CLAS names Gordon, Kregel as Collegiate Fellows

Friday, April 11, 2014

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) has named two faculty members as Collegiate Fellows, the college’s highest faculty honor, in recognition of their distinguished teaching, research and service.

Colin Gordon, professor in the Department of History, and Kevin Kregel, professor and chair of the Department of Health and Human Physiology, will serve renewable five-year appointments as CLAS Collegiate Fellows.

"I am very happy to name Professor Gordon and Professor Kregel as Collegiate Fellows," said CLAS Dean Chaden Djalali. "Both are extraordinary teachers and scholars who have not only served their departments, College and University with distinction, but have also shaped their respective disciplines. I offer my congratulations and thanks to both.”

Professor colin GordonColin Gordon, professor in the Department of History, writes on modern American political economy and public policy. He is the author of New Deals: Business, Labor and Politics, 1920-1935(1994), Dead on Arrival: The Politics of Health in Twentieth Century America(2003), Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City(2008), and Growing Apart: A Political History of American Inequality(2013). His current work uses digital mapping and data visualization, in research and in the classroom, to trace the causes and consequences of inequality in the United States. He is a regular contributor to Dissent, and is a senior research consultant to the Iowa Policy Project, for which he has written reports on health coverage, economic development and wages and working conditions in Iowa. He is a former chair of the Department of History and has served on the College’s Promotion and Tenure Consulting Group, the steering committees for the Digital Humanities and Informatics hiring initiatives, and the 2012-2013 CLAS self-study committee.

Professor Kevin KregelKevin Kregel is professor and chair of the Department of Health & Human Physiology. He is internationally recognized for his work on physiological adaptation to stressors, especially related to challenges such as exercise and heat stress, and he directs a research program that has consistently been funded by the NIH and Department of Defense. He also collaborates with colleagues in the UI Virtual Soldier Research Program in the Center for Computer Aided Design in merging human physiological testing with physics-based digital human modeling and simulation tools for the development of predictive models for enhanced performance and injury prevention. Professor Kregel is a past recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship and a CLAS Dean’s Scholar Award. He has been a member of several national and international review panels, advisory councils, and oversight committees, and has served as associate editor of several leading journals in his field, including his current appointment with the Journal of Applied Physiology. He also holds leadership positions at the national level related to biomedical research advocacy, and currently serves as the chair of the Science Policy Committee of the American Physiological Society.

A complete list of the college’s 2013-14 faculty honorees is available at

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest UI college, comprising the humanities; fine, performing and literary arts; natural and mathematical sciences; and social sciences.

CLAS Collegiate Fellow awards are supported by a gift to the University of Iowa Foundation from the late R. F. and Maryon E. Ladwig and carry a discretionary fund to support Collegiate Fellows' teaching and research. The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university.

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.