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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 7, 2003

Education Faculty Member Nominated For Professor Of Year Award

University of Iowa College of Education faculty member Mitchell Kelly should find out by the end of October whether he is the next Iowa -- or possibly national -- Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year.

Kelly, Ph.D., a native of Dubuque and an educational psychology lecturer in the Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, was selected by the University Council on Teaching to represent the UI in the award competition.

"The privilege I feel at being a teacher at the University of Iowa is tinged with a bit of surprise; like a blessing unexpected," Kelly said. "As a teacher of future teachers, I recognize that my influence can multiply exponentially and that any care that I take now can be perpetuated far into the future. I am also acutely aware that I would not be where I am today without the help of many people, most notably my mother, Dan Gable and Roy Carver."

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation created the Professor of the Year Award in 1981 to recognize outstanding professors for their dedication to teaching, commitment to students and innovative instructional methods. It is the only national program to recognize college and university professors for their undergraduate teaching skills.

Kelly teaches a variety of courses, including each semester four sections of the undergraduate course "Educational Psychology & Measurement". In 2000 he received the university's James N. Murray Teaching Award, which is given each year to a faculty member in recognition of outstanding teaching and assistance to students. And in December 2001 he was selected to give the keynote address at the College of Education's Teacher Certification Ceremony.

Nearly a dozen people wrote letters in support of Kelly's nomination, including former UI wrestling coach Dan Gable (who coached Kelly after he walked on the wrestling team in 1982), current Hawkeye Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz (whose son was a student of Kelly's, as were several of Ferentz's players), former students (including former UI Student Body President Nick Klenske), colleagues and others.

"Dr. Kelly considers his students, subject matter and society when he designs, implements and improves upon his lessons," wrote former student Rita McCord. "He is an exemplary role model for his students to follow and remember as they too become facilitators of learning."

Kelly, who received his Ph.D. in educational psychology from the UI in 1995, has been a lecturer in the College of Education since 1997. In 1991 he earned a master of social work degree and in 1987 he completed a bachelor of arts degree in psychology, both at the UI. Additionally he holds a teaching license for Iowa and a coaching endorsement.

Winners of the Professor of the Year Award at the state level receive a certificate of achievement, while national winners receive $5,000. Four national award winners, none Iowa educators, were selected from among 400 nominees last year. The 2002 state Professor of the Year Award for Iowa went to Herman Blake, a professor of educational leadership and policy studies at Iowa State University.

More information about the Professor of the Year program can be found online at

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