Faculty/Staff Accolades Archive
Ben Schafer, associate professor in computer science, was recently recognized by Code.Org as one of 2015's top trainers. He trained 570 Iowa teachers (or 5.6 percent of all U.S. teachers trained) in "Hour of Code," making him the second most prolific trainer in the the U.S.
Dan Nickey, associate director of the Iowa Waste Reduction Center at UNI, has been awarded the Karen V. Brown Environmental Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Steering Small Business Ombudsman and Small Business Environmental Assistance Program Committee.
Inez Murtha, director, Academic Learning Center, was honored by the YWCA as the 2015 Professional Woman of the Year during its Cedar Valley Women of Persimmon Awards luncheon.
Kyle Gray, associate professor in Earth Science and Science Education, is the 2015 recipient of the Donald and Carolyn Biggs Award for innovative and effective Earth Science teaching among early career faculty. He'll be recognized by the Geoscience Education division of the Geological Society of America at the annual GSA meeting in Baltimore in November.
Jerry Thiel, director, Metal Casting Center, was honored by the AFS Metalcasting Congress. He received the AFS Service Citation for leadership and service to the metalcasting industry as an educator, member and chairman of the AFS Hawkeye Chapter, and Molding Methods and Materials Division.
Annette Lynch, professor and interim director of the School of Applied Human Sciences, has been recognized as an American Association of University Women (AAUW) Title IX Champion. The Title IX Champion award celebrates vital advocacy that supports and advances gender equity in education.
John Burnight, assistant professor of philosophy and world religions, received the University Book & Supply (UBS) Outstanding Teaching Award for 2015. The award honors pre-tenure faculty members who have shown significant contributions to the quality of teaching.
Nicole Skaar, assistant professor of educational psychology and foundations, received the University Book & Supply (UBS) Outstanding Teaching Award for 2015. The award honors pre-tenure faculty members who have shown significant contributions to the quality of teaching.
Matthew Webb, assistant professor of mathematics, received the University Book & Supply (UBS) Outstanding Teaching Award for 2015. The award honors pre-tenure faculty members who have shown significant contributions to the quality of teaching.
John Wiles, assistant professor of music, received the University Book & Supply (UBS) Outstanding Teaching Award for 2015. The award honors pre-tenure faculty members who have shown significant contributions to the quality of teaching.
The Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College is proud to announce that Professor Kyle Gray has recently published an online teaching module titled Interactions between Water, Earth's Surface, and Human Activity. As part of the National Science Foundation funded InTeGrate STEP Center activities, Dr. Gray was part of a team of three faculty members who developed and tested these materials. We congratulate Dr. Gray and his team on the successful completion and publication of this important addition to the study and teaching of water resources. To view Interactions between Water, Earth's Surface, and Human Activity please visit: http://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/teaching_materials/energy_and_process...
Wendy Mulder, Clerk III, Office of the Registrar, has been awarded the Upper Midwest Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers "Staff Support Award", which recognizes the contribution of support staff to their institution and the Association.
Dennis Schmidt, professor of accounting, has received the Regents Excellence Award for Faculty. He was the developer of a tax research website that was one of the first of such sites, and it is still used today in both academia and practice.
James McCullagh, professor of social work, received the Regents Excellence Award for Faculty. He has been successful in grantsmanship, having received more than 4 million dollars in external funds.
Ripley Marston, professor of physical education, received the Regents Excellence Award for Faculty. He is the author of several books and an array of articles in the area of physical education pedagogy. Marston is the creator and administrative director of UNI's Kindergym program.
Angeleita Floyd, professor of flute in the School of Music, received the Regents Excellence Award for Faculty. Floyd has received critical praise and international acclaim for her research, writings, musicianship, professional practices and pedagogy.
John Burnight, assistant professor of philosophy and world religions, received the Excellence in Liberal Arts Core Teaching Award. This award is given to a faculty member who demonstrates quality teaching of Liberal Arts Core classes.
Carl Thurman, biology, received the James Lubker Faculty Research Award at the fall faculty meeting. In addition to UNI students and faculty, Thurman collaborates with scientists across the USA, as well as Europe and South America to produce novel scientific information.
Elaine Eshbaugh, applied human sciences, received the Class of 1943 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching at the fall faculty meeting. Eshbaugh developed the only college course in Iowa on the topic of Alzheimer's and related dementias. She regularly mentors undergraduates in their research or has them involved with her own research team.
Robin Lund, associate professor of physical education, received the Class of 1943 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching at the fall faculty meeting. Lund teaches a wide range of course work at the graduate and undergraduate level including research methods, statistics, anatomy and physiology and a variety of other courses in the movement and exercise science major.
Tim Gilson, educational leadership and postsecondary education, received the Ross A. Nielsen Professional Service Award at the 2014 fall faculty meeting. Gilson’s contributions to education include preparing principals in Iowa, advising MAE and doctoral students, and providing guest lectures on school law to UNI’s preservice teachers.
Mary Losch has been named the new director of the Center for Social & Behavioral Research. Losch has served as the CSBR's assistant director for 16 years and has extensive experience at the state and national level in survey research.
Augustina Naami's poster, "Disability, Gender and Employment Relationships in Africa: The Case of Ghana," won the Tanis Doe Prize for the best poster at this year's Society for Disability Studies annual conference.
Francesca Soans, associate professor of communication studies, received the 2014 Loren Horton Community History Award from the State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) for the documentary "Sons of Jacob Synagogue."
The United States Sports Academy has awarded Chris Edginton, health, physical education & leisure services, its 2014 Distinguished Service Award. Edginton serves as the Secretary General of the World Leisure Organization, a non-governmental organization in consultative status with The United Nations. The award will be presented during the 2014 World Leisure Conference in September.