Jolly reappointed as Human Sciences dean

Laura Dunn Jolly, dean of the College of Human Sciences (CHS), has been reappointed to a second five-year term.

Dean Laura Jolly

Laura Jolly

During her first term, Jolly has been successful in working with faculty and staff to advance the college's strategic goals, including increasing access to high-impact learning experiences; fostering diversity, equity and inclusion; enhancing research capacity and engagement with Iowans; stewardship of the college's human, financial and physical resources; and engaging with alumni, friends and community.

"The College of Human Sciences is a rich and academically diverse college and a destination for students and faculty," said senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert. "Laura has done an outstanding job leading her college, and I look forward to its continued success."

Wickert thanked the CHS dean review committee for managing the comprehensive process. The group was cochaired by Sarah Bennett-George, associate teaching professor of apparel, events and hospitality management; and Tera Jordan, associate professor of human development and family studies and assistant provost for faculty development. Wickert also expressed his appreciation to HS faculty and staff who participated in the process by completing surveys, attending interviews or contacting members of the review committee.

"I am honored to be reappointed as dean," said Jolly, who began her service in July 2016. "I look forward to working with faculty, staff, students and partners to advance our strategic priorities and goals."

Jolly holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Mississippi, Oxford, and earned her master's and doctoral degrees from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. Prior to her arrival at Iowa State, she held faculty and administrative positions at the universities of Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech University.

The College of Human Sciences includes the School of Education and four departments:

  • Apparel, events and hospitality management
  • Food science and human nutrition
  • Human development and family studies
  • Kinesiology

It serves Iowans in all 99 counties through Human Sciences Extension and Outreach and operates several clinics, research centers and the child development laboratory school on campus.