Honors at Iowa students work regularly with a dedicated honors staff in the Blank Honors Center; however, without honors champions from across campus and beyond, the variety and intensity of honors opportunities would be greatly diminished.  Because UI faculty, staff, and alums are key supporters of honors students and the Honors Program, Honors at Iowa recognizes their indispensable contributions each year, for these folks are indeed honors champions!

Past Award Winners

What is this award?

Advisors of honors students are integral to the mission of the University Honors Program, and we give special recognition each year to those who have distinguished themselves in guiding our students.

Nominations

The University Honors Program will send out a call for nominations by email in late fall/early spring each year. The nomination form will ask for the nominator's information, the nominee's information, and an explanation of why this advisor has proved exceptional in advising honors students.


Jen Blair

2020

Jennifer Blair

Associate Director, Tippie College of Business

Director, Global Community Engagement, College of Law

 

 

 

 


Joshua Atcher

2019

Josh Atcher

Director of Academic Resources and Support
Department of Engineering

 

 

 


Marc

2018

Marc Wold

Professor of Biochemistry
Department of Biochemistry

 

 


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2017

John Solow
Professor of Economics
Tippie College of Business

 

 

 

 


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2016

Michael Schluckebier
Associate Director, Recruiting and Admissions
Tippie College of Business

 

 



 


Amy Brewster

2015

Amy Brewster

Director of Global Experiences
Academic Advisor, College of Engineering

 

 

 


Julie Claus

2014

Julie Claus

Senior Academic Advisor, Academic Advising Center

 


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2013

Amanda Van Horne
Associate Professor, Speech Pathology & Audiology

 

 

 

 

 


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2012

Patricia Folsom
Assistant Provost & Director, Academic Advising Center  

 

 

 

 

 


Lynne

2011

Lynne Lanning

Academic Advisor, Art & Art History

 

 

 

 


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2010

Jonathan Poulton
Professor, Biology

 

What is this award?

This award recognizes an individual whose moral and administrative support for the Honors Program has especially affected the lives of honors educators and honors students at Iowa. 

How is the winner selected?

The Honors Professional Staff select a University of Iowa faculty or staff member to receive this award for their campus support based on efforts made to promote the mission of the University Honors Program.


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2020

Hunter Gott, Information Technology Services 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Admissions

2019

University of Iowa, Office of Admissions

 

 

 


Admissions

2018

Cindy Roberts
Associate Director, Scholarship Programs, Office of Admissions

Carmen Nugent
Scholarship Coordinator, Office of Admissions


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2017

Laura Goddard
Assistant Director for High Ability Student Recruitment

 

 

 

 

 

Keri

2016

Keri Hornbuckle

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Program, COE

 

 

 


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2015

Tom Keegan
Head, Digital Research & Publishing

 

 

 

 

 

 


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2014

Steve Duck

Professor & Chair, Rhetoric

 


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2013

Andrew Beckett

Assistant Dean, University College

 

 

 

 

 

 


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2012

Patricia Folsom

Assistant Provost & Director, Academic Advising Center

 

 

 

 

 


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2011

Jordan Cohen
Professor, Pharmacy
Vice President for Research & Economic Development 

 

 

 

 

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2010

Linda Maxson
Professor, Biology
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences 

 

 

 

 

 


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2009

Thomas R. Rocklin
Professor, Psychological & Quantitative Foundations
Vice President for Student Services; Dean of Students

 

 

 

 

Nick

2008

Nicholas Colangelo

Professor, Counseling, Rehabilitation, & Student Development
Director, Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education & Talent Development

 

 

 

 


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2007

Michael J. Hogan
Professor, History
Executive Vice President & Provost

 

 

 

 

 


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2006

Lola Lopes
Professor, Management & Organizations
Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education

This award's purpose is to acknowledge the critical and central role honors faculty play in the experience our students have at the university and in the Honors Program. 

Nominations: The University Honors Program will send out a call for nominations by email, social media, and on our website in late fall/early spring each year. The nomination form will ask for the nominator's information, the nominee's information, and an explanation of why this instructor has proved exceptional in teaching honors students.


Thomann

2021

Dana Thomann

Dana Thomann is a first-generation University of Iowa graduate (’05) who benefited from the Belin-Blank Center as a young student growing up in rural Iowa. After college, Thomann completed a two-year commitment with Teach For America on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota.

In 2007, Thomann returned to the University of Iowa where she was employed by the Center for Diversity and Enrichment’s TRiO programs as a coordinator of academic services and, later, directed the Upward Bound Project, securing grants to continue the program on the University of Iowa campus. She currently works as a lecturer in the Department of Rhetoric, where she has served as the chair of the professional development program for new graduate teaching instructors.

Passionate about educational equity, Thomann partners with the University of Iowa’s Department of Academic Support and Retention to embed peer tutors in Rhetoric classrooms; called Success in Rhetoric (SiR), the program is intended to assist all Rhetoric students in their pursuit of academic success.

Thomann also holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University. She is working on a collection of linked short stories that focuses on the 1980s farm debt crisis.


