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New Dean Named to University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Chaden Djalali, professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of South Carolina (USC), has been named dean of the UI College. His term will begin in the fall.

University of Iowa Media Release

Chaden Djalali (pronounced Ja-lá-li), professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of South Carolina (USC), has been named dean of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), effective Aug. 15.

Djalali, 56, joined the physics faculty of USC in 1989 and has served as the chair of the department since 2004. In 2007 he was appointed to a Carolina Distinguished Professorship in recognition of his outstanding research and teaching.

He maintains an active research program in intermediate energy nuclear physics and hadronic physics and has taught at all university levels and contributed significantly to undergraduate and graduate curriculum development. He has acquired substantial administrative experience, not only as chair of the department but also through extensive involvement with university-wide governance. He has received USC’s top university-wide awards for research, service, and teaching.

“I am truly honored to have been chosen as the next dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa. I am ready to ‘roll up my sleeves’ and look forward to working closely with students, staff, faculty, and administrators to further the research, educational, and service missions of the college and the university,” Djalali says.

Read more about Djalali at the University of Iowa website.

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