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Recognizing Great Faculty: Dr. Ihsan Bagby

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 09:50

Thursday, November 20, 2014


Earlier this week, I was reading the Wall Street Journal and saw one of our UK College of Arts and Sciences professors, Ihsan Bagby, quoted for his research in Islamic studies.


It was a great reminder of the daily impact that our faculty create in profound ways, from teaching that changes lives, to research that can transform communities and shed light on important issues, like those discussed in the Wall Street Journal article.


Dr. Bagby is among our researchers whose expertise regularly impacts discussions on the national stage.


I encourage you to read it:


 In 2001, he and his colleagues published the results of the first and largest comprehensive study of mosques in America, titled "The Mosque in America: A National Portrait."


The study aims to create a public profile of the American mosque, with the ability to further the understanding of the Muslim presence in the US. It provides a broad, thorough portrait of mosques in America.


Based on the 2001 study, Dr. Bagby published articles including, “Imams and Mosque Organizations in the United States,” in Muslims in the United States, “A Profile of African American Mosques” in Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center, “Attitudes of Mosque Participants Towards America,” in the book "A Nation of Religions: The Politics of Pluralism in Multireligious America," and “The Mosque in the American Public Square,” in Muslims’ Place in the American Public Square.


Furthering that research, in 2011 he and his colleagues published additional studies on American mosques, which focus on a variety of topics including mosque administration and activities; basic demographics and attitudes of mosque leaders; and female participation in American mosques.


His fascinating work also demonstrates the breadth of our research and expertise at the University of Kentucky. Across the scope of our academic disciplines, our researchers are shaping national discussions and breaking boundaries of discovery.


I congratulate Dr. Bagby for this most recent recognition and I thank all of our faculty for the work that you do each and every day.


I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving.


All the best,


Join Me Next Week As UK Celebrates International Education

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 13:58

Thursday, November 13, 2014


At the University of Kentucky, we prepare students to be leaders in an increasingly interconnected world. This is one of the great challenges in higher education today, and requires commitment from across our campus.


From our leaders in the UK International Center, to the faculty conducting international research and leading programs abroad, to the students who seek opportunities to explore different cultures, we recognize the vital role that internationalization plays on our campus.


Next week, we will celebrate those efforts throughout International Education Week, from November 17-21.


This week is an annual, joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.


Associate Provost for Internationalization Susan Carvalho, gives a great snapshot of the week in the video below.



I am particularly excited about the Keynote speaker for the week: Christie Vilsack, Senior Advisor for International Education at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  As USAID’s Senior Advisor for International Education, Vilsack travels the world to visit with education leaders, to learn about international programs and to share her insights about education.


Vilsack will speak on Thursday, November 20 at 6 p.m. in Memorial Hall.


She will discuss USAID’s education strategy in her presentation titled, "Let Girls Learn: Education in Developing Countries." USAID's education strategy is an initiative focused on improving children’s reading skills, strengthening workforce development and providing fair opportunities for education in areas ridden by conflict.


This event is free and open to the public.


Below is a full list of events for the week. You can also learn more about the week here:


Please join me in thanking the individuals at the UK International Center who have worked so hard in planning this week. I look forward to the events!


All the best,



All Week 
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
W.T. Young Library
A weeklong event
The winner will be announced on November 24


Monday, November 17
Bridge the Differences: A Dialogue
3:30 – 5:00
Niles Gallery in the Fine Arts Library
Food and drink will be provided


Tuesday, November 18
Education Abroad Open House
10:00 – 2:00
Third floor of Bradley Hall
Food and drink will be provided


Wednesday, November 19
International Game Day
1:00 – 4:30
Room B-108C in the W.T. Young Library


Global Design
Phil Duncan, Global Design Officer for The Procter & Gamble Company
3:30 – 5:00
UKAA Auditorium in the W.T. Young Library
There will be a reception following talk


Thursday, November 20
International Education Week Keynote Speaker
Christie Vilsack, Senior Advisor for International Education at USAID

6:00 – 7:00
Memorial Hall
A reception will follow the talk in the Lexmark Room.