Office of Marketing & Communications
Office: (417) 873-7228
Fax: (417) 873-7435

Drury professor named founding member of committee on Middle East studies

For Immediate Release: March 12

Jeff VanDenBerg
Director of Middle East Studies at Drury University
Office: (417) 873-6947

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Mar. 12, 2010 — The Board of Directors of the Middle East Association has named Drury University Associate Professor of History and Political Science, Dr. Jeff VanDenBerg, a founding member of the new ad hoc Committee on Middle East Studies.

The Middle East Studies Association is an international professional association of scholars of the Middle East striving to build an intellectual community of Middle East studies. The Board of Directors voted to establish an ad hoc committee, a specialized group, to study Middle East Studies programs at smaller colleges and universities not granting PhD’s in the United States. The purpose of the committee is to build a community of Middle East Studies program directors to share best practices, emphasizing teaching and learning in Middle East Studies and curriculum development.

Some of the items on the committee’s agenda include:

  • Syllabi sharing for Middle East Studies courses.
  • Study abroad opportunities in the Middle East for students.
  • Integrating Middle East Studies with global studies programs.
  • Securing grants and other external sources of support for Middle East Studies programs.
  • Comparing curricula across Middle East Studies programs.

Other nominations came from universities such as Colgate University, University of Mary Washington, and University of Pennsylvania. For more information, please contact Dr. Jeff VanDenBerg at (417) 873-6947.


Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit

University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.