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University of Iowa News Release

May 19, 2005

UI Names Three Recipients Of Brody Award For Faculty Excellence

The University of Iowa has named three faculty members -- one each in the UI College of Education, the College of Law and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) -- as this year's recipients of the  Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in Service.

The recipients, who will be formally honored during the University Convocation this fall, are Elizabeth Altmaier, a professor in and interim Departmental Executive Officer (DEO) of the College of Education's Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations; Lois Cox, a clinical professor of law; and Kate Gfeller, the director of the Music Therapy Program in the CLAS's School of Music, who also holds a secondary appointment in the CLAS's Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. 

The Brody Award is named in honor of the late Michael J. Brody, president of the UI Faculty Senate (1986-87). It recognizes outstanding faculty who have made exceptional contributions to the UI and the community.

Those who nominated the winners noted their many contributions to teaching, research and outreach.

Altmaier was recognized for the service she has provided the university through a variety of administrative appointments, including associate dean, associate provost, program director and interim department chair, and as a member of the presidential search committee, the Board in Control of Athletics, the CLAS Faculty Assembly, the Graduate Council and a variety of research committees. She was also recognized for her contributions as a practicing psychologist at the UI and for the state of Iowa, specifically for her work in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and with University Counseling Services.

Altmaier's national-level service includes membership on the American Psychological Association Committee on Accreditation, the Board of Trustees of Medaille College and on many other committees of the Iowa Psychological Association and other state and national organizations. In college athletics, Altmaier serves as the UI's only faculty representative to the Big Ten, including work on a variety of subcommittees. And she has worked as grant-funded research in health psychology, specifically quality of life issues related to bone marrow transplant patients.

Cox's specialties include domestic violence, employment law and civil rights, and she has held a number of administrative appointments, including as the College of Law Dean for Student Affairs and University Ombudsperson. She has educated local labor leaders on the intricacies of unemployment compensation law through the Labor Center, and her work with the Iowa City Domestic Violence Intervention Program involves assisting law students and annually representing as many as 27 battered women, pro bono, who are seeking protection from their abusers. Nominees said her efforts in this latter area benefit not just the women she helps, but society as a whole.

As University Ombudsperson, Cox demonstrated belief in importance of fair procedures consistently applied within meaningful systems for dispute avoidance and resolution. She currently serves on law school's Academic Standards and Review Committee, as a mediator for UI Mediation Services and on a Research Misconduct Investigative Committee in the UI Office of the Vice President for Research. She is an active and effective participant in the UI chapter of the American Association of University Professors and is a member of its executive committee and its Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure. Additionally, she regularly recruits faculty and serves on various search and review committees.

Gfeller is credited with providing 19 years of excellence in service to the UI, Iowa and the profession of music therapy. She had given lectures and workshops around the state for school districts, clubs, community groups, health organizations, government agencies and conferences. And she has provided advocacy for the UI through her work as a member of the university's Governmental Relations Committee.

Gfeller is a frequent spokesperson for the UI to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa; the Iowa State Legislature; and the UI Alumni Advocates. At the UI, she has served on a number of committees, as CLAS associate dean for faculty and as chair of the recent Provost Search Committee. Additionally, she has provided public advocacy for the needs of children with severe hearing impairments, and her collaborative research with the Iowa Cochlear Implant Study directly impacts the quality of life of deaf and hard-of-hearing clients.

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