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March 11, 2011

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 2011-13 Dean’s Scholars are Christopher Cheatum, assistant professor of chemistry; Luis Martín-Estudillo, assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese; Michaela Hoenicke-Moore, assistant professor of history; and Sara Sanders, assistant professor of social work. The new Collegiate Scholars are Craig Gibson, associate professor of classics, and Sara McLaughlin Mitchell, associate professor of political science.

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.

"It gives me great pleasure 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."

Cheatum teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in chemistry. His research program centers on the development and application of two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy for the study of chemical dynamics. His research is supported by a 2007 National Science Foundation CAREER award, as well as grants from the National Institutes of Health, American Chemical Society, and the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust. He earned a doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin in 2001, and joined the UI faculty in 2003.

Luis Martín-Estudillo specializes in Spanish literature and culture from the 20th and 21st centuries and has designed several new courses in contemporary Spanish studies. He has written or co-written numerous academic publications, including the book “La Mirada Elíptica: el Trasfondo Barroco de la Poesía Española Contemporánea.” He is also associate editor of the Hispanic Issues Series and a founding editor of Hispanic Issues On-Line. He joined the UI faculty in 2005 after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He received a Collegiate Teaching Award in 2010.

Hoenicke-Moore teaches courses in the history of U.S. foreign policy, European history, international relations, and history and theory at the undergraduate and graduate level. Her scholarship focuses on the history of U.S. foreign relations in the 20th century. Her book, “Know Your Enemy: The American Debate on Nazism, 1933-1945,” won the 2010 Myrna F. Bernath Book Award from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. She earned her doctorate from the University of North Carolina in 1998, and joined the UI faculty in 2008.

Sanders teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in social work practice and theory. Her teaching and research interests include caregiving for aging individuals, Alzheimer’s Disease, grief and loss, death and dying, and social work education. External sponsors of her research include the National Institute of Aging, the National Cancer Institute, and the John A. Hartford Foundation. Sanders joined the UI faculty in 2003 after earning a doctoral degree from the University of Maryland in 2002. She received the 2008 Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work Faculty Achievement Award.

Gibson teaches courses in Greek and Roman literature and culture at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His areas of interest include ancient oratory, rhetoric, and scholarship, with a current research focus on later Greek and Byzantine rhetorical education. He is the author of “Interpreting a Classic: Demosthenes and his Ancient Commentators” and “Libanius's Progymnasmata: Model Exercises in Greek Prose Composition and Rhetoric.” He received his doctorate from Duke University and joined the UI faculty in 1999.

Mitchell teaches courses in international relations. Her externally-funded research focuses on international conflict, conflict resolution and institutions. She is coauthor of the book, “Domestic Law Goes Global: Legal Traditions and International Courts,” and has written over two dozen articles and book chapters. She co-directs the Issue Correlates of War (ICOW) Project. She earned a doctoral degree at Michigan State University in 1997 and joined the UI faculty in 2004. She received the UI Faculty Scholar Award in 2007.

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

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