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Aug. 7, 2007

UI Professors Receive Collegiate Teaching Awards

Ten University of Iowa colleges have announced the winners of the 2006-07 Collegiate Teaching Awards, the top teaching award given by each college.

The following 20 faculty members have been recognized for excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching: Ken Brown, Henry B. Tippie College of Business; Stephen H. Cooper, College of Dentistry; Mitchell Kelly and Amy Engelbert Shoultz, College of Education; Wilfrid Nixon, College of Engineering; John Allen, College of Law; Linda Bolton, Chunghi Choo, Cornelia Lang, Margaret Mills, Barbara Mooney, Norbert Pienta and David Redlawsk, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; David Asprey, Christopher Cooper, John Ely, Kristi Ferguson, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine; Joann Eland, College of Nursing; Gary Milavetz, College of Pharmacy; Linda Snetselaar, College of Public Health.

Award recipients were selected for a wide range of attributes, including enthusiasm and creativity in the classroom; the ability to inspire, engage and mentor students; dedication to fostering research and professional development opportunities for students; a knack for incorporating service learning; and the ability to present classroom concepts in practical ways.

Tippie College of Business

Ken Brown, associate professor of management and organizations, teaches Introduction to Management, Training and Developing Human Resources, Training and Careers, and a first-year faculty seminar on volunteerism, nonprofit leadership and social entrepreneurism.

College of Dentistry

Steven H. Cooper, clinical assistant professor of Periodontics, coordinated the periodontal lecture series for fourth-year dental students and served as the periodontal consultant for the Department of Family Dentistry. He lectured and provided clinical supervision of periodontal treatment for both departments in pre-doctoral periodontics. In addition, he mentored residents in the Advanced Education Program in Periodontics.

College of Education

Mitchell Kelly, associate clinical professor of educational psychology and director of the Office of Teaching Excellence, teaches courses on educational psychology and measurement.

Amy Engelbert Shoultz, assistant clinical professor of teaching and learning, teaches an introductory practicum course in English education, a methods English course and a student teaching seminar for English education students.

College of Engineering

Wilfrid Nixon, professor of civil and environmental engineering and faculty research engineer at IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering, teaches a Web-based graduate course in winter highway maintenance, as well as courses on structural engineering and transportation systems design. Nixon also serves as a researcher in the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

College of Law

John Allen, clinical professor of law, co-teaches a seminar called Poverty Law, and occasionally teaches trial advocacy. His primary assignment is in the law school's clinical law program.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Linda Bolton, associate professor of English, teaches undergraduate courses on American authors, poetry and Native American literature, and graduate courses in literature and ethics.

Chunghi Choo, F. Wendell Miller Professor of Art and Art History, is the recipient of the first Helen Kechriotis Nelson Teaching Award. She teaches beginning and intermediate mixed media workshops and a graduate workshop in the jewelry and metal arts studio area.

Cornelia Lang, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, teaches advanced courses in radio astronomy and general education courses in astronomy on topics such as the solar system, stars, galaxies and life in the universe.

Margaret H. Mills, professor of Russian and chair of the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures, teaches courses on Russian language, 20th-century history and culture, the Russian health care system, and women in Russian and eastern European societies.

Barbara Mooney, associate professor of Art and Art History, teaches surveys of European and American architecture and courses on modern architecture, African-American art and architecture and Chicago architecture in context.

Norbert Pienta, associate professor of chemistry and director of the UI's Center for Teaching, teaches Technology and Society, Principles of Chemistry, organic chemistry introductory courses, and the graduate student orientation class on teaching and pedagogy skills.

David Redlawsk, associate professor of political science, teaches a range of courses on political psychology, decision-making, voting behavior, political campaigning, local politics and research methods.

Carver College of Medicine

David Asprey, associate professor and director of the Physician Assistant (PA) Program, teaches PA students an introductory course on medical history and physical examination skills; introduction to clinical skills; an independent study course; and a PA student seminar. He also teaches a section of the college's "Foundations of Clinical Practice" course for PA and medical students, as well as a course on differential diagnosis in physical therapy for students in the college's Graduate Program in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science.

Christopher Cooper, associate professor of Urology and the college's associate dean for student affairs and curriculum, serves as a group leader for first-year medical students' case-based learning sessions and as the urology liaison for the "Foundations of Clinical Practice" course. Cooper also is director of the mandatory urology clerkship for third- and fourth-year students, and he manages the elective urology clerkship for fourth-year students from Iowa and other institutions interested in a urology residency.

John Ely, professor of Family Medicine, gives lectures on patients' medical histories and physical exam skills to students in the "Foundations of Clinical Practice" course, which often includes interviews with simulated patients. He serves as a preceptor for fourth-year medical students in the Family Medicine Clinic, and he participates in the Clinical and Professional Reflections Program, which fosters students' professional growth. Ely also leads procedural skills workshops -- teaching suturing, IV-starting and blood-drawing techniques, for example -- to medical students.

Kristi Ferguson directs the college's Office of Consultation and Research in Medical Education, which plays an important role in developing the direction and content of medical education at the UI. Ferguson has served as curriculum director for the "Foundations of Clinical Practice" course and continues to lecture on topics associated with evidence-based medicine. She is a facilitator in small-group, case-based learning sessions, and she teaches a course on current issues in medical education as part of the college's master's in medical education program.

College of Nursing

Joann Eland, associate professor in the college's Systems and Practice Area of Study, teaches parent-child nursing and an honors seminar focusing on humanities, social and biological sciences topics related to nursing, and contemporary issues that affect nursing practice.

College of Pharmacy

Gary Milavetz, associate professor in the college's Division of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy, teaches a course on respiratory and dermatologic therapeutics and precepts fourth-year pharmacy students in an advanced practice experience in pediatric allergy and pulmonary diseases at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

College of Public Health

Linda Snetselaar, professor in the Department of Epidemiology, teaches courses in nutrition intervention clinical trials research; nutrition intervention in research lab; nutritional epidemiology; evidence-based nutrition policy; and problems/topics in epidemiology with a focus on public health nutrition.

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