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University of Iowa News Release

May 8, 2006

UI Names Three Recipients Of Brody Award For Faculty Excellence

The University of Iowa has named three faculty members as this year's recipients of the Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in Service to the University and the State of Iowa.

The recipients, who will be formally honored during the Faculty and Staff Awards Banquet in the fall, are Barbara Eckstein, associate professor of English; Rita Frantz, professor of nursing; and Lisa Troyer, associate professor of sociology and administrative fellow in the Office of the Provost.

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.

Eckstein has made invaluable contributions to the quality of academic and community life through her service on significant university committees. These include chairing the University Planning Committee, the Faculty Budget Committee, the search committee for Associate Vice President of Facilities Management and the search committee for the Head Librarian of the Main Library. In addition to leading these important committees, Eckstein has also served as a highly dedicated member of the President's University Diversity Committee, Committee to Review the University's Office of the General Counsel and the Committee to Review the Vice President for Finance and University Services. Further, Eckstein has served the Department of English in the major administrative position of Associate Chair for Faculty Programs. While on a developmental assignment during fall 2005, she continued to widen her service commitments, joining a coalition to address homelessness in Iowa City, undergoing the training to become a volunteer at the Crisis Center, volunteering in the Media Center at Horace Mann school, preparing a new course on veterans and war literature that will engage students in a service learning experience at Veterans Hospital, and, following the publication of her new book on New Orleans, giving three community lectures on the disastrous situation there.

Frantz personifies excellence in service and epitomizes the spirit of the Brody Award in her dedication to the University and her commitment to outreach in the State of Iowa. She has chaired or served on 25 different UI committees, 35 College of Nursing committees and numerous professional and community councils that benefit the state of Iowa. Frantz has been a member of the Faculty Senate, Judicial Commission, Graduate Council and the Review Committee for the Graduate College and has chaired the University's Strategic Planning Committee, Faculty Welfare Committee and Research Council. She has served on several search committees including those for the Vice President for Research, Executive Officer of UI Hospitals and Clinics and University Provost. Frantz has demonstrated outstanding leadership and is known for her ability to reach consensus among faculty groups where there are many divergent points of view. Frantz has served as a statewide ambassador for the university having provided more than 150 education presentations to health professionals throughout the state.

Troyer has engaged in extensive service for the Department of Sociology, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the university since she first arrived as an assistant professor in 1995. Her service is all the more remarkable in that it complements her substantial accomplishments as a scholar and a teacher, having won a Collegiate Teaching Award in 1999 and a Faculty Scholar Award in 2002. She has been the department's Director of Graduate Studies and has served on and chaired numerous committees. She has also been active in sharing her expertise in instructional technologies to improve faculty teaching in the department, college and university. She has served on the Faculty Assembly for four years and several other committees. Her service to the UI includes Research Council, Faculty Council and in numerous other capacities. She also has served in many capacities in the American Sociological Association and Midwest Sociological Society.

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