April 22, 2010

Distinguished, University Professors named

by Diana Pounds

Seven Iowa State faculty members have been awarded the title of Distinguished or University Professor. They will be honored at the April 29 promotion and tenure reception and the Sept. 20 university convocation and awards ceremony.

Through their research or creative activities, Distinguished Professors have significantly impacted or improved the quality of their disciplines. They also have demonstrated outstanding performance in at least one of the following: teaching and advising; extension/professional practice; or institutional service. Recipients receive a $6,000 addition to their base salaries.

Acting as change agents, University Professors have made significant contributions that improved the university. In addition, University Professors have demonstrated outstanding performance in at least one of the following: research and/or creative activities; teaching and advising; or extension/professional practice. Recipients receive a $4,850 addition to their base salaries.

Alicia Carriquiry
Distinguished Professor

Carriquiry's research and professional practice have profoundly impacted the use of statistics in science and policy. She is internationally recognized for research on nutrition science and nutrition monitoring policy. She also is hailed for her statistical contributions to many other fields, including forensic science, transportation safety and animal breeding. She is a member of U.S. and international scientific academies. Carriquiry has been active in the development of statistical science in Latin America, through her work on research grants, conferences, short courses and advisory review boards. She also serves as a faculty member on graduate programs in statistics at universities in Chile and Uruguay.

Carriquiry is a professor in the department of statistics.

Carol Chapelle
Distinguished Professor

A colleague calls Carol Chapelle the most important figure for technology in language assessment in the world. Her research, which explores issues at the intersection of computer technology and applied linguistics, has significant impact, nationally and internationally. She has authored or edited (sometimes collaboratively) 11 books on language learning and assessment. Her expertise on language testing led to her selection as one of the main developers of the major language test in the world, "TOEFL 2000," which later was developed into an internet-based TOEFL. She's an award-winning teacher, with a strong record in graduate education and a long history of exceptionally strong student evaluations.

Chapelle is a professor of English.

Rodney Fox
Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in the College of Engineering

Fox has distinguished himself in computational fluid dynamics, which transcends the boundaries of chemical, mechanical and aerospace engineering. He is perhaps the world's leading figure in the special area of fluid mechanics of chemically reacting systems, and made groundbreaking contributions to that field. His world renown is demonstrated by his many invited professorships and lectureships in the United States and abroad. He has been on doctoral committees not only at Kansas State and Iowa State, but at Stanford University and in France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and Australia.

Fox is the Herbert Stiles Professor in Chemical Engineering in the department of chemical and biological engineering.

Suzanne Hendrich
University Professor

Hendrich has introduced new concepts about teaching and learning to Iowa State. She led development of outcomes assessment, co-created the first residential learning community and played a key role in starting the Academy for Leadership and Learning. She also created and led new interdisciplinary and multi-institutional graduate programs while building a strong research program of her own. She participated in national programs to define nutrient requirements that impact all U.S. citizens and served in key roles in professional organizations. A strong advocate for diversity, Hendrich has taught and mentored multicultural students at all levels and in all colleges.

Hendrich is a professor and Lura M. Lovell Fellow in the department of food science and human nutrition.

Max Porter
University Professor

Porter's contributions to shared governance at Iowa State are counted in decades of service. He routinely has maintained a high level of involvement in the ISU Faculty Senate, working on a variety of key campus issues. On a national level, he has served in top leadership positions in several different professional engineering societies. He was national president for the Structural Engineering Institute during the 9/11 period, and subsequently, was active in appointing investigative teams for the World Trade Center and Pentagon studies. He also has chaired committees that establish national codes and standards for structural design.

Porter is a professor in the department of civil, construction and environmental engineering.

Richard Schultz
University Professor

In research, Richard Schultz is best known for his work on riparian buffers to reduce erosion and nitrate runoff and improve wildlife habitat and aesthetics. The Bear Creek Watershed project in northern Story County that he helped create in 1990 received national and international recognition. Popular in the classroom, Schultz has mentored many new faculty in student-centered learning. His efforts to turn out broadly educated global citizens are many. He consistently recruits international students, believing that diversity broadens scholarship. In the past 10 years, he has developed very successful study abroad programs in South Korea and China and participated in a new Uganda-based center for sustainable rural development.

Schultz is a professor in the department of natural resource ecology and management.

Stephen Willson
University Professor

Stephen Willson is a visionary leader who helped create Iowa State's highly touted bioinformatics and computational biology programs. Iowa State has been at the forefront of the new interdisciplinary field of biological and mathematical sciences (in graduate and undergraduate education and research) for more than 10 years. Willson also has authored groundbreaking research in phylogenetics and holds leadership positions in national mathematical organizations. Students in his classrooms give him top marks, and his student teams have been outstanding performers in state and national mathematical contests.

Willson is a professor in the department of mathematics.