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September 11, 1998

Alumnus returns as Carver visiting scholar

by Anne Dolan

Iowa State's sixth George Washington Carver visiting scholar, a higher education specialist, comes to campus next week for classroom presentations, meetings with students and faculty, and a public lecture.

Michael Nettles is a professor of education and public policy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and executive director of the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute at the United Negro College Fund, Fairfax, Va. He also is an Iowa State alumnus, receiving masters and doctoral degrees from Iowa State in the late 1970s.

Nettles will be on campus Sept. 15-17. Opportunities for the public to meet him include a reception hosted by the College of Education from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, in N162 Lagomarcino; and a reception for Nettles and Iowa State's Carver scholars and Carver Academy members from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the Memorial Union Cardinal Room.

Nettles will give a public lecture, "Educational Status and Progress of African Americans in the United States," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the Memorial Union Sun Room.

The research focus at the Patterson institute is on improving educational opportunities and progress of African Americans, from preschool age through adulthood.

Nettles' own research interests are in the areas of student access, opportunity and achievement; educational assessment; and public policy. His most recent publications address gender and race differences in faculty salaries, tenure, rank and productivity; achieving campus climates that embrace diversity; equity in educational testing; and standardized testing vs. high standards for everyone.

Nettles has been on the Michigan faculty since 1992. He directs the Michigan component of the National Center for Postsecondary Improve-ment. Previously, he served as vice president of assessment for the University of Tennessee system (1989-1992), senior research scientist in the education policy division of the Educational Testing Service (1984-89), and assistant director for academic affairs at the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (1978-1984).

Nettles received a B.A. in political science from the University of Tennessee; and masters degrees in higher education and political science and a Ph.D. in higher education from Iowa State.

George Washington Carver Visiting Scholar
Michael T. Nettles
September 15-16, 4-9550

Tuesday, September 15

  • 9:30-11 a.m., guest lecture, African American Studies 201: "Introduction to African American Studies," hosted by J. Herman Blake, 213 MacKay.

  • 2-4 p.m., guest lecture, Higher Education 574: "Student Personnel Services in Higher Education," and Higher Education 615A: "Seminar in Student Services," hosted by Daniel Robinson, N102 Lagomarcino.

  • 4-5 p.m., Reception, College of Education, Barton Morgan Reading Room, N162 Lagomarcino.

    Wednesday, September 16

  • 3-5 p.m., Reception, George Washington Carver scholars and George Washington Carver Academy members, Cardinal Room, Memorial Union.

  • 8 p.m., Lecture, "Educational Status and Progress of African Americans in the United States," Sun Room, Memorial Union.

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