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Feb. 23, 2006

PHOTOS (from left): Daniel Balderston, professor of Spanish and Portuguese; Constance Berman, professor of history; Jerry Suls, professor of psychology; and Mark Weiger, professor of music. Click the names above for high-resolution versions of their photographs. (Photographs courtesy of Tom Jorgensen and Tim Schoon, University Relations Publications Photography.)

Maxson Names Liberal Arts And Sciences Collegiate Fellows

Four University of Iowa professors have been named Collegiate Fellows in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in recognition of their years of distinguished teaching, research and service to the college. The 2006 Collegiate Fellows are Daniel Balderston, professor of Spanish and Portuguese; Constance Berman, professor of history; Jerry Suls, professor of psychology; and Mark Weiger, professor of music.

CLAS Dean Linda Maxson 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 recognizes 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. "All of these professors displayed a deep commitment to the college and the university as a whole, giving generously of their time, talents and energy for many years. I am pleased to be able to recognize their achievements and honor their dedication."

Collegiate Fellows receive a salary increase as well as a discretionary fund to support their teaching and research. Fellows are invited to meet with Maxson and the college's associate deans twice each year to discuss opportunities for improving faculty life and undergraduate education.

Balderston is the world's foremost authority on the life and works of the renowned Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges. He has also made groundbreaking and highly influential contributions to the study of gender and sexuality in Latin America. He is the author of eight books, co-author of two and editor or co-editor of nine others. Currently president of the International Institute for Iberoamerican Literature, he has held nine visiting professorships at distinguished universities in Colombia, Argentina, Cuba, Brazil and Norway, in addition to the United States. He has served as DEO of Spanish and Portuguese and is currently director of the Latin American Studies Program and the Jorge Luis Borges Center.

Berman is a leading social historian of the Middle Ages. She has authored two books on the Cistercian order and edited two more on medieval women and religion, and her work is widely known as stimulating, provocative and compelling. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guggenheim Foundation, and she received the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence last year. As a member of the American Historical Association's Committee on Graduate Education (2000-2003), she was a major contributor to the highly influential report "The Education of Historians for the Twenty-first Century." Her extensive service activities on campus include elected terms on the Graduate Council and the Faculty Senate.

Suls is a leading figure internationally in three distinct areas of psychological research: self-esteem, social comparison processes and health psychology. He has published over 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He has repeatedly served on scientific review boards at federal agencies throughout his career and, since 2003, he has served as chair of the UI Institutional Review Board for social and behavioral sciences research. He is an elected member of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research and the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, as well as an elected fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and two sections of the American Psychological Association. His research is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Weiger is internationally known as a virtuosic performer, critically acclaimed recording artist and master teacher of oboe. His studio is among the strongest in the country, and his students have won places in professional orchestras, prestigious graduate programs and as teachers in colleges and universities across the country. He is the only oboist ever to have served as an artistic ambassador for the U.S. Information Agency. He has edited and arranged a large number of works for oboe and double reed ensemble and has an impressive record of getting new works and neglected works performed, published and recorded. He is the School of Music's associate director for instructional support and head of the woodwind area.

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