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Nov. 21, 1997

Four more new faculty will help teach diversity requirement courses

by Linda Charles

Courses in Latino history, American Indian religion, parasitology and international business will be taught by four faculty who will be hired to teach courses that meet the undergraduate diversity requirements.

Four new positions will be created in the colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Veterinary Medicine and Business, Provost John Kozak recently announced. They will add to the seven positions previously created to strengthen Iowa State's offerings.

Under the diversity requirements, which went into effect this year, students must earn three credits in course work that addresses the American multicultural experience and three credits in course work that provides an international context for the analysis of world conditions.

The positions that previously were created are in the colleges of Business (1), Education (1), Liberal Arts and Sciences (3), Design (1) and Family and Consumer Sciences (1).

Searches for the newest positions will begin at once with the aim of having the faculty on campus fall semester 1998, Kozak said. Faculty will be hired as tenure-track assistant professors.

Two of the positions will be created in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. A history professor will be sought to teach courses in U.S. Latino history and the history of immigration, Kozak said. A second position will be in the American Indian Studies program in the philosophy department. The new professor will teach courses in American Indian religions.

A new position in the College of Veterinary Medicine will be a joint appointment in the departments of veterinary pathology and entomology, he said. The protozoologist hired for this position will develop an academic program in global parasitology, the study of parasite control and parasitic diseases in various regions of the world.

The College of Business will increase its international perspective with a new faculty member who will coordinate international business efforts within the college, as well as teach international business courses.

"Iowa State has a firm commitment to diversity, and the diversity requirements instituted at the behest of the faculty underscore this commitment," Kozak said. "Central funding of these new faculty positions sends a clear message to all that Iowa State is serious about expanding the horizons of students in this important curricular area.

"The entire university community gains through these additions to our faculty. The students are offered a rich mix of classes that provide them insights into a variety of diverse experiences. The faculty are enriched, not just in number, but in the breadth of research and new ideas that these faculty bring to campus. And the campus community in general is enriched through the insights and experiences these new faculty bring with them."

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