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Patricia Wetzel named interim vice provost, replacing Gil Latz
Author: John Kirkland
Posted: December 20, 2011

Patricia Wetzel, professor of Japanese and former director of the Institute for Asian Studies at Portland State University (PSU) has been appointed interim vice provost for international affairs, taking the place of Gil Latz who will take on two new faculty positions in Indiana on Jan. 1.

Wetzel received her Ph.D. in Japanese linguistics from Cornell University. She joined the PSU faculty in 1984. Wetzel has served as the coordinating editor of the journal of the Association of Teachers of Japanese, as well as the book review editor for the Journal of Asian Studies.  She teaches courses in Japanese linguistics and language pedagogy.  She also runs a training program for teachers of Chinese and Japanese.

“Dr Wetzel is a longstanding and well respected faculty member and administrator who has been engaged in many aspects of our international programs over the years,” said Roy Koch, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “As we search for a permanent replacement for Dr. Latz, we will continue to move forward a number of initiatives on the international front. Dr. Wetzel is well positioned to lead those efforts.”

The Office of International Affairs at PSU oversees international student services, international special programs, education abroad, and a number of institutes and centers, including the Middle East Studies Center, Institute for Asian Studies, and the Confucius Institute.

Latz is leaving PSU after 28 years with the University.  He joined the geography faculty in 1983, was promoted to professor of geography and international studies in 1993, and has been vice provost for international  affairs since 2002. His new position will be associate vice chancellor for international affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; and associate vice president for international affairs at Indiana University Bloomington. 

About Portland State University (PSU)

Located in Portland, Oregon, PSU has nearly 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. PSU’s motto is “Let Knowledge Serve the City,” and we provide every student with opportunities to work with businesses, schools and organizations on real-world projects. Our downtown campus exhibits PSU’s commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while sustainability is incorporated into much of the curriculum.