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Oct. 8, 2004

UI Faculty Attending Seminar Based On 'Extraordinary Leadership Potential'

The University of Iowa this week is hosting the first of three Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Academic Leadership Program seminars for faculty members who show extraordinary leadership potential, and five of the UI's own faculty have been named CIC-ALP fellows.

The CIC, an academic consortium of Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago, launched the Academic Leadership Program in 1989 to develop the leadership and management skills of faculty on its member campuses. During the academic year, CIC-ALP fellows will travel to the UI, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Minnesota to attend seminars that will examine leadership and human resources, long-range planning and budgeting, and motivating change at public research universities.

Faculty, or in some cases upper administrative professional staff, are chosen for the program because they have demonstrated leadership ability through university administrative assignments or other significant leadership positions.

UI faculty taking part in this week's seminar, which began Thursday and runs through Saturday, are Ann Marie McCarthy, an associate professor in the Colleges of Nursing and Public Health; James C. Torner, a professor of epidemiology and surgery in the College of Public Health and the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine; Craig C. Porter, a professor of pediatrics (clinical) and director of the Division of Pediatric Nephrology and Hypertension in the Carver College of Medicine; Marcella David, interim associate provost for diversity, director of Opportunity at Iowa, and associate dean of admissions for the College of Law; and Margaret Raymond, a professor of law at the College of Law.

"These fellows make up a very highly select group of people, and many go on to hold top administrative positions on their campuses," said Tom Rocklin, interim associate provost for faculty development at the UI, himself a former CIC-ALP fellow.

Other UI faculty who have been CIC-ALP fellows include Lola Lopes, associate provost for undergraduate education; Joe Kearney, associate dean for research and development in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a computer science professor; and Fred Antczak, a former UI professor of rhetoric and associate dean for academic programs in the CLAS who earlier this year was named founding dean of the new College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

This year's CIC-ALP fellows bring with them considerable credentials, Rocklin said, and the promise of stellar professional careers.

McCarthy received a bachelor's degree in nursing from Simmons College, a master of science in nursing (MSN) and practice pediatric nursing (PPN) degrees from Boston College, and a Ph.D. in educational and pediatric psychology from the UI. Her research focus is on the care of children with chronic health conditions and includes studies on the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral interventions to help children cope with painful procedures, the impact of chronic conditions on learning, and school health nursing. Her current administrative position is director of the UI College of Nursing doctoral program. McCarthy has been a member of the UI Faculty Senate and Council and is currently a member of the Graduate Faculty Council.  She serves in leadership positions in a number of nursing organizations and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. 

Torner is head of the UI Department of Epidemiology. He received a bachelor's degree, a master's degree and a Ph.D. from the UI. He was a member of the faculty in the University of Virginia School of Medicine from 1984 to 1991 and returned to the UI in 1991. His research interests are in the methods and study of the prevention of mortal and disabling diseases and conditions including central nervous system cancers, heart disease, stroke, birth defects, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, aging, reproductive disorders, and traumatic injuries. His administrative experience includes department head, chair of the Faculty Senate Government Relations Committee, chair of the Faculty Senate Committee on Selection of Central Academic Officials, member of the Presidential Selection Committee, co-chair of the Provost Selection Committee, and chair and member of numerous college committees and director of several research centers.

Porter received his A.B. degree in biology from Kenyon College and his M.D. degree from the Ohio State University. He served as an intern and resident in pediatrics at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital of Case Western Reserve University and subsequently completed his fellowship training in pediatric nephrology at the Children's Hospital National Medical Center of George Washington University.  He served as an assistant professor at The Johns Hopkins University until 1990, when he moved to the UI. He served as a member of the Carver College of Medicine Executive Committee for seven consecutive years, three of them as its chair. He has been a member of the UI Faculty Senate, one of its councilors and its secretary.

David was serving as associate dean of admissions for the College of Law when she was selected to serve as Interim Associate Provost for Diversity, beginning summer, 2004. She earned a degree in computer and systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Before joining the UI faculty in 1995, her practical experiences included clerking for a federal judge and working as a litigation associate for a New York law firm. David's primary area of scholarship is international law and human rights. She also teaches courses that draw on her litigation experiences. In addition to her work in admissions, David has served for three years as the director of an externally funded pre-law program administered and hosted by the UI College of Law.

Raymond's research interests include constitutional criminal procedure and the professional responsibility of lawyers. Raymond received her B.A. degree from Carleton College and a J.D. degree from the Columbia University School of Law. She clerked for a judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals and a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and practiced as a commercial litigator and criminal defense lawyer before joining the law faculty at Iowa in 1995.  She has served as the president of the Faculty Senate, as chair of an ad hoc committee investigating the handling of an allegation of sexual assault made against a prominent athlete, and as an active member of numerous university committees, including a task force charged to recommend significant university budget cuts. 

More information about the CIC can be found at http://www.cic.uiuc.edu/about.shtml

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