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Release: April 19, 2001

Two candidates for Graduate College dean to visit UI for interviews

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The first two candidates for dean of the University of Iowa Graduate College will be on campus for interviews the week of April 22. The candidates will meet with the search committee, faculty, staff, administration, and graduate students and will each participate in an open forum with members of the UI community.

The first candidate, Robin Fisher, associate dean of the Graduate Division at the University of California at Los Angeles, will be on campus April 22- 24 and will hold an open forum Tuesday, April 24, at 3 p.m. in River Room I at the Iowa Memorial Union. Fisher has been associate dean since 1992 and holds a joint appointment in psychiatry and neurobiology at UCLA’s College of Medicine. His research outlines the structure of circuits and mechanisms of communication between neurons in the mammalian brain for the control of movement. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology from Ohio University and received postdoctoral training in anatomy and physiology at Purdue University and UCLA before joining the UCLA faculty in 1981.

The second candidate, Karen DePauw, dean of the graduate school at Washington State University, will be on campus April 25-28 and will hold an open forum Friday, April 27 at 3 p.m. in River Room I at the Iowa Memorial Union. DePauw has been dean at Washington State since 1999 and before that served as interim dean for two years. She is a professor in the department of kinesiology and leisure studies. Her research interests include adapted physical activity pedagogy, disability sport, sport and marginality and inclusion. She earned her undergraduate degree in sociology from Whittier College, an M.S. in special education from California State University-Long Beach, and a Ph.D. in kinesiology from Texas Woman’s University.

Additional candidates for Graduate College dean will participate in on-campus interviews in the coming weeks. The candidates and their schedules will be announced as the information is available.

John Keller has been serving as interim dean of the UI Graduate College since June 2000, when Dean Leslie Sims was named interim vice-provost.