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University of Iowa News Release

May 9, 2006

NOTE: This is a corrected version of the release. The University of Iowa College of Law winner of a Collegiate Teaching Award is John S. Allen. The name of the award winner was incorrect in the previous version of this release.

UI Professors Will Receive Collegiate Teaching Awards

Nine University of Iowa colleges have announced the winners of the 2005-06 Collegiate Teaching Awards. These faculty members are recognized for excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching in their respective colleges: Lon Moeller, Henry B. Tippie College of Business; Sherry Kay Watt, College of Education; Er-Wei Bai and John M. Wiencek, College of Engineering; Janet Guthmiller, College of Dentistry; John S. Allen, College of Law; Craig Gibson, Craig Kletzing, Judith Liskin-Gasparro, Michael Lovaglia, Daniel M. Quinn and Bryon Winn, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; David Bedell, Jo Benda and Rebecca Hegeman, UI Roy J. and Lucile A. Carver College of Medicine; Nicollet Markovetz and Janet Specht, College of Nursing; and Joseph Cavanaugh, College of Public Health.

Tippie College of Business

Lon Moeller, clinical associate professor in the Department of Management and Organizations, teaches business law and negotiations in the Tippie College, as well as Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness, an interdisciplinary class on the management of nonprofits. Students say he is a model teacher who communicates difficult material very well to those who encounter new concepts for the first time. Moeller has developed new courses in a variety of areas, and these courses have also been well received by students. In his law classes, he has made creative use of films to illustrate legal principles and issues in a concrete way for students.

College of Education

Sherry Kay Watt, assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation and Student Development, teaches both didactic and clinical courses in student development theory and counseling, including classes that touch on multiculturalism and spirituality. She invites students to be co-creators of the educational process from the beginning of class, in the manner of such well-respected educators as Marcia Baxter Magolda, Parker Palmer, Paulo Freire and bell hooks. Students and colleagues say what distinguishes Watt most as a teacher is her interpersonal style of teaching. While the course requirements are often extensive and demanding, her warmth, encouragement and high expectations demonstrate to her students that they can accomplish the work.

College of Engineering

Er-Wei Bai, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has taught courses at all levels within the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. He has chaired the College Teaching Committee in 1999-2000 and, at the departmental level, has enthusiastically contributed to both the undergraduate and graduate curriculum committees. His teaching method includes maintaining an open-door policy for students and involving undergraduates in his research program. His talent for and commitment to education and mentoring is reflected in the praise he received from his students, who describe him as "extremely knowledgeable" and "incredibly effective in teaching the material."

John M. Wiencek, professor and chair of chemical and biochemical engineering, has developed the Program for Enhanced Design Experience (PEDE) to new levels of excellence. The PEDE program, which allows students to work with industry on design projects while studying on campus, now actively includes chemical engineering students, thanks to his efforts in soliciting the support of business and industry. Additionally, his efforts have resulted in strong UI connections to industries that hire College of Engineering students. Also, he has opened his own laboratories (including crystallography and membrane separation work) to undergraduates and garnered industry support for student non-thesis master's degrees in which students do internships for companies that support them.

College of Dentistry

Janet Guthmiller, associate professor of periodontics, teaches pre-doctoral and graduate periodontics and is a faculty member in the Dows Institute for Dental Research. Guthmiller has been the director of the Dental Student Research Program since 2002 after previously serving as assistant director (1999-2002). As director, she has counseled and advised 50-70 pre-doctoral students per semester. Under her direction, the Dental Student Research Group received the American Association for Dental Research award for having the most student abstracts at the national meeting. Guthmiller serves as the course director for a research mini-course offered as an elective to incoming dental students, and she also directs the college's Research Honors Course, an elective course for students interested in research. As part of this course, Guthmiller works with students to develop scientific protocols, conduct and analyze their research, and prepare research presentations and publications.

