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16 UI faculty members win Collegiate Teaching Awards
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Some 16 University of Iowa faculty members have been
named winners of 1997-98 Collegiate Teaching Awards for demonstrating unusually
significant and meritorious achievement in teaching.
The Collegiate Teaching Award winners are named each year by the Council
on Teaching. Nominations are made by students, other faculty members, and
department heads. Award winners are chosen based on how their teaching
and informal contacts enhance student learning, an analysis of teaching
materials and class activities, scholarly works or creative achievements,
and student evaluations of the nominee's teaching ability.
The following list includes the recipients and comments about their
teaching from colleagues and students:
Pedro Alvarez, associate professor of civil and environmental
engineering, who teaches environmental microbiology, environmental engineering:
natural systems, and biological treatment process. A student said, "As
a student who pays for his education, I like to think I always get my money's
worth when taking a course taught by Professor Alvarez. He cares that his
students learn and understand the course material. Anyone who has ever
seen Professor Alvarez lecture knows that he truly enjoys teaching."
Nancy Bonthius, assistant professor of pharmacy who teaches physical
assessment, pharmacotherapy, and drug induced disease. A student said,
"She is an outstanding teacher and health professional. Her instruction
in the classroom is straight-forward as well as application oriented. She
gives students real-life examples of clinical situations they will encounter
in professional practice and teaches how to assess the problem and leads
us to look for the solution. Her approach is challenging and motivating."
William Buss, professor of law, who teaches constitutional law,
freedom of speech, education law, and comparative constitutional law. A
student wrote, "Students are challenged to think outside of the conventional
limits of the text to explore their own ideas and legal analysis of the
issues presented. He accords a level of respect to each and every student
which is evidenced by the quality of classroom participation."
James Clancy, associate professor of prosthodontics, who teaches
second, third and fourth year dental students and graduate dental students.
Of his experience in Clancy's pre-clinical removable prosthodontic laboratory,
a student wrote, "Dr. Clancy is very skilled in his prosthodontic
work, but he is also very skilled in his ability to pass on the reasoning
behind each procedure so that prosthodontics has become a discipline to
me, rather than just a series of steps. He could often tell when I was
confused and would invariably stop and help me understand the reasoning
behind what I was doing."
Charles Clark, professor of orthopedic surgery, teaches both
third and fourth year medical students, orthopedic residents, and fellows
and bioengineering students. Of his clinical experiences with Dr. Clark
a student wrote, "Dr. Clark's manner was always professional and never
demeaning, insuring that along with the medical knowledge I was gaining
I would also learn the art of effective communication and appropriate personal
Daniel Collins, professor of accounting, who teaches financial
accounting, standards and analysis, and empirical capital markets. A student
who supported his nomination wrote, "Dan's positive attitude about
students and the content of the class always inspired us. I, for one, was
highly motivated by each assignment because I felt that I learned something
new or understood something better with every lecture."
Connie Delaney, associate professor of nursing, who teaches organization
and systems, nursing information and technology, and nursing leadership
and care management. A student in Delaney's informatics course wrote, "Her
knowledge of the subject, enthusiasm about the topic, ability to encourage
students to think, various teaching strategies, and ability to establish
a positive learning environment and interactive relationship with students
Linda Fielding, associate professor of curriculum and instruction,
who teaches literature for children, methods of elementary school language
arts, methods of elementary school reading, and supporting differences
in reading and writing. One of her students said, "She teaches her
university students that children learn best when they have choices in
what they learn. It is refreshing to see that Dr. Fielding is consistent
in her philosophy, whether she is teaching children or adults. She gave
us choices in our readings and our assignments, which inspired ownership
John Harvey, professor of psychology, who teaches interpersonal
relations, and loss and trauma. A student wrote, "Not only was he
tenacious with the research he presented in class, he also encouraged each
one of us to expand our knowledge of the subject and challenge the theories
we were learning. Professor Harvey makes it clear that not only does he
hope that we learn from him, but that everything we contribute is a learning
experience in his own life.
Gary Koretzky, professor of internal medicine, who teaches immunology,
signal transduction, and respiratory physiology to medical, dental and
bioengineering students. A student said, "Dr. Koretzky has all the
qualities that make the very finest teacher: enthusiasm, originality, a
natural rapport with students, and a healthy dose of dry wit. His joy in
teaching is naturally reciprocated by a joy in learning."
Keith (Mac) Marshall, professor of anthropology, who teaches
the study of culture and society, ethnographic field methods, alcohol and
culture, and anthropological theory. A student who has taken multiple courses
from Marshall said, "In all three classes Professor Marshall's expectations
for his courses were clear and thoroughly described, his readings were
some of the most helpful and timely in each subject area, his lecturing
was informed and inspired and, most of all, his encouragement of students'
thoughts and discussion was abundant and genuine.
Thomas Rietz, associate professor of finance, who teaches introductory
financial management, commercial banking, and managerial finance. A student
wrote, "His use of e-mail to communicate with students during the
week provided the best student/teacher communication I have had during
all my courses at the UI. What sets Tom Rietz apart from the many professors
who know their material well are his presentation skills and personality,
which make the difference. He is able to provide real world examples, which
make sense out of formulas and theories. He is definitely a "duck
in water" teaching students finance."
Victor Rodgers, associate professor of chemical and biochemical
engineering, who teaches momentum transport, chemical process dynamics
and control, intermolecular and surface forces, and bioseparatons. A student
wrote, "He offers challenging classes and requires that excellence
be earned. One might expect students to flee from him, but they do not.
The secret is that Professor Rodgers does not give up on the student. Many
nights Professor Rodgers can be found helping students with homework."
T.M.Scruggs, assistant professor of music, who teaches foundations
of ethnomusicology, nationalism and music, music culture and identity,
and music of Latin America and the Caribbean. A student said, "He
makes me want to learn and he makes me want to teach. Professor Scruggs
helps me to create the right questions and then challenges me to understand
them so that I can search out the answers for myself."
Jeanne Snyder, professor of anatomy and cell biology, who teaches
medical cell biology, foundations of clinical practice, and gross anatomy.
A medical student wrote, "Dr. Snyder was always cognizant of her audience
and responded appropriately by changing the speed, content, or focus of
her lecture as necessary to insure the audience achieved understanding.
Without question Dr. Snyder stands out as a gem among the sea of professors
in the College of Medicine and has had a tremendous influence on my life
as a scientist and as a future physician."
Glenn Storey, assistant professor of classics and anthropology,
who teaches elementary and second-year Greek, the classic motif in modern
cinema, Roman archaeology and ethnohistory, and cult archaeology. A student
wrote, "Professor Storey has proven as a teacher that the simple act
of opening your mind to learn something new, different, and challenging
is what is important."