Celebrating Excellence: Spring/Summer 2020





University Awards and Recognition

UNI James F. Lubker Faculty Research Award: Deb Gallagher, special education (SPED)

Regents Award for Faculty Excellence: Amy Peterson, SPED

UNI Outstanding Teacher Award: Jacob Reed, kinesiology

Distinguished Scholar Award: Michael Waggoner, educational psychology, foundations and leadership studies (EPFLS) 

Regents Award for Staff Excellence: Michelle Holland and Heidi Seegers, student advising 

College of Education Awards

Teaching: Mason Kuhn, curriculum and instruction (C&I) 

Service: Nicole Skaar, EPFLS

Diversity and Equity: Taraneh Matloob Haghanikar, C&I

Ross A. Nielsen Endowed Fellowship Awards

Amy Petersen and Wu-Ying Hsieh, special education

Kenneth Hayes, EPFLS

Scott McNamara, kinesiology

Faculty Achievements

Curtis Nielsen, teaching, was named a 2020 Clinical Fellow by the National Association of Professional Development Schools (NAPDS), while Sarah Montgomery, curriculum and instruction, received the Outstanding Honors Faculty Award for Spring 2020.

Receiving $4,000 grants to support in-depth scholarship research as part of the 2020 COE Faculty Summer Fellowships were:

  • Curriculum and instruction: Dana Atwood-Blaine, Nandita Gurjar, Karla Krueger, Mason Kuhn
  • Educational psychology, foundations and leadership studies: Elana Joram, David Hernandez-Saca, Wu-Ying Hsieh, Amy Staples
  • Kinesiology: Kim Hurley, Sophia Min

Approved for faculty promotion and/or tenure adjustments:

  • Professor: Julianne Gassman, Christopher Kowalski, Heather Olsen, health, recreation and community services
  • Associate professor with tenure: Kimberly Hurley, Sophia Min, kinesiology
  • Assistant professor: Allison Barness, Becky Hawbaker, teaching

Student Leadership Awards

Joining student leaders across campus in earning UNI spring student leadership awards were:

  • Servant Leader Award: Hannah Luce, recreation, tourism and nonprofit leadership. 
  • Panther Pantry Volunteer Award: Sammey Bunch, movement and exercise science.