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April 15, 2005

Maxson Names Liberal Arts And Sciences Collegiate Fellows

Five University of Iowa professors have been named Collegiate Fellows in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in recognition of their years of distinguished teaching, research, and service to the college. The 2005 Collegiate Fellows are (photos, left to right) Marc Armstrong (geography), Huston Diehl (English), Paul Muhly (mathematics; statistics and actuarial science, Katherine Tachau (history; Center for the Book), and Steven Ungar (French; cinema and comparative literature).

Linda Maxson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said the distinction is a way for the college to honor outstanding faculty members at the rank of full professor who have consistently demonstrated their dedication to the three-pronged mission of the college.

"This award was created to recognize senior faculty whose distinction in teaching and scholarship is matched by exceptional leadership in service to the University, the college and their departments," Maxson said. "These faculty members have for years given of their time, talents, and energy for the benefit of the College and the University as a whole, and I am pleased to be able to honor their accomplishments and contributions."

Collegiate Fellows receive an increase in pay as well as a discretionary fund in each of the first two years of a five-year, renewable term. Fellows are also invited to meet with Maxson and the college's associate deans annually to discuss opportunities for improving faculty life and undergraduate education.

Armstrong is a leading scholar on applications of high-performance computing in geography and geographic information science. He has advanced new approaches to solving geographical problems by combining knowledge of spatial data characteristics with an understanding of the computational procedures needed to handle them. Author of dozens of refereed articles and book chapters, he has also served as North American editor of the International Journal of Geographical Information Science. He has been chair of the geography department since 2000 and currently serves on the Graduate Council, the Information Technology Advisory Committee, and the CLAS Educational Policy Committee. He is also a member of two National Research Council advisory panels.

Diehl is a major scholar of Renaissance drama and the visual culture of early modern England. Her widely acclaimed book “Staging Reform, Reforming the Stage: Protestantism and Popular Theater in Early Modern England,” was named an outstanding academic book of 1997 by Choice magazine. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) faculty fellowship, she has also directed an NEH summer seminar and won an NEH publication grant for her reference work, “An Index of Icons in English Emblem Books.” She has supervised ten doctoral dissertations, eight of which received awards, and she has served on numerous University committees, including the college’s Executive Committee and the UI Faculty Council. Named a Faculty Scholar in 1988, she received the UI’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 1989 and the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence in 2000.

Muhly is an internationally recognized authority on operator algebras and their interactions with a wide variety of mathematical disciplines. He is the co-author of four research monographs and has published more than 100 research papers in refereed journals. He has served on a number of elected committees, including the Faculty Senate, Faculty Council, and the CLAS Executive Committee. He was associate dean for research and development from 1989 to 1992 and chair of the mathematics department for 2000-01. A former editor of the Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society, he has also been associate editor of three other top research journals. He was named a Faculty Scholar in 1994 and received the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence in 1997 and the Hancher-Finkbine Medallion in 2002.

Tachau is one of the world's leading intellectual historians of the Middle Ages. Her research crosses the disciplines of history, art history, philosophy, theology, and the history of science. She has won every major fellowship in the humanities, including the Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellowships. Her book "Vision and Certitude in the Age of Ockham: Optics, Epistemology, and the Foundations of Semantics, 1250-1345" won the prestigious John Nicholas Brown Prize from the Medieval Academy of America. She is currently president of the Faculty Senate and a member of several University committees, including the Strategic Planning Committee.

Ungar is an internationally renowned authority on twentieth-century French literature, literary theory, and film. He is the author of five books and the editor of five special issues of research journals, and he has published dozens of scholarly articles. His work has been highly influential, consistently prompting new research in both the U.S. and France. He was co-director of the NEH Interpretive Project for the Study of French Culture between the Wars, as well as of three NEH summer seminars. He has supervised 18 doctoral dissertations, with six more in progress, and several of his former students are now leading scholars in French studies. He has served as department chair for French and Italian and for cinema and comparative literature, as well as interim chair for Spanish and Portuguese.

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