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Release: Jan. 26, 2000

Folkins is named provost at Bowling Green State University

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- John Folkins, University of Iowa associate provost for undergraduate education, has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He will start his new position May 1. As provost at Bowling Green, Folkins will be the chief academic officer overseeing seven colleges, more than 750 full-time faculty members, and 19,000 students.

A native of California, Folkins came to the University of Iowa in 1977 when he joined the faculty in the department of speech pathology and audiology. From 1986 to 1993, he served as chair of that department. He joined the Office of the Provost in 1993, when he was appointed associate provost for academic review and academic support services. His title was changed to associate provost for undergraduate education in 1997.

Folkins’ primary research deals with the neuromotor control of speech movements and has been supported by $10 million in grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Education. He has published more than 50 articles, co-authored a book, and delivered some 75 national and international presentations.

He has been active in professional organizations, as well. He is a Fellow of both the Acoustical Society of America and the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He has served as a member of the advisory council of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders and on the advisory panel for development of the 1992 Strategic Plan of the National Institutes of Health.

His professional service has also included terms as president of the American Association of Phonetic Sciences, editor of The Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, and associate editor of The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Redlands in 1970 and 1971, respectively. In 1976 he received the Ph.D. degree in speech science from the University of Washington. During the following year he did postdoctoral research in neurophysiology and motor control at the University of Washington.

Folkins and his wife, Georgia, a program assistant in the UI linguistics department, have two daughters: Polly, a 1999 graduate of Northwestern University, and Claire, a high school senior.