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Office of the Dean of the Faculties/Executive Vice Chancellor Records

Identifier: UA044

Scope and Contents

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

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Conditions Governing Access

Records dealing with individual personnel issues are restricted.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, United States Code)) govern the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Historical Note

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) was created in 1969 through the merger of the Indianapolis regional campuses of Indiana University and Purdue University. Maynard Hine, former dean of the IU School of Dentistry and chancellor of Indiana University-Indianapolis, became the chancellor of IUPUI. Several other administrative positions were created at the same time, including the one that would become the dean of the faculties.

John C. "Jack" Buhner was the first person to fill this position. Buhner came to IUPUI in 1969 from IU Northwest in Gary, where he was dean and acting chancellor. Buhner's original title at IUPUI was vice chancellor, and he received the second title of dean of the faculties in 1970. Buhner held the primary responsibility for matters relating to the recruiting, retention, and promotion and tenure processes for faculty. As the chief academic officer of the new institution, Buhner oversaw the merger of IU and Purdue academic departments, the creation of new undergraduate and graduate programs, the further development of existing programs, and the facilitation of improved working relationships both between IU and Purdue faculty and among the faculty of the various schools. Buhner promoted IUPUI in speeches to civic organizations throughout the state.

In 1973 Maynard Hine retired as chancellor of IUPUI and was succeeded by Dr. Glenn Irwin, dean of the IU School of Medicine. Another candidate for the chancellorship was Edward C. Moore, associate dean for academic affairs at IU-Bloomington and former chancellor of the Board of Education of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Moore, a friend of IU president John Ryan, recommended to Ryan that the position of executive vice chancellor be created to serve as the second-ranking administrator at IUPUI with primary oversight of the non-medical, academic side of IUPUI's operations. At Moore's suggestion and with Irwin's agreement, Ryan appointed Moore executive vice chancellor.

In 1977 Moore's title was changed to executive dean and dean of the faculties and Buhner's title became associate dean of the faculties. In 1978 Buhner left the dean of the faculties office and became a professor in the Department of Political Science in the School of Liberal Arts and in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, retiring in 1984. As executive dean and dean of the faculties, Moore supervised the academic operations and student services at IUPUI. Other offices that reported to Moore included Affirmative Action, Long Range Planning and Institutional Research, Computing Services, and the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program.

Moore retired as executive dean and dean of the faculties in 1982. His successor was Howard G. Schaller, the executive associate dean of the IU School of Business. IUPUI experienced tremendous growth during the 1980s, and Schaller worked to recruit and retain faculty who were strong in both research and teaching skills. He also oversaw the development of programs to assist returning adult students, minorities, and women. Schaller was actively involved, along with Eugene Tempel of the IU Foundation and Charles Johnson of Lilly Endowment, in attracting the nationally-known Fund Raising School to Indianapolis and in establishing the IU Center on Philanthropy. Schaller served as the Center's founding director in 1987-88.

Schaller stepped down as the dean of the faculties in 1987 and retired as executive dean in 1988. His successor as dean of the faculties was William M. Plater, dean of the School of Liberal Arts. After Schaller's retirement in 1988, Plater received the additional title of executive vice chancellor. Plater worked closely with Chancellor Gerald Bepko, who succeeded Irwin in 1986, to continue the development of IUPUI's academic programs. Several new undergraduate and graduate degree programs were started, including the nation's first Ph.D. program in philanthropic studies. Plater served as acting chancellor January-May 2003 while Bepko served as the interim president of Indiana University. Plater stepped down from the positions of Dean of the Faculties and Executive Vice Chancellor in 2006. His successor in the positions was Uday Sukhatme, the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at State University of New York at Buffalo.


309.1 Cubic Feet (308 cartons, 2 document boxes, and 1 flat box)


This collection contains the records of the Office of the Dean of the Faculties and of the Executive Vice Chancellor. The dean of the faculties is the chief academic officer at IUPUI and oversees the development and administration of academic programs, faculty appointments, professional development, promotion and tenure, and academic support operations. The executive vice chancellor is the second highest ranking administrator in the IUPUI administration. The title was created in 1973, and generally the person holding that position has also been the dean of the faculties.

The collection includes correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, university publications, and files documenting the dean of the faculties/executive vice chancellor's role in the development of IUPUI's academic programs and the administrator's involvement with community, regional, and national organizations.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by the Office of the Dean of Faculties, 1978-2005.


A78-18, A78-19, A79-2, A79-11, A79-12, A79-18, A79-33, A80-32, A82-9, A83-7, A83-30, A83-31, A84-9, A84-19, A86-30, A86-40, A88-24, A88-47, A89-25, A90-43, A91-29, A91-42, A93-56, A93-82, A93-87, A94-62, A94-109, A95-30, A95-34, A95-41, A95-58, A95-64, A96-9, A96-50, A1998/99-012, A1998/99-026, A1998/99-029, A1999/00-025, A2000/01-005, A2000/01-007, A2000/01-052, A2001/02-011, A2001/02-012, A2002/03-007, A2002/03-019, A2002/03-020, A2002/03-21, A2002/03-033, A2002/03-034, A2003/04-039, A2003/04-040, A2004/05-006, A2007/08-030, A2008/09-012.

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Office of the Dean of the Faculties/Executive Vice Chancellor Records, 1966-2007
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