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Release: February 26, 1999

Third of four finalists for UI College of Education dean to visit March 1-2

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The chair of the University of Wisconsin's department of rehabilitation psychology and special education and a finalist for dean of the University of Iowa's College of Education will visit the UI campus Monday and Tuesday, March 1 and 2.

Edna Mora Szymanski, a former associate dean of the UW School of Education in Madison, will meet with the UI search committee, faculty, staff and students during her two-day visit. She will make a public presentation at 3 p.m. Monday in 301 Linquist Center followed by a question and answer session.

Szymanski is the third of four finalists for College of Education dean to visit the UI campus. Jeffrey K. Smith, a professor and associate dean of the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education, visited the campus Feb. 22-23; John Jeffrey Gorrell, a professor and associate dean of Auburn University's College of Education, visited Feb. 25-26; and professor Sandra Bowman Damico of Emory University's Division of Educational Studies will visit the campus March 4-5.

Richard Shepardson, associate dean for student services at the University of Iowa, has been acting dean of the UI College of Education since the departure in August 1998 of Dean Steven R. Yussen.

Szymanski has been chair of the UW department of rehabilitation psychology and special education since 1997 and a professor there since 1993. She was associate dean of the UW School of Education from 1993 to 1997, during which time she oversaw program review, student services, teacher education, minority programs and disability issues.

She received a doctorate in special education from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988, a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania in 1974 and a bachelor's degree in biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. in 1972.

Szymanski has authored and co-authored dozens of peer-reviewed articles, most recently "Disability, job stress, the changing nature of careers and the career resilience portfolio," which is in press with the Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin. She has also edited several books, including "Rehabilitation counseling: Basics and beyond (3rd ed.), published in 1998.

In addition to her research and publishing, Szymanski has held memberships or leadership positions in a number of national and state professional and educational organizations, including the national Council on Rehabilitation, the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification and the American Counseling Association.