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Release: Jan. 26, 2000
Folkins is named provost at Bowling Green State University
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- John Folkins, University of Iowa
associate provost for undergraduate education, has been named provost and
vice president for academic affairs at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
He will start his new position May 1. As provost at Bowling Green, Folkins
will be the chief academic officer overseeing seven colleges, more than 750
full-time faculty members, and 19,000 students.
A native of California, Folkins came to the University
of Iowa in 1977 when he joined the faculty in the department of speech pathology
and audiology. From 1986 to 1993, he served as chair of that department. He
joined the Office of the Provost in 1993, when he was appointed associate
provost for academic review and academic support services. His title was changed
to associate provost for undergraduate education in 1997.
Folkins primary research deals with the neuromotor
control of speech movements and has been supported by $10 million in grants
from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and
the U.S. Department of Education. He has published more than 50 articles,
co-authored a book, and delivered some 75 national and international presentations.
He has been active in professional organizations,
as well. He is a Fellow of both the Acoustical Society of America and the
American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He has served as a member of
the advisory council of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication
Disorders and on the advisory panel for development of the 1992 Strategic
Plan of the National Institutes of Health.
His professional service has also included terms as
president of the American Association of Phonetic Sciences, editor of The
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, and associate editor of
The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.
He earned bachelors and masters degrees
from the University of Redlands in 1970 and 1971, respectively. In 1976 he
received the Ph.D. degree in speech science from the University of Washington.
During the following year he did postdoctoral research in neurophysiology
and motor control at the University of Washington.
Folkins and his wife, Georgia, a program assistant
in the UI linguistics department, have two daughters: Polly, a 1999 graduate
of Northwestern University, and Claire, a high school senior.