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Dec. 10, 2003

EDITORS: Please note that González has an accent over the "a".

Senior Advisor To UC-Davis Chancellor Is Fourth UI Provost Candidate

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Cristina González, senior advisor to the chancellor and former dean of graduate studies at the University of California, Davis, will be on the campus of the University of Iowa Thursday and Friday, Dec. 11 and 12, to interview for the position of provost, the university's chief academic officer.

González is the fourth 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. González's forum will be from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 11 in W401 Pappajohn Business Building (PBB). Her symposium will be Dec. 12 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in W151 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 senior advisor to the chancellor at UC-Davis, González chairs the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Work-Life Balance for Ladder Faculty and is a member of the Council of Vice Chancellors and the Council of Deans and Vice Chancellors, among other groups.

From 1997 to 2002, González was dean of graduate studies at UC-Davis and chaired the deans' Council of Graduate Affairs. In addition, she served as chair of the University of California system-wide Council of Graduate Deans and represented that group on the University of California Academic Planning Council, the University of California Coordinating Council for Graduate Affairs and the University of California/CONACYT (Mexico) Advisory Council.

González also served on the Association of Graduate Schools Executive Committee and the Council of Graduate Schools Executive Committee and Board of Directors, and chaired the Council of Graduate Schools Committee on Minorities in Graduate Education. She currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education at the University of Washington.

Before moving to Davis in 1997, González was chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she also chaired the research and graduate councils, as well as the College of Humanities and Fine Arts personnel committee.

González received her Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1981. Her research and teaching have focused on medieval and early modern Hispanic literature, contemporary Hispanic culture, literary theory and folklore, as well as philosophy of higher education.

Among other distinctions, in 2002, González was selected as one of "80 Elite Hispanic Women" by the journal Hispanic Business.

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 wide 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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