CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0557; fax (319) 335-0558
Candidates coming to UI campus to interview for liberal arts dean position
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- On-campus interviews for the position of dean of the University
of Iowa College of Liberal Arts will begin this week and continue into May.
The first three candidates and the dates of their interviews are:
* Michael Fischer, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, University
of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.; April 17 and 18.
* Joan Hinde Stewart, professor and chair of the department of foreign languages
and literatures at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.; April 21
* James C. Mohr, professor and head of the department of history at the
University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.; April 28 and 29.
Each of the candidates will meet with UI students, faculty, staff, alumni
and administrators. They will also participate in two public symposiums: one
on undergraduate education and a second on graduate education and research.
Fischer, who will be on campus this week, will participate in public forums
on Friday, April 18, in the Indiana Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. Undergraduate
education will be the topic from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. Graduate education and
research will be discussed from 10:30 to 11:20 a.m.
Michael Fischer has been on the faculty at UNM for more than 20 years
and has served as interim dean of the UNM College of Arts and Sciences since
January of 1996. Prior to that, he served for three years as chair of the
department of English and has also served as director of UNM's Graduate Studies
in English program.
He has taught a wide range of courses, including freshman English, introduction
to literature, introduction to Shakespeare, introduction to graduate studies,
expository writing, history of modern English literature, American culture
in the 1960s, contemporary criticism, deconstruction, English Romanticism
and Wordsworth and Shelley.
He is the author and/or editor of five books, the most recent of which is
The New Criticism and Contemporary Literary Theory: Connections and
Continuities (New York: Garland, 1994), a book he edited with William J. Spurlin.
In addition to his teaching, scholarly and administrative activities, Fischer
has served on a number of departmental, college and university committees,
including the College of Arts and Sciences teaching resources committee, curriculum
committee, senior tenure and promotion committee, the UNM Provost's Committee
on the Humanities, the Affirmative Action Program Committee, and the New Mexico
Fischer earned his bachelor's degree from Princeton University in 1971 and
earned both a master's degree (1972) and a doctorate (1975) from Northwestern
Joan Hinde Stewart joined the faculty at North Carolina State in 1973
and was named full professor in 1981. Prior to that, she was an instructor
and assistant professor at Wellesley College and a teaching associate/acting
instructor at Yale University. She has been head of the department of foreign
languages and literatures at N.C. State since 1985. Before that, she held
administrative positions as chair of the North Carolina Humanities Council
(1988-89), as assistant dean for Research and Graduate Programs in Humanities
and Social Sciences (1983-85), and as assistant head of Foreign Languages
Stewart has won a number of fellowships, honors and awards. In 1995, she
won the N.C. State Outstanding Research Award in the College of Humanities
and Social Sciences; was named a visiting scholar at the European Humanities
Research Center at Oxford University, and was a fellow for the spring semester
at the Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier, France. In 1990-91
and 1994-95, she was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities
Fellowship for College Teachers and Independent Scholars.
She has written four books, including Colette: Updated Edition
(New York: Twayne [Simon and Schuster], 1996), a revised version of a book
she originally published in 1983. In addition, she is working on another book,
The Enlightenment of Age: Older Women Intellectuals in Eighteenth-Century
Stewart earned a bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from St. Joseph's College
in New York City (1965) and a doctorate (1970) from Yale University.
James C. Mohr has been professor and head of the department of history
at the University of Oregon since 1992. Before that, he was professor and
chair of history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, from 1977-92.
He joined the faculty at UMBC in 1969. In addition, he served as a visiting
professor at Stanford (1973-74) and at the University of Virginia (1977).
Mohr was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1973 and was a Guggenheim Fellow
in 1983-84. In 1990, he was the winner of the Throne-Aldrich Award from the
State Historical Society of Iowa. In 1996, he was named University of Oregon
Norman Brown Endowed Faculty Fellow.
He has written five books, including Doctors and the Law: Medical Jurisprudence
in Nineteenth-Century America (Oxford University Press, 1993; paperback
edition from Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996).
Mohr has served on many committees in Maryland and Oregon. He is faculty
representative on the University of Oregon Foundation Board of Directors,
served on the Oregon Provost's Special Fiscal Committee, and was chair of
the Oregon Provost's and Dean's Special University Committee to Assess English
and English Composition. At Maryland, he was on the Provost's Faculty Advisory
Committee, was NCAA Faculty Representative, was chair and author of the UMBC
Missions and Goals Report, and served on the Academic Advisory panel of the
National College Board, Princeton, N.J.
He earned his bachelor's degree in American Studies, magna cum laude, from
Yale University (1965). He earned a master's degree (1966) and doctorate (1969)
in history from Stanford University.
The UI College of Liberal Arts is the largest college within the university,
with 16,000 students and 650 tenure-track faculty in 42 departments and professional
schools. The College administers the General Education Program for virtually
all undergraduate students and offers undergraduate degrees in 57 fields.
It also participates in graduate education through its departments, which
offer graduate programs enrolling 3,000 students in 45 fields.
The dean of the College of Liberal Arts exercises intellectual leadership
and executive authority for the college and represents the college in its
relations with UI administrators and with alumni and other external constituencies.
The new dean of the UI College of Liberal Arts will replace Judith Aikin,
who is stepping down from that position to return to the faculty July 1.