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First of four finalists for UI College of Education dean to visit
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Four finalists for dean of the University of Iowa's
College of Education will visit the campus over the next two weeks, beginning
Monday, Feb. 22 with an associate dean of the Rutgers University Graduate
School of Education.
Jeffrey K. Smith, who has been at Rutgers since 1976, will be on the
UI campus Feb. 22-23 to meet with the College of Education dean's search
committee as well as with faculty, staff and students. He will make a public
presentation at 3 p.m. Monday in 301 Linquist Center followed by a question
and answer session.
John Jeffrey Gorell, professor and associate dean of the Auburn University
College of Education, will visit the campus Feb. 25-26. He will be followed
March 1-2 by Edna Mora Szymanski, a professor and associate dean in the
University of Wisconsin's department of rehabilitation psychology and special
education, and March 4-5 by the final candidate, professor Sandra Bowman
Damico of Emory University's Division of Educational Studies.
Richard Shepardson, associate dean for student services at the University
of Iowa, has been acting dean of the UI College of Education since the
departure in August 1998 of Dean Steven R. Yussen. Yussen accepted a position
as dean of the College of Education and Human Development at the University
Smith, who became associate dean of the Rutgers College of Education
in 1995, was previously a professor and chair of the university's department
of educational psychology and director of research and development for
the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. He also has been on the graduate
faculty for the Rutgers department of statistics and School of Communication,
Information and Library Studies.
In addition to his work at Rutgers, Smith has been head of the Metropolitan
Museum of Art's Office of Research and Evaluation in New York since 1988.
Smith received his doctorate in education in the University of Chicago's
Measurement, Evaluation and Statistical Analysis program with a minor in
sociology in 1977. He received a bachelor's degree in sociology from Princeton
University in 1972.
He has co-authored a number of books, most recently "Integrated
Language Arts: Controversy to Consensus" with L.M. Morrow (Allyn and
Bacon 1993) and has co-authored dozens of monographs, book chapters and
articles. He is a member of several professional organizations, including
the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological
Association and the American Association of Museums.