UI honors 30 faculty and staff award winners
UI honors 30 faculty and staff award winners
UI honors 30 faculty and staff award winners
Thirty University of Iowa faculty and staff members were honored with the UI’s 2022 Faculty and Staff Awards for achievements ranging from excellence in service to leadership in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Read more about the recipients of these awards:
- David J. Skorton Award for Staff Excellence in Service to the University of Iowa
- The University of Iowa Outstanding Staff Award
- Richard E. Gibson Merit Staff Award for Innovation and Excellence in Customer Service
- Staff Award for Distinguished Leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- James Van Allen Natural Science Fellowship
- James N. Murray Faculty Award
- M.L. Huit Faculty Award
- Hubbard-Walder Award for Excellence in Teaching
- Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in Service
The following awards given at the ceremony were previously announced:
- Lola Lopes Award for Undergraduate Student Advocacy
- President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence
- University of Iowa Distinguished Chair
David J. Skorton Award for Staff Excellence in Service to the University of Iowa
Eric Rossow, Division of Student Life
Eric Rossow is senior advisor for both the vice president and dean of students in the Division of Student Life. Through his commitment to collaboration, he has made vital contributions to improving policy and practices that are essential to a positive and equitable experience for students, faculty, and staff. He was instrumental in review of the free speech policy, creation of First Amendment training for campus, and development of the Free Speech at Iowa website. He collaborated to revise the Student Organization Review Committee process. He worked with others to implement welcome events for the class of 2024, and to find creative ways to celebrate graduates when in-person commencement wasn’t an option due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a member of the 175th University of Iowa anniversary committee, he found ways for students to be more prominently represented. He also worked purposefully to support the First Gen Hawks initiative by identifying high-quality employment opportunities for participating students.
Catherine Fairfield, Department of Emergency Medicine
The University of Iowa Outstanding Staff Award
Kathryn A. Andrews, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
Kathryn A. Andrews is senior executive assistant to the provost. Since joining the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost in 2018—after serving for many years as assistant to the dean in the College of Public Health—she has contributed to the office’s success in countless ways. She approaches all she does in a collaborative, team-based manner, with a strong customer-service focus, with innovative thinking, and a deep commitment to the university. During the COVID-19 pandemic she played a pivotal role in communications, acting as a primary contact and coordinator for planning efforts and responding to calls and queries from students, parents, alumni, and others. She had a lead role in coordinating the drafting of the university’s new strategic plan and is now coordinating the work of the team charged with implementing the plan. She also supports the application and review process for P3 funding, which is crucial to the university’s strategic advancement.
Amanda M. Bibb, College of Law
Amanda M. Bibb, administrative services supervisor in the College of Law, leads an eight-person team that supports the college’s faculty. Her flexibility, capacity to handle challenges, and talent for engaging others have allowed her to make extraordinary contributions to the college and university. She served as program administrator for the London Law Program from 2016 to 2020, during which time the program grew to be the largest study abroad program run by a U.S. law school. During the COVID-19 pandemic, her team’s ability to adapt quickly enabled faculty to move seamlessly to hybrid and online programs. This year, when it was Iowa’s turn to host the regional rounds of a national moot court competition for law students—which happens once every seven years—she took on this highly complicated project in addition to her usual work and earned accolades from the other schools in the region.
Sasha Khmelnik, Iowa Writers’ Workshop
Sasha Khmelnik is assistant director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. An advocate for workshop students and faculty, she brings literary knowledge, humane judgment, and technical expertise to all she does. Since taking on her current role in 2018, she has single-handedly moved the office away from a paperbound system, building tools and using data in ways that support careful analysis and informed decisions. This work has contributed to more effective fundraising and has been invaluable in increasing equity in financial aid, which in turn has helped the program increase its racial, cultural, and aesthetic diversity. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she smoothly transitioned the program to remote interactions, anticipating and solving technical issues with patience and persistence that greatly eased the process for faculty and students. She also used the change in routine necessitated by the pandemic to institute frequent staff meetings that promote ongoing transparency and positive cooperation.
