CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Brenda Bass has been named dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) at the University of Northern Iowa. She is currently interim dean of CSBS and will assume her new duties on July 1 pending Board of Regents approval.
"Dr. Bass brings a strong background in academic leadership to UNI," said Gloria Gibson, executive vice president and provost. "Her research and leadership style will help elevate the programs in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences to a state and national level."
Bass earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from California State University, Bakersfield, and her master's and Ph.D. in family studies from the University of Arizona.
Bass first served as an assistant professor at UNI in 1996. She then worked her way through the ranks and was promoted to full professor in 2009 in the School of Applied Human Sciences in CSBS. As a professor of family studies, Bass' research has focused on work/family conflict and balance, family relationships and pedagogical strategies for teaching about family.
From 2000 to 2008, Bass was unit coordinator of the Family Studies Program. She was then chosen as associate dean of CSBS before becoming interim dean in July 2012.