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Daniel Kempton
Daniel Kempton


Political scientist Daniel Kempton named
NIU’s Outstanding International Educator

Department awards go to Art, Mechanical Engineering

November 24, 2008

NIU Political Scientist Daniel Kempton was named Outstanding International Educator during the Division of International Program’s annual International Recognition Reception held last week.

Kempton is a scholar of Russian domestic politics, Russian foreign policy, missile proliferation and global terrorism. His 21-year career at NIU has been dedicated to international education. He actively pursues research on international topics and has won two Fulbright senior scholar grants, including one that sent him to Tver State University in Russia earlier this year to conduct research and teach a course on international relations.

Kempton also has taught courses in the NIU at Oxford program, having initiated participation of political science faculty in the NIU Study Abroad program. On campus, he has helped lead the International House in Douglas Hall, demonstrating a strong commitment to an international living-learning environment. 

International Programs also announced two winners of the award for Outstanding International Department: the School of Art and the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The School of Art has contributed to the overall global profile of NIU by having faculty lead well-regarded study abroad programs, by infusing international offerings throughout their curriculum, and by hosting exhibits and conferences focused on international work. In the words of their nominator, the School of Art is “at its core a department in which international culture and meaning are at the forefront.”

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has conducted strong international outreach programs over the past eight years, including four iterations of a special summer training program for mechanical engineering students from a Korean university. In addition, the department is offering a study abroad program this summer at NIU for engineering majors, an underserved group in study abroad. Mechanical Engineering also is a leader in developing innovative program delivery models through four-plus-one agreements with Asian universities. 

“Making NIU a more global university, as President Peters has asked, along with helping our students become global citizens, is a university-wide project,” said Deborah Pierce, associate provost of International Programs at NIU.

“As we work toward realizing the vision of global NIU, we in International Programs are most grateful to Professor Kempton, to the School of Art and to Mechanical Engineering, as well as to all our internationally active faculty and departments, for their leadership and support.”