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Release: Feb. 26, 2002

UI schedules open forums with candidates for Graduate College Dean

The University of Iowa has scheduled on-campus interviews with two candidates for dean of the Graduate College and associate provost for Graduate Education. Each candidate’s interview will include an open forum giving faculty, staff, and students an opportunity to meet him and ask questions.

The two candidates are both UI professors -- John C. Keller, professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery and interim dean of the Graduate College, and John S. Nelson, professor of political science.



The open forum with Keller is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 28, 3-4 p.m. in the Iowa Room (335) of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The open forum with Nelson is scheduled for Thursday, March 7, 4-5 p.m. in the South Room of the IMU.

Keller joined the UI College of Dentistry faculty in 1988 and was promoted to professor in 1991. He holds appointments in oral and maxillofacial surgery and with the Dows Institute for Dental Research. He also holds appointments as a professor of biomedical engineering and as a collaborating professor in veterinary medicine and engineering at Iowa State University. He was appointed associate dean of the Graduate College in 1998 and has served as interim dean since June 2000. In 1999 Keller was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was president of the American Association for Dental Research in 1997-98. In 1989 Keller was awarded a National Institute of Dental Research Career Development Award. He earned his master's degree and doctorate in biological materials from Northwestern University.

Nelson joined the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1975 and was promoted to professor in 1987. He served as chair of the political science department from 1998-2001 and currently serves as the department’s director of undergraduate studies and internships. He was a founding member of the UI’s Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry and has been a director since1985. In 1997 he and his colleague G.R. Boynton won Grand Prize in the Microsoft Innovators in Higher Education Challenge for “Online at Iowa,” an electronic orientation course for students entering the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Nelson earned his doctorate in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Graduate Dean Search Committee will ask those attending the forums to provide written feedback about the candidates. For more information, contact the Office of the Provost, (319) 335-3990, 111 Jessup Hall.