What is this award?

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.

dr brian lai

2023

Dr. Brian Lai

Brian Lai is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science. He received his BA from Northwestern and PhD from Emory University. Brian’s research focuses on conflict between countries and within countries, focusing on the conditions that lead to the use of violence by non-state actors, the formation of military alliances, foreign policy and the role of regime type on international conflict. He teaches classes on American foreign policy, terrorism, consequences of war, and Diplomacy Labs, a class that Is a partnership with the US State Department. He also works with graduate and undergraduate students outside of the classroom, including research labs, student research projects, career mentoring, and alumni networking.

debra trusty

2022

Debra Trusty

Debra Trusty is a lecturer in the Department of Classics. She received her BA in Archaeology from the University of Evansville and MA and PhD in Classics from Florida State University. An archaeologist by trade, she spent a decade excavating at Mycenae (Greece) and wrote her dissertation on Bronze Age cooking vessels from Greece. Dr. Trusty came to UIowa in 2017 and enjoys teaching a wide range of courses, including Classical Mythology, Myth Makers of the Classical World, Greek Civilization, and Greek Archaeology and Ethnohistory. She also directs and leads summer study abroad programs in Greece for UIowa students (City of Athens and Greece: Ancient Perspectives, Modern Eyes), in addition to live-streaming video games based on Classics and Greco-Roman mythology on Twitch in the summer (https://www.twitch.tv/doctordebitage and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd4dBeGtDa8nTTM5hsDOsMw).

dana 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 vecera

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

2016

Rachel Williams

Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies

Art & Art History

 

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2015

Ron McMullen

Ambassador in Residence

Political Science

chris cheatum

2014

Chris Cheatum

Professor

Chemistry 

 

2013

Donna Parsons

Lecturer

Music & Honors

2012

Not Awarded

2011

Paul Kleiber

Professor

Physics & Astronomy

2010

Dénes Gazsi

Professor

Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures

daniel

2009

Daniel Quinn

Professor

Chemistry

tom rice

2008

Tom Rice

Professor

Political Science

kelly kadera

2007

Kelly Kadera

Associate Professor

Political Science

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2006

Carol Severino

Associate Professor

Rhetoric