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March 11, 2010

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences names Dean's, Collegiate Scholars

Linda Maxson, dean of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has named four faculty members to the honor of Dean's Scholars and two faculty members as Collegiate Scholars.

Both awards honor faculty who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and scholarship or creative work. The Dean's Scholar award, established in 1999, recognizes newly tenured faculty early in their careers; the Collegiate Scholar award recognizes mid-career faculty recently promoted to full professorship. The awards are made on the advice of the college's Committee on Faculty Promotion and Tenure.

The 2010-12 Collegiate Scholars are Leonard MacGillivray (chemistry) and Leslie Schwalm (history, women's studies and African American studies). The new Dean's Scholars are Mercedes Bern-Klug (social work), Alan Huckleberry (music), Bob McMurray (psychology), and Kathleen Stewart (geography).

Dean's Scholars and Collegiate Scholars are two-year awards that carry discretionary funds to support teaching and research initiatives. The Collegiate Scholar award is funded by a generous unrestricted gift to the college. Dean's Scholar awards are made possible through the UI Alumni Association's endowment of the Dean's Chair in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

"I am delighted to recognize these outstanding faculty members," Maxson said. "Each has been prolific in presenting wide-ranging research and creative work to the academic community. They represent the scholarly achievement that continually renews our curriculum and offers exciting academic opportunities for our students. I am also grateful to the Alumni Association for its generous endowment, which provides needed resources for faculty development and other worthy projects."

MacGillivray (photo, left) teaches organic chemistry at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His research focuses on developing synthetic materials for applications that include pharmaceuticals and contaminant adsorbents. Before joining the UI faculty in 2000, MacGillivray earned a doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia and was a research associate at the Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences. In 2007, he received the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award of the American Chemical Society.

Schwalm (photo, right) teaches courses on American slavery, the Civil War, emancipation and reconstruction, all with a particular emphasis on women's history and African-American history. Her scholarship focuses on problems associated with the transition from slavery to freedom. Her most recent book is "Emancipation's Diaspora: Race and Reconstruction in the Upper Midwest." She earned the doctoral degree at the University of Wisconsin, and joined the UI faculty in 1991. She served as chair of women's studies in 2008-09.

Bern-Klug (photo, left) teaches courses in aging studies and research methods in the social work graduate program. Her scholarship focuses on the emotional wellbeing of the elderly, their caregivers and their families. She edited and contributed four chapters to the book "Transforming Palliative Care in Nursing Homes: The Social Work Role." Bern-Klug received the doctoral degree from the University of Kansas, and joined the UI faculty in 2004.

Huckleberry (photo, right) teaches piano, piano pedagogy, piano accompaniment and ensemble participation. He is a highly recognized performance artist nationally and internationally, both in solo recitals and in chamber recitals, with many master classes to his credit. He has performed on three compact disc recordings of contemporary chamber music. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) from the University of Michigan, and joined the UI faculty in 2004.

McMurray (photo, left) teaches cognition and perception, focusing on infant development. His National Institutes of Health-funded research integrates empirical research and computer modeling to study how language learners cope with ambiguity in sounds as they listen to, perceive and learn words. He serves on the editorial board of the journal Child Develoment. He received the doctoral degree from the University of Rochester, and joined the UI faculty in 2004.

Stewart (photo, right) teaches geographic information science at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her externally funded research focuses on modeling how geographic features change through time, as a means of improving next-generation information systems. Before joining the UI faculty in 2007, she was assistant research professor in the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis at the University of Maine, where she received her doctoral degree.

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