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Nov. 29, 2007

Eckstein named UI interim associate provost for academic administration

Lola L. Lopes, interim executive vice president and provost at the University of Iowa, has appointed English professor Barbara Eckstein interim associate provost for academic administration, effective Jan. 1, 2008.

"I am very grateful to Barbara for agreeing to serve in this capacity," Lopes said.

As interim associate provost, Eckstein will advise, assist, and counsel the provost on issues related to academic program development, coordination, approval and assessment, including accreditation, as well as meeting program reporting requirements to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

The position has responsibility for oversight of collegiate and decanal reviews conducted by the Office of the Provost, and of space and capital planning and space utilization on campus as a representative of the provost. In addition, the associate provost for academic administration advises the provost on resource allocations for special initiatives.

Other responsibilities will include representing the provost at University Libraries Committee meetings, taking a co-leadership role (with a UI Hospitals and Clinics designee) on the Fall Giving Campaign Committee, co-chairing meetings of the Capital Projects Review Committee with the director of Facilities Management, chairing the committee on building dedications and working with unit committees, attending Campus Planning Committee meetings (full committee and three subcommittees: Land Use, Design Review, and Campus Environment), attending monthly space planning meetings in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), chairing biweekly university space planning meetings, and attending meetings of the Faculty Council and Faculty Senate.

In addition to her professorship in the CLAS Department of English, Eckstein serves as director of graduate studies for the English program. Her research interests include the role of literature in the production of places; the significance of geographic scale as a tool of textual, material and ideological interpretation; and, more recently the literature and oral histories of U.S. veterans. The last provides an opportunity to engage students in service learning.

She has published two books that address the interaction of storytelling and the production of urban spaces: "Story and Sustainability: Planning, Practice, and Possibility for American Cities" (MIT Press, 2003), co-edited with professor James Throgmorton of the Graduate College's Urban and Regional Planning program, and "Sustaining New Orleans: Literature, Local Memory, and the Fate of a City" (Routledge, 2005).

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