April 19, 2004

Associate provost candidates to speak at forums

by Paula M. Davenport

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Three candidates vying to become associate provost of academic administration at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will be available at three, separate upcoming forums on campus beginning Thursday, April 22.

Each individual will talk to campus constituency groups and interested members of the public during the separate sessions. Evaluation forms will be available on site.

"I encourage faculty, staff and students to attend the forums, to listen closely to each of these candidates and to determine which will best tend to our needs," said search committee chair Shirley Clay Scott, dean of the SIUC College of Liberal Arts.

Here is a look at each of the candidates, their current positions and their forum appearances:

Lansing, who specializes in business administration, joined the UI's faculty in 1990 after teaching at the University of Iowa, State University of New York's College at Fredonia, the University of South Africa and Stockholm University.• Paul Lansing, a full tenured professor in the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will deliver his talk, "Trust and Respect in the University" to students, faculty, staff and the public from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22, in the Hiram H. Lesar Law Building Auditorium.

At present, he teaches classes on workplace dispute resolution. Over the last two decades, Lansing said he has worked as an arbitrator, fact finder and mediator for various organizations in collective bargaining disputes.

Before his teaching career, he practiced law in New York, where he specialized in contract negotiations. Since then, he has done research and written extensively in the area of labor law.

Lansing told the search committee that his teaching and research experience, along with his knowledge of labor law and extensive work as a labor relations arbitrator and mediator, will lend themselves well to the position at SIUC.

He earned a bachelor's in political science at City University of New York (1968) and a law degree from the University of Illinois (1971).

In his role as associate dean, Rice oversees budget, personnel and research in SIUC's largest college. Rice assists in the preparation, justification and allocation of funds within the college and its academic departments, helps in the hiring and managing of faculty and staff, reviews and processes grant proposals and assists in the development of new funding initiatives and programs.• Donald S. Rice, associate dean of the SIUC College of Liberal Arts and a professor of anthropology, will meet the public from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 27, in Lawson Hall's Room 201.

At the same time, Rice belongs to the SIUC faculty -- which he joined in 1991 -- and is senior research archaeologist in the Center for Archaeological Investigations at SIUC. He joined the dean's administrative staff in 1999.

Previous to that, he taught and conducted research in anthropology at the University of Chicago and University of Virginia, and worked for the Field Museum of Natural History and the Florida State Museum of Natural History.

"I have a very strong commitment to the vision for Southern Illinois University Carbondale, articulated in the 'Southern at150' mission statement ... And I feel I possess the commitment, personality and skill sets to provide academic leadership, to grow and protect resources, particularly human resources, and to make a positive difference in the University's service to its faculty, staff and students," Rice told the search committee.

Rice earned a bachelor's in psychology and a master's in anthropology at Wake Forest University, (1969 and 1972 respectively) and a doctorate in anthropology at Pennsylvania State University (1976).

In 1967, Elmore embarked on a teaching career at SIUC, specializing in educational psychology and the fields of statistics and measurement. She rose through the ranks to become full professor in 1980 and has been tenured at the University for more than 25 years.• Patricia B. Elmore, associate dean for administrative services in the SIUC College of Education and Human Services and a professor of educational psychology and special education, will speak about "Challenges for Higher Education in the 21st Century" from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, in the James W. Neckers Building, Room 240.

Her administrative experiences include six years as associate dean for administrative services in the College of Education and Human Services, a position she accepted in 1998, and 18 years as coordinator of the educational statistics and measurement track in the Departments of Educational Psychology and Special Education, which she held from 1980 to 1997.

In the dean's office, she oversees the college's $25 million annual budget, its off-campus degree programs, and is responsible for its academic personnel and staff members and helps manage equipment, research and facilities.

She's served on various committees at SIUC and worked as a consultant to universities in California, Indiana, New York, North Carolina, Kansas and Missouri.

At present, she edits the journal of Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development and belongs to a number of other editorial boards and professional organizations.

A three-degree graduate of SIUC, she earned her bachelor's in mathematics (1965) a master's and doctorate in educational psychology (1967 and 1970 respectively).

Elmore told the search committee she believes her "interests and experiences parallel the qualifications" and make her well suited to handle the responsibilities of the job.