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Associate Dean of Academic Programs departs UW

March 14, 2005

To: Deans, Director, and Chairs

From: Elizabeth L. Feetham, Acting Dean and Vice Provost

It is with a mixture of pride and sadness that I am writing to inform you that Associate Dean Gail Dubrow has accepted the position of Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost at the University of Minnesota. In this position, Dr. Dubrow will have responsibility for central leadership of the university’s graduate programs, as well as fostering interest in graduate education and interdisciplinary research on the University’s campuses and among external constituencies. Her new role will begin this summer. A copy of the press release about this appointment is included.

Since January 2004, Dr. Dubrow has served as an Associate Dean in The Graduate School. In this role, she led the Office of Academic Programs, where she made a number of contributions to refine the already successful academic program review process. In addition, she held a leadership role with respect to The Graduate School’s seventeen interdisciplinary degree and graduate certificate programs. Most notable was her effort to found a campus-wide Network of Interdisciplinary Initiatives that has recently held its first meeting, has launched a new web site, and has planned several other activities before the end of this academic year.

Dr. Dubrow was selected as a Fellow of the American Council on Education (ACE) for the 2003-04 academic year, completing periods of residence at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of British Columbia, as well as a project on institutional transformation to sustain interdisciplinarity. Prior to coming to The Graduate School in 2004, Dr. Dubrow served for four years as Associate Dean of the College of Urban Design and Planning.

In addition, Dr. Dubrow has been a champion of, as well as an exemplary colleague in, interdisciplinary education as both a faculty member and administrator since joining the College of Architecture and Urban planning in 1989. The range of her appointments alone witnesses her accomplishments: she is Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, as well as Adjunct Professor of History and Women Studies. Her teaching career has emphasized Historic Preservation, the History of the Built Environment, and Urban History. Her research has focused on gender and space and, more broadly, on raising our consciousnesses in regard to long neglected places significant in the history of women, ethnic communities of color, and other underrepresented groups.

All of these accomplishments here at the University of Washington have prepared Dr. Dubrow to take on this important leadership role. We are very proud of these activities that have led to this important appointment at the University of Minnesota, though we will miss Dr. Dubrow’s skills, talents, and expertise here at the University of Washington. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Dubrow on this achievement.

cc: Graduate Program Coordinators
Graduate Program Advisors

Gail Dubrow Named New Graduate School Dean, Vice Provost
What: New Graduate School dean and vice provost
When: Begins summer 2005
Contact: David Ruth, University News Service, (612) 626-1720

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (3/10/2005) -- Gail Dubrow, associate dean for academic programs in the University of Washington Graduate School, has been named the University of Minnesota’s new Graduate School dean and vice provost, subject to approval by the university’s board of regents Friday. She will assume her new duties this summer.
Dubrow will report to the senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, E. Thomas Sullivan. Her duties are to provide central leadership for the university’s graduate programs and foster interest in graduate education and interdisciplinary research on its campuses and among external constituencies.
Besides her administrative appointments, Dubrow is currently professor of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and planning, with adjunct appointments in history and women’s studies. During the 2003-04 year she served as a fellow of the American Council on Education. She has produced two award-winning books, “Sento at Sixth and Main,” with Donna Graves (Smithsonian Books, 2004), and “Restoring Women’s History Through Historic Preservation,” edited with Jennifer Goodman (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003). She received a doctorate in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1991.

“We expect Dean Dubrow to play a significant leadership role in furthering the academic quality and national reputation of the university’s graduate programs and in advancing interdisciplinary teaching and research across the university,” said Sullivan. “In addition, I would like to thank Victor Bloomfield for his dedicated service as interim dean of the Graduate School for the last two and a half years. The university has benefited, and will continue to benefit, from his commitment to graduate education and research.”
The University of Minnesota Graduate School offers master’s and doctoral degree programs in virtually every area of academic inquiry. It has more than 10,000 graduate students from 50 states and 118 countries. The breadth of faculty expertise, spanning more than 180 graduate programs, provides opportunity for a wide range of studies.



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