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UI College of Education dean named to similar post at University
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Steven R. Yussen, dean of the University of Iowa
College of Education since 1991, has been named the new dean of the College
of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota, both
universities announced Friday, Feb. 27.
Yussen, who also will be a tenured faculty member in the Institute of
Child Development at Minnesota, will assume his new duties in September.
The appointments are subject to the approval of the Minnesota Board of
"I have enjoyed working with all the faculty, students and staff
of the University of Iowa College of Education during the past seven-plus
years," Yussen said. "I think the College is in a strong and
healthy position now, and I hope my colleagues share my pride in the many
things we have accomplished since 1991."
"Leaving Iowa will not be easy because Suzann and I have enjoyed
the campus community, the friends we have made here and the rich cultural
life of Iowa City," Yussen said. "On the other hand, I am looking
forward to the challenge of leading the College of Education at the University
of Minnesota and working with colleagues in the Institute of Child Development,
one of the premier graduate programs in the country."
Yussen, who received his doctorate in child psychology from the Institute
of Child Development at the University of Minnesota in 1973, succeeds Charles
Hopkins, professor and chair of the Department of Work, Community, and
Family Education at Minnesota, who has been serving as interim dean of
Provost Jon Whitmore expressed regret at Yussen's announcement.
"Steve Yussen has been an outstanding administrator and leader
of the College of Education," Whitmore said. "We have been fortunate
to have someone of his caliber and commitment guiding the College for the
past seven years."
Yussen took over as dean of the UI College of Education in January 1991.
He came to the UI from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he had
been on the faculty since 1972 and served as chair of the department of
Specializing in research on child development, particularly cognitive
development and the development of memory and comprehension skills, Yussen
is the author of numerous articles and several books, was associate editor
of the journal "Child Development," and a recipient of both Guggenheim
and Fulbright fellowships.
While at the UI, he served as vice president of the Holmes Group, a
national consortium of nearly 100 research universities dedicated to the
improvement of teacher education programs.
Most recently, he led an effort to create a statewide Reading Recovery
program to boost the skills of first-graders who are having trouble learning
to read. The program, which began July 1, received $99,000 from the state
legislature and aims to increase the number of trained Reading Recovery
teachers in Iowa from the current 300 to about 1,000 by the year 2001.
The College of Education, which tied for 15th best nationally in last
week's rankings from U.S. News and World Report, currently enrolls about
1,200 undergraduates, all of whom also are enrolled in the College of Liberal
Arts, and 922 graduate students.
Nearly 100 full-time faculty members teach students in the college's
four divisions. The College offers more than 35 degree programs as well
as certification and licensure opportunities for undergraduate and graduate
students. Bachelor degrees are offered in conjunction with the College
of Liberal Arts.