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Release: Nov. 11, 1999
Coulter is named new associate provost for diversity
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Dr. Joe Dan Coulter has been appointed
the new University of Iowa associate provost for diversity and new director
of Opportunity at Iowa.
Since 1996 Coulter has served as interim associate provost
for diversity and acting director of Opportunity at Iowa. He is also a professor
of anatomy and cell biology in the UI College of Medicine.
Coulter, who is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation
of Oklahoma, helped establish the American Indian and Native Studies Program
in the UI College of Liberal Arts in 1993. Since 1993 he has served as coordinator/liaison
for American Indians and Native Alaskans in Opportunity at Iowa.
UI Provost Jon Whitmore says, "As associate provost,
Dr. Coulter is responsible for encouraging a university-wide dialogue on issues
of diversity in faculty and staff hirings, curriculum development and issues
of academic equity and fairness. Among other things, he will continue working
closely with all groups on campus that contribute to the improvement of diversity
Coulter also provides the leadership for Opportunity at
Iowa, the office that supports the recruitment and retention of under-represented
students to the university.
Coulter was also just appointed a member of the Equal
Opportunity for Employment Task Force for the state of Iowa in November 1999.
His research focuses on biomedical sciences, specifically
in the area of neuroscience, and on enhancing American Indian education, history
and culture, and other minorities as well.
Coulter is active in the American Indian Science and Engineering
Society, National Indian Education Association, National Institute for Native
Leadership in Higher Education, the American Indian and Alaskan Native Professors,
the Society for Chicanos and Native American Students, and the American Indian
Higher Education Consortium.
He serves as faculty advisor to American Indian and Native
Alaskan students on campus, and as the director of the Life Sciences Comprehensive
Enrichment Program for pre-college American Indian/Native Alaskan students
at the UI. In 1998 he helped establish the Iowa First Nations program that
provides resident tuition status for members of American Indian Tribes/Nations
historically linked to the State of Iowa.
Coulter came to the UI in 1985 from the University of
Texas Medical Branch at Galveston where he was involved with the U.S.-Mexico
Border Health Initiative, an outreach program to provide health education
along the Texas-Mexico border. He served as head of the UI department of anatomy
from 1985 to 1992 and as director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program from
1988 to 1996.