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UI liberal arts dean candidate to participate in public forums April 29

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- James C. Mohr, professor and head of the department of history at the University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore., will be on the University of Iowa campus April 28-29 to interview for the position of dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

He will participate in two public forums Tuesday, April 29, 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 his two days at the UI, Mohr will also meet with UI students, faculty, staff, alumni and administrators.

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).

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 as of July 1.