University Committee on International Studies (UCIS)

The UCIS meets three to four times per semester to facilitate campus-wide engagement and decision-making on policy and program matters concerning the International Affairs Dual Major and Minor programs, thereby facilitating campus internationalization efforts.  The committee also oversees the New Hampshire International Seminar, while a subset of the committee administers the UNH Global travel grants.


UCIS, chaired by the IA Program Chair, consists of the following members: IA teaching faculty and faculty representatives from each of the colleges. The Global Education Center is represented by 2 ex officio staff members: the Director of Global Initiatives and the Administrative Director of Study Abroad (or representative). Minutes are kept by the IA program assistant. The term of office for college representatives consists of a 2-year commitment with possible extensions.

2018-19 Members

Funso Afolayan – Associate Professor, COLA
Daniel Chavez - Assistant Professor, COLA
Jeffrey Halpern - Assistant Professor, CEPS
Smita Lahiri - Lecturer, COLA
Jun Li - Associate Professor, Paul College
Jennifer Purrenhage - Lecturer, COLSA
Tom Safford - Associate Professor, COLA
Maingi Solomon - Lecturer, COLA
Kerryellen Vroman - Associate Vice Provost for International Programs and CHHS representative

Committee Chair - Jeannie Sowers, Int'l Affairs Program Chair and Associate Professor, COLA
Global Education Center Staff: Beth Kilinc


1.  The International Affairs Dual Major and Minor

  • Reviews and adopts policies concerning academic requirements, standards, and curriculum.
  • Plans future growth and development of the major.
  • Reviews and approves published documents regarding the programs.
  • Supports departmental faculty advising for IA programs.
  • Engages in outreach and advocacy in departments and in the colleges for the IA program.
  • Reviews IA program student petitions deemed by IA advisors to involve substantive policy changes.

2.  The New Hampshire International Seminar

  • Supports the IA Program Chair and the Director of Global Initiatives in planning the New Hampshire International Seminar.

By-laws revisions adopted by unanimous vote, May 5, 2016. Updated Feb. 13, 2018.