News Briefs

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    December 06, 2019

  • Racevskis, Sanders, Tomova appointed Associate Deans in College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

    December 04, 2019

    The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is appointing three faculty members to new collegiate leadership positions, effective January 1, 2020.

    Roland RacevskisProfessor of French and Italian Roland Racevskis has been appointed as Associate Dean for the Arts and Humanities. Racevskis joined the UI faculty in 1998, and has served as chair of the Department of French and Italian; chair of the Department of German; and associate director of the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.


    Sara SandersProfessor of Social Work Sara Sanders will be Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, as well as the college's Director of Diversity. In her role as Director of Diversity, Sanders will chair the CLAS Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Sanders, who is currently director of the School of Social Work, joined the UI faculty in 2003.


    Maggy TomovaProfessor of Mathematics Maggy Tomova, who joined the faculty in 2005, is being named Associate Dean for the Natural, Mathematical, and Social Sciences. Tomova is currently chair of the Department of Mathematics.


    Dean Steve Goddard said the new appointments will help CLAS meet its strategic goals.

    "I am delighted to welcome these colleagues to our leadership team," Goddard said. "Each is an accomplished scholar and administrator who will bring new energy, vision, and expertise to our college. I look forward to working with them to develop and implement initiatives that will enable us to better serve our students, state, and society."

    Professors Jerald Moon of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Ana Rodríguez-Rodríguez of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese led the search committee for the three positions. Goddard expressed his thanks to the committee and the college's faculty and staff for a successful process.

    "I have been impressed by the efficient and inclusive process that the search committee conducted, and by the high level of engagement and interest among our faculty and staff," said Goddard. "The quality of applicants we received and the insightful feedback we got from our colleagues during the process are great signs of our shared commitment to excellence and impact throughout our college and the University of Iowa."

    The appointees will join Marc Armstrong, Associate Dean for Research and Infrastructure; Helena Dettmer, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Curriculum; Christine Getz, Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Outreach and Engagement; and Goddard as the college's faculty leadership. The CLAS senior leadership team also includes staff members Nic Arp, Director of Strategic Communications; Christina Berthel, Senior Director of Human Resources; and Erin Herting, Director of Business and Financial Administration.

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  • Hall, Kirby, Rodgers honored for excellence

    October 24, 2019

    Eighteen faculty and staff members were honored at the University of Iowa’s annual Faculty and Staff Awards celebration. The ceremony, held Oct. 16, was sponsored by the Office of the Provost and University Human Resources.

    Three College of Liberal Arts and Sciences staff and faculty members were among the honorees. See all 18 honorees.

    Dean Steve Goddard of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences expressed the college's pride in the achievements of Kathryn Hall, Martha Kirby, and Vincent Rodgers.

    "We are all delighted that these three fantastic colleagues are being recognized for their excellence and impact," Goddard said. "We are proud to count them among our collegiate family, and wish them much continued success in serving our mission of education, research, and public engagement."

    Kathy HallUniversity of Iowa Outstanding Staff Award

    Kathryn Hall

    As senior director for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ curriculum and academic policy, Hall assists the associate dean for undergraduate programs with curriculum, response to student complaints, and academic misconduct. Her work has played a significant role in shaping curriculum and educational policies. She supports curricular innovation at the undergraduate level by guiding faculty through the nuts and bolts of academic policy so they can create thoughtful course offerings. She brings empathy and attention to students who are in difficult academic situations, always putting the student’s interest and well-being first. Her dedication to matters of academic integrity benefits students, instructors, and the reputation of UI undergraduate education. She co-directs the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences  (CLAS) General Education program, which under her leadership has become a tool for improving student success. Because other colleges use the CLAS Gen Ed program in whole or in part, in this role Hall influences the education of nearly every UI undergraduate student.

    Martha KirbyLola Lopes Award for Undergraduate Student Advocacy

    Martha C. Kirby

    As the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ senior academic advisor, Kirby provides extraordinary support to more than 600 undergraduate students who are pursuing a degree from the Department of Political Science, either on campus or online. She also is a leader in pre-law advising for students in a variety of majors, is the staff advisor for the pre-law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta, and has guided many students through the challenging law school application process. A board member of the Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors, she chaired a university-wide committee that created the UI Law Expo, which brought nearly 100 law schools from across the country to Iowa to share information. Her positive influence extends to many additional undergraduate students through her service as a member of the First Generation Campus Steering Committee, a leader of the Des Moines Internship Program, and a generous mentor to her advising colleagues.

