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Graduate College

Internal Awards & Recognition

Congratulations to the 2016 Graduate College Faculty Award Winners!

The Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teaching Award honors outstanding graduate teaching, which includes commitment to academic excellence; attention to individual student needs, interests, and development; excellent teaching of graduate courses; and service on thesis and dissertation committees.

The 2016 winner is Dr. Jeremy Schraffenberger, Associate Professor of English. Dr. Schraffenberger earned his PhD from Binghamton University and his areas of specialty include creative writing, American literature and literature and the environment. Jeremy is a teacher-scholar who mentors graduate students to become the best writers and scholars they can be. He is a poet, non-fiction writer and co-editor of the North American Review.

The James F. Lubker Research Award honors a faculty member with five years of service at UNI and exceptional original contributions to research and scholarship, including the creative and performing arts.

The 2016 winner is Dr. David G. Surdam, Professor of Economics. Dr. Surdam earned his PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago. His research interests include the American Civil War and the economics of professional sports leagues. Since joining UNI in 2005, he has published 7 books (and has another under contract), as well as numerous articles and book chapters.

The Distinguished Scholar Award honors senior scholars and artists with a long and distinguished record of publications, exhibits and/or creative activities while a member of the UNI faculty and whose professional reputation is national (and international where appropriate).

The 2016 winner is Dr. Audrey Rule, Professor of Curriculum & Instruction. Dr. Rule earned her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Geology and MA degrees in Elementary Education and Gifted and Talented Education, both from the University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa. Her research interests include curriculum development, gifted and talented education, creativity and thinking skills. She has written 120 refereed journal articles, 10 books and several grant projects over the course of her career.