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Dr. Ursula Delworth

2001 Iowa Women's Hall of Fame Honoree:  Dr. Ursula Delworth (1934-2000)

“An outstanding academician with a dedication and commitment to students that goes above and beyond…”
-Dr. Luis A. Vazquez, 2000

Dr Ursula Delworth


Dr. Ursula Delworth’s lifelong commitment to her profession has positively influenced the field of psychology as well as the status of women. Gender differences in education was a focus in her career long before the institutionalization of “Women’s Studies.” A counseling psychologist by training, Delworth joined the faculty at the University of Iowa in 1976 as the first woman hired with tenure status. She was an expert in the field of women in psychology and multicultural issues and chaired the Affirmative Action Subcommittee of the University of Iowa Council on the Status of Women. Delworth’s contributions to academia were extensive. She served as departmental chair as well as associate dean of the College of Education. She was published regularly in prestigious journals and volunteered tirelessly for professional organizations and university committees. She was often sought after as a panel presenter, organizational consultant, and task force member. She was dedicated to helping the system of education become more inclusive in scope. In recognition of her efforts she has received many professional honors. In addition to her work with the University of Iowa, Delworth’s dedication extended to the Iowa City community evidenced by her involvement with the Johnson County Humane Society and Altrusa Club of Iowa City. Delworth was born October 22, 1934 and died May 24, 2000. Delworth was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 2001.