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University of Iowa News Release

April 27, 2004

UI's Antczak Named Dean Of New Liberal Arts And Sciences College In Michigan

Fred Antczak, a University of Iowa professor of rhetoric and associate dean for academic programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named the founding dean of the new College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, effective July 1.

Antczak has been a UI faculty member for 17 years and has served as associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences since May 1998. As associate dean, he oversees the General Education Program, which every UI undergraduate must complete on the way to a bachelor's degree.

Among his projects and innovations as associate dean have been the development of a single General Education Coordinating Committee, the development of a summer workshop for faculty involved in TA training, the development and oversight of grant programs supporting faculty travel, teaching and curriculum, and TA preparation. He initiated "Learning Links," an interdisciplinary course listing to assist undergraduate course selection and registration and a searchable on-line "Academic Handbook" of college policies and procedures for undergraduates.

Antczak said he was deeply sorry to leave Iowa, but could not pass up the opportunity to build a college from scratch at Grand Valley State.

"For years they have had a scattering of isolated colleges, programs and divisions, and my mission will be to help pull them all together into a cohesive college of liberal arts and sciences, teaching about 17,000 undergraduates," he said. "I am sad to leave my friends and colleagues at Iowa but excited about seeing where this new path leads. My goal for CLAS at Grand Valley will be something very like what we have here at Iowa -- to offer the best undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences in any public university in the state."

Linda Maxson, dean of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said Antczak leaves big shoes to fill in the college and particularly in the dean's office. She plans to select an interim associate dean in the next two to three weeks and to conduct a search for a permanent associate dean in the fall.

"Fred is passionate about liberal arts education," Maxson said. "He understands what its aims should be and a vision of how it can achieve those aims. He upholds high academic standards for our students, has created programs for better mentoring our teaching assistants and advocates for assessment of and recognition of the outstanding teaching that our faculty do. Now he has a unique opportunity to bring his ideals and his energetic, collaborative working style to the task of creating a comprehensive college of arts and sciences at Grand Valley State where none existed before. We are excited for him at the same time that we deeply regret losing this excellent scholar, teacher, and administrator as our colleague."

Antczak holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame, and a master's and doctorate from the University of Chicago. Before becoming associate dean in 1998, he served for six years as chair of the rhetoric department and taught courses in writing and speaking, public address, rhetorical theory and history, and pedagogy. He received the UI Collegiate Teaching Award in 1997 and was the 2002 recipient of the Iowa Communication Association Citation Award for lifetime contributions to the teaching of communication in the state of Iowa.

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