College of Law

John S. Allen, clinical professor of law, teaches in the law school's Clinical Law Program, and offers a seminar on Poverty Law. He has frequently taught in the law school's trial advocacy program. Since 1993, he has supervised the Assistive Technology Clinic, funded through the Iowa Program for Assistive Technology. He is a member of the Dean Mason Ladd Inn of Court. Before entering teaching, he had been a staff attorney and senior staff attorney with the Legal Services Corporation of Iowa.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Craig Gibson, associate professor of classics, teaches courses in Latin and Greek languages and in classical rhetoric and literature. He is currently director of undergraduate studies and undergraduate advisor in his department. His courses emphasize close examination of conflicting sources, encouraging students to frame and solve problems and to deal effectively with potential counterarguments to their solution. Students praise his highly organized courses and his careful and memorable presentation of course material, which allows both classics majors and non-majors to enter fully into the study of the ancient world.

Craig Kletzing, professor of physics and astronomy, teaches courses in general physics, as well as working in his area of specialization, space plasma physics. In his introductory undergraduate lectures, he incorporates on-the-spot concept tests, to which students develop responses by working briefly in small groups, so that each student serves as a peer instructor for the others. In intermediate and advanced courses, he emphasizes student creativity in research and scientific writing. Students praise his gifts for probing students' understanding and for working through barriers to learning. Kletzing's students work with him on research projects, funded by NSF and NASA, that focus on electromagnetic phenomena in the earth's ionosphere.

Judith Liskin-Gasparro, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese, directs the undergraduate General Education program in Spanish language and co-directs the interdisciplinary doctoral program in second language acquisition. In shaping the curriculum and developing course materials for elementary and intermediate Spanish courses, she places utmost importance on a Spanish-only classroom environment, in which Spanish is both what is being learned and the medium through which learning takes place. The graduate students whom she teaches and supervises praise her inspiring and creative teaching, and her passionate devotion to students' professional development.

Michael Lovaglia, professor and chair of sociology, teaches in the areas of social psychology and interpersonal processes. He frequently teaches his department's introductory course, where his goal is to make sociological insights applicable to the personal and social problems that arise in contemporary life. In this large lecture course, he incorporates group discussion, experiential learning activities and research-based writing projects. Students in this course praise his focus on teaching them to learn through introspection and his mentorship, including invitations to assist in his research projects. He is active in enriching the collegiate experience of minority students. Lovaglia is the author of an influential textbook for introductory sociology, "Knowing People: The Personal Use of Sociology."

Daniel M. Quinn, professor of chemistry, teaches courses in organic chemistry. In both lecture courses and advanced courses, he stresses problem solving and leads interactive help sessions that inculcate in students the ability to reason through problem solving. Students praise his engaging and dynamic teaching style, his focus on the applications of organic chemistry and his incorporation of his own research on therapies for Alzheimer's disease into his courses. They appreciate the extensive course notes he makes available in advance of class sessions and his encouragement of questions and discussion, even in large classes. Quinn currently serves as his department's director of undergraduate studies. He has been a leader in interdisciplinary training programs in biotechnology and in biocatalysis, and has been very active in increasing the participation of minority students in graduate training in chemistry.

Bryon Winn, associate professor of theatre arts, teaches courses in design for the theater, particularly lighting design. He currently serves as the department's director of theatre, responsible for developing the mainstage season and selecting workshop productions from student proposals. Students praise him for incorporating the high technical and artistic standards of professional theater into his courses, for his keen insights in evaluating their work and for his ability to motivate and challenge students to experiment in their design choices. They are also grateful for his mentoring, including guiding students toward internships and other professional opportunities. In addition to supervising and collaborating with students on departmental productions, Winn regularly invites students to serve as assistants on his projects as a professional designer.

UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

David Bedell, clinical associate professor of family medicine, developed and implemented a clerkship in family medicine for fourth-year medical students at the Lone Tree Family Practice Center, which also serves medical residents in family practice and nurse practitioner students. The clinic serves Lone Tree and patients from the surrounding communities of Columbus Junction, West Liberty, Nichols and Conesville, as well as more distant locations like Muscatine, Burlington and Washington, Iowa. More than half of the Lone Tree clinic's patients are Spanish-speaking; experience at the clinic helps students and residents build cultural competency. Bedell also teaches first-year medical students, and each fall he serves as a facilitator for small group discussions in the medical school course, Foundations of Clinical Practice. Bedell often leads panel discussions and participates in learning activities related to the health care of diverse populations. Bedell was recognized as the UI Family Practice Residents' Teacher of the Year in 1999-2000 and 2003-2004.

Jo Benda, professor of pathology, has experience as a classroom, seminar and laboratory instructor and has served on a variety of teaching committees. Since 2002, she has served as the General and Systemic Pathology course director for Carver College of Medicine students. She has also developed numerous course materials, including a manual for the Gynecology Oncology Group, the major cooperative trials group for patients with gynecologic malignancies. She has a unique view of the clinical significance of pathologic problems because of her dual board certification in anatomic pathology and obstetrics and gynecology, and she brings this experience to the small-group setting. She has worked to organize and further develop the General and Systemic Pathology course, and she also spends a lot of time advising lecturers on material. Benda also mentors medical residents in surgical pathology.

Rebecca Hegeman, clinical associate professor of internal medicine, serves as one of four faculty directors in the Carver College of Medicine Communities designed to facilitate student involvement in peer-to-peer support, education, leadership and service activities. This unique teaching and mentoring opportunity allows her to work with first-year through fourth-year medical students; she develops leadership skills among students by facilitating discussion and service learning projects. Hegeman teaches medical students, residents and fellows on inpatient wards, dialysis units, consulting services and outpatient clinics. She serves as a clinician mentor for second-year medical students when they complete history and physical exams, teaches multiple sections of course material, and facilitates small group discussions. Hegeman gives lectures to residents, and she developed a thorough review of nephrology for the Internal Medicine board review course. She also developed and delivers curriculum on renal replacement therapy to nephrology fellows.

College of Nursing

Nicollet Markovetz, clinical instructor, teaches in the college's Parent, Child, and Family area of study. She teaches maternity theory and parent-child theory to undergraduate students, and she supervises 27 students each semester who participate in community-based clinical nursing. She is the only labor-delivery clinical instructor for the College of Nursing. She provides students with guidance as an independent study coordinator and a mentor for the UI Association of Nursing Students. Markovetz developed and currently directs the Cross-Cultural Nursing Experience in Jamaica for undergraduate students. On the trip she serves as a role model, interacting with patients and their families, and she mentors students and helps them learn through small-group discussions and journaling.

Janet Specht, associate professor, teaches in the college's Adult and Gerontological area of study and exposes students to innovative and positive models of caring for older adults through practical experience. She teaches multiple classes on care for the elderly and phenomena related to older adults. She is a mentor for students who participate in an interdisciplinary geriatric fellowship, and she is a leader in developing educational outreach programs in the College of Nursing. Her most recent educational outreach program is a training program developed for long-term care facilities around Iowa, focusing on improving the adoption of evidence-based practices.

College of Public Health

Joseph Cavanaugh, associate professor of biostatistics, teaches Introduction to Biostatistics, which enrolls students from a broad range of disciplines and includes undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professional students with advanced degrees. He also teaches categorical data analysis, and he has developed and taught two advanced biostatistics seminar courses. He has received consistently high student evaluation scores and praise for his ability to make biostatistics relevant and accessible to scholars at all levels. Several students described Cavanaugh as a dedicated mentor and role model. Cavanaugh currently serves as a biostatistician for the Iowa Scholars in Clinical Investigation program at the UI and is serving on six doctoral committees. He has been honored with a number of teaching awards throughout his academic career, including the 2000 William T. Kemper Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching while at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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