English prof to be interim HFAC dean

by Jim Parsons

Daily Cougar Staff

As of June 1, the University of Houston's College of Humanities, Fine Arts and Communication will have a new interim dean, according to UH Provost John Ivancevich.

Lois Zamora, a professor in UH's Department of English and Comparative Literature, will take over the job being vacated by James Pipkin, Ivancevich said.

"Dr. Zamora is a scholar with an impeccable record who commands respect among her peers. I'm confident she's the right person to lead the college at this time," he said.

Zamora has been with UH since 1978 and has held several faculty positions. She received her bachelor's degree in English from Stanford, and a master's and doctorate in comparative literature from the University of California-Berkeley.

Zamora, whose husband Stephen is the dean of the UH Law Center, was honored in 1990 with a UH Teaching Excellence Award. She has also received a Fulbright Senior Research/Lectureship and the Houston City Council's Greenwood Community Service Award.

Lawrence Curry, associate dean of HFAC, said the selection process for a new HFAC dean began after Pipkin announced earlier in the year that he would be stepping down. Ivancevich asked HFAC faculty members to submit names of people they thought would be qualified to be dean.

More than 20 names were submitted, Curry said, and that list was narrowed down to four for final consideration. The four candidates were Zamora; Ted Estess, dean of the Honors College; Julian Olivares, chairman of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages; and James Martin, former chairman of the Department of History.

Curry said the four finalists were discussed with the faculty, but the final decision was Ivancevich's.

Zamora said Tuesday that her goals for HFAC include expanding international studies, building toward more Ph.D. and master's programs, and expanding scholarship and research programs in the humanities.

"I'm interested in building scholarship and fellowship funds from private donations," she said.

Zamora will serve as dean of HFAC while a search committee looks for a permanent dean for the school.

Zamora said the committee will attempt to find someone to fill the office for the fall 1997 semester.

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