    Vincent RodgersPresident and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence

    Vincent Rodgers

    Rodgers, a professor of physics and astronomy, leads a research team of five PhD students and six undergraduates who work on discoveries in quantum gravity and string theory. His love of teaching and scientific research compelled him to share it with a diverse group of people beyond his department and even the academy. From 2005 to 2018, he co-directed the Iowa Biosciences Academy (IBA), which is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, and he co-directs the National Science Foundation-sponsored LSAMP-IINSPIRE. Both programs have supported undergraduate and graduate research in seven UI colleges. Rodgers co-founded and volunteers for the Student Summer Theoretical Physics Research Session, which informally trains graduate, undergraduate, and high school students in theoretical physics research. He is active in the departmental K–12 outreach effort Hawk Eyes on Science, and since 1989 has traveled to Iowa schools and other venues for outreach. From 1994 to 2015, he was a tutor for the Multi-Ethnic Engineering and Scientific Activities tutoring program that serves Iowa City schools, and, in 2005, he founded Café Scientifique, a platform for the public to discuss science and technology with professional scientists.

    By: Office of Strategic Communication

  • Nabhan-Warren named V. O. and Elizabeth Kahl Figge Chair in Catholic Studies

    October 06, 2019

    Goddard, Fuentes, Nabhan-Warren, Curto
    Dean Steve Goddard, Provost and Executive Vice President
    Montserrat Fuentes, Professor Kristy Nabhan-Warren, and
    Executive Associate Dean Raúl Curto

    In an investiture ceremony in the Old Capitol Museum Senate Chamber on September 23, the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences celebrated the appointment of Professor Kristy Nabhan-Warren to the V.O. and Elizabeth Kahl Figge Chair in Catholic Studies.

    Nabhan-Warren is the inaugural holder of the chair, established by a gift from the V.O. and Elizabeth Kahl Figge Charitable Foundation of Davenport, Iowa, to support Catholic studies in the Department of Religious Studies. The Figges, both deceased, were prominent philanthropists in the community, and V. O. Figge was Chairman of Davenport Bank and Trust for more than 60 years before his retirement in 1991. The gift was made to the University of Iowa Foundation, now known as the UI Center for Advancement. 

    Dean Steve Goddard of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences said Nabhan-Warren's appointment by the University of Iowa is recognition of her excellence as a scholar and educator.

    "Professor Nabhan-Warren is a leading voice in Catholic studies and an outstanding teacher," said Goddard. "Holding the Figge Chair will enhance her impact on her discipline—and on the students she teaches and mentors—and I congratulate her on this well-deserved recognition."

    Kristy Nabhan-Warren is Professor of Religious Studies with a joint appointment in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies and the inaugural V.O. and Elizabeth Kahl Figge Chair in Catholic Studies. She has presented numerous invited talks throughout the country and internationally, and is the author of The Virgin of El Barrio: Marian Apparitions, Catholic Evangelizing, and Mexican American Activism (New York University Press, 2005); Cursillos in America: Catholics, Protestants and Fourth Day Spirituality (The University of North Carolina Press, 2013); and Américan Woman: The Virgin of Guadalupe, Latinos/as and Accompaniment (Loyola Marymount University Press, March 2018). Her forthcoming book is titled Cornbelt America: How Immigrants, Work, and Faith in the Rural Midwest are Remaking the United States (to be published with University of North Carolina Press) and she is the creator and Series Editor of a new book series, Where Religion Lives, with the University of North Carolina Press. She earned her PhD from Indiana University in 2001, and joined the University of Iowa faculty in 2012.

  • Bob McMurray named F. Wendell Miller Professor

    October 06, 2019

    Goddard, Fuentes, McMurray, Curto
    Dean Steve Goddard, Provost and Executive Vice President
    Montserrat Fuentes, Professor Bob McMurray, and Executive
    Associate Dean Raúl Curto

    In an investiture ceremony in the Old Capitol Museum Senate Chamber on September 23, the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences celebrated the appointment of Professor Bob McMurray to the F. Wendell Miller Professorship.

