Shelby Newport Announced as Director of the International & Global Studies Program

U-M flint faculty staff portrait on Sept. 9, 2013. Shelby Newport

Shelby Newport: Assoc. Professor of Theatre & Dance and newly announced Director of the International and Global Studies (IGS) Program

On Thursday, September 10th, Vahid Lofti, Senior Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Programs, announced that Shelby Newport had been appointed the new Director of the International and Global Studies Program. Following is his announcement to campus:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Shelby Newport as the Director of the International and Global Studies (IGS) Program, effective September 1, 2015.  Shelby has been serving as the Interim IGS Director since March 2015.

Shelby is associate professor of Theatre and Dance. She has been actively involved in international education, including serving on the IGS faculty since 2012.  Shelby has led two IGS endorsed study abroad courses to England that focus in her content area of British Performance and Design. She also serves as the resident costume designer for the Department of Theatre and Dance and has designed costumes in England. Shelby has an interest and passion for global education and is looking forward to working with the departments that contribute to the International and Global Studies minor.

In the relatively short period of time that she has served as the Interim Director, Shelby has already made a number of procedural improvements to the program. She has worked closely with the Office of Education Abroad over the summer and assisted course leaders for the 2015 Spring & Summer IGS endorsed study abroad programs.

Shelby’s appointment was based upon unanimous recommendation of the interview panel and in consultation with Provost Knerr.  I would like to thank and acknowledge the members of the interview panel for their excellent work: Professor Derwin Munroe, Mr. Daniel Adams, and Ms. Asinda Gadzama.

I believe IGS will continue to achieve even greater accomplishments with Shelby at its helm and look forward to working with her.  Please join me in welcoming Shelby to this important position.

For more information on the IGS program, visit