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Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

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The University of Northern Iowa is nationally recognized for the high quality educational opportunities provided to students.  The goal of the provost's office is to help provide the highest quality learning environments and to encourage engagement with various communities across the State of Iowa, throughout the country and around the world. Through teaching, scholarship, creative activity and outreach, our outstanding faculty and staff strive to achieve excellence in everything we do.

News and Updates


  • New Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate College Appointment

    Colleagues,

    I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kavita Dhanwada as the interim associate provost for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate College.  She has served as an associate dean in the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences since 2010, and as a Faculty Research Fellow in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs since 2013.  Kavita also served as interim head of the Department of Biology from 2007 to 2008.  Kavita has many years of experience on Liberal Arts Core category review committees and has served on the Regents Committee on Educational Relations.  She has also been heavily engaged in graduate education, having received a Milestone Award from the Graduate College in 2013, and she has published with six of her graduate students.

    Kavita's interim position will begin July 1, to replace Dr. April Chatham-Carpenter, who is leaving UNI to be the chair of the Speech Communication Department at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

    Please join me in congratulating Kavita Dhanwada!

    Mike Licari

  • New Interim Dean of the College of Education Appointment

    Colleagues,

    I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Victoria Robinson as the interim dean of the College of Education.  She has served as head of the Department of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education since 2011, and served as interim head from 2009 to 2011. Vickie is also an accomplished teacher and scholar, and she will bring all of this valuable experience to the position.

    Vickie's interim position will begin July 1, to replace Dr. Dwight Watson, who is leaving UNI to be the provost at Southwest Minnesota State.  A national search for the new dean will begin this academic year.  Although the interim dean will not be eligible to be a candidate, I know that Vickie will be a strong leader for the College of Education.

    Please join me in congratulating Vickie Robinson!

    Mike Licari

  • February Academic Affairs Update

    Professional Development Assignments Propel UNI's Contributions to Scholarship and Iowa

    Every fall, a committee comprised of one faculty representative each from CBA, COE, and CSBS, and two representatives from CHAS, evaluates applications for Professional Development Assignments (PDA). A PDA provides full regular salary for one semester or half-salary for an academic year.

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