    Dean Steve Goddard of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences said McMurray's breakthrough research and outstanding teaching are deserving of the recognition.

    "Professor McMurray conducts research that improves lives and shapes his discipline," said Goddard. "I am delighted that the University of Iowa has named him to the Miller Professorship."

    Bob McMurray is Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and holds secondary appointments in the Departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Linguistics; and (in the Carver College of Medicine) Otolaryngology. He directs the DeLTA Center and the Cognitive Science of Language Graduate Certificate, and is also a member of the UI’s Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program. A prolific author and speaker, his research interests lie in online spoken word recognition in typical adults and in people with language or hearing impairments; and the development of word recognition and reading skills in children. He uses eye tracking, cognitive neuroscience techniques; and computational modeling to ask these questions. McMurray, who joined the University of Iowa faculty in 2004, was named Dean’s Scholar in 2010 and Collegiate Scholar in 2015. He earned his PhD from the University of Rochester.

  • Cesare Tinelli appointed to F. Wendell Miller Professorship

    October 06, 2019

    Goddard, Fuentes, Tinelli, Curto
    Dean Steve Goddard, Provost and Executive Vice President
    Montserrat Fuentes, Professor Cesare Tinelli, Executive
    Associate Dean Raúl Curto

    In an investiture ceremony in the Old Capitol Museum Senate Chamber on September 23, the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences celebrated the appointment of Professor Cesare Tinelli to the F. Wendell Miller Professorship.

    Dean Goddard of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences said that Tinelli's groundbreaking research and teaching is richly deserving of the recognition.

    "I am very pleased that the University of Iowa has rewarded Professor Tinelli for his scholarship," Goddard said. "He is an outstanding and productive researcher, and the F. Wendell Miller Professorship will enable him to continue his work at the highest levels."

    Cesare Tinelli, Professor of Computer Science, has research interests in software verification and in automated reasoning, particularly Satisfiability Modulo Theory (SMT), a field he helped establish through his research and service activities. Among other service to his profession, he is a founder and coordinator of the SMT-LIB initiative, an international standardization effort for SMT solvers. He co-leads the development of the widely used and award-winning SMT solver CVC4 and of the Kind 2 model checker. He regularly engages in research interactions with industry, including with Amazon Web Services, GE Research, United Technologies Research Center, and Rockwell Collins. Tinelli, who was named Collegiate Scholar in 2012, is co-director of the Computational Logic Center. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and joined the University of Iowa faculty in 1999.

  • Kristen Radtke (MFA '12) awarded a 2019 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant

    October 06, 2019

    Radtke (MFA '12) awarded a 2019 Whiting Creative Nonfiction GrantKristen Radtke, a 2012 graduate of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa, has won the 2019 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant.

    Given annually by the Whiting Foundation to just a handful of nonfiction writers, the grant awards $40,000 to a writer "in the process of completing a book of deeply researched and imaginatively composed nonfiction."

    In Radtke's case, that project is Seek You: Essays on American Loneliness, to be published by Pantheon Books. The graphic nonfiction work uses text and image to delve into loneliness from a variety of social and cultural perspectives.

    Radtke is the author of Imagine Wanting Only This (2017), which—among other honors and many critical raves—was named Best Nonfiction Book of 2017 by Nylon, Electric Literature, and Kirkus Reviews, and Best Graphic Novel of 2017 by Forbes, Entertainment Weekly, Booklistand Barnes & Noble.

    In addition to Seek You, Radtke is working on a graphic novel, Terrible Men, also slated to be published by Pantheon. She is the art director and deputy publisher of The Believer magazine, published at the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute. Her writing and illustrations have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Marie Claire, The Atlantic, The Guardian, GQ, New Yorker’s “Page Turner” and “Daily Shouts,” Oxford American, and many other places.

    The MFA in Nonfiction Writing Program is a program of the University of Iowa Department of English. In addition to offering a full range of graduate courses in literary nonfiction, the program awards the annual Krause Essay Prize.


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa is a comprehensive college offering 73 majors in the humanities; fine, performing and literary arts; natural and mathematical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and communication disciplines. More than 17,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students study each year in the college’s 37 departments, led by professors at the forefront of teaching and research in their disciplines. The college teaches all UI undergraduates through the General Education Program, and confers about 70 percent of the UI's bachelor's degrees each academic year.