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Feb. 22, 2008

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Tufts dean Sternberg, first provost finalist, to visit campus Feb. 25-26

Robert J. Sternberg, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, professor of psychology and adjunct professor of education at Tufts University, is the first of five candidates who will interview for University of Iowa provost. Sternberg will be on campus Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 25 and 26.

Five finalists have been selected for the position. Besides Sternberg, two other candidates will visit next week and two will visit the week of March 10.

Sternberg will participate in two public events. The first is a forum at 3:30 p.m. Monday in W401 Pappajohn Business Building. During the forum Sternberg will answer questions from a panel of faculty members and the audience.

At 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sternberg will appear in a public symposium in the Senate Chamber of Old Capitol. He will speak on "The Primary Challenges Facing Public Research Universities Today," the designated topic for all the finalists. In addition to the public events, Sternberg will meet individually with UI President Sally Mason, collegiate deans and directors, and staff, faculty, and student leaders, among other groups. Each candidate in the search process will follow the same general schedule of meetings and public events.

Detailed schedule information for all of the candidate visits is available online at The identities of and information about each individual candidate will be made available the day before each candidate's visit begins.

Sternberg is well known for his theory of successful intelligence, his investment theory of creativity (developed with Todd Lubart), his theory of thinking styles as mental self-government, his balance theory of wisdom, his WICS theory of leadership, and for his duplex theories of love and hate.

Sternberg has been listed in the American Psychological Association Monitor on Psychology as one of the top 100 psychologists of the 20th century and by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute as one of its most frequently cited authors (top .5 percent) in psychology and psychiatry. He is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and Who's Who in Science and Engineering.

Sternberg is also director of the Center for the Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise (PACE), which challenges the traditional view that people are born with a certain intelligence that is fixed throughout their lifetime. Prior to accepting a position at Tufts, Sternberg was IBM Professor of Psychology and Education and director of PACE at Yale. The center relocated in 2001 to Tufts with Sternberg.

Sternberg received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1975 and a B.A. summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with honors and with exceptional distinction in psychology from Yale University in 1972. He holds numerous honorary doctorates from universities around the world.

He is the author of about 1,200 journal articles, book chapters and books, and has received over $20 million in government and other grants and contracts for his research. The central focus of his research is on intelligence, creativity and wisdom, and he also has studied love and close relationships as well as hate. He's conducted this research on five continents.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association (in 15 divisions), and many other professional organizations.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to complete an online evaluation of each candidate. The evaluation form will be accessible from the provost search Web site at

STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1000

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