December 18, 2017

SIU appoints Wallace as interim Graduate School director

by Tim Crosby

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Southern Illinois University Carbondale announces the appointment of Juliane Wallace as interim associate dean and director of the Graduate School.

Wallace, associate professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology, and interim chair of the Department of Public Health and Recreations at SIU, assumes her new duties Jan. 1.

She will oversee all of the Graduate School’s day-to-day operations, including admissions, fellowships, assistantships and support for student success. She also will work directly with students to provide assistance and support as they pursue their graduate degrees.

“I am grateful for this opportunity to provide ongoing support of the university’s mission and to promote graduate student achievement,” Wallace said.

Focusing on research and academic rigor
Wallace said her primary goals are to focus on recruiting initiatives aimed at enhancing the academic rigor and research excellence at SIU, as well as providing strong advocacy and support of graduate student research.

She also will work toward developing a positive, streamlined communication environment among the Graduate School and other university programs.

More than 13 years of service to SIU
Wallace joined the faculty of SIU as an assistant professor in August 2004. Since then, she has taken on a variety of academic and administrative roles, providing leadership on several strategic initiatives. 

In 2007, Wallace was named the founding program director for Exercise Science, a program that has consistently enrolled more than 200 students during the last few years. She was promoted to associate professor in 2010.

Wallace also has served her profession in a variety of leadership roles, including as president of the Midwest region of the American College of Sports Medicine, earning fellowship status within the organization as well.

Wallace earned her doctorate in exercise physiology in 2004 from Iowa State University, where she was awarded the Iowa State University College of Education Future Faculty Fellowship. Her research and teaching interests include exercise physiology, cardiovascular control, aging and the influence of physical activity in controlling blood pressure.