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Inside Iowa State
May 1, 1998

Finalists named for vice provost post

by Anne Dolan

Three finalists in the campus search for a vice provost for undergraduate programs are completing campus interviews this week. 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's interview includes a "Conversation with Students" and a public open forum. Dolphin interviewed April 29 and Peterson interviewed April 30.

Shapiro interviews today (May 1). Open events in the Memorial Union Gold Room are:

3 p.m. - Conversation with students

4:10 p.m.- Open forum

Provost John Kozak created the new vice provost position to help integrate and gain visibility for 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.

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

For the last 19 years, Dolphin has served as program coordinator for the inter-departmental 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.

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

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

Peterson joined the 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 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, and an M.S. in journalism and mass communication and a Ph.D. in curriculum development and instructional technology from Iowa State.

Shapiro joined the 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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