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UI liberal arts dean candidate to participate in public forums May 2

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Linda Ellen Resnick Maxson, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of undergraduate academic affairs, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn., will be on the University of Iowa campus May 1-2 to interview for the position of dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

She will participate in two public forums on Friday, May 2, 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. During her two days at the UI, Maxson will also meet with students, faculty, staff, alumni and administrators.

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. From 1988 to 1995, she was professor and head of the department of biology at Penn State University. Before joining the faculty at Penn State, she was on the faculty at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, from 1974 to 1988. She has also taught as an instructor at the University of California, Berkeley, and at San Diego State University.

She 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.

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.