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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 and 22.

* 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 Steering Committee.

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 University.

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 and Literatures.

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 France.

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.