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16 UI faculty members win Collegiate Teaching Awards

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Some 16 University of Iowa faculty members have been named winners of 1997-98 Collegiate Teaching Awards for demonstrating unusually significant and meritorious achievement in teaching.

The Collegiate Teaching Award winners are named each year by the Council on Teaching. Nominations are made by students, other faculty members, and department heads. Award winners are chosen based on how their teaching and informal contacts enhance student learning, an analysis of teaching materials and class activities, scholarly works or creative achievements, and student evaluations of the nominee's teaching ability.

The following list includes the recipients and comments about their teaching from colleagues and students:

Pedro Alvarez, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, who teaches environmental microbiology, environmental engineering: natural systems, and biological treatment process. A student said, "As a student who pays for his education, I like to think I always get my money's worth when taking a course taught by Professor Alvarez. He cares that his students learn and understand the course material. Anyone who has ever seen Professor Alvarez lecture knows that he truly enjoys teaching."

Nancy Bonthius, assistant professor of pharmacy who teaches physical assessment, pharmacotherapy, and drug induced disease. A student said, "She is an outstanding teacher and health professional. Her instruction in the classroom is straight-forward as well as application oriented. She gives students real-life examples of clinical situations they will encounter in professional practice and teaches how to assess the problem and leads us to look for the solution. Her approach is challenging and motivating."

William Buss, professor of law, who teaches constitutional law, freedom of speech, education law, and comparative constitutional law. A student wrote, "Students are challenged to think outside of the conventional limits of the text to explore their own ideas and legal analysis of the issues presented. He accords a level of respect to each and every student which is evidenced by the quality of classroom participation."

James Clancy, associate professor of prosthodontics, who teaches second, third and fourth year dental students and graduate dental students. Of his experience in Clancy's pre-clinical removable prosthodontic laboratory, a student wrote, "Dr. Clancy is very skilled in his prosthodontic work, but he is also very skilled in his ability to pass on the reasoning behind each procedure so that prosthodontics has become a discipline to me, rather than just a series of steps. He could often tell when I was confused and would invariably stop and help me understand the reasoning behind what I was doing."

Charles Clark, professor of orthopedic surgery, teaches both third and fourth year medical students, orthopedic residents, and fellows and bioengineering students. Of his clinical experiences with Dr. Clark a student wrote, "Dr. Clark's manner was always professional and never demeaning, insuring that along with the medical knowledge I was gaining I would also learn the art of effective communication and appropriate personal involvement."

Daniel Collins, professor of accounting, who teaches financial accounting, standards and analysis, and empirical capital markets. A student who supported his nomination wrote, "Dan's positive attitude about students and the content of the class always inspired us. I, for one, was highly motivated by each assignment because I felt that I learned something new or understood something better with every lecture."

Connie Delaney, associate professor of nursing, who teaches organization and systems, nursing information and technology, and nursing leadership and care management. A student in Delaney's informatics course wrote, "Her knowledge of the subject, enthusiasm about the topic, ability to encourage students to think, various teaching strategies, and ability to establish a positive learning environment and interactive relationship with students are outstanding."

Linda Fielding, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, who teaches literature for children, methods of elementary school language arts, methods of elementary school reading, and supporting differences in reading and writing. One of her students said, "She teaches her university students that children learn best when they have choices in what they learn. It is refreshing to see that Dr. Fielding is consistent in her philosophy, whether she is teaching children or adults. She gave us choices in our readings and our assignments, which inspired ownership of knowledge."

John Harvey, professor of psychology, who teaches interpersonal relations, and loss and trauma. A student wrote, "Not only was he tenacious with the research he presented in class, he also encouraged each one of us to expand our knowledge of the subject and challenge the theories we were learning. Professor Harvey makes it clear that not only does he hope that we learn from him, but that everything we contribute is a learning experience in his own life.

Gary Koretzky, professor of internal medicine, who teaches immunology, signal transduction, and respiratory physiology to medical, dental and bioengineering students. A student said, "Dr. Koretzky has all the qualities that make the very finest teacher: enthusiasm, originality, a natural rapport with students, and a healthy dose of dry wit. His joy in teaching is naturally reciprocated by a joy in learning."

Keith (Mac) Marshall, professor of anthropology, who teaches the study of culture and society, ethnographic field methods, alcohol and culture, and anthropological theory. A student who has taken multiple courses from Marshall said, "In all three classes Professor Marshall's expectations for his courses were clear and thoroughly described, his readings were some of the most helpful and timely in each subject area, his lecturing was informed and inspired and, most of all, his encouragement of students' thoughts and discussion was abundant and genuine.

Thomas Rietz, associate professor of finance, who teaches introductory financial management, commercial banking, and managerial finance. A student wrote, "His use of e-mail to communicate with students during the week provided the best student/teacher communication I have had during all my courses at the UI. What sets Tom Rietz apart from the many professors who know their material well are his presentation skills and personality, which make the difference. He is able to provide real world examples, which make sense out of formulas and theories. He is definitely a "duck in water" teaching students finance."

Victor Rodgers, associate professor of chemical and biochemical engineering, who teaches momentum transport, chemical process dynamics and control, intermolecular and surface forces, and bioseparatons. A student wrote, "He offers challenging classes and requires that excellence be earned. One might expect students to flee from him, but they do not. The secret is that Professor Rodgers does not give up on the student. Many nights Professor Rodgers can be found helping students with homework."

T.M.Scruggs, assistant professor of music, who teaches foundations of ethnomusicology, nationalism and music, music culture and identity, and music of Latin America and the Caribbean. A student said, "He makes me want to learn and he makes me want to teach. Professor Scruggs helps me to create the right questions and then challenges me to understand them so that I can search out the answers for myself."

Jeanne Snyder, professor of anatomy and cell biology, who teaches medical cell biology, foundations of clinical practice, and gross anatomy. A medical student wrote, "Dr. Snyder was always cognizant of her audience and responded appropriately by changing the speed, content, or focus of her lecture as necessary to insure the audience achieved understanding. Without question Dr. Snyder stands out as a gem among the sea of professors in the College of Medicine and has had a tremendous influence on my life as a scientist and as a future physician."

Glenn Storey, assistant professor of classics and anthropology, who teaches elementary and second-year Greek, the classic motif in modern cinema, Roman archaeology and ethnohistory, and cult archaeology. A student wrote, "Professor Storey has proven as a teacher that the simple act of opening your mind to learn something new, different, and challenging is what is important."