CLAS Outstanding Outreach and Public Engagement Award

The CLAS Outstanding Outreach and Public Engagement Award honors deserving CLAS faculty members who have engaged in activities that bring the University to broader communities in significant and sustained ways. To nominate a colleague, submit a nomination letter describing the outreach activities, the community served, and the impact of the activity. Examples of such activities include developing and implementing service learning in a course or courses, scholarly work that engages a wider community, teaching in non-traditional settings, and other endeavors in which the expertise and talents of faculty and staff in CLAS reach local, regional, or broader communities. 

Faculty with appointments of 50% or more in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa are eligible for the Outreach and Public Engagement Award, which includes monetary recognition. Please submit nominations to Gabriella McDermott ( by end of day on Friday, March 10, 2023. The CLAS Executive Committee will review all nominations and select the recipient.

Recipients of the Outstanding Outreach and Public Engagement Award


  • Kirsten Kumpf Baele, German
  • Kristy Nabhan-Warren, Religious Studies
  • Heather Spangler, School of Journalism and Mass Communication


  • Kate Magsamen-Conrad, Communication Studies
  • Bri Swope, Health and Human Physiology


  • Venise Berry, African American Studies; Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Bob Cargill, Classics; Religious Studies


  • Loyce Arthur, Theatre Arts
  • John Rapson, Music
  • Bonnie Sunstein, English; College of Education
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  • Linda Louko and Patricia Zebrowski, Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • Julia Kleinschmit, Social Work


  • Vincent Rodgers, Physics & Astronomy
  • Rachel Marie-Crane Williams, Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies


Mary Adamek, Music


Sarah Larsen, Chemistry


Mary Cohen, Music