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First of four finalists for UI College of Education dean to visit Feb. 22-23

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 of Minnesota.

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.