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Dec. 23, 2005
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Indiana University's Steinmetz to lead KU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas announced today that Joseph Steinmetz, executive associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University, Bloomington, has been named the new dean of KU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Steinmetz will start July 1, 2006.

"I'm delighted that Joseph Steinmetz has agreed to lead KU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and I'm very confident he will be an outstanding leader for the university," said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David Shulenburger. "Dr. Steinmetz generated a remarkable degree of enthusiasm among the KU faculty within the college. His colleagues at Indiana spoke with great admiration for his talents and vision."

KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway said Steinmetz was actively recruited by other universities.

"Other universities wanted Joe Steinmetz, but KU was his choice," Hemenway said. "We are delighted that he will assume a key leadership position within the KU community."

Mabel Rice, professor of speech-language-hearing and chairwoman of the CLAS dean search committee, expressed her excitement for Steinmetz.

"He brings an impressive record of achievements to the dean's position," Rice said. "He has proven academic leadership at a major research university and is widely regarded as a dynamic leader with clear vision. He enjoys widespread respect and appreciation of his leadership style. He will bring a fresh perspective, positive energy and strong commitment to the role of dean."

Steinmetz began his academic career at IU in 1987, when he joined the Department of Psychology as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor and tenured in 1991 and then promoted to full professor in 1995. In 1999, IU recognized his research and teaching contributions by awarding him the Eleanor Cox Riggs Professorship in psychology. He also is a core faculty member of two interdisciplinary programs at IU, the cognitive science program and the program in neural science, as well as a member of the University Honors Faculty.

From 1995 to 2005, Steinmetz served as chairman of IU's Department of Psychology. During his last year as department leader, he served as senior adviser to the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for long-range planning. In that role, he oversaw external reviews that the college conducted for key departments as part of their strategic planning processes and he conducted a study of the general organization of other universities' arts and sciences colleges around the country with an eye toward assessing IU's own organization.

In 2005, Steinmetz assumed the duties of executive associate dean for the college. His major responsibilities included day-to-day management of the college's budget; leading the college's promotional committee, overseeing the office staff, overseeing faculty recruitment and hiring and representing the college on several campus-wide committees involved mainly in faculty development, financial matters and college fund raising.

Over the years, Steinmetz has taught a variety of courses in experimental psychology, neuroscience and cognitive science. At IU, he trained 14 graduate students and nine postdoctoral scholars and has worked with more than 100 undergraduates in his laboratory. His research program has produced more than 160 publications and more than 150 published abstracts, conference proceedings and invited presentations.

In 1996, the National Academy of Science selected Steinmetz for the Troland Research Award to recognize his research contributions to the fields of experimental psychology and neuroscience. He also received the 2000 Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award.

Before arriving at IU, Steinmetz was postdoctoral research fellow and research associate at Stanford University in California from 1983 to 1987.

Steinmetz earned a bachelor's in psychology and chemistry and a master's in experimental psychology from Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant. He received his doctorate in physiological psychology from Ohio University, Athens.

Steinmetz is married to Sandra Steinmetz, a special education teacher. They have two children and one grandchild.

Steinmetz succeeds Kim Wilcox, who left KU on July 1 to become provost at Michigan State University, East Lansing.

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