Faculty Honors 2015-2016

The 2016 CLAS Faculty Honors Celebration was Monday, April 18, in the Senate Chamber of Old Capitol Museum.

The College recognized the accomplishments of more than 80 faculty members (listed below) who garnered major College and University honors, as well as significant national and international distinctions, during the 2015-2016 academic year.

College and University Honors

Herman J. and Eileen S. Schmidt Chair
Shaun Vecera, Psychological & Brain Sciences                    

John C. Gerber Professor in English
Phillip Round, English

F. Wendell Miller Professor
David Gompper, Music                     
Colin Gordon, History           

Collegiate Scholar
Ana Merino, Spanish & Portuguese             
Teresa Treat, Psychological & Brain Sciences          

Dean’s Scholar
Tori Forbes, Chemistry         
Gregory Hand, Music

Dean's Distinguished Lecturer
Elizabeth Oakes, Music         

CLAS Outstanding Outreach and Public Engagement Award
Lori Adams, Biology
Kathleen Janz, Health & Human Physiology

Collegiate Teaching Award   
Elana Buch, Anthropology
Matthew Gilchrist, Rhetoric
Mary High, Communication Studies
Brenda Leicht, Biology          
Louis Messerle, Chemistry   
Landon Storrs, History

Collegiate Teaching Award (Honorable Mention)
Freda Lynn, Sociology
Waltraud Maierhofer, German

Regents Award for Faculty Excellence
David Gompper, Music                    
Raymond Mentzer, Religious Studies          

Hancher-Finkbine Faculty Award and Medallion
Robert Mutel, Physics & Astronomy            

Presidential Lecturer, Office of the President
Richard Fumerton, Philosophy         

President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence
Dan Matheson, Health & Human Physiology                    
Rachel Marie-Crane Williams, Art & Art History and Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies        

James Van Allen Natural Sciences Fellowship, Office of the Provost
John Prineas, Physics & Astronomy

Scholar of the Year, Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development
Mark Blumberg, Psychological & Brain Sciences     

Distinguished Achievement in Publicly Engaged Research Award, Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development  
Tyler Priest, History and Geographical & Sustainability Sciences  

Distinguished Achievement in Arts and Humanities Research, Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development
Dorothy Johnson, Art & Art History

Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award for Humanities and Fine Arts, Graduate College
Dorothy Johnson, Art & Art History

Honors Thesis Mentor Award, University Honors Program  
Meenakshi Gigi Durham, Journalism & Mass Communication       

Honors Scholar Advocate Award, University Honors Program         
Blaine Greteman, English     

Honors Teaching Award, University Honors Program
Ron McMullen, Political Science      

Distinguished Mentor Award, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates        
Scott Baalrud, Physics & Astronomy

Faculty Service Award, Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities
Rachel Young, Journalism & Mass Communication 

Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in Service
Judy Polumbaum, Journalism & Mass Communication (emerita)

Elected Fellow in Scholarly Association

Fellow, American Chemical Society
Renée Cole, Chemistry
Len MacGillivray, Chemistry

Member, German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
Bernd Fritzsch, Biology

Fellow, American Society of Criminology
Karen Heimer, Sociology

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Amnon Kohen, Chemistry

Fellow, American Heart Association
Gary L. Pierce, Health & Human Physiology

Elected member, Academia Sinica
Chun-Fang Wu, Biology

Disciplinary and Professional Honors

Lifetime Achievement Award, American Music Therapy Association
Mary Adamek, Music

Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology, American Academy of Audiology
Ruth Bentler, Communication Sciences & Disorders

Susan Northcutt Award, International Studies Association
Kelly Kadera, Political Science

Shining Star Award, National Challenger Center for Space Science Education
Heidi Lung, Anthropology

Lifetime Achievement Award, American Association of Geographers
George Malanson, Geographical & Sustainability Sciences

Elected Secretary, National Humanities Alliance Board
Teresa Mangum, Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies

Alumni Achievement Award, Department of Political Science, Iowa State University
Sara Mitchell, Political Science

Quincy Wright Distinguished Scholar Award, International Studies Association
Sara Mitchell, Political Science

Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians
Leslie Schwalm, History and Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies

Media Outreach Champion Award, American Speech Language-Hearing Association
Richard Tyler, Communication Sciences & Disorders

Research Honors

Young Investigator Research Program Award, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Department of Defense
Scott Baalrud, Physics & Astronomy

LabexMed Residential Fellowship, The University Institute of Advanced Studies of Aix-Marseille
Mériam Belli, History

Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers, National Endowment for the Humanities
Lori Branch, English

Fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
John D'Agata, English           

Sawyer Seminar Fellowship, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Paul Dilley, Religious Studies and Classics
Katherine Tachau, History 

Early Career Research Award, Department of Energy
Tori Forbes, Chemistry

Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society
Christine Getz, Music

Fulbright-Nehru Academic & Professional Excellence Fellowship, United States-India Educational Foundation
Paul Greenough, History
Frederick Smith, Religious Studies and Asian & Slavic Languages & Literatures

Scholar-in-Residence, Newberry Library
Robert Ketterer, Classics

Public Scholar Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities
Kembrew McLeod, Communication Studies

Short-Term Research Fellowship, New York Public Library
Leslie Schwalm, History and Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies

Fellow, Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering, Drexel University
Diane Slusarski, Biology

David Bevington Award, Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society
Claire Sponsler, English

Gambrinus Fellowship, Dortmund Technical University
Margaret Stratton, Art & Art History

Lester J. Cappon Short-Term Fellowship in Scholarly Editing, Newberry Library
Stephen Warren, History and American Studies

Med Associates Distinguished Contributions to Basic Behavioral Research Award, Division 25 Behavioral Analysis, American Psychological Association
Edward Wasserman, Psychological & Brain Sciences

Publication and Creative Awards

Honorable Mention, Lerner-Scott Dissertation Prize, Organization of American Historians           
Keisha Blain, History           

Best Paper Award, Middleware 2015
Octav Chipara, Computer Science

First Place Faculty Paper Award, Critical and Cultural Studies Division, American Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication
Frank Durham, Journalism & Mass Communication

Colorlab Award for Best Cinematography, Ann Arbor Film Festival
Michael Gibisser, Cinematic Arts

Best of the Best Books You Should Know About, American Association of University Presses
Kembrew McLeod, Communication Studies     

DAAD Book Prize, German Studies Association
H. Glenn Penny, History

 Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education, Institute of International Education
Rangaswamy Rajagopal, Geographical & Sustainability Sciences

Prize for American Fiction, Library of Congress
Marilynne Robinson, Creative Writing

Best Paper, Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section, American Political Science Association
Rene Rocha, Political Science

Gold Winner, AVA Digital Awards
Jeremy Swanston, Art & Art History

Silver Winner, UCDA Design Competition
Jeremy Swanston, Art & Art History

First Place Faculty Paper Award, Sports Communication Interest Group, American Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication
Travis Vogan, Journalism & Mass Communication and American Studies

Top Poster Award, Communicating Science, Health, Environment and Risk Division, American Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication
Rachel Young, Journalism & Mass Communication