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 her role as associate provost, Bratsch-Prince provides leadership in recruiting, advancing, and retaining an excellent and diverse faculty and staff.  Among her responsibilities are promotion and tenure, faculty development, orientation and mentoring programs, university awards, and training for department chairs.  Bratsch-Prince oversees issues related to faculty personnel, developing policies and initiatives that further Iowa State’s strategic goal of  nurturing a diversity of people, ideas, approaches, and cultures.  She oversees the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT).

She was the institution’s chief diversity officer from 2010 to 2013.  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 for the college, including 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 was 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 our 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 new unified major in World Languages and Cultures.  In 2005, she received the college award for Outstanding Departmental Leadership, followed by the university award in 2006. She was named Post-Secondary Educator of the Year for 2006 by the Iowa World Language Association in recognition of her work on articulation and advocacy in world language education.  She is a former member of the Executive Committee of the MLA’s Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL), having served as ADFL president for 2010.  Bratsch-Prince is president of the Iowa Network of Women in Higher Education (2012-2013) and a member of the Big 12 Chief Diversity Officers’ Consortium.

Bratsch-Prince’s research interests in medieval Iberian studies are broad.  Her first book was an edition and study of the Aragonese translation Li livres dou tresor,  Brunetto Latini’s  popular thirteenth-century encyclopedia.  Her second book, Vida y epistolario de Violante de Bar (1365-1431), treats the life and writings of Violante de Bar, a French noblewoman who became an influential queen of Aragon.  She has published articles on historical linguistics, medieval translation, women’s writings, the politics of marriage and motherhood, and canon formation.  In addition to her work in medieval studies, Bratsch-Prince has a keen interest in promoting foreign language study across educational levels and traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Bratsch-Prince is a native of Brooklyn, New York, who spent two years living and studying in Madrid, Spain.  She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Spanish from New York University.  She has a doctoral degree in Romance Philology from the University of California at Berkeley.