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June 13, 2011

UI faculty members receive Collegiate Teaching Awards for 2010-11

Eighteen University of Iowa faculty members have received Collegiate Teaching Awards for the 2010-11 academic year.

The awards represent the highest honor a college can bestow upon its faculty for excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching.

The recipients of the 2010-11 Collegiate Teaching Awards are: Jon Garfinkel, Henry B. Tippie College of Business; Marcela Hernández, College of Dentistry; Michael Kolen, College of Education; A. Allen Bradley, College of Engineering; Christina Bohannan, College of Law; Kate Cowles, Maria Duarte, Jane Gilotti, Matthew Hill, Tom Lewis and Colleen Mitchell, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS); Dale Bieber, Darren Hoffmann and Lori Wallrath, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine; Martha Driessnack, College of Nursing; Jeff Reist, College of Pharmacy; and Gideon Zamba and Samuel Levey, College of Public Health.

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

Tippie College of Business

Jon Garfinkel, associate professor of finance and Waugh Business Faculty Research Fellow, serves as the faculty director of the Tippie MBA Finance Academy. His teaching is in the areas of managerial finance and corporate investment and financing decisions. He has been commended for his challenging, innovative courses and his enthusiasm.

College of Dentistry

Marcela Hernández, assistant professor in the Department of Operative Dentistry, is director of the dental anatomy course for first-year dental students and is involved in clinical teaching of students at all levels. She incorporates innovative teaching methods and makes time outside normal class periods to help students master dental anatomy. She serves as a role model for her graduate students and offers summer training to assist them in teaching dental anatomy and evaluating techniques. Hernández directs an orientation seminar for pre-dental students and also mentors the Iowa Chapter of the Hispanic Dental Association, which won first place at the National Hispanic Dental Association's annual meeting for a poster presentation detailing the chapter's outreach to Iowa's Hispanic community.

College of Education

Michael Kolen is a professor and program coordinator for the educational measurement and statistics graduate programs. He holds a half-time appointment in the Iowa Testing Program, and teaches advanced graduate courses on a wide range of topics, including testing, equating, scaling, item response theory and statistics. Kolen is one of the world's leading experts in the areas of equating and scaling, with a wealth of theoretical, practical and research experience. His textbook, "Test Equating, Scaling, and Linking: Methods and Practices" written with Robert Brennan, is the seminal resource for equating. For the past four years, he has been the principal investigator on a contract with College Board on research on test equating and methodology for the Advanced Placements tests, which helps provide students with real-world research experiences on important problems and issues in the practice of educational measurement. Students feel enriched by Kolen's ability to draw on both real-world experience and theoretical and scholarly knowledge. Students consistently praise his organized teaching style, availability for advice and mentoring, and investment in their success.

College of Engineering

Allen Bradley, professor of civil and environmental engineering and faculty research engineer, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, has taught courses across the engineering curriculum, including upper level courses, required major courses, and engineering core courses. By the second week of classes, he knows the names and faces of students in his classes, an impressive accomplishment when considering that one course has over 200 students in multiple lecture and lab sections. One student wrote, "Professor Bradley … is genuinely concerned whether students understand the material presented and will take time out of his day to sit down with you and help you." His current research interests include flood hydrology, hydroclimatology of extreme rainstorms and hydrologic forecast verification.

College of Law

Christina Bohannan, professor of law, joined the faculty full-time in 2002 and specializes in intellectual property law and tort law. She is the recipient of a Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation research grant, which she is using to research and co-author a book about how intellectual property and competition law can be used more effectively to encourage innovation. She is a member of the UI Faculty Senate.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Kate Cowles, associate professor in statistics and sctuarial science, CLAS, teaches courses in Bayesian statistics and statistical computing. Students admire her commitment to building community among them and to providing "guidance and opportunities to advance [their] learning," a commitment evident in her launch of a new interdisciplinary graduate program, in her mentoring of minority students in the Iowa Summer Institute in Biostatistics program, and in her recent procurement of a Student Success Grant, which provides funds for career mentoring and student travel to the annual meeting of the Iowa chapter of the American Statistical Association. Students laud her "infectious enthusiasm," her ability to make statistics "interesting and tangible" and "accessible to students of all backgrounds," and the high level of professor-student interaction in her classes.

