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Release: April 5, 1999
Emory's Damico is new dean of UI College of Education
IOWA CITY, Iowa --
Sandra Bowman Damico, a professor and recent director of Emory University's
Division of Educational Studies, has been named the new dean of the University
of Iowa College of Education, UI Provost Jon Whitmore announced today.
Damico was one of four finalists for the position
and replaces Steven R. Yussen, who resigned in August 1998. Richard Shepardson,
UI associate dean for student services, has been acting dean since Yussen's
Damico, who interviewed with a search committee on the
campus March 4 and 5, is expected to start her job July 1. She will be joined
by her husband, Alfonso J. Damico, who will serve as a visiting faculty member
in the department of political science.
Her salary will be $145,000.
"Sandra Damico brings to the job of dean a wealth of administrative,
research and teaching experience," Whitmore said Monday. "During
interviews, she demonstrated keen insight into the nationwide issue of improving
teacher education, was a strong advocate for diversity, and demonstrated high
standards for research, quality teaching and service, including the need for
active partnerships with K-12 school districts around the state."
As dean of the College of Education, Damico will be
chief administrator for 1,000 undergraduates, 1,000 graduate students and
nearly 100 full-time faculty who teach students in the college's four divisions:
Psychological and Quantitative Foundations; Planning, Policy and Leadership
Studies; Counselor Education; and Curriculum and Instruction. She also will
be involved in fundraising and statewide
community and school
"I think its
a really exciting opportunity to work with the faculty and staff of such a
strong college especially as they look to improve teacher education,"
Damico said Monday. "The University of Iowa has a very high reputation
nationally in higher education."
Damico was director of Emory University's Division
of Educational Studies from 1993 to 1997, and from 1982 to 1992 was professor
in the department of educational foundations, as well as an affiliate professor
of sociology. She has been an associate professor in the department of sociology
and professor in the Division of Educational Studies since 1997.
The Division of Educational Studies is one of the
twenty-three departments and divisions that comprise the Graduate School of
Arts and Sciences at Emory University. Founded in 1836 by the Methodist
Church, Emory is located on a 631-acre campus in Atlanta and has 11,300 students
and 2,500 faculty members.
Damico received her doctorate in 1973 from the University
of Florida, where her research focused on social foundations and education.
From Ohio State University she received a master of arts degree in 1969 in
educational research and evaluation and a bachelor of arts degree in political
science in 1962.
She has authored and co-authored dozens of book chapters,
monographs, grant applications and refereed articles. She is currently writing
a book that examines the ways in which school policies and practices contribute
to student disengagement and dropping out. Her research interests include
at-risk students, school improvement and sociocultural conditions affecting
learning and behavior.
She belongs to a number of professional organizations,
including the American Educational Research Association, the American Sociological
Association, the Council on Anthropology & Education and Phi Delta Kappa.