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Three more candidates to interview for UI liberal arts dean position

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three more candidates have been announced for the position of dean of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts. They will be on campus for interviews May 1-8.

The three candidates and the dates of their interviews are:

* Linda Ellen Resnick Maxson, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of undergraduate academic affairs, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn., May 1 and 2.

* David F. Bright, vice president for arts and sciences and dean of Emory College at Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., May 5 and 6.

* Marianna Torgovnick, professor and chair of the department of English, Duke University, Durham, N.C., May 7 and 8.

Three other candidates for the position were previously announced. They are Michael Fischer, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.; Joan Hinde Stewart, professor and chair of the department of foreign languages and literatures at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.; and James C. Mohr, professor and head of the department of history at the University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.

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.

Linda Maxson was named associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of undergraduate academic affairs at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1995. She also holds an academic appointment as professor of ecology and evolutionary biology. As associate vice chancellor, she has been involved in the revision of the faculty handbook, the creation of a promotion and tenure workbook for new faculty, and the review and reorganization of the honors program and the general education program.

From 1988 to 1995, she was professor and head of the department of biology at Penn State University, where she established the Institute of Molecular Evolutionary Biology. Before joining the faculty at Penn State, she was on the faculty at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, from 1974 to 1988. While at Illinois, she founded and then directed the Chancellors Honors Program, served as executive office of biology programs in the School of Life Sciences, and was curator of amphibians and reptiles at the University's Museum of Natural History. She has also taught as an instructor at the University of California, Berkeley, and at San Diego State University.

Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Institute, and the Research Board of the University of Illinois. While at Penn State, she was primary investigator for a five-year, $1.2 million Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Initiative and obtained a four-year, $1 million renewal of that grant.

Maxson's current professional activities include serving as executive editor of "Biochemical Systematics and Ecology." She is also a research associate with the Smithsonian Institute; a member of the steering committee of the Evolutionary Biology Working Group and a member of the Council of the International Society of Biochemical Systematics.

She was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1985.

Maxson earned a bachelor's degree in zoology from San Diego State University in 1964 and was a National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellow at the University of California, La Jolla, in 1965. She earned a master's degree in biology from San Diego State in 1966 and a doctorate in genetics in 1973 through a joint doctoral program with San Diego State and the University of California, Berkeley.

David F. Bright has been on the faculty at Emory University since 1991. In addition to serving as vice president for arts and sciences, he holds an academic appointment as professor of classics and comparative literature. As vice president at Emory, he has been involved in developing a strategic plan for Emory College, a comprehensive revision of the curriculum, and the creation of the Center for Teaching and Curriculum.

Before joining the faculty at Emory, he was dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of classical studies at Iowa State University.

From 1970 to 1989, he was a member of the faculty at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. From 1988-89, he was acting dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Illinois. He also served terms as chair of the department of classics, acting director of the School of Humanities, and director of the Program in Comparative Literature. He was assistant professor of classics from 1967-70 at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. He was also a teaching associate at the University of Cincinnati and an instructor at the University of Manitoba and the University of Saskatchewan.

His research interests include Greek and Latin poetry, Latin literature of late antiquity, and early mediaeval literature. He has written or edited four books and monographs, including The Miniature Epic in Vandal Africa (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1987) and has another work in progress, The Chronicon Venetum of John the Deacon.

Bright has been active in professional societies, including service in 1996-97 as president-elect of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences. He has also been active in community organizations, having served on the board of directors of the Atlanta Ballet Company and the board of councilors of the Carter Presidential Center.

He earned his bachelor's degree in 1962 from the University of Manitoba and both an A.M. degree (1963) and a doctorate (1967) from the University of Cincinnati.

Marianna Torgovnick has been a member of the English faculty at Duke University since 1981 and chair of the department since 1996. She also served as associate chair from 1989 to 1992 and was acting chair in 1989. She was an assistant professor of English at Williams College from 1975-81 and a visiting professor at Princeton University in 1993.

Torgovnick has taught classes on both the undergraduate and graduate level, including introduction to literary genres, the short story, the novel as genre, 19th-century English novel, modern novel, modern poetry, the theory of the novel, modernism for the Nineties, and special seminars on Woolf, Conrad, Lawrence and James.

Her university service at Duke includes membership on several committees, including the Academic Council, Arts and Sciences Council, Research Council, the Angier B. Duke Committee, the University Health and Sciences Committee, and the Compensation Committee.

She has also been active in the Modern Language Association, serving in 1996 as chair of the Committee on Academic Freedom, Professional Rights and Responsibilities. She also served on the Ad Hoc Committee on Governance in 1995 and 1996 and on the executive board of the biography and autobiography division. She has also been a Cohen-Porter Visiting Scholar at Tel Aviv University and a judge for the North Carolina Endowment for the Humanities.

Her awards include a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 1981 and the American Book Award in 1994 for Crossing Ocean Parkway: Readings by an Italian American Daughter (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994). She is the author of four other books: Primitive Passions: Men, Women, and the Quest for Ecstasy (New York: Knopf, 1997), Gone Primitive: Savage Intellects, Modern Lives (Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1990), The Visual Arts, Pictorialism and the Novel: James, Lawrence and Woolf (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1985) and Closure in the Novel (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1981). She also has two more books in progress: Frieda's Tale: A Fictional Biography and The Impact of War: Naziism and Cultural Life.

Torgovnick earned a bachelor's degree in 1970 from New York University and a master's degree (1971) and doctorate (1975) from Columbia 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.