Joan M. Kjaer Kirkman, International Programs
Joan M. Kjaer Kirkman recently retired as director of communications and constituent relations for International Programs (IP), where she oversaw IP’s print and electronic publishing, event planning and marketing, social media, and alumni relations, and was responsible for unprecedented growth in the audience for IP’s public programming. Drawing on her extensive background in public radio, she created and continues to host WorldCanvass, a forum that brings together diverse panelists from around the world to discuss issues of international importance. For each program, she thoroughly researches the topic, prepares thoughtful and probing questions, and engages in spontaneous dialogue with the participants. Panelists compliment her breadth of knowledge, her ability to focus the conversation, and her talent for making them feel at ease. Her ability to connect with colleagues is matched by her talent to build bridges with alumni and supporters, and her fundraising acumen has translated into increased funding for scholarships, faculty research, and cultural events.
Diana C. Kremzar, University Human Resources
Diana C. Kremzar, director for family services in University Human Resources, provides high-quality, innovative services for faculty, staff, students, and their families around complex issues such as family caregiving, financial assistance, and policy. Her expertise has been instrumental in the university’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic related to support for employees and families. In spring 2020, she led the development of a child care assistance program, provided leadership for revising flexible work as it applied to the emergency declaration, and worked with partners across campus and in the community to address family-related issues. In 2021, she supported the flexible work transition as part of the Future of Work pilot, and she now leads a multidisciplinary team to implement the Future of Work recommendations as a long-term business strategy. She is active with the College and University Work Family Association (CUWFA), presenting nationally on UI’s Building Resilience initiatives, and is also active in the Iowa Women’s Foundation’s efforts around child care.
Melanie S. Stutzman, College of Law
Richard E. Gibson Merit Staff Award for Innovation and Excellence in Customer Service
Cindy L. Guhl, Division of Student Life
Cindy L. Guhl, custodian I for the Division of Student Life, is recognized and appreciated by the students of Burge Hall for her unceasing commitment to excellence in her work. She has also earned the students’ deep appreciation for her welcoming personality and positive energy. She shows interest in students’ lives in good times and bad, and they are grateful for the genuine care and comfort she offers when they are facing challenges. One student nominator writes, “Cindy is like a mother, and we are all her children.” By going out of her way to get to know the students and express her interest in their well-being, Cindy has played an important role in creating a sense of belonging, which is a vital contribution to student success.
Shannon L. Jensen, UI QuickCare
Staff Award for Distinguished Leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
José M. Jimenez, Research Information Services
José M. Jimenez, director of Research Information Systems, is a role model for integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) into all aspects of work life and has successfully encouraged others to do the same. He was an instrumental collaborator in the development of the first OneIT DEI strategic plan, and continues to work towards expanding the understanding of DEI issues across the IT community. He invests time in individual relationship-building and outreach to drive inclusion and engage a broad range of staff, and is attuned to identities that may be forgotten or not immediately evident. An active ally and mentor, he works consistently to elevate others’ voices. He was a key collaborator on the BUILD course Inclusive Practices for an Online World, and he has provided training to OneIT leaders and others in the IT community on using inclusive language in application development.
Derrick K. Willis, Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
James Van Allen Natural Science Fellowship
Tori Forbes, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
M.L. Huit Faculty Award
Jodi Linley, College of Education
James N. Murray Faculty Award
Kayla Reed Fitzke, College of Education
Hubbard-Walder Award for Teaching Excellence
Erin Johnson, Tippie College of Business
Erin Johnson, associate professor of instruction in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship in the Tippie College of Business, is a versatile instructor who teaches in both the undergraduate and MBA programs, in-person and online, and in multiple content areas. She is an innovator who is dedicated to providing students hands-on experiences that extend far beyond traditional classroom teaching. For her international business environment course, for example, she has developed a series of successful experiential projects, including a six-week virtual collaboration with students in Kosovo. She also introduced a project in which students develop a podcast investigating how to foster greater cultural intelligence without physically studying abroad. She has served as director of undergraduate studies and has contributed to both undergraduate and MBA curriculum development. She received the Collegiate Teaching Award in 2021 and has twice been recognized with Tippie’s Innovation in Teaching Award.
