June 17, 2010
UI faculty members receive Collegiate Teaching Awards
Eighteen University of Iowa faculty members have received Collegiate Teaching Awards for the 2009-10 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 2009-10 Collegiate Teaching Awards are: John Spitzer, Henry B. Tippie College of Business; Karin Weber-Gasparoni, College of Dentistry; David Duys and Pamela Ries, College of Education; Anton Kruger, College of Engineering; Barry Matsumoto, College of Law; Mary Campbell, Steve Duck, Claire Fox, Geoffrey Hope, Sarah Larsen, Luis Martin-Estudillo, and Diane Slusarski, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Gwen Beck and Haraldine (Dee Dee) Stafford, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine; Kerri Rupe, College of Nursing; Robert Shaw, College of Pharmacy; and Trudy Burns and Shelly Campo, College of Public Health.
Following are brief biographical sketches of each Collegiate Teaching Award recipient:
Tippie College of Business
John Spitzer is a clinical professor of finance at the Henry B. Tippie College of Business at the UI. He is also the treasurer for the Eastern Iowa Angel Investors LLC, a group of more than 20 individual investors who have pooled their funds for business investment. Management of the funds and the investment decisions are accomplished as a group, following a series of internally adopted procedures and guidelines. Before joining the UI in 1995, Spitzer was a vice president at Salomon Brothers Inc.; vice president at Fannie Mae; senior economist at the Federal Reserve Board; and vice president and managing director at the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco.
College of Dentistry
Karin Weber-Gasparoni, assistant professor of pediatric dentistry, is co-director of the pediatric dentistry course for second-year dental students. Weber-Gasparoni continually modifies and improves the course in response to student feedback. She also started and now directs the Infant Oral Health Program at the Johnson County Department of Public Health Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Clinic, one of the first programs in the country to offer dental students and pediatric dentistry residents opportunities to examine and treat infants and toddlers. She has mentored numerous research projects for students and residents, and has served as director or committee member on post-graduate theses.
College of Education
David Duys, assistant professor in school counseling and counselor education and supervision, teaches a variety of courses in career development, counseling, human development, counselor education and research methods in school counseling. His research includes the career counseling needs of special populations. Duys is the UI College of Education School Counseling and Counselor Education Program coordinator and has served as the president of the Iowa Association of Counselor Education and Supervision and on the journal editorial boards of Professional School Counseling and Counselor Education and Supervision.
College of Engineering
Steve Duck, Starch Research Professor in Communication Studies, is the 2009-10 recipient of the College's Helen Kechriotis Nelson Collegiate Teaching Award, which recognizes career-long dedication to and excellence in teaching. In his teaching and research, he relates the rhetoric of everyday talk to interpersonal relationship processes, a focus that engages undergraduate students and helps them reflect on their own experience. He has co-written the best-selling introductory textbook "Basics of Communication: A relational perspective." He is director of undergraduate studies and led a recent revision of the large undergraduate major. He has also earned the Graduate College’s Outstanding Mentor Award. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.
Claire Fox, associate professor of English, has developed a series of courses in Latino studies and in the literature and culture of the Americas that serves students in several majors. Students praise her courses for helping them realize how their academic studies “speak to the world around” them. They praise the breadth of her knowledge, the rigor of her teaching, and her ability to lead thought-provoking discussions. Her current research is on cultural exchanges in the Americas during the Cold War. She was a UI Faculty Scholar and is director of graduate studies in her department.
Geoffrey Hope, professor in the Department of French and Italian, teaches early modern French literature and culture and supervises the third-year French language course, for which he has also developed a textbook. He has also edited an anthology of French poetry for classroom use. He is prolific at developing new undergraduate courses, and has worked with the French government to enable UI students to earn certification in business French. His students comment that he “breathes life into otherwise intimidating classes” and praise his teaching as both “engaging” and “challenging.”
Sarah Larsen, professor of chemistry, teaches physical chemistry at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has enriched her introductory Principles of Chemistry lectures with additional experiments and demonstrations, including those drawing on her own research in nano-scale materials. Students praise the organization of her courses, her involvement in their learning, and her guidance on learning complex concepts and techniques. She is associate director of the UI's Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute, a senior editor of the Journal of Physical Chemistry, and recipient of the CLAS Collegiate Scholar award.
Luis Martin-Estudillo, assistant professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, teaches modern Spanish literature and culture. He strives to bring the “foreign realities” he teaches closer to students’ experience and adds, “I learn from students and learn for them as well, keeping teaching and research always connected.” Students comment that he helps them feel “empowered” to read Spanish-language texts and “confident of their abilities.” His co-edited volume, New Spain, New Literatures, which he developed with and for a graduate course, will be published in summer 2010.
Diane Slusarski, professor of biology, teaches developmental biology courses with a focus on the dynamic nature of the developing organism. Students praise her passion for teaching and her desire for feedback on her teaching. She engages undergraduate students in the work of her research laboratory where, according to student nominators, she provides a balance of “supervision and autonomy.” They praise her for “building a strong sense of community” and “promoting collaboration” through which students develop as scientists. She encourages students to present their work publicly and is one of the department’s outstanding mentors.
Shelly Campo, associate professor of community and behavioral health and communication studies, directs the Center for Health Communication and Social Marketing. Campo is known for going "above and beyond" to support her students inside and outside the classroom and beyond graduation. Campo teaches courses and leads research in health communication, persuasion and health, and health communication campaigns.