News Release

Research provost finalists

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Finalists for the Associate Provost for Research/Dean of Graduate Education position will be interviewed on campus and will participate in open sessions with students, faculty, staff and community members.

The five finalists:

  • David Rabson is an associate professor of physics at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He holds a doctorate in physics from Cornell University. Since 2006, Rabson has been a researcher on two teams that have brought in a combined million dollars in National Science Foundation funding. View his curriculum vitae (PDF). His open public session is 2:15 p.m. April 28 in the Glacier Room of Atwood Memorial Center.
  • Koblar Jackson is chair of the Physics Department at Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Mich. He earned his doctorate in physics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Jackson, who did his postdoctoral work at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, is an expert in computational condensed-matter physics. View his curriculum vitae (PDF). Jackson's open public session is 9 a.m. May 4 in Glacier South, Atwood Memorial Center.
  • Daniel Gregory is the interim associate provost for research/dean of graduate education at St. Cloud State. He holds a doctorate in chemistry from Iowa State University in Ames. He is an expert on vanadium-flavonoid complexes, which are being investigated as a treatment for diabetes. View Gregory's curriculum vitae (PDF). His open public session is 2:15 p.m. April 26 in Atwood Memorial Center's Mississippi Room.
  • Dennis Grady is dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Radford University, Radford, Va. He holds a doctorate in political science from Emory University in Atlanta. Grady helped implement a law de-institutionalizing North Carolina's non-delinquent status offenders incarcerated in the state training school system. View his curriculum vitae (PDF). Grady's open public session is 2:15 p.m. May 2 in Voyageurs South, Atwood Memorial Center.
  • Thomas Wheeler held three positions at Arkansas State University (ASU) from 1998-2008, including dean of Graduate College and Research Services. He earned a doctorate in physiology from the University of Texas in Austin. Under his leadership ASU added 16 new graduate programs, including three doctoral programs. View his curriculum vitae (PDF). Wheeler's open public session is 2:15 p.m. May 5 in the Alumni Room, Atwood Memorial Center.

Among many responsibilities, the associate provost for research/dean of graduate education is an advocate for research and scholarship, initiates new graduate programs and provides leadership for assessment and curricular innovation.

In addition, the person assists in the day-to-day management of the Office of the Provost.

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