On May 3, 2013, the History Department announced the naming of the Dorothy Hubbard Schwieder Seminar Room, formerly known as 618 Ross Hall. Dr. Dorothy Hubbard Schwieder is University Professor Emeritus, and retired from the department in 2000. The History Department wanted to find a way to honor her for her many contributions to the education of undergraduate and graduate students, and for her work in Iowa history. Dr. Schwieder was a long time member of the Iowa State History Department, beginning her teaching career here in 1966. While she was here, she served for a time as advisor to Phi Alpha Theta. She was the first woman to be tenured in the department, and the only member of the department, ever, to be named a University Professor. She is a fellow of the Agricultural History Society, and a founding member of the Rural Women’s Studies Association. Last fall, the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women named her to the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame. She is the author of numerous articles and books. Her most recent book is Growing Up With the Town: Family and Community on the Great Plains.
She is also known around the state as the “Dean of Iowa History.” She is the most prolific author of state history, and as her 1996 nomination for University Professor says, she “singlehandedly rejuvenated serious study of Iowa both in the academic and public arenas.” Last year, DMACC began a series of lectures in Iowa history, named the Dorothy Schwieder Iowa Talks. For these and many more accomplishments, we are pleased to dedicate a seminar room to her.