David Gould

2020

David Gould

Visiting Associate Professor, Public Policy Center

 

 


Shaun

2019

Shaun Vecera

Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

 

 

 

 

 

 


David Wilder

2018

David Wilder

Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Occupational & Environmental Health

 

 

 

 

 


2017

The Department of Rhetoric


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2016

Rachel Williams
Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies, Art & Art History

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ron

2015

Ron McMullen

Ambassador in Residence, Political Science

 

 

 

 

 

 


Chris

2014

Chris Cheatum

Professor, Chemistry 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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2013

Donna Parsons
Lecturer, Music & Honors


 

 

 

 

 

 


2012

Not Awarded


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2011

Paul Kleiber
Professor, Physics & Astronomy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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2010

Dénes Gazsi
Professor, Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures

 

 

 

 

 

 


Daniel

2009

Daniel Quinn

Professor, Chemistry

 

 

 


Tom Rice

2008

Tom Rice

Professor, Political Science

 

 

 

 

 


Kelly

2007

Kelly Kadera
Associate Professor, Political Science

 

 

 

 

 


Carol

2006

Carol Severino

Associate Professor, Rhetoric

What is this award?

This award's purpose is to recognize the vital role honors thesis or project mentors perform in the education of honors students. Over three-quarters of honors students are involved with research and projects, and that work would be impossible without the guidance of their mentors. 

The University Honors Program will send out a call for nominations to students through the Honorable Messenger, our weekly electronic newsletter. The nomination form will ask for the nominator's information, the nominee's information, and an explanation of how your honors mentor has benefited you and your experience as an Honor's student at Iowa.


Bates

2021

Melissa Bates

Assistant Professor, Human Physiology 

 

 

 

 


Amrita Nain

2020

Amrita Nain

Associate Professor, Finance 

 

 

 

 

 


Lori Branch

2019

Lori Branch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2018

Not awarded


Demali

2017

Kris DeMali

Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry

 

 

 

 

 

 


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2016

Andrew High

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies

 

 

 

 

 

 


Meenakshi

2015

Meenakshi Gigi Durham

Professor, Journalism & Mass Communications

 

 

 

 

 

 


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2014

Stephen Vlastos

Professor, History 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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2013

Brooks Landon

Professor, English

What is this award?

Team-teaching is a crucial dynamic of intellectual community. A great way for honors students to pursue inquiry and learn constructive argument is to witness and join lively conversations between professors who bring different educations and interests to important questions. Professor Lane Davis excelled at team teaching, and this award, named in his honor, recognizes and encourages faculty to team teach honors students. 

How is the winner selected?

The Honors Professional Staff review student course evaluations to select awardees. Presentation of this award is contingent upon the availability of team-taught honors course offerings.


Liz Mills

2021

Liz Mills

Liz Mills graduated from the University of Iowa in 2016 and joined the Office of Governmental Relations team, where she helped craft communications with legislators and plan her favorite Iowa event, Hawkeye Caucus Day. Liz left UI to join the U.S. Peace Corps, where she served in the Philippines from 2017-2019. After completing her service, Liz returned to the Office of Governmental Relations and continues to support the University of Iowa's mission to serve Iowans. 

 

Lai

Brian Lai

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science

 

 

 

 

 


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2020

Rachel Williams

Associate Professor, Art & Art History

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacob Priest

Jacob Priest

Assistant Professor, Psychological & Quantitative Foundations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Amy S

2019

Amy Strathman

Associate Professor, Chemistry

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brummett

Adam Brummett
Lecturer, Chemistry

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tori Forbes

Tori Forbes
Associate Professor, Chemistry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Janet

2018

Janet A. Fairley

Chair, John S. Strauss Professor, Professor of Dermatology

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vincent Liu
Clinical Professor of Dermatology and Pathology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Andrew

2017

Andrew Forbes

Associate Professor, Department of Biology

 

 

Tori Forbes

Tori Z. Forbes

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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2016

James Tamerius

Assistant Professor, Geography and Sustainability Sciences

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Ridder

Visiting Assistant Professor, Geography and Sustainability Sciences

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adam Skibbe

Adam Skibbe

GIS Administrator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Tate

Eric Tate

Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Geography and Sustainability Sciences

 

 

 

 

 


2015

No Eligible Candidates; No Award Given


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2014

Sarah Larsen

Professor, Chemistry

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Russell Larsen

Senior Lecturer, Chemistry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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2013

Tom Keegan

Lecturer, Rhetoric

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Matt Gilchrist

Lecturer, Rhetoric

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Karen H

2012

Karen Heimer

Professor & Chair, Sociology

 

 

 

Joseph Lang

Joseph Lang

Professor & Chair, Statistics & Actuarial Science

 

 

 

 

 

 


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2011

Jennifer Sessions

Associate Professor, History

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jae-Jae Spoon

Assistant Professor, Political Science

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ken Brown

2010

Kenneth G. Brown

Professor, Management and Organizations

 

 

Amy Colbert

Amy Colbert

Associate Professor, Management and Organizations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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2009

Jon Ringen

Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edward

Edward A. Wasserman

Professor, Psychology

 

 

 


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2008

Cary Covington

Associate Professor, Political Science

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Rice

Tom Rice

Professor, Political Science

What is this award?

Awarded to faculty and staff by the Associate Provost's Undergraduate Fellowships Committee and the Honors Program in recognition of extraordinary commitment to the recruitment and support of national fellowship applicants at the undergraduate level. Selection conducted by the Director of Scholar Development and the Undergraduate Fellowships Committee in early spring. 

The Scholar Advocate Award is traditionally presented at our annual Honors Recognition Ceremony. 


Past Recipients:

2020 

Cornelia Lang

Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy


Ron

2019

Ron McMullen

Ambassador in Residence, University of Iowa

 

 


 

 

 


2018

Mike Schnieders

Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Iowa


2017

Martha Kirby

Academic Advisor, Department of Political Science, University of Iowa


2016

Department of Physics, University of Iowa


Blaine

2015

Blaine Greteman

Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Iowa