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Release: Nov. 11, 1999

Coulter is named new associate provost for diversity

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Dr. Joe Dan Coulter has been appointed the new University of Iowa associate provost for diversity and new director of Opportunity at Iowa.

Since 1996 Coulter has served as interim associate provost for diversity and acting director of Opportunity at Iowa. He is also a professor of anatomy and cell biology in the UI College of Medicine.

Coulter, who is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma, helped establish the American Indian and Native Studies Program in the UI College of Liberal Arts in 1993. Since 1993 he has served as coordinator/liaison for American Indians and Native Alaskans in Opportunity at Iowa.

UI Provost Jon Whitmore says, "As associate provost, Dr. Coulter is responsible for encouraging a university-wide dialogue on issues of diversity in faculty and staff hirings, curriculum development and issues of academic equity and fairness. Among other things, he will continue working closely with all groups on campus that contribute to the improvement of diversity on campus."

Coulter also provides the leadership for Opportunity at Iowa, the office that supports the recruitment and retention of under-represented students to the university.

Coulter was also just appointed a member of the Equal Opportunity for Employment Task Force for the state of Iowa in November 1999.

His research focuses on biomedical sciences, specifically in the area of neuroscience, and on enhancing American Indian education, history and culture, and other minorities as well.

Coulter is active in the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, National Indian Education Association, National Institute for Native Leadership in Higher Education, the American Indian and Alaskan Native Professors, the Society for Chicanos and Native American Students, and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium.

He serves as faculty advisor to American Indian and Native Alaskan students on campus, and as the director of the Life Sciences Comprehensive Enrichment Program for pre-college American Indian/Native Alaskan students at the UI. In 1998 he helped establish the Iowa First Nations program that provides resident tuition status for members of American Indian Tribes/Nations historically linked to the State of Iowa.

Coulter came to the UI in 1985 from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston where he was involved with the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Initiative, an outreach program to provide health education along the Texas-Mexico border. He served as head of the UI department of anatomy from 1985 to 1992 and as director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program from 1988 to 1996.