Associate Dean for Research and Infrastructure, and the Social Sciences*
The Associate Dean for Research and Infrastructure, Marc Armstrong, oversees the development of external support for the College, as well as the College's research centers, institutes, and academic resource centers. He coordinates the College's participation in faculty development and internal research award programs. He also has responsibility for the College's infrastructure, including space assignment and renewal, equipment, technical support, and departmental general expense budgets and requests.
A professor in the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences, Marc Armstrong earned a BA in Geography at SUNY at Plattsburgh, an MA in Geography at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a PhD from the University of Illinois, joining the University of Iowa faculty in 1984. Armstrong was named a CLAS Collegiate Fellow in 2005. He is recognized as an expert in the area of geographic information science and cartography. A primary focus of his research is on the use of parallel computing to improve the performance of spatial analysis methods. Other active areas of interest are in the history of cartography and geographic information science, privacy aspects of geo-spatial technologies, and evolutionary algorithms as applied to location problems. Armstrong has served as North American Editor of the International Journal of Geographical Information Science, as an Associate Editor of Cartography and Geographic Information Science, and has served on the editorial boards of several other journals. He was named a Fellow of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science in 2019.
Professor Armstrong has been elected to the UI Graduate Council and on five occasions has served on the CLAS advisory committee on promotion and tenure. He has also served as chair of the Department of Geographical & Sustainability Sciences (2000–2012) and as interim departmental executive officer for several other CLAS units, including Interim Director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (2007–2009), Interim Chair of the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures (2010–2011), Interim Director of the Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures (2010–2011), Interim Chair of the Department of Communication Studies (2011–2013), and Interim Chair of the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature (2012–2014). In addition, Armstrong has served as Interim Associate Dean for Research in CLAS (Fall, 2006), as an Administrative Fellow in the College, and as Associate Dean for Graduate and Online Education (2014-2016), and as Interim Director of the Optical Science and Technology Center (2017).
Contact Allison Bierman, (335-3994), to schedule an appointment with Associate Dean Armstrong.
*Anthropology, Communication Studies, Geographical and Sustainability Sciences, Journalism and Mass Communication, Linguistics, Political Science, Social Work, Sociology