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Offsite Storage RG-D: Dean's Office Records 1969-1996
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RG-D: Dean's Office Records 1969-1996

  • US US-store Archives/RG-D
  • Collection
  • 1969 - ?

Papers and administrative materials documenting the work of the Office of the Dean.  Some materials may be confidential and not available for research.

There has been a person serving in the capacity of Dean of the Faculty/College since 1944. The exact titles changed over the years and the duties varied, but essentially these persons served similar functions.

In the 1958 North Central Association report to the College, the Dean of the College was responsible for being the academic assistant to the President and the person to assume leadership in the absence of the President.

In 1968 the Dean was described as the person who cooperates with the President in the administration of the academic affairs of the College; who advises the President on academic and other matters; and who represents the President in his/her absence unless an Acting President had been appointed by the Trustees. The Dean also served as Chair of the Faculty Committee on Academic Standing, Chair of the Faculty committee on Admissions and Student Aid, and as a member of the Faculty Executive Council. (From the 1968 NCA report).

When the College was seeking a new Dean of the Faculty in 1980, the principal responsibilities of the Dean were to provide leadership in working with the President and the Faculty in areas of curriculum, faculty development, and maintenance of the quality of the academic profram. (From job description located in RG-F Series 3).

Following is a list of persons in this position with their exact titles, dates, and in parentheses, the name(s) of the president(s) under whom they served.

Earl D. Strong, Dean, 1944-1951 (Stevens)

Max Fuller, Dean of the College, 1951-1954 (Stevens)

R. Homer Norton, Acting Dean of the College, 1954-1956; Dean of the College, 1956-1960 (Hawk, Bowen)

James H. Stauss, Dean of the College, 1960-1966; Provost and Dean of the College, 1966-1969 (Bowen, Leggett)

Joseph F. Wall, Dean of the college, 1969-1973 (Leggett)

Waldo S. Walker, Executive Vice President and Dean of the College, 1973-1977; Provost and Dean of the College, 1977-1980 (Leggett, Turner)

Catherine Frazer, Dean of the Faculty, 1980-1987 (Turner, Drake)

Charles L. Duke, Dean of the Faculty, 1987-1988; Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, 1988-1992; Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, 1992-1997 (Drake, Ferguson)

James Swartz, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, 1998-2008 (Ferguson, Osgood)

Paula V. Smith, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, 2008-2013 (Osgood, Kington)

David Lopatto, Interim Dean of the College, 2013-2014 (Kington)

Michael E. Latham, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, 2014-2019 (Kington)

Anne F. Harris, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, 2019-2020 (Kington)

Elaine M. Marzluff, Interim Dean of the College, 2020- (Harris)

Trustee Files

Board of Trustees meetings, 1960-1961. Reports to Trustees, 1961 Notebooks for Trustees in preparation for board meetings (these may also include notes take by Dean Wall and other additional material). Reports sent to Trustees, 1970 Proposal for revisions of Articles of Incorporation & ByLaws, 1970 Minutes of Board Meeting, Nov. 1-2, 1969 Minutes of Annual Meeting, May 31-Jun1, 1970

Trustee Files and Office Files

Notebooks for Trustees in preparation for board meetins (these may also include notes taken by Dean Wall and other additional materials). Minutes of Board Meeting, June 4, 1972 Office files: Prospective trustees Governance of College, 1970 (39 p. working paper) College organization, 1966-1972 (includes correspondence, memos, worksheets students proposals on faculty and administration organization; notes on campus buildings). Correspondence, 1970-1972 Correspondence with Howard Bowen and others, 1969-1970

Office Files: curriculum - memos

Curriculum (includes Proposed new programs: African Studies, Humanities, 1973; role of the College: Ten questions in search of the future, 1972) Curriculum -- 1970 (includes Faculty Summer Study Committee proposasls regarding requirements; Clotfelter "proposal that all general education requirements be abolished") Student radio station policy statement, ca. 1969 Concerned Black Students (includes correspondence, memos, Rockefeller fund, Black Studies major, Black Manifesto, position papers, Black history bibliographies, copies of Black Expressions), 1971 Student withdrawals from Grinnell, questionnaire responses, 1972 Alumni evaluations of Grinnell education (12 letters), 1966 Statistics and questionnaires; faculty and student statistics, minority statistics, 1970-1973 Financial impact of College on community, ca. 1969 Memos and reports (includes enrollment and faculty statistics, Buildings & Grounds union, FBI, etc., 1969-1970)

