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May 7, 2003

UI Ph.D. Student Named Top Professor Twice In Three Years

For the second time in three years Christine Malaski, a doctoral student in the University of Iowa College of Education's nationally ranked Rehabilitation Counselor Education program, has been named Professor of the Year by St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where she is an assistant professor of occupational therapy.

St. Ambrose President Edward Rogalski and Angie Long, president of the St. Ambrose Student Alumni Association, recognized Malaski May 1 during the university awards ceremony.

Malaski, daughter of Jack and Virgie Cathelyn of Galva, Ill., was selected for the 2002-2003 academic year award by the senior student body from among five nominees. Under the guidelines for the award, she has not been told who nominated her.

"I was very pleased to be nominated for this award with other fine educators from St. Ambrose University," Malaski said. "I was quite surprised and thrilled to win the award. I have had wonderful educators at the University of Iowa who have mentored me in my teaching."

Malaski was named St. Ambrose's Professor of the Year once before, during the 1999-2000 academic year.

A native of Pekin, Ill., Malaski graduated from Pekin High School in 1983. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1989 and her Master of Science degree in 1993, both in occupational therapy and both from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich.

She has practiced clinically in psychiatry and addictions as an occupational therapist and has been teaching in St. Ambrose's occupational therapy department for nine years. Among the classes she has taught are Orientation to Occupational Therapy, Group Work in Occupational Therapy, and several courses on research and on the topics of addictions and psychosocial interventions as they relate to the field.

Malaski is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Occupational Therapy Association, the Iowa Occupational Therapy Association, the International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services, the National Rehabilitation Association, Pi Kappa Phi and the American Counseling Association.

The U.S. News & World Report's 2004 America's Best Graduate Schools ranked the UI College of Education's rehabilitation counseling graduate program No. 3 in the country, a rank it has maintained since 2000, when it also ranked the program No. 3.

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