The Graduate College directly oversees 16 departments and programs, providing an academic home for groundbreaking interdisciplinary work across the UI campus. Combining its dual roles as both an academic and administrative college, the Graduate College connects the UI and wider academic communities with innovative interdisciplinary programs and support services.
Interdisciplinary research is seen by many experts on education as the future of graduate education and the professoriate. The Graduate College’s emphasis on interdisciplinary programs helps keep The University of Iowa in the forefront of graduate education nationwide.
The Graduate College is a logical place at the UI for interdisciplinary programs to thrive. With its responsibilities for graduate education across the UI campus, the Graduate College is well positioned to bring together scholars interested in research projects that cross traditional academic boundaries.
In addition, programs that report to Associate Provost John Keller, such as The University of Iowa Press and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), play important roles in fostering an atmosphere conducive to the diversity of thought necessary for innovative interdisciplinary research.
Because only a few academic institutions have such direct and active involvement in interdisciplinary academic programs, the UI Graduate College is unique among its peers, making the UI an attractive research environment for top scholars.