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Nov. 30, 2003

UCLA Dean Is First On-Campus Candidate For Provost

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Scott Waugh, dean of the Division of Social Sciences, one of the largest academic units at the University of California, Los Angeles, will be on the campus of the University of Iowa Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 1 and 2, to interview for the position of provost, the university's chief academic officer.

Waugh is the first of six finalists for the position who will visit the campus over the next three weeks. Each candidate will participate in two public events, a public forum for taking questions and answers from a faculty panel and a public symposium on the candidate's scholarly activity. Waugh's forum will be from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 in Room W151 in the Pappajohn Business Building (PBB). His symposium will be Dec. 2 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in W401 PBB.

Faculty, staff, students and others who attend the events involving provost candidates are encouraged to share their evaluations with the provost search committee. An evaluation form prepared by the committee is available on the search website at:

As dean of the Division of Social Sciences, Waugh oversees six departments, six interdepartmental programs and five major research centers. During his 12 years in that position, he has been involved with more than 250 cases of recruitment and retention, aimed at extending and protecting the quality of the Division's teaching and research. He has also worked to improve diversity in the Division and at UCLA, by facilitating the foundation and growth of the Cesar Chavez Center for Chicana and Chicano studies, appointing women and underrepresented minority as chairs, vice-chairs and directors, and encouraging the selection of a diverse graduate student body.

Waugh has also served on an array of campus-wide committees and task forces that have focused, for example, on the improvement of undergraduate education, general education, annual budgetary procedures, multidisciplinary programs and instruction, international programs and education, faculty disciplinary procedures, and reviews of and searches for senior administrators.

Within the University of California, he has played an important role in evaluating multi-campus interdisciplinary research units, reviewing applications for the president's minority postdoctoral fellowship program, and sitting on the steering committee for the university's undergraduate program in Washington D.C.

Nationally he has served such organizations as the California State Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences. On the international stage, he conducted an academic review of the Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong and participated as external consultant in the Research Assessment Exercise in History for all of the universities in Great Britain.

Waugh graduated summa cum laude from UCLA in 1970 and received his Ph.D. in English history in 1975 from the University of London. He has published two books, an edited volume and several research articles, one of which - "Tenure to Contract" - won a prize from the North American Council on British Studies. His publications have explored critical issues in society, law and politics in thirteenth- and fourteenth-century England, particularly the king's powers as a landlord and the effects of his lordship on society and politics. Waugh has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society and the Huntington Library. His current research focuses on the development of the image of kingship through history, literature and art at the English royal court in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

After earning his doctorate, Waugh was a visiting lecturer at UCLA and California State University, Long Beach, before joining the UCLA faculty as assistant professor in 1984. In 1986, he won a campus-wide distinguished teaching award, with a special citation for the "art of teaching." He was promoted to associate professor in 1987 and became professor in 1991. He served as chair of the Department of History from 1991-1992. In addition, Waugh supervised the training of graduate teaching assistants in the Department of History and co-authored a handbook for undergraduates on how to write historical essays.

As dean, he collaborated with faculty and administrators to secure grants to improve the teaching of social science and to establish a program in Southeast Asian Studies. He also worked with K-12 teachers through the National Center for History in the Schools to develop lesson plans for World History in California and later to help draft the National History Standards.

Beyond academic life, Waugh enjoys tennis, travel and time with his two teenaged sons.

The provost is the university's chief academic officer. Reporting directly to the university president, the provost is responsible for the supervision of all academic programs, a variety of faculty-related matters (including academic promotion and tenure decisions and faculty advocacy), student academic affairs, and strategic academic planning. The provost communicates on behalf of the university with the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, the governing board for Iowa's three public universities, and with a variety of internal and external constituencies. The provost is a principal participant in collaborative decision-making involving university-wide strategic planning and budget development, management of auxiliary enterprises, health care services and the conduct of research and scholarship.

STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

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