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Feb. 27, 2008

Minnesota vice provost Carney to interview for UI provost Feb. 28-29

Arlene Carney, vice provost for faculty and academic affairs at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, will interview for University of Iowa provost on the UI campus Thursday and Friday, Feb. 28 and 29.

Carney will participate in two public events. The first is a forum at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in S401 Pappajohn Business Building. During the forum Carney will answer questions from a panel of faculty members and the audience.

At 3:30 p.m. Friday, Carney will appear in a public symposium in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol. She will speak on "The Primary Challenges Facing Public Research Universities Today," the designated topic for all the finalists. In addition to the public events, Carney will meet individually with UI President Sally Mason, collegiate deans and directors, and staff, faculty and student leaders, among other groups. Each candidate in the search process will follow the same general schedule of meetings and public events.

Vice provost at Minnesota since 2005, Carney has been responsible for the coordination of promotion and tenure review and all aspects of faculty development. Carney has worked with the Minnesota Faculty Senate to implement changes in the university promotion and tenure standards. For the past two years, she has directed a successful campus-wide New Faculty Orientation Program, an expanded program for new chairs, and workshops for faculty on tenure, promotion to all ranks, and leadership opportunities. As chair of the Council for Enhancing Student Learning, Carney provides campus leadership for the assessment of student learning.

Carney has taught undergraduate and graduate classes in the areas of speech science, introductory audiology, pediatric audiology, rehabilitative audiology, cochlear implants, and professional issues as well as serving as a faculty mentor for a freshman seminar. Her research focuses on speech perception and production in both children and adults with normal hearing and with hearing losses, including patients with cochlear implants. She has published numerous articles in scholarly journals with co-authors in speech and hearing, psychology, linguistics, and otolaryngology. Carney has served as the editor for Hearing for the Journal of Speech and Hearing Research and the section editor for Cochlear Implants.

Five finalists have been selected to interview for UI provost. A detailed schedule of information for all of the candidate visits, which will be posted as they'is available online at The identities of and information about each individual candidate will be made available the day before each candidate's visit begins.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to complete an online evaluation of each candidate. The evaluation form will be accessible from the provost search Web site at

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