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Release: Jan. 18, 2001

Five UI professors named Collegiate Fellows in College of Liberal Arts

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Five University of Iowa professors have been named Collegiate Fellows in the UI College of Liberal Arts in recognition of their years of distinguished teaching, research, and service to the college. Members of the inaugural class of Collegiate Fellows are: Mark Arnold, professor of chemistry; Nora England, professor of anthropology; Philip Kutzko, professor of mathematics; Gerard Rushton, professor of geography; and Myron Welch, professor of music.

Linda Maxson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said the distinction is a way for the college to honor outstanding faculty members at the rank of full professor who have consistently demonstrated their dedication to the three-pronged mission of the college.

"This award was created to recognize senior faculty whose distinction in teaching and scholarship is matched by exceptional leadership in service to the university, the college and their departments," Maxson said. "These first five Collegiate Fellows have for years given of their time, talents, and energy for the benefit of the college, and I am pleased to be able to honor their achievements."

Collegiate Fellows receive an increase in pay as well as a discretionary fund in each of the first two years of a five-year, renewable term. The group also will be invited to meet with Maxson and the college's associate deans twice each year to discuss opportunities for improving faculty life and undergraduate education.

Arnold has been a College of Liberal Arts faculty member since 1982, earning the rank of full professor in 1994. In a letter nominating Arnold for the honor, Daniel Quinn, chairman of the department of chemistry, called him "one of the most innovative teachers in the department," noting that he regularly intersperses his latest research into his undergraduate courses and took the initiative to revamp the graduate student orientation course. He has served on more than two dozen departmental and university committees and held eight different offices in professional societies. He has also been called on to consult with various industrial companies and currently has major funding from Inverness Medical Technology, a company that produces and develops technology for measuring blood glucose to enhance the treatment and management of diabetes. His research is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the UI Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing. Arnold serves as director of the UI Optical Science and Technology Center.

In 23 years as a College of Liberal Arts faculty member, England has taught everything from large, introductory undergraduate courses to specialized seminars for graduate students. She began assuming weighty leadership roles, including directing the Latin American Studies Program before she ever earned tenure and has served on more than three dozen departmental and university

committees. She earned the rank of full professor in 1989. Her research and activism with the Maya has not only produced internationally-acclaimed scholarship, but also opportunities for Mayan students to advance to levels of higher education that would have been unthinkable a generation ago. For her work, England was recognized with a MacArthur "genius grant" in 1993.

Kutzko joined the College of Liberal Arts faculty in 1974 and earned the rank of full professor in 1979. He has had continuous National Science Foundation research support throughout his 26 years at the UI and has been an invited speaker or visiting professor at some of the most prestigious mathematics departments in the world. He delivered an invited address at the International Congress of Mathematics meeting in 1986. He frequently teaches the department's business calculus course with an enrollment approaching 900 undergraduates. He also has been dedicated to diversity issues on campus, serving on his department's Committee for Minority Student Recruitment and Development as well as on numerous university-wide committees. He spoke at the UI Staff Council Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in January 2000.

Rushton received his Ph.D. from the UI in 1964, and, after teaching at two other universities, returned to join the College of Liberal Arts faculty in 1969. He earned the rank of full professor in 1974. He is a leader in the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and is frequently asked to speak to large groups of scholars. In the last five years he has made 45 presentations related to GIS, geography, health and location theory at conferences in the U.S. and abroad. He has served as a member of several national advisory committees convened by such groups as the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.

Welch joined the College of Liberal Arts faculty in 1980 as director of bands and earned the rank of full professor in 1983. He is responsible for all UI band activities, conducts the Symphony Band and Chamber Wind Ensemble, teaches undergraduate instrumental methods and oversees the graduate program in band conducting. He also organizes the annual Iowa Honor Band weekend, which draws more than 100 high school musicians from throughout Iowa to the UI campus. For 18 years Welch was the director of the Iowa All-State Music Camp. Under his direction, the Symphony Band has performed at several state and national conventions. Welch has also been invited as a guest conductor for many prestigious bands, including the US Air Force Band, Marine Band, Navy Band and the Goldman Band of New York City. He has guest conducted numerous university bands, including those at Arizona State University, Florida State University and Indiana University and is a frequent conductor of all-state bands and music camps throughout the country. In addition to serving on dozens of departmental and university committees, Welch has held leadership positions in several national organizations and has been the president of the American Bandmasters Association, the College Band Directors National Association North Central Division, the Iowa Bandmasters Association, and the Big Ten Band Directors Association. In October 2000, the Music Educators National Conference recognized Welch as one of 12 "accomplished music teachers" in Iowa.