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June 12, 2006

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Six UI Professors Win Regents Awards For Faculty Excellence

Six University of Iowa faculty members have won the 2006 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence. An additional award has been conferred posthumously. Given by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, the award honors faculty members for work representing a significant contribution to excellence in public education. Each awardee will receive $1,000. This year's recipients from the UI are Lee Anna Clark, Vicki Grassian, Dennis Harper, Alan MacVey, Jarjisu Sa-Aadu, Clark Stanford, and Kenneth Cmiel.

Lee Anna Clark, professor of psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and former associate provost for faculty, is internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work in the classification and assessment of personality disorders. The Institute for Scientific Information recently listed her among the 250 most frequently cited researchers in the area of psychology and psychiatry. An elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Clark joined the UI faculty in 1993 and has taught both undergraduates and graduates. The course she developed for first year graduate students, Introduction to Clinical Research, was in such high demand that she agreed to return to teaching it even while continuing to serve as associate provost. In the latter capacity, Clark was widely respected for her fair and thoughtful leadership. Since returning to the faculty full-time, Clark has continued her service to the university as a member of the Gender Equity Task Force and chair of the Faculty Salary Equity Committee, and she has served the Department of Psychology as chair of the Faculty Diversity Committee and Director of Clinical Training.

Vicki Grassian, professor of chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, chemical and biochemical engineering in the College of Engineering, and occupational and environmental health in the College of Public Health, is head of a pioneering research program investigating how particles in the atmosphere affect its chemical composition. Her research has generated more than 50 peer-reviewed publications during the past five years alone, and data from her lab are considered essential to current atmospheric chemistry models. She is currently the principal or co-principal investigator on 11 funded grants representing a total commitment to the university of more than $4.5 million. In 2005, she was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. A member of the UI faculty since 1990, Grassian is an innovative and respected teacher whose reputation as a caring mentor has attracted a large and diverse group of research students. She helped create the undergraduate degree program in environmental sciences, and she continues to oversee the chemical sciences track of that major, which she developed. Her current service contributions include membership on the executive committees of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Department of Chemistry, as well as the Faculty Senate and Faculty Council.

Dennis Harper, professor of pediatrics in the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine; counseling, rehabilitation, and student development in the College of Education; and health management and policy in the College of Public Health, is a leading authority in the study of children with chronic health disabilities and adults with mental retardation during the aging process. A highly sought after speaker, editor and reviewer who has published more than 100 peer reviewed publications and book chapters, he is frequently invited to present at national and international professional meetings and has served as editor, editorial board member and ad hoc reviewer for 28 major peer reviewed journals. His work has garnered more than $5 million in support from federal, state and private agencies. Harper joined the UI faculty in 1972, and in 2002 became head of developmental and behavioral medicine and clinical director of the Center for Disabilities and Development, Iowa's premier program for children with disabilities. He has taught undergraduate, graduate and professional students in several colleges, and was instrumental in developing an outstanding teaching program in developmental and behavioral pediatrics for house staff at the Children's Hospital of Iowa. In addition to his extensive record of clinical and professional service, he has served on a variety of collegiate committees, including terms as elected secretary and then vice chair of the Carver College of Medicine Executive Committee.

Alan MacVey, professor and head of theatre arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is an accomplished director, playwright, teacher and administrator who currently serves as vice president of the National Association of Schools of Theatre -- the primary accrediting agency of university theatre programs in the United States -- and on the Board of the Council of Arts Accrediting Associations. In addition to his directing work at the UI, he has directed professional productions at a variety of venues including the Cleveland Playhouse, the Northlight Theatre in Chicago, the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, R.I. and the Shakespeare Festival at the Folger in Washington, D.C. A UI faculty member since 1991, for the past 30 years MacVey has also served on the faculty of the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College, which is famous for assembling an impressive faculty from colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Great Britain. He has directed the Bread Loaf theatre program since 1978, and has served as the artistic director of the program's Acting Ensemble since 1986. Admired as an inspirational and generous teacher, in his 15 years as chair of the Department of Theatre MacVey has recruited a diverse and excellent faculty and student body, and brought many distinguished professional visitors to campus to teach, lead workshops and collaborate with students and faculty. He currently serves on the executive committees of the Division of Performing Arts and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in addition to his other service.

Jarjisu Sa-Aadu, Chester A. Phillips Professor of Business Finance and Real Estate in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business, is a distinguished scholar in the field of real estate finance who has published in all the leading professional journals and served in an editorial capacity with several of them. He is a past president of his field's primary professional society, the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association. He joined the UI faculty in 1981. During his tenure as departmental executive officer from 1992 to 2004, the Department of Finance became the most popular department in the College between both undergraduate and MBA students, and the Economist rated the department 7th best in the world, 4th in the U.S. and 1st among public universities in the U.S. A versatile and respected teacher, Sa-Aadu has taught a range of courses to a variety of audiences at locations on- and off-campus, including Beijing, Hong Kong and Ghana. His service to the university has included membership on the search committees for dean of the Tippie College of Business, vice president for research and president.

Clark Stanford, professor of prosthodontics in the College of Dentistry and orthopaedics and rehabilitation in the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, is internationally recognized for his research on dental implants and his ability to translate that research to clinical practice. A prolific scholar who has published more than 60 articles in refereed journals and almost 150 abstracts, Stanford serves on the editorial boards of nine journals and is associate editor for the International Journal of Prosthodontics. As a clinician he is sought after for his expertise working with patients who have complex prosthodontic needs. He came to the UI in 1992 and has been instrumental in attracting a multi-million dollar NIH grant to the university, as well as significant industrial funding to support clinical studies of the efficacy of dental implants. In 2002, Stanford was named UI Dental Student Research Mentor of the Year and American College of Prosthodontics Educator of the Year. Director of the College of Dentistry's Office of Clinical Research since 1999, he has also served the university on a number of review and advisory committees, including the Faculty Senate, the Faculty Judicial Commission and the Staff Development Awards Committee.

Kenneth Cmiel, who died suddenly on Feb. 4, received a posthumous Regents Award for Faculty Excellence. A professor of history and American studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and director of the UI Center for Human Rights, Cmiel was an influential and creative scholar with a range of intellectual interests. In recent years, he had published groundbreaking research on the history of human rights, and he shared some of those insights as the UI's 2005 Presidential Lecturer. He was a popular teacher and mentor to undergraduate and graduate students alike, and to students from a variety of fields besides history. A member of the UI faculty since 1987, Cmiel served as chair of the Department of History for three years before becoming director of the UI Center for Human Rights. In that role, he collaborated with faculty to create new human rights-centered courses, established new graduate and undergraduate internship programs and devoted months of work to co-authoring a major Department of Education grant proposal to fund a variety of university-wide initiatives with a human rights focus. He was widely known as a generous and exemplary university citizen. The $1,000 associated with Cmiel's award will go to the Center for Human Rights internship program.

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