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Release: March 4, 1999
Last finalist for UI College of Education dean to visit March 4-5
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The fourth and last finalist for the University of
Iowa's College of Education dean, a professor from Emory University, will
tour the campus and meet with staff, faculty and students Thursday and
Friday, March 4 and 5.
Sandra Bowman Damico, a professor in Emory's Division of Educational
Studies and an associate professor in its department of sociology, will
make a public presentation at 3 p.m. Thursday in 301 Linquist Center, followed
by a question and answer session.
Damico rounds out the slate of finalists drawn up by the UI College
of Education dean search committee. Edna Mora Szymanski, chair of the University
of Wisconsin's department of Rehabilitation psychology and special education
in Madison, visited the campus March 1 and 2; John Jeffrey Gorrell, a professor
and associate dean of Auburn University's College of Education, visited
Feb. 25-26; and Jeffrey K. Smith, a professor and associate dean of the
Rutgers University Graduate School of Education, visited the campus Feb.
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.
In addition to the positions she currently holds, Damico was director
of Emory'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 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
Damico 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.