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Richard Seagrave, Search Committee Chair, (515) 294-0518
John Kozak, Provost, (515) 294-0070
Anne Dolan, University Relations, (515) 294-7065


AMES, Iowa -- Three finalists have been named in the campus search for a vice provost for undergraduate programs at Iowa State University. They are Warren Dolphin, professor of zoology and genetics; Jane Peterson, professor of journalism and mass communication; and Howard Shapiro, professor of mechanical engineering and assistant dean for undergraduate programs in the College of Engineering.

Each candidate will interview with various campus groups during one day next week. Their schedules include a "Conversation with Students" at 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union and a public open forum at 4:10 p.m., also in the Memorial Union. Refreshments will be served during the student event. Following is a schedule of events:

Warren Dolphin: April 29

Conversation with Students: Room 234

Open forum: Oak Room

Jane Peterson: April 30

Conversation with Students: Gold Room

Open forum: Gold Room

Howard Shapiro: May 1

Conversation with Students: Gold Room

Open forum: Gold Room

ISU Provost John Kozak created the new vice provost position to help integrate and gain visibility for Iowa State's undergraduate programs. The vice provost will assume duties related to undergraduate education now performed by associate provost Edwin Lewis, and other duties. Lewis will retire from Iowa State in December. The vice provost for undergraduate programs will be appointed for a three-year term, beginning Aug. 16.

Following are highlights of the candidates' accomplishments at Iowa State.

For the last 19 years, Dolphin has served as program coordinator for the interdepartmental biology program. He also directed the development of Iowa State's computer-based image bank that covers all biology subjects.

As steering committee chair, he has helped Iowa State's inter- college biology/pre-medical illustration program grow from one course to five. With three others, he started a new course that, for the last three years, has been responsible for about 10 percent of ISU students studying abroad.

He has advised undergraduate students during all of his 28 years at Iowa State and currently teaches four courses. Two lab manuals he wrote emphasize an experimental approach to teaching beginning biology, one of which is in its fourth edition.

Dolphin received a B.S. from West Chester State College, Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University, Columbus.

Peterson joined ISU's journalism and mass communication faculty in 1982 and served as interim chair of the department from 1993 to 1996. As chair, she led the development of a long-range strategic plan for the department and supervised the design and construction of a computer laboratory and adjoining video studio. Currently, she coordinates an emphasis on science literacy throughout the curriculum, a focus that is central to the department's new strategic plan.

For 10 years, Peterson coordinated teacher education training between the College of Education and journalism and mass communication. She also has planned and coordinated summer workshops, both for high school students and graduate students. She was promoted to full professor in 1996 on the basis of excellence in teaching and currently teaches courses in public relations and science communication.

Peterson received a B.A. in English from the University of Iowa, an M.S. in journalism and mass communication from Iowa State and a Ph.D. in curriculum development and instructional technology from Iowa State.

Shapiro joined the ISU faculty in 1975 and has served as assistant engineering dean for undergraduate programs since January 1997. He established and has co-directed the Center for Building Energy Research since 1991. In 1990, he established another center, the Energy Analysis and Diagnostic Center, which he also directed until he was named assistant dean.

Shapiro is a co-initiator of Project LEA/RN, a campus-wide learning enhancement program, and is responsible for implementing parts of the college's "Re-engineering Engineering Education" initiative. He has advised undergraduates for more than 20 years and has taught 11 different undergraduate courses at Iowa State or Ohio State.

Shapiro has a B.S. in math, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from Ohio State University.


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