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October 2, 2008

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 next week, are professors Nicholas Colangelo, Teresa Mangum, and John Menninger.

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. Candidates are nominated by members of the UI community.

Nicholas Colangelo (photo, right) is Myron & Jacqueline Blank Professor of Gifted Education and director of the Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. He is internationally recognized as one of the world's leading experts in the field of gifted education, and has shared his expertise through numerous presentations and publications as well as service on review boards for the major journals in the field. The Belin-Blank Center, which Colangelo established 20 years ago and has directed since, annually serves hundreds of educators and professionals through conferences and professional development programs, as well as addressing the needs of thousands of young students through academic year and summer programs tailored to their needs.

In 2004, with colleagues at the Belin-Blank Center, Colangelo produced the internationally acclaimed report "A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America's Brightest Students," which has had a major impact on state policies regarding the education of academically advanced students. He has served the University as a member of the Faculty Senate, Faculty Council, Judicial Committee, Honorary Degree Selection Committee, and the UI Board in Control of Athletics, among others. Among the many awards he has received is a 2000 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence.

Teresa Mangum (photo, left), associate professor of English, has an extensive record of service to her department, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the university, and the community, in addition to her professional service. A campus leader in the area of service learning and civic engagement, Mangum was instrumental in planning the Obermann Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy, which brings together a cohort of UI graduate students from across disciplines to study how and why the academy and community must engage each other for teaching, scholarship, and mutual benefit. She has incorporated service learning into her own teaching, for example with a course on animals in literature that had students volunteer at the Iowa City Animal Shelter. She has served on the board of the Friends of the Animal Shelter, as well as on the board of the Women's Resource and Action Center -- just two examples of her personal community involvement. She is a member of the Modern Language Association Delegate Assembly and serves on the UI Governmental Relations Committee, the Editorial Advisory Board, University of Iowa Press, and many other college and University committees.

Mangum has served as associate chair and director of undergraduate education in the Department of English, on the Educational Policy Committee for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and on the editorial board for the UI Re-accreditation Steering Committee, among many other contributions. She currently serves on the Executive Committee for International Programs and is secretary of the Faculty Senate and a member of the Faculty Council.

John Menninger (photo, right), professor of biology, currently serves on the Faculty Assembly of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and has previously served on the College's Educational Policy Committee, the Graduate Council, the University Budget and Conflict of Interest Committees, the Faculty Senate and Council, the Judicial Commission, and many other committees at all levels of university governance. Appointed chair of his department for two consecutive three-year terms, he has also helped identify excellent leaders for other parts of campus by chairing the Committee for the Selection of Central Academic Officials and serving on the 1995 presidential search committee. He served on the committee to review the Office of the Vice President for Research and chaired the committee to review the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Operations.

Throughout his tenure at Iowa, Menninger has made thoughtful contributions to discussions around such diverse issues as academic freedom, conflict of interest, criteria for excellence in instruction and research, safety in the workplace, and faculty governance. He has also contributed his talents to the external community, for example by acting as consultant to the Iowa City Community School District and Iowa City Science Center. Recently he developed a science lesson on "air" and presented that lesson to a third-grade class in the guise of "Professor Science."

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