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March 15, 2010

Four UI faculty members win top teaching award

Four University of Iowa faculty members have won the 2010 President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence in recognition of their years of outstanding teaching. The recipients are: Nancy Hauserman, professor of management and organizations, and Todd Houge, lecturer in finance, both from the Henry B. Tippie College of Business; Gene Parkin, professor of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering; and Norbert Pienta, professor of chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The award, which is administered by the UI Council on Teaching, was created in 2004 as a university-wide recognition for faculty members who have demonstrated a sustained, high level of teaching excellence.

hausermanHauserman, who holds the Williams Teaching Professorship and has a secondary appointment in the UI College of Law, has taught in the Department of Management and Organizations since 1977. A leader in educational innovation within the Tippie College of Business, she has been an early and successful adopter of new teaching technologies, and she was one of the university's first and most passionate advocates of service learning. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Judith R. Frank Business Communications Center, which now serves more than 400 students each semester. She won the Collegiate Teaching Award in 2003 and has been voted Professor of the Year by undergraduates and by MBA students.

hougeHouge, who holds the Curt and Carol Lane Faculty Research Fellowship, has taught in the UI Department of Finance since 1998. He advises students and teaches the courses associated with the Tippie College of Business' two highly successful student-managed funds: the Krause Fund, managed by undergraduates, and the Henry Fund, managed by MBA students. Firms regularly seek out students who have participated in these courses because they are so well prepared to succeed in financial research positions. Houge won the 2004 Collegiate Teaching Award and has been selected by both undergraduate and graduate students to receive awards for faculty excellence.

parkinParkin has taught in the UI Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering since 1986. Recognized internationally for his expertise in environmental engineering, Parkin is co-author of one of the most widely used textbooks in the field. His engaging teaching style, active efforts to involve students in his research and mentorship have inspired many to follow in his footsteps; out of 16 doctoral students he has advised, 11 are professors, many of them in top-20 graduate engineering programs. He received the Collegiate Teaching Award in 1996 and a Regents Award for Faculty Excellence in 1999.

pientaPienta has taught in the UI Department of Chemistry since 1999. He has served as director of undergraduate studies since 2003, during which time the number of undergraduate majors in chemistry has almost doubled. He spearheaded the redesign of the department's heavily enrolled first-year chemistry sequence, with the result that students' success rate in those courses significantly improved. Pienta often teaches Graduate Chemistry Orientation, a course that helps graduate students become more effective teaching assistants. He served as director of the Center for Teaching from 2005 to 2008, and in that role contributed significantly to increasing effective use of teaching technology on campus. He received the Collegiate Teaching Award in 2006.

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