About the Dean

Dean Chaden DjalaliOn August 15, 2012, Chaden Djalali became the 12th Dean of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. He also is  a Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, and holds the UI Alumni Association Dean's Chair in the Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Dean Djalali—a highly accomplished researcher, teacher, and administrator—earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in physics from the University of Paris XI and doctorate in physics from Institut de Physique Nucléaire (IPN-Orsay) in Paris.

Before joining the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, he was on the faculty at the University of South Carolina. He joined the Department of Physics & Astronomy there in 1989, and served as the chair of the department from 2004-2012. In 2007, he was appointed to a Carolina Distinguished Professorship in recognition of his outstanding research and teaching. He was extensively involved with university-wide governance, and taught at all university levels, contributing significantly to undergraduate and graduate curriculum development. He received the university's top awards for research, service, and teaching.

Dean Djalali maintains an active research program in intermediate energy nuclear physics and hadronic physics.

The Dean of the College provides educational leadership for the College's teaching and research missions, promotes the academic quality and welfare of the College's faculty and students, and directs strategic-planning processes and allocation of the budget. The Dean works closely with the College's elected Executive Committee on collegiate policy and budget issues and consults with the Associate Deans on all general policy questions. The associate deans are: Raúl Curto, Executive Associate Dean,  Associate Dean for Faculty & Diversity, and the Natural & Mathematical Sciences; Joseph Kearney, Associate Dean for Research & Infrastructure, and the Arts; Helena Dettmer, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs & Curriculum, and the Humanities; and Marc Armstrong, Associate Dean for Graduate and Online Education, and the Social Sciences.

Assistant Dean Dian Gottlob works with the Dean of the College, as staff for the CLAS Executive Committee, and in support of departmental and program reviews.

Read a welcome message from Dean Djalali.