Teaching, research and service honored with 2015 awards

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University will honor over 30 faculty and staff with awards for their accomplishments. The recipients will be recognized at the Liberal Arts and Sciences Fall Convocation and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, September 10, at 3:30 p.m. in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union.

The event will also include a “State of the College” address by Dean Beate Schmittmann, introduction of new faculty, and recognition of promoted faculty and university award recipients. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences award recipients and nomination information follows:

Cassling Family Faculty Awards

Recognizes and rewards outstanding faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences:

  • Kevin Amidon, Associate Professor, Department of World Languages and Cultures (Outstanding Teaching Performance)
  • Brianna Burke, Assistant Professor, Department of English (Early Achievement in Teaching)

Shakeshaft Master Teacher

Presented annually at Iowa State to an outstanding teacher in the humanities and social sciences:

  • Daniel Krier, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

Gregory L. and Kathleen C. Geoffroy Faculty Fellowship

Supports the teaching and research program of an Assistant Professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences during the first three years of his/her appointment:

  • Geetu Tuteja, Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology

Dean’s Emerging Faculty Leader’s Award

Established by donors and friends from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council to recognize and support mid-career, rising stars through critical stages of professional growth:

  • John Warne Monroe, Associate Professor, Department of History

Outstanding Achievement in Teaching

Recognizes faculty members for outstanding teaching performances over an extended period of time in undergraduate education:

  • Amy Bix, Professor, Department of History
  • Jay Newell, Associate Professor, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
  • Elisa Rizo, Associate Professor, Department of World Languages and Cultures

Outstanding Teaching by a Lecturer

Recognizes lecturers or senior lecturers for outstanding teaching performance over an extended period of time in undergraduate education:

  • Terence Alexander, Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics
  • David Flory, Senior Lecturer, Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Thomas Waldemer, Senior Lecturer, Department of World Languages and Cultures

Early Achievement in Teaching

Recognizes tenured or tenure-track faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding teaching performance unusually early in their professional careers:

  • Melissa Deininger, Assistant Professor, Department of World Languages and Cultures

Excellence in Undergraduate Introductory Teaching

Recognizes outstanding performance in teaching undergraduate introductory classes (defined as entry-level courses in the discipline):

  • Michael Bailey, Professor and Interim Chair, Department of History
  • Amy Froelich, Associate Professor, Department of Statistics
  • Daniel Krier, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

Outstanding Career Achievement in Research

Recognizes faculty members who have a national or international reputation for contributions in research and/or artistic creativity, and who have influenced the research activities of students:

  • William Gallus, Professor, Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Dan Nettleton, Distinguished Professor, Department of Statistics, and Laurence H. Baker Chair in Biological Statistics
  • Theresa Windus, Professor, Department of Chemistry

Mid-Career Achievement in Research

Recognizes faculty members who have a national or international reputation for outstanding contributions in research and/or artistic creativity at the mid-career stage:

  • Stephanie Madon, Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Daniel Nordman, Professor, Department of Statistics
  • Nicole Valenzuela, Associate Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology

Early Achievement in Research

Recognizes faculty who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in research and/or artistic creativity unusually early in their professional careers:

  • Adam Barb, Assistant Professor, Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Kristie Franz, Associate Professor, Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Arthur Winter, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry

International Service

Recognizes faculty members for outstanding international service in terms of teaching, research or administration, within the United States or abroad:

  • Julie Wilhelm, Senior Lecturer, Department of World Languages and Cultures

Institutional Service

Recognizes a member of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty or staff for a history of exemplary institutional service that has benefited the department, college and/or the university:

  • Sharon Bird, Professor, Department of Sociology
  • Margaret S. Mook, Associate Professor, Department of World Languages and Cultures

Graduate Mentoring

Recognizes the effectiveness of major professors who serve as mentors and who enrich the student-professor relationship by support and attention to detail, which enables students to finish their work in a timely and scholarly manner. Major professors considered for this award are expected to be supportive of their students beyond graduation:

  • Robert Houk, Professor, Department of Chemistry
  • Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, Professor, Department of History

Professional & Scientific Excellence

Recognizes and honors professional and scientific employees who have achieved excellence in their respective fields:

  • Diane Jepsen, Accountant, Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology
  • Stephen Mahoney, Greenhouse Manager, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology
  • Kelly Yohnke, Administrative Specialist, Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

Professional & Scientific Outstanding New Professional

Recognizes and honors new professional and scientific employees who quickly have achieved excellence in their respective fields:

  • Jennifer Grundmeier, Administrative Specialist, Department of Statistics

Professional & Scientific Research

Recognizes professional and scientific staff members for excellence in research:

  • Rupendra Mukerjea, Assistant Scientist, Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

Merit Excellence

Recognizes and honors Merit employees who have achieved excellence in their respective fields:

  • William Halterman, Senior ERD Machinist, Department of Chemistry

Diversity Award

Recognizes faculty and staff who have advanced the College’s vision for diversity through their teaching, scholarship, service, or campus-community outreach:

  • Leslie Hogben, Professor, Department of Mathematics, and Dio Lewis Holl Chair in Applied Mathematics

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Contact: Laura Wille, Liberal Arts & Sciences Communications, (515) 294-7742, (lge@iastate.edu)