Director of academic quality and undergraduate education Shawn Boyne began in the position Jan. 8. Photo by Christopher Gannon.

Shawn Boyne began in the provost's office on Jan. 8, taking over the role of director of academic quality and undergraduate education. She will lead and coordinate academic program effectiveness, including program review and accreditation, undergraduate student success initiatives and outcomes assessment.

She comes from Indiana University, Bloomington, where she was a law professor and created a successful diversity pipeline program for the law school. During the 2018-19 academic year, she served as an American Council on Education fellow at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.

In addition to earning a law degree at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Boyne has a bachelor's degree in government from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; a master of business administration degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; and a doctoral degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Prior to her academic career, she was a child abuse and sex crimes prosecutor in New Mexico and a contract public defender.

Boyne's office is in 1550 Beardshear Hall. She can be reached by phone at 294-7063 and by email at smboyne@iastate.edu.