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June 18, 2009

UI faculty members receive Collegiate Teaching Awards

Eighteen University of Iowa faculty members have received Collegiate Teaching Awards for the 2008-09 academic year.

The awards represent the highest honor a college bestows on its faculty for excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching.

The recipients of the 2008-09 Collegiate Teaching Awards are: Ty Leverty, Henry B. Tippie College of Business; Teresa Marshall, College of Dentistry; Saba Rasheed Ali, College of Education; Gary Christensen, College of Engineering; Michelle Falkoff and Larry Ward, College of Law; Margaret Beck, Frauke Bleher, Michael Dailey, Priya Kumar and Mary Trachsel, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Lisa Antes, Steven Craig, Adrian Elcock and Jill Endres, Carver College of Medicine; Howard Butcher, College of Nursing; John Swegle, College of Pharmacy; and Kelly Donham, College of Public Health.

Following are brief biographical sketches of each Collegiate Teaching Award recipient:

Tippie College of Business

Ty Leverty is assistant professor of finance and TRISTAR Risk Management Fellow. He is an expert in risk management and insurance, particularly in the economics of insurance markets, insurance regulation and public policy issues in insurance. He is also a faculty member in the Emmett J. Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance in the Tippie College of Business.

College of Dentistry

Teresa Marshall, associate professor of preventive and community dentistry, is director of the experiential course for first- and second-year dental students. She also coordinates and teaches the nutrition curriculum within the College of Dentistry. Marshall has expanded and strengthened the problem-based learning and critical thinking course used by the college for first- and second-year dental students. In addition, she also is associate director for the Dental Student Research Program.


Saba Rasheed Ali, assistant professor of counseling psychology, teaches several courses on counseling psychology and a seminar on feminist therapy, and she taught a workshop on Counseling Muslim Americans for the Annual Summer School for Helping Professionals. Ali supervises counseling psychology students' practicum work in various settings including the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the Veterans Administration, the University Counseling Service and Women's Resource and Action Center. Students in Ali's class regularly participate in out-of-classroom experiences and other hands-on workshops such as conducting workshops and career interventions at the transitional shelter in Iowa City.


Gary Christensen is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and Computational Imaging Group leader in the Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging. His research expertise is in global shape models and medical imaging. He is also an innovator in the classroom, and during the past several years his classes in computer programming have equipped students with individual classroom-dedicated laptop computers so that students have been more focused and involved in their studies than ever before.

College of Law

Michelle Falkoff is a member of the law faculty and teaches legal analysis, writing and research in the first-year program at the College of Law. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and used to practice intellectual property litigation in Silicon Valley.

Larry Ward is a professor and the Orville L. and Ermina D. Dykstra chair in federal tax law. Ward teaches basic federal income taxation, taxation of business enterprise, income taxation of estates and trusts and estate and gift taxation. He has also taught corporate taxation, taxation of partnerships and LLCs, federal tax policy, estate planning, federal tax research, comparative taxation, law and accounting, corporations and unincorporated business entities. In his career, Ward has served as a professor, a practicing lawyer and chairman of a publicly traded company.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Margaret Beck, assistant professor of anthropology, teaches courses in North American archaeology and the socio-cultural anthropology of native peoples of the southwest and Great Plains areas.

Frauke Bleher, associate professor of mathematics, teaches algebra at the intermediate and advanced levels to undergraduate and graduate students.

Michael Dailey, associate professor of biology, teaches cell biology and neurobiology. In his research, he uses bio-imaging techniques to study animal cell structure and function, and he brings this new technology into his courses.

Priya Kumar, associate professor of English, has built a curriculum in postcolonial studies and transnational literature within the undergraduate English major.

Mary Trachsel, associate professor of rhetoric, has served as chair of her department, chair of the UI Council on Teaching and a leader in campus initiatives to advance the teaching of writing and improve the student experience. She teaches in the rhetoric curriculum for first-year students and mentors graduate assistants who teach rhetoric.

Carver College of Medicine

Lisa Antes, clinical associate professor of internal medicine, is involved at all levels of undergraduate medical education as well as training for residents and fellows. Among many contributions, she is facilitator and lecturer for the Foundation of Clinical Practice courses and coordinator of the Internal Medicine Residents Core Conference in Nephrology. She also has organized the teaching of nephrology topics, her specialty, to third-year medical students, and since 2006 co-directs one of the Internal Medicine clerkships.

Steven Craig, adjunct clinical professor of internal medicine, has taught for nearly 25 years and holds community leadership positions, including executive director of the Des Moines Area Medical Education Consortium, director of the Transitional-Year Residency Program for the Central Iowa Health System, and director of Des Moines-based Internal Medicine Clerkships. He conducts all case-based learning exercises for third-year medical students on rotation in Des Moines, teaches in the Community-Based Primary Care Clerkship program and leads lectures and discussions for Clinical Beginnings Week, a program that helps students launch their clinical immersions. Throughout his career, Craig has contributed to many medical education organizations.

Adrian Elcock, associate professor of biochemistry, is known for teaching methods that help students develop logical and reasoning skills and apply theory to situations they are likely to encounter in the laboratory. Elcock, whose research is focused on using computer simulations to solve biological problems, directs a biophysical chemistry class for graduate students and undergraduate senior students with a strong background in biochemistry. He also teaches an undergraduate course in biochemistry and molecular biology, develops curriculum and mentors students in his laboratory.

Jill Endres, clinical assistant professor of family medicine, is known for helping students succeed academically and in broader domains while balancing their professional and personal lives. Endres is director of the Family Medicine Predoctoral Education Program, faculty director of the William Bean Learning Community and faculty advisor of the Family Medicine Interest Group. Endres, who has served on the Medical Education Committee since joining the UI faculty in 2002, helped develop the Service Distinction Track and elective courses on such topics as continuity of care and wellness. She also has assisted the program Maternity Observation for Medical Students.

College of Nursing

Howard Butcher, associate professor in the college's Adult and Gerontology Area of Study, teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses. His course on Contemporary Practice Issues, one of the final courses in the Bachelor of Science program, focuses on enduring and contemporary issues in the profession of nursing.  At the graduate level he teaches courses to those studying to be psychiatric nurse practitioners. Butcher also teaches qualitative research methods in the doctor of philosophy program. His primary research focus is gerontological mental health nursing.

College of Pharmacy

John Swegle, clinical associate professor of clinical and administrative pharmacy, is the clinical pharmacist for the Mercy Family Medicine Residency in Mason City. The residency program is affiliated with Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa and serves as a teaching center for students from different disciplines, including medicine, nursing and pharmacy. Swegle also serves as a preceptor for pharmacy students and pharmacy practice residents. In addition, he is a consultant pharmacist for Hospice of North Iowa and a faculty member for the Palliative Medicine Fellowship Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa Palliative Medicine Fellowship.

College of Public Health

Kelley Donham, professor of occupational and environmental health, directs the agricultural health and safety academic and outreach program and Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health. Donham's research interests include occupational and environmental hazards in agriculture, effects of livestock environment on human and animal health, environmental carcinogens and delivery of occupational health services to agricultural communities.

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