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June 12, 2008

UI faculty members receive Collegiate Teaching Awards

Twenty University of Iowa faculty members have received Collegiate Teaching Awards for the 2007-08 academic year.

The awards represent the highest honor a college bestows on its faculty for excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching.

The recipients of the 2007-08 Collegiate Teaching Award are: Matt Billett, Henry B. Tippie College of Business; Teresa Morgan, College of Dentistry; Jodi Saunders, College of Education; David Wilder, College of Engineering; Patrick Bauer, College of Law; Nanette Barkey, Dare Clubb, Joseph Frankel, Paul Kleiber, John Durham Peters, Takis Poulakos, Erica Prussing and John Raeburn, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; George Bergus, John Fieselmann, Peg Nopoulos and Janeta Fong Tansey, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine; Mary Berg, College of Nursing; Mary Starry, College of Pharmacy; and Ying Zhang, College of Public Health.

Following are brief biographical sketches of each Collegiate Teaching Award recipient:

Tippie College of Business
Matt Billett is an associate professor of finance and a Henry B. Tippie Research Fellow. He teaches a course on corporate finance, designed to further students' understanding of corporate financial decision making. He also teaches a class on managerial finance, a core course in the college's MBA program that emphasizes fundamental valuation concepts and their applications.

College of Dentistry
Teresa Morgan, clinical associate professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery, is the director of the oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program. Her teaching includes hands-on, one-on-one instruction of graduate students in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Morgan is the course director of a class on anesthesia and pain control, and she is a problem-based learning facilitator for first- and second-year dental students. She also lectures to surgery and otolaryngology residents, dental students, and other dental residency programs.

College of Education
Jodi Saunders, associate professor in the college's counseling, rehabilitation and student development department, teaches a variety of courses in rehabilitation counseling. She also serves as clinical coordinator for the master's program in rehabilitation counseling and director of doctoral studies for the Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program.

College of Engineering
David Wilder, associate professor of biomedical engineering in the College of Engineering and associate professor of occupational and environmental health in the College of Public Health, teaches Engineering Problem Solving I, which emphasizes skills development, directed projects and case studies involving real-world engineering challenges and their solutions. He also devotes time to helping inspire K-12 students in science, technology, engineering and math, and he is a frequent speaker at public groups, such as Rotary Clubs and high school assemblies, around the state of Iowa.

College of Law
Patrick Bauer, professor, teaches courses in debt transactions, bankruptcy, civil procedure, and an introductory course in law and legal reasoning. He also has taught courses in advanced civil procedure and agricultural law.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Nanette Barkey, assistant professor of anthropology, holds a joint appointment in the College of Public Health and teaches courses in medical anthropology, international health and the anthropology of sub-Saharan Africa. Her research focuses on the long-term health effects of war trauma in Angola and community-level efforts to heal Angola after the war.

Dare Clubb, associate professor of theatre arts, teaches in the UI Playwrights' Workshop and leads the undergraduate playwriting program. As a playwright, he explores new forms of dramatic action and theatrical languages.

Joseph Frankel, professor of biology, is the recipient of a 2007 Helen Kechriotis Nelson Teaching Award. Frankel is director of undergraduate studies in his department and has had a major role in the design of the curriculum and tracks within the major. He directs and teaches the general-education course Principles of Biology II, and he teaches advanced undergraduate courses in his sub-discipline, developmental biology.

Paul Kleiber, the Harriet B. and Harold S. Brady Professor of Laser Physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, teaches physics at the introductory, intermediate and advanced levels. He serves as a research advisor for students on projects that result in jointly authored scientific papers.

John Durham Peters, the F. Wendell Miller Professor of Communication Studies, teaches media, technology and the philosophy of communication. His book, "Courting the Abyss: Free Speech and the Liberal Tradition," received the 2007 Franklyn S. Haiman Award from the National Communication Association.

Takis Poulakos, associate professor of rhetoric, advises teaching assistants in general education rhetoric courses and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses spanning classical rhetoric, democratic engagement and electronic identities. His scholarship recently resulted in a co-edited essay collection, "Isocrates and Greek Education."

Erica Prussing, assistant professor of anthropology, is a medical anthropologist whose teaching and research activities focus on health issues within Native American communities and other marginalized communities.

John Raeburn, professor of American Studies and English, is the recipient of a 2007 Helen Kechriotis Nelson Teaching Award. Raeburn teaches 20th-century American cultural history. His most recent book, "A Staggering Revolution: A Cultural History of Thirties Photography," was published in 2006.

Carver College of Medicine
George Bergus, professor of family medicine, teaches medical students in the college's Foundations of Clinical Practice course, serves as preceptor for the family medicine continuity of care elective and the family medicine sub-internship for fourth-year medical students, and he is an instructor for the Clinical Beginnings course for third-year students. Bergus also trains medical residents in family medicine and psychiatry, and he gives Grand Rounds presentations in both the family medicine and psychiatry departments. In addition, Bergus leads the college's Performance-Based Assessment Program, which evaluates medical students' clinical skills by observing their performances in simulated physician-patient encounters.

John Fieselmann, professor of internal medicine, directs the outpatient internal medicine clerkship, a component of the 12-week ambulatory practice module for third-year medical students. Students in the clerkship develop the knowledge and the diagnostic and management skills needed in outpatient clinical settings. Third-year students nominated Fieselmann "Faculty Member of the Year" in 2007 and 2008 for his outstanding teaching efforts.

Peg Nopoulos, professor of psychiatry, teaches medical students during their clinical clerkship in psychiatry. She is the director of the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship, a national program where medical students take a year off from classes to conduct mentored research projects in clinical medicine. She also mentors students in the college's research distinction track, which gives students research experience and the opportunity to write research articles. Nopoulos also is active in teaching medical residents and postdoctoral fellows about mental health.

Janeta Tansey, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and a faculty member in the college's Program in Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities, directs the clerkship and electives in psychiatry. She mentors students, medical residents and junior faculty, and she provides lectures and small-group facilitation in topics in medical ethics and psychiatry. She directs a seminar in psychiatric ethics for residents and provides a clinical teaching site in Psychology-Oncology in collaboration with the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.

College of Nursing
Mary Berg, a lecturer in the college's Parent Child Family Area of Study, supervises an undergraduate clinical group at UI Hospitals and Clinics, and she teaches several pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) courses and oversees students' PNP clinical experiences. Berg also oversees the Young Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program, which provides professional development for undergraduate students interested in careers in pediatric nursing.

College of Pharmacy
Mary Starry, a clinical instructor in the college's clinical and administrative pharmacy division, team-teaches in the Pharmacy Practice Laboratory, a multiple-section course that focuses on prescription interpretation, drug preparation, patient counseling and application of drug information. She also co-teaches a course designed to help students prepare for careers in pharmacy.

College of Public Health
Ying Zhang, associate professor of biostatistics, teaches an introductory class on biostatistics as well as courses on the design and analysis of biomedical studies, biostatistical methods, data-mining methods, and biostatistics theory. His research interests include panel-count data, survival-data analysis, longitudinal data analysis, data mining and statistical computing, and clinical-trial design. He currently is supervising four doctoral students as they complete their dissertations.

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