Dawn Bratsch-Prince

Associate Provost for Faculty
Office and Mailing Address: 1550 Beardshear
Phone: 515-294-6410
E-Mail: deprince@iastate.edu

Dawn Bratsch-Prince is Associate Provost for Faculty and professor of Spanish at Iowa State University. In this role, she provides leadership in recruiting, advancing, and retaining an excellent and diverse faculty.  Among her responsibilities are promotion and tenure, faculty development, orientation and mentoring, honors and awards, department chair training, and leadership development. She leads development of policies and initiatives that further Iowa State’s strategic goal of nurturing a diversity of people, ideas, approaches, and cultures. Bratsch-Prince has oversight of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), the Office of Institutional Research, and the ISU ADVANCE Program. 

From 2010 to 2013 Bratsch-Prince served as the institution’s chief diversity officer.  Prior to her appointment as associate provost, Bratsch-Prince served from 2007-2010 as associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences where her portfolio included international activities and study abroad; distance and online education; faculty orientation; and faculty and staff awards in the College.  She served as director of the LAS International Studies Program and was interim director of the Women's Studies Program.

A member of the Iowa State faculty since 1990, Bratsch-Prince served as chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures from 2002-2008.  As chair, Bratsch-Prince led a realignment of the department’s mission and broadened its emphasis to better serve students who seek credentials in another language and culture.  She was key to the development of a second major in Languages and Cultures for Professions (LCP), the establishment of student internships, the formal renaming of the department, and the creation of a unified major in World Languages and Cultures. She has been recognized with both the College- and University-level awards for Outstanding Departmental Leadership. She was recognized by the Iowa World Language Association for her work on articulation and advocacy in world language education. She served as a member of the Executive Committee of the MLA’s Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL), and served as ADFL president in 2010.  

Bratsch-Prince’s research interests in medieval Iberian studies are broad. She has published two books as well as numerous articles on historical linguistics, medieval translation, women’s writings, the politics of marriage and motherhood, and canon formation. 

Bratsch-Prince is a native of Brooklyn, New York, and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Spanish from New York University.  She holds a doctoral degree in Romance Philology from the University of California at Berkeley.