Office Files: Ford - Reports

Ford Foundation proposal (includes data on college nd faculty) (3 vols.) 1967 Foundation grants (includes Carnegie and Hill Family foundations expenditures), 1963 Avison, Jim. New directions for fund-raising programs (8 p.), 1971 Stauss, James H. Endowment as a source of increased revenue (46 p.) 1969 Salary studies (Grinnell and other colleges), 1972 Bowen, Howard. Efficiency in liberal education (preliminary version of a study on sinstruction costs; 174 p.) 1970 Reports on financing higher education in the U. S. (3 reports), ca. 1969, 1969

North Central Association Review

Review by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  Includes Grinnell institutional data (3 vols), correspondence with NCA and accrediting criteria, report of a visit to Grinnell College, Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 1968

Dean's Office Files: Waldo S. Walker

Dean Walker's papers are generally arranged in chronological order and include official correspondence, recommendations, salary and personnel issues, budget, personal and professional correspondence, letters and memoranda regarding black students on campus, papers relating to his courses on Electron ZMicroscopy and Plan Physiology, Executive CouncilSubcommittee on Education Policies, curricular and departmental concerns, grade-change requests from faculty, and a few examples of his poetry.

Waldo Walker

Memos and Reports distributed to Campus

Budget, 1969-1970 Policy statement on release of official student records, Dec. 1974 and July 1975; deceased alumni, Oct. 1975 State of the College, 1974 Student evaluation of the faculty, 1974 Report on Freshman tutorial program, April 1976 Guidelines for independent study, Aug, Oct, 1976 Interdisciplinary programs, Feb. 1977 Student Educational Policy Committee, April 1977 Affirmative Action, April 1977 Status of women and minority emplyees at Grinnell College, 1976-1977, April 1977 Procedures and guidelines for granting research/study funds to faculty, Sept. 2977 Copyright policy, 1977, 1978 Computer Center personnel shake-up, Nov. 1981


Attrition of graduating class, Dec. 1971 Policy and standards for admission of students, 1970-1971 and Recruitment (for 1971-1972) Nov. 1970 Preliminary considerations related to formulation of 1972-1973 Current Fund Budget, Oct. 1971 Enrollment projects (with attrition, 1967/68-1971/72 Departmental size projections for a1972-1973, Sept. 1971 Projected utilizations of major grants, Sept. 1971 The financial state of the College, Sept. 1971 Annual report of the Committee and Admissions and Student Financial Aid, Aug. 1971.


Memo regarding favorable environment for women faculty, May 1972 Budget for 1972-1973 (rev. Sept. 1972), April 1972 Faculty on payroll, April 1972 Memo regarding establishment of a Black culture collection in the Library, April 1972 Final report to the National Science Foundation concerning the College Science Improvement Program Grant #GY 3782, March 1972 Grant report to Sloan Foundation, March 1972 Memo regarding issues of concern of full-time faculty women, Feb. 1972 Letter to Ford Foundation regarding Humanities Faculty Development Grant #68-420, Feb. 1972 A model for a program leading to certification for teaching at the elementary school level for Grinnell College, Jan. 1972 Projections for new students and housing needs for 1972-1973, Jan. 1972


Partisan political activity on campus, Sept. 1972 Conditions of appointment, privileges, and obligations fo part-time faculty, Sept. 1972 1971-1972 resume financial report, Sept. 1972 Initial announcement and general guidelines for departmental self-analysis, Sept. 1972 Memo regarding off-campus programs and work study, departmental program analysis, student body size, Aug. 1972 Annual report of the the Committee on Admissions and Student Financial Aid, Aug. 1972 Possible alternatives to the current plan for retirement of faculty at Grinnell College, June 1972 Annual report to the National Science Foundation on use of insitutional grants for science, June 1972 Memo regarding faculty salaries for 1972-1974 Recommendations on Physical Plan budget for 1972-1974, Feb. 1972


Final report to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Dec. 1972 Policy and standards for admission of students, 1972-1973; Recruitment (1973-1974), Nov. 1972 Annual report to Ford Foundation re grant #68-420, Nov. 1972 Current fund budget; preliminary projections 1973-1974, Nov. 1972

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