Danielle Kelsay, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Danielle Kelsay, clinical associate professor of communication sciences and disorders (CSD) in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has had a profound positive impact on the field of audiology through her teaching. Previously a clinical audiologist for the Department of Otolaryngology, she joined CSD in 2002 and has served as director of clinical education and then director of clinical programs for audiology since 2017. Clinical teaching programs she developed include University of Iowa Sound Awareness for Everyone (UISAFE), a community outreach program with the mission of preventing noise-induced hearing loss. This program provides invaluable learning opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. In addition to her clinical teaching, she developed and teaches an undergraduate first-year seminar as well as graduate courses on interprofessional practice and professional issues in audiology. She led the creation of several innovative, simulated patient experiences that were essential for student training during the pandemic.
Freda Lynn, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Freda Lynn, associate professor of sociology and criminology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, including two on networks and three on statistics that are foundational to student success. She has played major roles in the development of programs and curricula at all levels. As director of undergraduate studies, she redesigned the required capstone course and was involved in the development of the certificate in social science analytics. As current director of graduate studies, she has spearheaded a major overhaul of the comprehensive exam system and significantly revised annual progress assessment for graduate students. She was a member of the committee that wrote the proposal to launch a PhD program in criminology, which was recently approved by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. She is also a dedicated mentor to numerous students. She received the Collegiate Teaching Award in 2018.
David Puderbaugh, School of Music
David Puderbaugh is a professor, assistant director of choral activities, and director of graduate studies in the School of Music. He has conducted Camerata, a chorus of mostly undergraduate and graduate non-music majors, and University Choir, comprising mostly undergraduate music majors. Under his leadership, these ensembles have built a strong sense of community while expanding their repertoire and knowledge of various styles. His innovative and influential contributions to the graduate curriculum include creating a required seminar in music research that significantly strengthens professional development for doctoral music students. His belief in choral music as a means of teaching broader cultural issues is evidenced in his design of a workshop on choral singing as a means of political protest and social change as well as an immersive study abroad course that will take students to the Camino de Santiago, the historical pilgrimage route in Spain, to explore the trail through a musical lens.
Jeffrey Reist, College of Pharmacy
Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in Service
Benjamin Coelho, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Benjamin Coelho, professor of music in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, leads by example at Iowa and in his profession internationally. He served as associate director for undergraduate studies in the School of Music from 2006 to 2017, and as interim departmental executive officer in 2018-19. He was the school’s inaugural associate director for equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging (EDIB), and in that role led the creation of an EDIB Statement and Action Plan and continues to provide strong guidance for faculty and staff. He was elected to the CLAS Executive Committee in 2020 and he chaired the Division of Performing Arts Self-Study Review Committee. He is on the board of directors and is president-elect of the International Double Reed Society, the most prominent organization in his field. Many of his students have become leaders in the profession.
Russell Ganim, International Programs
Russell Ganim is professor of French in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and associate provost and dean of International Programs. He served as inaugural director of the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures from 2011 to 2019, and has chaired multiple departments within the division. He served as vice president, president, and past president of the Faculty Senate from 2017 to 2019. During that time, he promoted a strong working relationship among faculty, administration, and the Board of Regents, State of Iowa; organized a highly successful Big Ten Academic Alliance Shared Governance Conference; worked collaboratively with faculty and campus leaders on the creation of the P3 initiative; and guided approval of the Faculty Senate Statement on Freedom of Expression. He has also served on and led many other influential collegiate and university committees, including the CLAS Faculty Assembly.
Katherine Imborek, Carver College of Medicine