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Jan. 27, 2011

CLAS names 2011 Collegiate Fellows

Three University of Iowa professors have been named Collegiate Fellows of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) in recognition of their distinguished teaching, research and service. The 2011 Collegiate Fellows are: Helena Dettmer, CLAS associate dean and professor of classics; William LaRue Jones, professor of music; and Jodie Plumert, professor of psychology.

"This award recognizes senior faculty whose distinction in teaching and scholarship is matched by exceptional leadership in service to the university, the college, and their departments," said CLAS Dean Linda Maxson. "All of these professors have displayed a deep commitment to the college and the university as a whole, giving generously of their time, talents and energy for many years. I am pleased to be able to recognize their achievements and honor their dedication."

Collegiate Fellow awards are supported by a gift from the late R.F. and Maryon E. Ladwig and carry a discretionary fund to support the Fellow’s teaching and research. Fellows are invited to meet with Maxson and the college's associate deans twice each year to discuss opportunities for improving faculty life and undergraduate education.

Dettmer has served as CLAS associate dean for undergraduate programs and curriculum and head of the CLAS Office of Academic Programs and Student Development since 2005. She has published two books on the intersection of meaning and structure in Latin poetry, "Horace: A Study in Structure" and "Love by the Numbers: Form and Meaning in the Poetry of Catullus." She has also co-authored two widely used textbooks. She has served her discipline as president of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South and a member of that group’s executive committee, and served the college as chair of Classics, interim chair of French and Italian, and founding director of the innovative Division of Interdisciplinary Programs.

Jones is director of orchestral studies in the School of Music, where he also conducts the UI Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra and is musical director of the Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theatre. He is founder and artistic director of the Conductors Workshop of America and a highly sought-after guest teacher and conductor worldwide. He has served on the National Board of Directors of both the Conductors Guild and the American String Teachers Association. He has conducted all-state honors orchestras in all 50 states. Before joining the UI faculty in 1997, he was Music Director and Conductor of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Orchestra. He received the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence in 2008.

Plumert has a highly visible research program in the development of spatial reasoning and communication, in particular the relationship between how children perceive risk and how they act. She collaborates on research funded by the National Science Foundation with colleagues in the UI Department of Computer Science, using virtual environments to investigate perceptions of risk and other factors that influence behavior, studies which have applications for preventing childhood injuries. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), has served on the executive committee of Division 7 of APA, and is associate editor of the APA’s Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. She is currently associate chair of her department and an elected member of the College’s Educational Policy Committee.

STORY SOURCE: CLAS Office of External Relations, 240 Schaeffer Hall, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-1409

MEDIA CONTACT: Esther Baker, 319-335-2818,