Peeples Appointed to New Position of Associate Dean for Diversity and Outreach

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tonya Peeples, professor of chemical and biochemical engineering and director of the Ethnic Inclusion Effort for Iowa Engineering, has been appointed to the new position of associate dean for diversity and outreach for the College of Engineering, effective June 1, 2013.

Peeples will provide creative leadership, direction, coordination and assessment of diversity and outreach initiatives throughout the College.  This includes advancing and expanding an emphasis on diversity in the research, education, and service missions of the College; developing and implementing a comprehensive plan to enhance recruitment and retention of a diverse undergraduate and graduate student body; and providing leadership in developing and implementing an effective strategy to recruit and retain a diverse faculty and staff, among other responsibilities.

Since she assumed the directorship for the College's Ethnic Inclusion Effort for Iowa Engineering, Peeples has successfully led a holistic approach to improve ethnic inclusion among our engineering graduates and provide a model for other institutions interested in eliminating the disparity in ethnicity in engineering.