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Scope and Contents

From the Collection: The collection consists of the records from Office of the Dean of the Faculties/Executive Vice Chancellor. The bulk of the collection covers the years 1969-2004, with the largest portion coming from the years 1987-2003. The files are generally arranged in alphabetical order.

The collection consists of ten series: John C. Buhner Records, Edward C. Moore Records, Howard G. Schaller Records, William M. Plater Records, Shirley Nusbaum Records, Carol Nathan Records, Academic Policies, Procedures, and Documentation Records, Special Media Projects Records, Office of Academic Affairs Records, and Videotapes.

John C. Buhner Records, 1966-1984, contain correspondence, committee minutes, reports, newsletters, and speech materials. Buhner's records provide insight into the development of the academic programs at IUPUI in its early years and into the new institution's growing pains. The speech materials highlight Buhner's efforts to promote IUPUI. Two external organizations that are prominent in the records are the Consortium for Urban Education (CUE) and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE). CUE is comprised of colleges and universities in the Indianapolis area. Students at CUE member institutions can enroll in classes at other member institutions and receive credit at their home institutions. The Commission, established in 1971, reviews the budgets of state universities and must approve requests for new degree.

Edward C. Moore Records, 1970-1988, contain correspondence, reports, and committee minutes. Moore's records document the continued growth of the IUPUI academic programs and the long-range planning that was underway for the expansion of the campus and the construction of new facilities.

Howard G. Schaller Records, 1974-1997, contain of correspondence, committee minutes, and reports. Under Schaller IUPUI began building its relationship with the Indiana Vocational Technical College, more commonly referred to as IVTC or Ivy Tech.

William M. Plater Records, 1971-2007, contain correspondence, committee minutes, reports, and newspaper clippings. Given Plater's long tenure as the dean of the faculties and the executive vice chancellor, his records are the most extensive. His records provide information about the schools at IUPUI, efforts to improve student retention and performance, the increasing number of partnerships with colleges and universities outside of the United States (especially in southeast Asia), community learning, distance education, and the development of graduate programs outside of the professional schools. The records also document Plater's heavy involvement with local, state, and national organizations, including the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, the Indiana Partnership for Statewide Education (IPSE), the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), and the American Association for Higher Education (AAHE).

Shirley Nusbaum Records, 1969-1999, contain correspondence and reports. Nusbaum began her career at IUPUI in 1969. She was an administrative assistant to John Buhner and in 1982 became the assistant dean of the faculties for academic records. Most of the files in this series deal with faculty matters.

Carol Nathan Records, 1980-1998, contain of correspondence, committee minutes and reports. Nathan came to IUPUI in 1969 to serve as director of the program in occupational health therapy and as associate professor in occupational therapy. In 1979 she served as an assistant dean of the faculties on a part-time basis and in 1980 moved into the position on a full-time basis. She became associate dean of the faculties in 1984 and retired in 1997. The records point to Nathan's leadership in the crafting of the IUPUI-Ivy Tech cooperative agreement, the preparation of the 1992 IUPUI self-study, and with the IUPUI Committee for People with Disabilities.

Academic Policies, Procedures, and Documentation Records, 1979-2003, contain correspondence, reports, forms, and committee minutes. This office oversees the hiring of new faculty, supervises the promotion and tenure process, implements policies and benefits related to faculty, tracks new academic program and course proposals, supports specially appointed committees, and manages the nomination and selection process for several faculty awards.

Special Media Projects Records, 1982-1994, contain files related to the creation of video projects used to promote and explain different aspects of IUPUI to various audiences or to provide information on topics of current interest.

Office of Academic Affairs Records, 1973, contain materials from a course on urban education produced by the Open University in Great Britain.

Jane Rooksby Records, 1991-2005, contain files related to projects carried out by Jane Rooksby, who served as the special projects coordinator for the Office of Academic Affairs. Among the projects were the Bookmarks reading program, the production of Indianapolis poet and playwright Mari Evans' play Eyes, the SmArtwork program to provide employment opportunities in the arts for young people, and the Wordstruck speakers series.

Videotapes, 1989-2004, contain videotapes sent to the Office of the Dean of Faculties. Some of the videotapes relate to IUPUI, while others are about institutions outside of the university or topics of general interest.


  • 1966 - 2007

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Conditions Governing Access

Records dealing with individual personnel issues are restricted.


From the Collection: 309.1 Cubic Feet (308 cartons, 2 document boxes, and 1 flat box)

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

IUPUI University Library
755 W. Michigan St.
Room 0133
Indianapolis IN 46202 USA