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Seven UI faculty members receive Instructional Improvement Awards

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Seven UI faculty members have received Instructional Improvement Awards from the Council on Teaching. The funding supports instructional projects designed to make exceptional and specific contributions to in-class instruction.

This year's recipients are:

--Ann Budd and Gilbert Klapper, geology, "Developing and integrating a model WW (Web) site into the geology GER curriculum;" to develop a Web site for the geology General Education Program course Evolution and the History of Life, which will integrate materials associated with lecture, lab, and discussion components of the course; provide on-line laboratory exercises and links to museum and fossil Web sites; and give general course information, announcements, and a communication forum for students, professors, and teaching assistants. The Web site will be the first of its kind and scope in the geology General Education Program curriculum.

--Alison Ford, theatre arts, "Sound Design 2-Digital audio technology;" to acquire a digital audio workstation, which would enable a sound designer to conceive, produce, and edit sound environments with a greater level of sophistication than current equipment allows. The addition of digital technology would be the catalyst for offering the course Sound Design 2 on a regular basis.

--Jed Hand, preventive and community dentistry, "Development of a CD-ROM-based oral soft tissue examination simulation;" to expand an existing computer-based simulated oral soft tissue examination technology and provide students with a realistic method of practicing the detection and diagnosis of oral soft tissue lesions. The current technology, designed for calibration of dentist-examiners, would be adapted to CD-ROM, modified to present a variety of stages of common and important soft tissue lesions, and expanded to provide expert feedback to students.

--Takis Poulakos, rhetoric, "Speaking instruction for the GER rhetoric course;" to create a comprehensive package of materials to guide beginning rhetoric instructors with the teaching of public speaking in the basic rhetoric course. The materials will be included on a CD-ROM to be produced by Second Look team members.

--Susan Murty, social work, "The West Liberty Project;" the project's goals are to improve the cultural competence of the curriculum and instruction at the School of Social Work; to improve faculty cultural competence; and to create opportunities for students to work with diverse populations. The project's focus is West Liberty, Iowa, a community with rural and Latino populations.

--Keith Stroyan, mathematics, "Multivariable calculus and interactive graphics;" the department of mathematics recently developed a unified plan for instructional computing that involves moving course computing to a workstation network based on a studio classroom. While off-site tutoring will use low-end, personally owned and generic ITC machines, a unified approach to scientific computing that begins with calculus offers the most promise in training students as they progress through math courses to professional or graduate work.