Thursday, April 25, 2024

As the end of the academic year approaches, it’s time to celebrate all the fantastic work University of Iowa faculty and staff have accomplished this year. 

Many campus groups that give awards have chosen to take part in the university’s first annual Faculty and Staff Awards ceremony, which will take place at 4:30 p.m. on April 30 at Hancher Auditorium.

Below is a list of all faculty and staff award winners who will be honored at the upcoming ceremony.

Improving Our Workplace Award

Mental Health Champion Award

Staff Excellence Awards

Graduate Faculty Award

Faculty Awards

UI Distinguished Chair

Highly Prestigious External Awards

Improving Our Workplace Award (I.O.W.A.)

  • Joe McKelvey, senior director of government reimbursement, Finance and Accounting Services, UI Health Care
  • Maria Hein, data manager, Office for Nursing Research and Scholarship, College of Nursing
  • Leah Koppes, events and marketing coordinator, Marketing and Communications, College of Nursing
  • Courtney Nobis, assistant nurse manager, Obstetrics and Gynecology, UI Center for Reproductive Care and North Dodge OBGYN Clinics
  • Emily Wilson, nurse manager, Oncology, UI Health Care Center Services—Quad Cities
  • Kathleen Fear, assistant professor lecturer, College of Nursing
  • Kelsey Wood, student registered nurse anesthetist, Ambulatory Surgery Center, UI Hospitals and Clinics
  • Jess Berding-Whea, nurse educator, Ambulatory Surgery Center, UI Hospitals & Clinics
  • Aimee Cusic, assistant nurse manager, Ambulatory Surgery Center, UI Hospitals & Clinics
  • Ben Mirr, staff nurse, Ambulatory Surgery Center, UI Hospitals & Clinics
  • Lauri Riss, staff nurse, Ambulatory Surgery Center, UI Hospitals & Clinics
  • Sheri Parman, staff nurse, Ambulatory Surgery Center, UI Hospitals & Clinics
  • Donna Dolezal, nurse manager, UI Hospitals & Clinics

Mental Health Champion Award

  • Ainsley Shird, undergraduate student, Tippie College of Business
  • Khyathi Gadag, PhD candidate, College of Public Health
  • Theresa Bechtel, associate professor of instruction, Division of Community and Primary Care, College of Nursing
  • Amy Korthank, senior associate director of academic support, Undergraduate Programs, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS)

Diane L. Finnerty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Legacy Award

  • Child Health Specialty Clinics, Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Staff Excellence Awards

Staff Award for Distinguished Leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Brad Ferrier, digital projects librarian, Special Collections and Archives, UI Libraries
  • Collins Byrd, assistant dean of enrollment management, College of Law

Richard R. Gibson Merit Staff Award for Innovation and Excellence in Customer Service

  • Patricia Baird, supervisor, Interlibrary Loan and Delivery Services, UI Libraries
  • Mary Sleichter, faculty secretary, law faculty support team, College of Law

UI Outstanding Staff Award

  • Kalia Brustkern, research assistant, Microvascular Physiology Lab—Department of Health and Human Physiology, CLAS
  • Richard Dvorsky, aerospace principal engineer, Department of Physics and Astronomy, CLAS
  • Rebecca Schwertfeger, senior director of talent acquisition, Human Resources, UI Health Care
  • Mark Archibald, records, enrollment, and analytics specialist; Honors at Iowa, University College
  • Kate Allen, instructional services specialist—photography and 3D design, School of Art and Art History, CLAS
  • George Crull, assistant director and NMR spectroscopist, Central Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility, CLAS

David J. Skorton Staff Excellence Award in Service to the University of Iowa

  • Tiffini Stevenson Earl, director of equity investigations and ADA coordinator; Office of Institutional Equity; Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Paul Thelen, director, Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center, College of Law

Lola Lopes Award for Undergraduate Student Advocacy

  • Kate Torno Fashimpaur, senior academic advisor, Department of English, CLAS
  • Maria Guadalupe Bruno, executive director of belonging and inclusion and assistant to the vice president, Division of Student Life

Graduate Faculty Award

Graduate College Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award

  • Ryan T. LaLumiere, professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Graduate College

Discovery and Innovation Awards

Scholar of the Year Award

  • Jun Wang, James E. Ashton professor of engineering, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, College of Engineering

Early Scholar of the Year Award

  • James Byrne, assistant professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Carver College of Medicine

Leadership in Research Award

  • Donna Santillan, research associate professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Carver College of Medicine

Distinguished Achievement in Publicly Engaged Research Award

  • Stephen Warren, professor, Department of History and American Studies, CLAS

Distinguished Achievement in Arts and Humanities Research Award

  • Kaveh Akbar, associate professor, Department of English, CLAS

Faculty Communication Ideas Award

  • Cara Hamann, associate professor, Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health

Distinguished Mentor Award

  • Caroline Stefanie Clay, assistant professor of acting, Department of Theatre Arts, CLAS
  • Bob McMurray, F. Wendell Miller professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, CLAS

Distinguished Research Award

  • Angie Robertson, departmental administrator, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Carver College of Medicine

Distinguished Research Professional Award

  • Min Zhu, research specialist, Iowa Institute of Oral Health, College of Dentistry 

Innovation in Safety Award

  • Curtis Iburg, manager of sterilization services, College of Dentistry 

Faculty Awards

Marion L. Huit Faculty Award

  • Kate Magsamen-Conrad, professor, Department of Communication Studies, CLAS

James M. Murray Award

  • Ashley Howard, assistant professor, Department of African American Studies and History, CLAS

Hubbard-Walder Award for Excellence in Teaching

  • Eric Gidal, professor, Department of English, CLAS
  • Trevor S. Harvey, associate professor of instruction, School of Music, CLAS
  • Emily Hughes, senior associate dean for academic affairs, College of Law
  • Margaret A.M. Murray, associate professor of instruction, Department of Rhetoric and Department of Mathematics, CLAS
  • Rene Rocha, Herman J. and Eileen S. Schmidt chair and professor, Department of Political Science, CLAS

President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence

  • David P. Asprey, associate dean of medical education and professional programs, Carver College of Medicine
  • Naomi Greyser; associate professor; departments of American Studies, English, and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies; CLAS
  • Justin Sipla, clinical instructor, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Carver College of Medicine
  • Sudhakar Subramani, clinical professor, Department of Anesthesia, Carver College of Medicine

Michael J. Brody Award

  • Kenneth G. Brown, Tippie Children Professor of Management, Tippie College of Business and College of Education
  • Nicole M. Grosland, associate dean for academic programs, College of Engineering
  • Ana M. Rodríguez-Rodríguez, associate professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, CLAS

UI Distinguished Chairs

  • Amy E. Colbert, professor, Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, Tippie College of Business
  • Kenneth Tse, professor of saxophone, School of Music, CLAS

Highly Prestigious External Awards

Wilson Center Fellow

  • Alyssa Park, associate professor, Department of History, CLAS

National Academy of Medicine

  • Denise J. Jamieson, vice president for medical affairs and Tyrone D. Artz dean, Carver College of Medicine

Rome Prize in Literature

  • Jamel Brinkley, assistant professor of fiction, Iowa Writers’ Workshop, CLAS