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UI liberal arts dean candidate to participate in public forums May 8

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Marianna Torgovnick, professor and chair of the Department of English, Duke University, Durham, N.C., will be on the University of Iowa campus May 7 and 8 to interview for the position of dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

She will participate in two public forums on Thursday, May 8, 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, Torgovnick will also meet with UI students, faculty, staff, alumni and administrators.

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 in Williamstown, Mass., from 1975-81, and a visiting professor at Princeton University in 1993.

She 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.