Dennis Groth named vice provost for undergraduate education at IU Bloomington
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BLOOMINGTON -- Dennis Groth has been named vice provost for undergraduate education at Indiana University Bloomington.
Groth was named interim vice provost for undergraduate education in May 2013. He is an associate professor in the School of Informatics and Computing and served as associate vice provost for undergraduate education beginning in 2009.
Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel announced the appointment July 1.
“Over the past year, Dennis has been crucial in helping to articulate the future of undergraduate life at IU Bloomington,” Robel said. “The Campus Strategic Plan includes a challenge for students to build their capacity for courageous, empathic and ethical leadership. IU students will have increasing opportunities for interdisciplinary research, international travel and understanding of global issues -- and Dennis is the right person to move these initiatives forward.”
Groth worked closely with a group of faculty, staff and students over the past 12 months to create a plan for the undergraduate experience as part of the Campus Strategic Plan.
“The goals of this office are to ensure student success, to enhance academic advising and to put new systems and approaches in place,” Groth said. “Individual offices will contribute to successful implementation of the plan by working collaboratively toward the common goals that will benefit everyone on campus.”
Groth received a doctorate in computer science from IU. His research focuses on the development of database access and data mining techniques in support of data visualization activities. An IU faculty member since 2002, he also has more than 15 years of experience in the software development industry and has designed and developed systems for health care, pharmaceutical sales and financial services.
He has been recognized by students and colleagues as an outstanding teacher and has received the Trustees Award for Teaching Excellence and teaching awards in informatics and computer science.
Groth said students from throughout the United States and around the world aspire to study at Indiana University.
“It really inspires and energizes me to help students be successful and realize the richness of offerings at IU Bloomington,” Groth said. “I want to help students discover interesting majors that provide interdisciplinary strengths and use the strength of our faculty to really unlock their potential.”
The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education oversees programs and initiatives in support of outstanding academic experiences for all IU Bloomington undergraduate students. It provides advising, testing and enrichment resources for undergraduate students at all stages and oversees programs that support and improve undergraduate teaching and learning.