Dean Maurer

With responsibility for more than 90 graduate programs, Lynn Maurer started her first day as the dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies and chief research officer at Indiana State University with a full plate. Previously, Maurer served as the associate dean for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s graduate school. As associate dean, she oversaw 47 master’s degree programs. As political chair, she was instrumental in developing non-traditional curriculum in African-American politics and women in politics. She was also instrumental in the hiring of under-represented minority and women faculty. Maurer has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Otterbein College and both a master’s and a doctorate in political science from Ohio State University. She also holds a certificate in international relations from the University of Dijon in France. Maurer joined Indiana State on Jan. 2, 2014, who believes the university is well poised to meet the national trends in graduate education.

“Graduate enrollment is increasing at Indiana State and she [Maurer] has the energy, drive and experience to help our faculty, staff and students meet the challenges that today’s higher education environment brings and ensure that more Hoosiers complete advanced degrees that will help them and the state remain competitive,” said Richard “Biff” Williams, the university’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.