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Shepardson named interim dean of UI College of Education
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Richard Shepardson, associate dean for student services
at the University of Iowa College of Education, will serve as acting dean
beginning this summer when outgoing dean Steven R. Yussen steps down, the
UI announced Friday, May 1.
Shepardson, a professor of curriculum and instruction who specializes
in elementary education, has been a member of the College of Education
faculty since 1972.
"We're delighted that someone of Dick Shepardson's caliber has
agreed to lead the College of Education during the transition to a new
dean," said Jon Whitmore, UI provost. "I am looking forward to
his leadership in the dean's office."
Shepardson, who has been associate dean since 1995, will begin his new
duties when Yussen, dean since 1991, leaves to become the dean of the College
of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. The
Minnesota appointment is effective in September.
Shepardson said he's looking forward to leading the college.
"This is an exciting opportunity because the college has some positive
momentum going," Shepardson said. "My main mission will be to
keep the college on that course and to attract an outstanding dean candidate."
As associate dean Shepardson directs the Office of Student Services
in the College of Education, which oversees college admissions, requirements
for majors and degrees, college financial aid and other student issues.
After joining the UI faculty in 1972, Shepardson was named full professor
in 1981. He has served as chair of the Division of Early Childhood and
Elementary Education, coordinator of the elementary education program,
and director of student teaching.
He earned a doctorate from the University of Texas in 1972. He holds
a bachelor's degree from California State University at Chico and a master's
degree from San Jose State University.
The College of Education, which tied for 15th best nationally in the
1998 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.