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Release: March 4, 1999

Last finalist for UI College of Education dean to visit March 4-5

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The fourth and last finalist for the University of Iowa's College of Education dean, a professor from Emory University, will tour the campus and meet with staff, faculty and students Thursday and Friday, March 4 and 5.

Sandra Bowman Damico, a professor in Emory's Division of Educational Studies and an associate professor in its department of sociology, will make a public presentation at 3 p.m. Thursday in 301 Linquist Center, followed by a question and answer session.

Damico rounds out the slate of finalists drawn up by the UI College of Education dean search committee. Edna Mora Szymanski, chair of the University of Wisconsin's department of Rehabilitation psychology and special education in Madison, visited the campus March 1 and 2; John Jeffrey Gorrell, a professor and associate dean of Auburn University's College of Education, visited Feb. 25-26; and Jeffrey K. Smith, a professor and associate dean of the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education, visited the campus Feb. 22-23.

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.

In addition to the positions she currently holds, Damico was director of Emory'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 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.

Damico 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.