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UI liberal arts dean candidate to participate in public forums April 22

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Joan Hinde Stewart, professor and chair of the department of foreign languages and literatures at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., will be on the University of Iowa campus April 21 and 22 to interview for the position of dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

She will participate in two public forums on Tuesday, April 22, in the Northwestern 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. During her two days at the UI, Stewart will also meet with UI students, faculty, staff, alumni and administrators.

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 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.

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 as of July 1.