Two more Human Sciences dean finalists to campus

AMES, Iowa -- A 15-member search committee led by Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean Michael Whiteford has announced the remaining two of four dean finalists for the new College of Human Sciences at Iowa State.

They are:

  • Jeffrey McCubbin, professor and associate dean for graduate studies and research, College of Health and Human Sciences; interim associate dean for extension and outreach; and director of the graduate program in movement studies in disability, Oregon State University, Corvallis. McCubbin will interview May 3-4.
  • Cheryl Achterberg, founding dean, Schreyer Honors College; professor, Nutritional Sciences Department; affiliate professor, School of Information Sciences Technology; affiliate professor of education theory and policy, College of Education, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park. Achterberg will interview May 5-6.

Dean finalists Pamela White of Iowa State and Marlene Strathe of Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, are interviewing this week. See previous release.

An open forum with the candidates will be held in the Memorial Union on the first day of their visits. A diversity forum will be held in 302 Catt Hall on the second day.

The successful candidate will become inaugural dean of the College of Human Sciences. The college will be founded July 1, bringing together the departments and programs formerly housed in the colleges of Education and Family and Consumer Sciences.

McCubbin has been a member of the Oregon State University faculty since 1988, where he has served as assistant professor, associate professor, professor, associate dean and interim dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences. He has directed the graduate program in movement studies in disability since 1992. McCubbin has been associate dean for graduate studies and research since 2002. Since July 2004, McCubbin also has served as interim associate dean for extension and outreach. Prior to joining Oregon State, McCubbin was an assistant professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, where he also served as co-director of the Special Physical and Motor Fitness Clinic. He directed and developed the Adapted/Developmental Physical Education Clinic and supervised physical education at Starpoint School, a private school for children with learning disabilities. From 1983 to 1986, McCubbin was a coordinator at the School of Health, physical education and recreation, The Ohio State University, Columbus.

His research interests are exercise science and movement studies in disability.

McCubbin earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from East Stroudsburg State College, Penn., in 1976; a master's degree in special physical education from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, in 1977, and a doctorate in special physical education from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, in 1983.

Achterberg is founding dean of the Schreyer Honors College at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, a role she has held since 1998. She served as acting dean for one year prior to that. She also is a professor in the Nutritional Sciences Department at Penn State, as well as an affiliate professor in the School of Information Sciences Technology and an affiliate professor of education theory and policy in the College of Education. From 1996 to 1997, Achterberg was an administrative fellow to the executive vice president and provost at Penn State, and a fellow of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation Leadership program, an academic consortium of the Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago. Achterberg served as co-director of the Penn State Nutrition Center from 1985 to 1991 and director from 1992 to 1996. She also has been an assistant professor and associate professor at Penn State. Achterberg was a visiting professor at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and worked with the Hamilton-Wentworth Regional Department of Public Health Services in the fall of 1990. In her early career, Achterberg was a community nutritionist in Washington County, Maine, and also held the positions of assistant food technologist, graduate assistant, research nutritionist and instructor at the University of Maine, Orono.

Achterberg has researched nutrition education among children and adolescents, as well as low-income, low-literate, older and minority populations.

She received a bachelor's degree (with high honors) in biological sciences from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, in 1975; a master's degree (with high honors) in human development/nutrition from the University of Maine in 1981; and a doctorate in nutrition from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., in 1986.

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