Maria Duarte, associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, CLAS, studies nineteenth- and twentieth-century Portuguese literature and teaches Portuguese language courses as well as classes in Luso-Brazilian literature and culture. During her 29-year teaching career at Iowa, she has served the department both as Departmental Executive Office (DEO) and as Director of Undergraduate Studies. As the department's liaison with Admissions, she also meets regularly with prospective students and their families. Students commend her patience, her charisma and her sense of humor, which "creates a positive experience in the language classroom" and "encourages students to relax and remain confident." Colleagues extol her tact and grace in dealing with student concerns and her "constant and strong advocacy for undergraduates."

Jane Gilotti, associate professor of geoscience, CLAS, teaches courses in structural geology and field methods. She prizes active learning and maintains a research program that establishes connections with organizations around the world to provide fieldwork opportunities for student majors. As the head of her department's undergraduate committee, she revised the geoscience core curriculum to be more easily completed in four years. It now includes more learning opportunities for students, which, in addition to her redesign of the field geology training program, has greatly increased the number of undergraduate majors. Students routinely rate her an excellent teacher who sets high standards and "inspire[s] [them] to learn more." She recently completed a semester-long internship at ExxonMobil Exploration Co. and has worked in government, museums and industry.

Matthew Hill, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, CLAS, teaches courses in archaeology, ecology and the environment. His students, many of whom have joined him on summer fieldwork projects around the country, praise his skills as both a teacher and mentor, citing his ability to help students develop "a sense of ownership and engagement" in their academic work and to inspire them to "go beyond the curriculum" and do their own research. His own research focuses on landscape-scale processes of human-environment interactions expressed in long-term behavioral changes. He is active in the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates fellows program and is also a Collaborating Faculty Member in Iowa State University's Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program.

Tom Lewis, professor of Spanish language, literature, history and culture, CLAS, is this year's recipient of the Helen Kechriotis Nelson Collegiate Teaching Award, which recognizes career-long dedication to and excellence in teaching. He strives "to make a difference in students' ways of being in the world by providing a learning context in which they can choose to take a positive step forward in life." Students and colleagues extol his patience, brilliance and ability to create a classroom environment conducive to both learning and intellectual camaraderie, citing, most recently, his enthusiastic adoption of TILE classroom technology. In his 33 years at Iowa, he has transformed the Spanish curriculum to be more diversified, immersive and interdisciplinary; pioneered large lecture courses taught entirely in Spanish; established the new Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; and twice served as DEO. Most recently, he co-created the MFA program in Spanish Creative Writing. In the words of his students, he is an "inspiration" whose courses awaken "empathy and awareness."

Colleen Mitchell, assistant professor of mathematics, CLAS, strives to help students in her engineering math and calculus courses appreciate the utility and dynamism of mathematics. To accommodate the many students who share her research interest in mathematical biology, she recently designed and taught a new course in the subject as well as organized a series of MathBio mentoring lunches. She is a regular speaker at the VIGRE Mathematical Biology Seminar and participates in many of her department's outreach activities, including Sonya Kovalesky Day, which encourages high school girls to pursue studies in math and science. Students deem her a superb teacher and a nurturing mentor who "typifies what it means to be a teacher-scholar," praising her dedication to her field and her "ability to inspire others to become passionate" about math.

Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

Dale Bieber, M.D., associate professor of internal medicine, is an effective clinical teacher and role model who is involved in all levels of medical education. Much of Bieber's teaching is conducted in small groups -- an approach that creates strong relationships with students and provides continuous feedback. As part of the Foundations of Clinical Practice, Bieber facilitates a Personal and Professional Development small group for first-year students and teaches second-year students patient assessments and write-ups; in the outpatient clerkship, he provides one-on-one teaching and mentoring to third-year students in an ambulatory care setting; and he is actively involved in the unique Continuity of Care elective for fourth-year students. In addition, Bieber designed a new curriculum and clinical experience for internal medicine residents interested in primary care that will go into effect this year.

Darren Hoffmann, a lecturer in anatomy and cell biology, teaches gross anatomy to UI medical, dental, physical therapy and physician assistant students. He directs the Human Gross Anatomy for Dental Students course and co-directs Human Anatomy for Health Professions. He also created a new course, "Teaching Your Research," to help graduate students develop basic teaching skills. His teaching approach provides an engaging, participatory learning environment that promotes students' learning and retention. Hoffmann also serves as a consultant to Cyber-Anatomy, an Iowa City-based firm that has developed a 3-D virtual-reality teaching model of the human body. Hoffmann uses the program -- along with traditional dissection techniques -- to enhance students' knowledge and understanding of human anatomy.

Lori Wallrath, professor of biochemistry, has worked with undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows both as a professor in the classroom and as a mentor in the laboratory. Her effectiveness as a mentor is most clearly demonstrated by the successes of her students; several undergraduates and all of her graduate students and postdoctoral fellows have published with her and nearly all of her graduate students and postdoctoral fellows have obtained external funding. During her 13 years as a faculty member, Wallrath also has played a major role in curriculum development and teaching that has enhanced both core undergraduate and graduate level education within the Department of Biochemistry and Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs in Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology.

College of Nursing

Martha Driessnack, assistant professor in the Parent, Child, and Family Area at the UI College of Nursing, is recognized by her students and peers as an exceptional educator. Her teaching covers a wide range of topics and levels of expertise from fundamental skills for undergraduates to more advanced skills within nursing practice, including research. Driessnack also devotes herself to one-on-one mentoring of honors students, graduate students and junior faculty. In addition to teaching, Driessnack contributes to curriculum development, serving on the Ph.D. Curriculum Task Force, the Doctor of Nursing Practice Curriculum Task Force and the Advanced Practice Genetics Curriculum Committee. Her teaching approach, which focuses on facilitating student learning and discovery, is widely appreciated by students and emulated by colleagues.

College of Pharmacy

Jeff Reist is a clinical assistant professor and director of the Pharmacy Practice Laboratory at the UI College of Pharmacy. He also practices as a clinical pharmacy specialist in ambulatory care at UI Hospitals and Clinics in the areas of geriatrics and anticoagulation. He is a 1982 graduate of the UI College of Pharmacy (B.S. Pharm) and a 2007 graduate of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.).  He earned Board Certification as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist by the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties in 2008. Prior to returning to the college to teach full-time, Reist worked in hospital, community and long-term care pharmacy practices in the Cedar Rapids area and served as adjunct faculty precepting pharmacy students. Reist is a member of the American Pharmacists Association, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the Iowa Pharmacy Association.

College of Public Health

Gideon Zamba, assistant professor of biostatistics, is known for being a supportive and passionate teacher inside and outside of the classroom. Zamba has taught graduate students in biostatistics, undergraduate students in the Biostatistics Summer Institute and introductory biostatistics to a wide range of university students who have little or no background in statistics. His students' evaluations of his teaching are outstanding. Among many comments on his teaching, one former student noted that "Dr. Zamba has a true gift of teaching."
Samuel Levey, professor of health management and policy, began teaching at the UI in 1960 when he served as an instructor for the Graduate Program in Hospital and Health Administration, now the Department of Health Management and Policy. Following other professional pursuits in government and managed care, Levey returned to the UI in 1977 to serve as professor and head of the program. Levey is known for providing outstanding teaching and mentoring for students. He teaches three primary courses and an independent study offering.

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