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TCNJ welcomes Dr. Ieva Zake, Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Planning

We have successfully concluded our search for the new Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Planning, and I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ieva Zake, who will join Academic Affairs on January 22, 2014.

Ieva earned her undergraduate degree in philosophy from University of Latvia in Riga, Latvia. Having spent a year at University of Michigan as an exchange student, she proceeded to earn her MA in Women’s Studies at The Ohio State University and her PhD at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her early research on issues of gender and women’s politics in transitional societies evolved into a broader analysis of history of nationalist ideologies and the role of intellectuals in politics, especially in periods of political change. Living in the US, she started to explore features of post-World War II Eastern European émigré communities, which led her to analyze the Soviet Cold War policies toward the exiles, the internal dynamic of their communities, and the attitudes of American political establishment toward these groups of immigrants. In addition to numerous articles published in academic venues, she edited “Anti-Communist Minorities in the US” (Palgrave 2008) and published a monograph, “American Latvians: Politics of a Refugee Community” (Transaction 2010).

Throughout these pursuits, she has remained interested in the issues of sociological theory both in her teaching and research. She comes to TCNJ from Rowan University, where she taught in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology since 2004 and served as Coordinator of Women’s and Gender Studies and Honors programs. Since 2011, she has served as Associate Dean of first the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and then the College of Science and Mathematics. Her portfolio included strategic planning, program development, faculty hiring, and chair and faculty professional training. Please join me in welcoming Ieva to TCNJ.

I would like to extend a word of thanks to the members of the Search Committee who were invaluable in this search and to all of you who took time to attend some portion of the interview and give me your feedback.

Please join me in welcoming Ieva to the college.