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Release: May 2, 2001
Dettmer to lead new interdisciplinary division in UI
College of Liberal Arts
IOWA CITY, Iowa Helena Dettmer, a classics professor
in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts, will lead the college's
newly created Division of Interdisciplinary Programs beginning July 1. Dettmer
was selected for the three-year term after playing a crucial role in organizing
the new division during the last academic year, said Linda Maxson, dean of
the College of Liberal Arts.
"I am delighted that this important new unit will
continue to have the benefit of Helenas leadership and vision,"
Maxson said. "I look forward to working with her to achieve the colleges
and universitys ambitious goals for interdiciplinarity."
As director of the new division, Dettmer will oversee
some of the colleges major interdisciplinary programsenvironmental
sciences, sexuality studies, aging studies, medieval studies, American Indian
and native studies, and literature, science and the arts as well as
the B.A. program in interdepartmental studies.
"I am honored to have been selected as the director
of the new Division of Interdisciplinary Programs," Dettmer said. "It
has been an exciting and rewarding year serving as interim director and helping
the division emerge and develop to include seven interdisciplinary programs.
The progress that the emerging division made during its pilot year exceeded
my expectations. The momentum clearly is in place."
Maxson said the new division will give interdisciplinary
programs greater visibility among students who may be interested in their
offerings, create better structured support for advising, and help faculty
develop the programs curricula. The division structure also allows for
shared infrastructure support that cannot be provided individually to small
programs. An additional benefit will be having an administrator who can
work with the traditional departments on behalf of faculty whose teaching
and research interests are interdisciplinary, she said.
An experienced administrator, Dettmer has served as chairwoman
of the classics department since 1993 and as interim chair of the department
of French and Italian. She is currently an elected member of the College of
Liberal Arts Executive Committee and in 1999-2000 was selected as one of the
UIs representatives to the CIC Academic Leadership Conference. She has
served her discipline as president of the Classical Association of the Middle
West and South (1996-97) and as a member of that groups executive committee