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Laura Jolly


Title: Dean
Department: Human Sciences Administration

Office: E262 Lagomarcino 901 Stange Rd, Ames, IA 50011
Phone number: +1 515 294 5380
Email: ljolly@iastate.edu

Laura Dunn Jolly has served as dean and Dean’s Chair of the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University since July 5, 2016. She is working with faculty, staff, and alumni to help the College of Human Sciences reach new heights and equip students with skills and cultural literacy necessary to improve the human condition.

Under her leadership, the college is broadening networks, continuing the momentum of growing the number of graduate students and faculty members, and increasing external funding for vital research.

Jolly advocates for top-ranked programs to have state-of-the-art facilities. Following more than $18 million in building improvements to portions of MacKay and Lagomarcino Hall as well as the Forker Building, she is leading efforts to rebuild LeBaron Hall, the Human Nutritional Sciences Building, and other areas within MacKay.

A professor and nationally known scholar in the areas of apparel retailing and merchandising, Jolly holds master’s (1979) and doctoral (1983) degrees in clothing, textiles, and merchandising from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. Her academic career also includes appointments at Texas Tech University, Lubbock; Oklahoma State; the University of Kentucky, Lexington; the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and the University of Georgia, Athens.

At the University of Georgia, Jolly served for three years as dean and associate director of cooperative extension and experiment station in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, and five years as vice president for instruction. Jolly also served for six years as chair of interior design, merchandising and textiles at the University of Kentucky.

The College of Human Sciences includes the departments of apparel, events and hospitality management; food science and human nutrition; human development and family studies; kinesiology; and the School of Education. The college serves Iowans in all 99 counties through Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, and operates several clinics and research centers, as well as a Child Development Laboratory School on the Iowa State campus.