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May 14, 2007

Troyer, Rocklin to Assume Vice Provost Duties on Pat Cain's Retirement

University of Iowa Executive Vice President and Provost Michael J. Hogan announced today that he will not immediately fill the position of vice provost when current Vice Provost Patricia A. Cain retires from the university July 8. Instead, Hogan says, most of Cain's duties will transfer to Lisa Troyer, professor of sociology, and Thomas Rocklin, associate provost for undergraduate education and dean of the University College.

Troyer will be appointed interim associate provost for academic administration, effective July 1. Troyer has served as an administrative fellow in the provost's office for the past two years.

Rocklin will be named senior associate provost, effective immediately. The addition of "senior" to Rocklin's associate provost title signifies that he will take over the responsibility, currently held by Cain, to represent the Office of the Provost when the provost is unable to do so.

Cain, who also holds an appointment as Aliber Family Chair in Law, will retire from the university in July along with her partner Jean Love, who is the Martha-Ellen Tye Professor of Law. Both have accepted distinguished professorships in the Santa Clara University School of Law in California.

"I can't begin to express how much Pat and Jean have meant to the College of Law, to the University of Iowa, and to me personally," Hogan says. "It's going to be tough to lose two such distinguished scholars, who have contributed in so many ways to the university. It's going to be even tougher to say goodbye to such good friends."

Cain's responsibilities as vice provost have included the assignment and management of academic space, academic program review, accreditation, and decanal review procedures. Troyer will assume those responsibilities in her new role as interim associate provost for academic administration. As administrative fellow, she has worked on a wide variety of projects including strategic planning, academic program assessment and community engagement.

Troyer is a past winner of the Collegiate Teaching Award, Faculty Scholar Award, and the Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in Service. She is an active scholar with interests that include social psychology, work groups and organizational design, sociological theory, and technology and society. She earned her bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Washington and her master's and doctoral degrees from Stanford University.

"Lisa has been a tremendous asset to the office," Hogan says. "I very much value her judgment, ability, and insight, and I am most grateful that she has agreed to expand her role in the office."

Tom Rocklin, professor in the College of Education's Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, served as interim associate provost for two years before being named associate provost for undergraduate education and dean of the University College effective July 1, 2006. He will continue in that role, in which he oversees 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 well as the credit-generating units that fall under the University College umbrella (including the Honors Program, College Transition, Career Center Programs, study abroad, and ROTC programs).

Rocklin previously served as founding director of the UI Center for Teaching, and as chair of psychological and quantitative foundations from 2001 to 2004. He 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.

"Tom has distinguished himself in every role he's taken on at this university -- as a scholar, teacher, and administrator," Hogan says. "He's an invaluable colleague, and I can think of no one I trust more to stand in for me on those occasions when I'm unable to represent the office myself."

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

CONTACTS: Michael Hogan, provost, 319-335-3565,; Tom Rocklin, Office of the Provost, 319-335-3565,; Lisa Troyer, Office of the Provost, 319-335-3565,

MEDIA: Charles S. Drum, University Relations, 319-383-0048,