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UIS announces new dean of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

May 17, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - The University of Illinois at Springfield has announced the selection of Margot I. Duley (right) as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of History, pending approval of the appropriate campus bodies. Duley’s appointment will be effective August 1, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

Duley comes to UIS from Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, where she has been interim associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since 2002, director of the Women’s Studies Program since 1999.

At Eastern Michigan, Duley’s responsibilities included strategic planning, curriculum development and review, faculty tenure reviews, accreditation, budget oversight, and community outreach activities. She also chaired the campus’ Strategic Planning Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Affirmative Action and was head of the Department of History and Philosophy from 1992 to 1997.

“We are very pleased to have attracted someone of Dr. Duley’s caliber,” said UIS Provost Michael Cheney. “She has a wealth of experience in a range of academic areas. Combined with her strong background as an administrator, she will be a tremendous asset to this campus and enhance the educational opportunities available to our students.”

Before joining the faculty at EMU, Duley was director of the University Honors Program at the University of Toledo, a university-wide program encompassing six baccalaureate colleges, from 1989 to 1992; she also served as director of the Women’s Studies Program at Denison University for five years, from 1984 to 1989.  She was a lecturer in the College of Literature, Sciences and the Arts at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, from 1975 to 1984 and during that time was also associate director of the Honors Program; director of the Law Quadrangle; and director of the Pilot Program, a living-learning center for 500 students.

Duley’s primary teaching interest is history -- particularly women’s history, cross-cultural studies, 19th and 20th century women’s movements, modern South Asian and world history, historical research methods, and oral history. She is the author of Where Once Our Mothers Stood, We Stand: The History of Women’s Suffrage in Newfoundland, 1890-1925 (Gynergy Books, 1993) and co-editor of The Cross-Cultural Study of Women (Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 1986), which was sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. A work in progress concerns gender and the socio-economic history of Newfoundland.

Her fellowships and academic awards include being named Robert C. Good Faculty Research Fellow at Denison (1989) and receiving the Lord Rothermere Foundation Fellowship for study at the University of London, England (1967 to 1970). She is a member of several professional organizations and has been an active participant in conferences of various historical societies in this country and abroad.

Duley earned the B.A. with first class honors in history and biology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, the M.A. in South Asian history at Duke University, and the Ph.D. in South Asian and British imperial history from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

At UIS she will replace William Bloemer, who will retire at the end of May.

UIS’ College of Liberal Arts and Sciences houses the African-American Studies, Applied Study, Astronomy/Physics, Biology, Capital Scholars, Chemistry, Clinical Laboratory Science, Communication, Computer Science, English, History, Individual Option, Liberal Studies, Mathematical Sciences, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology/Anthropology, Visual Arts, and Women’s Studies programs.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 40 degree programs – 20 bachelor’s, 19 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.