Since we can't have an "in-person" election as we planned, we will be conducing an electronic election in late June. All UIRA members will receivean email which will include a link to an electronic ballot which they can complete and submit. The process will be simple and straightforward. We will be electing a president-elect, treasurer, secretary, and two directors-at-large. Meet the candidates who have agreed to serve:
David Hamilton, President-elect
David grew up in central Missouri, then went to college and grad school at Amherst and University of Virginia respectively, with two years teaching in Barranquilla, Colombia tucked between them. After his PhD and a few years at the University of Michigan, he came to Iowa in 1975, and remained with the English Department until he retired in 2012. He taught medieval and modern literature, edited The Iowa Review, and helped develop both the undergraduate and graduate Nonfiction Writing Program. The author of two volumes of prose, and two of poetry, as well as a scattering of uncollected writings, he watches birds, walks his dog, tries to keep up with scattered family and friends, and tends to his
backyard. He is married to Rebecca Clouse and has children and grandchildren, by a previous marriage, in St. Paul and Philadelphia.
David Fitzgerald, Treasurer
David retired from the University Pomerantz Career Center in 2012 after working 25 years at UI in some form of student career services. He has a BS degree from Iowa State University and an MA in counseling from the University of Iowa. Prior to his time at Iowa, his work life included time as a city planner, a family therapist, and a small retail business owner/operator. David enjoys cycling and has ridden ten RAGBRAIs. His two sons, daughter-in-law, two grandchildren and three grand dogs live in Kodiak, Alaska on Kodiak Island. His many visits to Kodiak over the past 15 years have included Kodiak bear sightings, halibut and salmon fishing, and sea-glass collecting on a beach adjacent to their 80-year old coastal cabin home built with locally-grown spruce logs.
Pat Mason-Browne, Secretary
Pat Mason-Browne grew up in Philadelphia. She attended undergraduate school at Chatham College and graduate school at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she received her doctorate in Portuguese language and Brazilian literature. She was Senior Associate Director in College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Office of Academic Programs and Student Development at the time of her retirement in 2015. While at Iowa she was an advocate and Board member of the Rape Victim Advocacy Program. She lives in West Branch where she enjoys gardening and catching up on deferred reading.
Billie Townsend, Director-at-large
Billie's career at the University of Iowa spanned more than 25 years, including positions in the Office of Affirmative Action, the Colleges of Dentistry, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Public Health, from which she retired in 2017. During her UI years, she served on many committees and boards, including Staff Council, the African American Council, and the Women in Science and Engineering Advisory Board. Billie has served on the Iowa City Human Rights Commission and is currently serving on the Planning and Zoning Commission, Black Voices Project, and is chair of the board of directors of the Iowa Black Alumni Association. Her current hobbies include enjoying life with her retired husband, her seven grand children, puzzling, jewelry making, gardening and committee work. Billie is currently a member of the UIRA Board.
Bennie Hawkins, Director-at-large
Bennie is a retired faculty member of the College of Dentistry. A General Dentist/Periodontist, he is a veteran of the US Air Force Dental Corps. In his retirement he is involved with Meals on Wheels and Table to Table, serves on the African American Museum of Iowa Board and serves on the UIRA Board of Directors.
Ed Dove, Director-at-large
Ed was a professor of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering for 34 years. He enjoyed teaching undergraduate and graduate students, and conducting funded research. He represented the College of Engineering in Faculty Senate for many years, and was elected Senate President in 2010. Since his retirement in 2018, he has enjoyed traveling to visit family and friends, and exploring unseen sites, especially the mountains. He's also creating a new life for himself as a writer of fiction, having finished one novel and currently working on the second. Ed has been appointed by the Board to serve out the term of the late Dean Borg.