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Release: July 9, 1999
VP for Research to oversee IWP in 1999-2000; 10 writers
may participate in fall program
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Oversight of the University of Iowa
International Writing Program will be moved to the Office of the Vice President
for Research for the 1999-2000 academic year, and the IWP will be host to
as many as 10 visiting writers this fall, UI President Mary Sue Coleman, Provost
Jon Whitmore, and College of Liberal Arts Dean Linda Maxson announced today.
"We have decided to move the International Writing
Program under the supervision of Vice President for Research David Skorton,"
said Mary Sue Coleman. "The move will place the administrative responsibility
for this program in an office that manages other non-degree granting scholarly
programs with academic ties, such as the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies,
the Public Policy Center, and the Center for Global and Regional Environmental
The decision was made after consultation with the
President's Council on Strategic Implementation, a standing strategic planning
group including faculty and staff representatives as well as the universitys
Maxson had appointed a committee of faculty and staff
to recommend strategies to sustain the program in a way that would honor the
universitys heritage as a center of international writing and bring
visiting writers into closer association with our degree-granting programs.
Coleman and Whitmore also have asked the committee to review the IWP's fiscal
and operational history as well as the reports generated by two prior reviews
of the program and to offer recommendations to the university by the end of
"We want to make it clear that the review of the program
initiated by Dean Maxson will go on, including thorough and thoughtful consideration
of the many views about its future," Coleman added.
Members of the committee to review the IWP are Steven
Ungar, professor and chair of comparative literature; Fred Antczak, professor
of rhetoric and associate dean of Liberal Arts; Daniel Balderston, professor
and chair of Spanish and Portuguese; Sandra Barkan, assistant dean of the
Graduate College; Connie Brothers, program associate in the Iowa Writers'
Workshop; Michael McNulty, associate provost for international programs; John
Nelson, professor and chair of political science; and Jim Harris, UI alumnus
and owner of Prairie Lights Book Store in Iowa City.
"I am delighted that a decision has been made to reconsider
the location of this program," Maxson said. "I believe that the opportunity
for the International Writing Program to be sustained under the vice president
for research is encouraging. The college has always wanted to see the program
continue and thrive."
Skorton will appoint an advisory committee of faculty,
staff and students to advise him about the IWP's operations during the 1999-2000
academic year. He will also begin immediately to consult within the UI community
and with others who are interested in the IWP. The consultations will include
open meetings sponsored jointly with Provost Whitmore.
"My staff and I are eager to assist in this effort,"
Skorton said. "We are well aware of the proud history of the International
Writing Program, and we are enthusiastic about providing a memorable experience
for this year's international writers and preparing the way for a stable future
for the program."