April 21, 2008
Robinson to become Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
Professor Jean Robinson of the IU Political Science Department, will replace Professor Catherine Larson as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education on July 1, 2008, Dean Bennett I. Bertenthal announced today.
“I am extremely pleased that Jean has agreed to join the staff in the Dean’s Office,” Dean Bertenthal said. “Jean brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this position. I am confident that she will provide outstanding leadership as we continue our transition to the new General Education requirements, and will spearhead our strategic planning efforts in the area of undergraduate education. At the same time, I and all of us in the College owe a deep debt of gratitude to Cathy Larson for her five years of outstanding service as associate dean.”
In her 28 years on the faculty of Indiana University, Robinson has distinguished herself through teaching, research and service. While writing her dissertation for Cornell University, Robinson lived in Bloomington, where she led the IU Women's Studies Program and served as its coordinator. After completing her Ph.D., she joined IU's faculty and became the university's first director of women's studies. She has promoted gender equality and the advancement of women - as people, as faculty members, and as a subject worthy of academic study. Robinson developed the graduate and much of the undergraduate curriculum for the Women's Studies Program (now the Department of Gender Studies), enlisted faculty to teach it, and recruited students to enroll in it. As dean for women's affairs from 1998 to 2003, Robinson acquired multiple grants to enhance and extend IU's Women in Science initiative and reduce violence against women on campus. She also initiated the first campus-wide Study on the Status of Women, which examined the experiences and analyzed the status of women staff, faculty, and students.
An accomplished scholar of international politics and the politics of equality, Robinson served as director of graduate studies in the Department of Political Science in 2007 before accepting her current position as interim dean of the Hutton Honors College. In addition to her position in the Department of Political Science, Robinson has served or currently serves on the faculty in the Department of Gender Studies, the Russian and East European Institute, West European Studies, and the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. She has been associated with honors education at IU Bloomington for many years.
"She has performed extraordinary and effective service," says Jeffrey C. Isaac, chair and James H. Rudy Professor of Political Science. "And she has done so with exceptional skill and even more exceptional grace."
Throughout her career, Robinson has generously volunteered her time to the university and the community. She is currently a member of the Political Science Personnel Committee, the Sonneborn Committee, the Wells Scholars Advisory Board, and the Gender Studies' Graduate Admission and Studies Committee, and she just completed serving as a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Tenure Committee. She is also on the board of directors for the Middle Way House, a community organization dedicated to ending violence toward women and children. For her service and teaching, Robinson has earned multiple awards, including the IU Dean of the Faculties Distinguished Service Award and the IU President's Award for Distinguished Teaching.
She earned her bachelor’s degree at Oberlin College and her Ph.D. from Cornell University.