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Release: April 5, 1999

Emory's Damico is new dean of UI College of Education

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Sandra Bowman Damico, a professor and recent director of Emory University's Division of Educational Studies, has been named the new dean of the University of Iowa College of Education, UI Provost Jon Whitmore announced today.

Damico was one of four finalists for the position and replaces Steven R. Yussen, who resigned in August 1998. Richard Shepardson, UI associate dean for student services, has been acting dean since Yussen's departure.

Damico, who interviewed with a search committee on the campus March 4 and 5, is expected to start her job July 1. She will be joined by her husband, Alfonso J. Damico, who will serve as a visiting faculty member in the department of political science.

Her salary will be $145,000.

"Sandra Damico brings to the job of dean a wealth of administrative, research and teaching experience," Whitmore said Monday. "During interviews, she demonstrated keen insight into the nationwide issue of improving teacher education, was a strong advocate for diversity, and demonstrated high standards for research, quality teaching and service, including the need for active partnerships with K-12 school districts around the state."

As dean of the College of Education, Damico will be chief administrator for 1,000 undergraduates, 1,000 graduate students and nearly 100 full-time faculty who teach students in the college's four divisions: Psychological and Quantitative Foundations; Planning, Policy and Leadership Studies; Counselor Education; and Curriculum and Instruction. She also will be involved in fundraising and statewide community and school relations.

"I think it’s a really exciting opportunity to work with the faculty and staff of such a strong college especially as they look to improve teacher education," Damico said Monday. "The University of Iowa has a very high reputation nationally in higher education."

Damico was director of Emory University's Division of Educational Studies from 1993 to 1997, and from 1982 to 1992 was professor in the department of educational foundations, as well as an affiliate professor of sociology. She has been an associate professor in the department of sociology and professor in the Division of Educational Studies since 1997.

The Division of Educational Studies is one of the twenty-three departments and divisions that comprise the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Emory University.  Founded in 1836 by the Methodist Church, Emory is located on a 631-acre campus in Atlanta and has 11,300 students and 2,500 faculty members.

Damico received her doctorate in 1973 from the University of Florida, where her research focused on social foundations and education. From Ohio State University she received a master of arts degree in 1969 in educational research and evaluation and a bachelor of arts degree in political science in 1962.

She has authored and co-authored dozens of book chapters, monographs, grant applications and refereed articles. She is currently writing a book that examines the ways in which school policies and practices contribute to student disengagement and dropping out. Her research interests include at-risk students, school improvement and sociocultural conditions affecting learning and behavior.

She belongs to a number of professional organizations, including the American Educational Research Association, the American Sociological Association, the Council on Anthropology & Education and Phi Delta Kappa.