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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.  
Pamela Ries, clinical associate professor in teaching and learning, teaches courses in elementary and special education. She oversees the elementary student practicum finding suitable placement sites for elementary and teacher education program students, teaches a weekly seminar and oversees the supervisors who provide feedback to students. Her innovation in utilizing the university’s distance education platform to train student teachers to broadcast and record their teaching sessions has increased the amount of observation and feedback students receive from faculty supervisors. Ries provides staff development/coaching for teachers through Grant Wood Area Education Agency (AEA) and has presented on various staff development topics at local schools and AEA regional meetings.

College of Engineering

Anton Kruger is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering. Kruger, who earned his doctorate in the UI Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1992, joined the college in 1995 and has taught in the department since 2006. He is also an associate faculty research engineer at the college's internationally renowned research unit, IIHR Hydroscience & Engineering. Senior faculty and Kruger's students cite him for his development of curriculum, commitment to student success, availability to students by maintaining extensive office hours, and involvement in student senior design projects. He received the college's Research Staff Excellence Award in 2003.

College of Law

Barry Matsumoto joined the law faculty in 1974. Prior to joining the law faculty, he practiced law with Bogle and Gates in Seattle, Wash., and served as at the Washington Representative for the Japanese American Citizens League. At the league, he served as a lobbyist and worked principally on civil rights legislation and fund raising. He teaches in the areas of Constitutional law, State and Local Government, Professional Responsibility, Property, American Legal Realism and Critical Legal Studies.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mary Campbell, assistant professor of sociology, is a leader in her department in incorporating service learning into undergraduate coursework and has received grants to develop courses that engage students in critical thinking. She is committed to preparing students for lifelong learning, and teaches students how to ask and answer research questions, beginning in her introductory classes. Both undergraduate and graduate students praise her as a “challenging and inspirational teacher” and generous mentor. Her research focuses on issues of racial and social inequality.

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.

Carver College of Medicine

Gwen Beck, associate professor of internal medicine, trains students at all levels of medical education including third-year medical students on ambulatory practice with a focus on women's health issues, and fourth-year students during the year-long Continuity of Care rotation. She also developed a unique program for internal medicine residents called Medical Conditions in Pregnancy. Beck is an associate residency program director in internal medicine, and she has participated in the UI Teaching Scholars Program. Her clinical interests include primary care, general internal medicine, preventive care and women’s health.
Haraldine (Dee Dee) Stafford, associate professor of internal medicine, is course director for Foundations of Clinical Practice IV and has worked closely with lecturers to develop effective course content and improve how it is taught. Students frequently cite her dedication and commitment to excellent teaching as a key to their success in mastering the clinical aspects of their training. Stafford's clinical and research interests include general rheumatology and development of tools to make educators more effective teachers.

College of Nursing

Kerri Rupe, clinical associate professor, provides outstanding teaching and mentoring to nursing students. As president of the Iowa Nurse Practitioner Society, she is an inspirational role model for her students.  Also, she is an expert clinician who effectively uses her practice as a vehicle for university service and an innovative educational setting for students in multiple programs of study. Professor Rupe teaches graduate level courses in advanced practice and Family Nurse Practitioner specialty, occupational health practicum and health assessment for the RN-BSN program.

College of Pharmacy

Robert Shaw graduated from University of Illinois in 1977 and worked primarily in hospital pharmacy. He then attended the University of Illinois receiving a PharmD degree in 1994. After completion of a specialty residency in critical care medicine in 1995, he accepted a position with the Veterans Health Administration in Tampa, Fla. Shaw received a Masters in Public Health degree from the University of South Florida in 2004, and joined the UI College of Pharmacy in 2005. He currently is a clinical assistant professor at the UI and clinical pharmacist in critical care/internal medicine/nutrition support for the Iowa City Veteran's Medical Center.

College of Public Health

Trudy Burns, professor of epidemiology, teaches courses in genetic epidemiology. Students and colleagues praise Burns for her enthusiasm for teaching, and she consistently receives positive remarks from students in their evaluation forms. Burns' research interests include the epidemiology and physiology of cardiovascular disease, and approaches for localizing genes responsible for complex phenotypes. She holds secondary appointments in pediatrics and nursing.

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.

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