the work of its subcommittees, guides internationalization at the University of Kentucky. 

Specifically, IAC members, representing each of UK's colleges and a variety of other campus units, serve as two-way communicators – informing the UK International Center leadership and others on campus of international engagement priorities and initiatives forming in their home colleges or units, and sharing news of UK International Center programs and opportunities with their home colleges or units. The IAC also serves as a forum for discussing trends in internationalization in higher education, and for sharing ideas regarding all facets of international learning, research and service. 

The focused sub-committees of the IAC advise and recommend policies on particular aspects of internationalization. See below for more details. 

IAC Subcommittees

Curriculum Development

General charge: promote the offering of internationally focused courses across the campus, and recommend strategies for increased student enrollment in such courses (e.g., certificate programs, minors, etc.); define and review global learning outcomes for students at all levels. 

Education Abroad

General charge: promote greater student and faculty access to and participation in Education Abroad opportunities. 

International Student & Scholar Services

General charge: assess and recommend policies and practices that facilitate integration of international students, faculty and scholars in UK community, as well as communication between UKIC and departments (regarding hiring, postdocs, international graduate students, etc.). 

International Recruitment

General charge: Recommend strategies to enhance recruitment and admission of international students. 

International Partnerships

General charge: Assess and recommend policies related to development of UK’s international partnerships and agreements. 

Research and Grants

General charge: promote visibility of ongoing international research, and potential opportunities related to international research. 

Travel Warning Oversight

General charge: hear student petitions for exemptions to AR 4:9's prohibition against academic travel to countries under U.S. Department of State travel warnings or countries under a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Warning Level 3. 

IAC Members


  • Beth Barnes 
  • Lars Willnat 
  • Enrique Bimstein 
  • Sharon Brennan 
  • Anna Brzyski 
  • Robert Farley 
  • Toni Greider 
  • Jim Holsinger 
  • Brian Jackson 
  • Ed Jennings 
  • Nancy Johnson 
  • Mark Kightlinger 
  • Kamyar Mahboub 
  • Sam Matheny 
  • Patrick Lucas 
  • Terry Lennie 
  • Mike Reed 
  • Sue Roberts 
  • Melody Ryan 
  • Monica Diaz 
  • Marie Antoinette Sossou 
  • Nick Stamatiadis 
  • Sharon Stewart 
  • Ben Withers 

Ex officio: 

  • Carlos de la Torre 
  • Miko McFarland 
  • Terry Allen 
  • Elizabeth Leibach 
  • Andrea Gils 
  • Pat Whitlow 
  • Tom Clayton 
  • Monica Visona 
  • Huajing Maske