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Second of four finalists for College of Education dean to visit Feb. 25-26

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An Auburn University associate dean and finalist for dean of the University of Iowa's College of Education will visit the UI campus Thursday and Friday, Feb. 25 and 26.

John Jeffrey Gorrell, a professor and associate dean of Auburn's College of Education, will meet with the UI search committee, faculty, staff and students during his two-day visit. He will make a public presentation at 3 p.m. Thursday in 301 Linquist Center followed by a question and answer session.

Gorrell is the second of four finalists for the position of UI College of Education dean.

Jeffrey K. Smith, a professor and associate dean of the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education, visited the campus Feb. 22-23. Edna Mora Szymanski, a professor and associate dean in the University of Wisconsin's department of rehabilitation psychology and special education, will visit the campus March 1-2, followed March 4-5 by 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.

Since 1992, Gorrell has been associate dean for research and graduate studies in Auburn University's College of Education, a position whose responsibilities include "encouraging and supporting research and grant-seeking activities of faculty, maintaining standards of graduate programs and managing the daily operations of the college."

In addition to his work at Auburn, Gorrell has been evaluation director and principal investigator of the South Florida Annenberg Challenge Evaluation Project since 1997.

Gorrell received a doctorate in psychological foundations in 1975 and a master's degree in English in 1970, both from the University of Florida. He received a bachelor's degree in English from Vanderbilt University in 1968.

Gorrell has authored and co-authored a number of books and articles, most recently "Pre-Service Teachers' Efficacy Beliefs in Taiwan" in the Journal of Research and Development in Education in 1998. He is also a member of several professional organizations, including International Partnerships Work Team, Holmes Partnership, of which he has been co-chair since 1998.