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April 10, 2006

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Rocklin Named Associate Provost For Undergraduate Education

Tom Rocklin has been named associate provost for undergraduate education and dean of the University College, effective July 1, Executive Vice President and Provost Michael J. Hogan announced. Rocklin succeeds Lola Lopes, who is retiring June 30 after spending 16 years on the faculty of the Tippie College of Business and serving the last six years in the Office of the Provost.

Rocklin, who has served as an interim associate provost for special assignments for the past two years, will continue the strong initiatives Lopes put in place to revitalize the university's undergraduate program and academic services, Hogan said.

"Tom has distinguished himself as an innovative teacher, a prolific scholar and a deft administrator, and I am eager for him to focus those skills on our efforts to enhance undergraduate education at the University of Iowa," Hogan said.

As associate provost for undergraduate education, Rocklin will oversee UI academic support services, including the Office of Admissions, the Office of the Registrar, the Academic Advising Center, Student Financial Aid, the Center for Teaching and Evaluation and Examination Services. As dean of the University College, he will oversee the credit-generating units and programs that fall under the University College organizational unit, including the Honors Program, College Transition, Career Center programs, study abroad and the aerospace military studies (Air Force ROTC) and military science (Army ROTC) programs.

Rocklin previously served as founding director of the UI Center for Teaching, and while in that post developed the highly acclaimed nTITLE (New Technology in the Learning Environment) program, a large scale faculty development program designed to help faculty integrate new technologies and delivery methods into their teaching. A member of psychological and quantitative foundations in the College of Education since 1987, he chaired that division (now a department) from 2001 to 2004. He is the author of more than 50 peer reviewed articles.  Rocklin holds master's and doctoral degrees in psychology from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011,; Program: Michael Hogan, 319-335-3565