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Last modified: Wednesday, August 6, 2003

Dworkin named new dean of IUB Office for Women's Affairs

Terry Dworkin, the Jack R. Wentworth Professor of Business Law in the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, has been appointed to succeed Jean C. Robinson as dean of the Office for Women's Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington. Robinson will return to her faculty role in the Department of Political Science.

"I am delighted to appoint a faculty member of such seniority, commitment and stature. Professor Dworkin's research interests and professional expertise make her an ideal selection for this role. She has been a vocal and effective advocate for women over many years," said IUB Chancellor Sharon Stephens Brehm.

Dworkin's selection followed an extensive search process conducted by a committee chaired by Pamela Walters, Rudy Professor of Sociology at IUB. Dworkin has researched employment law, including issues of discrimination, harassment, privacy and whistle-blowing. She is also known for her research in employment and equity issues. Additionally, Dworkin has given lectures on diversity and harassment issues to both executives and students. Most recently, she has been examining the relationship between gender and voice and their correlations with peace.

Dworkin, who will assume her new position on Aug. 15, has a long history of affiliation with the Office for Women's Affairs, having served on the advisory board under the previous two deans. She also chaired the search and screen committee that selected the previous dean, Jean Robinson. Dworkin has related administrative experience as chair of the Business Law Department and co-director of the IU Center for International Business Education and Research. She is also president-elect of IU's Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

In her application letter, Dworkin, who is married to IU Professor of Law Roger Dworkin, wrote: "When I moved to Bloomington 32 years ago spouses (wives) were not allowed to work for the university. When I entered law school in 1970, I was one of 10 women enrolled in the school. I have seen real advances for women on this campus since those early experiences. The Office for Women's Affairs has played an important role in prompting and facilitating these advances. Yet there is still much to do ... I welcome the opportunity to work on these challenges, which include the women-in-science initiative and ongoing safety issues."