Bob McMurray named F. Wendell Miller Professor

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Goddard, Fuentes, McMurray, Curto
Dean Steve Goddard, Provost and Executive Vice President
Montserrat Fuentes, Professor Bob McMurray, and Executive
Associate Dean Raúl Curto

In an investiture ceremony in the Old Capitol Museum Senate Chamber on September 23, the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences celebrated the appointment of Professor Bob McMurray to the F. Wendell Miller Professorship.

Dean Steve Goddard of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences said McMurray's breakthrough research and outstanding teaching are deserving of the recognition.

"Professor McMurray conducts research that improves lives and shapes his discipline," said Goddard. "I am delighted that the University of Iowa has named him to the Miller Professorship."

Bob McMurray is Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and holds secondary appointments in the Departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Linguistics; and (in the Carver College of Medicine) Otolaryngology. He directs the DeLTA Center and the Cognitive Science of Language Graduate Certificate, and is also a member of the UI’s Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program. A prolific author and speaker, his research interests lie in online spoken word recognition in typical adults and in people with language or hearing impairments; and the development of word recognition and reading skills in children. He uses eye tracking, cognitive neuroscience techniques; and computational modeling to ask these questions. McMurray, who joined the University of Iowa faculty in 2004, was named Dean’s Scholar in 2010 and Collegiate Scholar in 2015. He earned his PhD from the University of Rochester.


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa is a comprehensive college offering 73 majors in the humanities; fine, performing and literary arts; natural and mathematical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and communication disciplines. More than 17,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students study each year in the college’s 37 departments, led by professors at the forefront of teaching and research in their disciplines. The college teaches all UI undergraduates through the General Education Program, and confers about 70 percent of the UI's bachelor's degrees each academic year.