Nov. 28, 2011

Two faculty members are interviewing this week for CELT post

by Anne Krapfl

Two finalists have been identified in the internal search for the next faculty director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) and co-director of Iowa State's learning communities program. They are:

  • Professor of geological and atmospheric sciences Cinzia Cervato
  • Professor of horticulture and CELT associate director Ann Marie VanDerZanden

Their interviews will include an open forum (9-9:50 a.m. in 2019 Morrill Hall) on these dates:

  • Cervato, Tuesday, Nov. 29
  • VanDerZanden, Thursday, Dec. 1

Cervato joined the Iowa State faculty in 2001. Previously, she was a senior geologist for Pelican AS, an oil company in Oslo, Norway (2000-01), and a staff geologist for Saga Petroleum, Oslo (1998-2000). She also spent four years (1994-98) on the faculty at the University of Maine, Orono.

VanDerZanden joined the Iowa State faculty in 2003. Previously, she was on the horticulture faculty for six years at Oregon State University, Corvallis, where she also coordinated the state's Master Gardener program. She served for two years as an extension horticulture specialist at the University of Illinois (1995-97).

More information about the candidates is on the executive vice president and provost's website. Only tenured professors currently at Iowa State were eligible for consideration for the position.

The search committee, chaired by assistant dean of the Graduate College and physics professor Craig Ogilvie, also includes:

  • Holly Bender, professor of veterinary pathology
  • Carol Faber, associate professor of graphic design
  • Jen Leptien, CELT program coordinator
  • Jason Pontius, coordinator of continuous academic program improvement
  • Allan Schmidt, CELT assistant director for learning technologies

Steve Mickelson stepped down as CELT director and learning communities co-director when he became chair of the agricultural and biosystems engineering department on Aug. 1. VanDerZanden is serving as interim director.