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Two new associate dean positions filled at UI College of Nursing

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Nursing has appointed two longtime faculty members to the newly-created posts of associate dean for research and associate dean for academic affairs.

Toni Tripp-Reimer, Ph.D., has been named associate dean for research, a position which was effective July 1. Tripp-Reimer has directed the Office of Nursing Research Development and Utilization since 1987. She has co-led the college's Gerontological Nursing Interventions Research Center since its inception in 1994 and has also headed the Iowa Veteran's Affairs Nursing Research Consortium. A fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and recipient of numerous nursing honors, Tripp-Reimer has been on the UI faculty since 1977.

"In addition to assisting faculty members and graduate students to develop programs of research, Dr. Tripp-Reimer has contributed directly to the college's impressive record of grant funding and scholarship as a principal investigator, co-investigator or consultant," says Melanie Dreher, dean of the college. "The college is fortunate to have such an accomplished scholar/administrator who will usher the college into the next millennium of nursing research and scholarship."

The college has also named Mary Blegen, Ph.D., to the position of associate dean of academic affairs effective August 1. The position was formerly known as the associate dean for undergraduate studies and community affairs, but was reorganized to include both graduate and undergraduate components. Eleanor McClelland, Ph.D., who currently holds this position, will return to the faculty after seven years of outstanding administrative service to the college. She is an associate professor in the college.

Blegen has served in various teaching positions at the UI since 1978. She joined the college faculty full time in 1987. For the past three years, she has been chair of the theory and health promotion area of the college.

"Dr. Blegen brought an already distinguished record of teaching and research to the leadership of theory and health promotion studies," Dreher says. "She is also known for her significant role in the university community, where she has served on several committees, including the Faculty Council and Faculty Senate. The college is honored by her willingness to serve as associate dean."

Blegen has collaborated on research with the UI Hospitals and Clinics, the department of sociology, the graduate program in hospital and health administration, and the Institute for Quality Health Care.