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Five named College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Master Teachers

AMES, Iowa -- Five faculty members in Iowa State University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have been named 2004-05 Master Teachers.

The Master Teachers are Clifford Bergman, professor of mathematics and computer science; William Gallus, associate professor of geological and atmospheric sciences; Michael Mendelson, professor of English; Jill Pruetz, assistant professor of anthropology; and Mark Rectanus, professor of foreign languages and literatures.

The five faculty members will plan teaching methods seminars and in-class demonstrations throughout the academic year.

Bergman has received several teaching awards, including in 2001-2004 the Vinograde Award for outstanding teaching and advising (awarded by graduate students in mathematics) and in 1989, Iowa State's University Teaching Award. He is a founding member of the Information Assurance Center and developed the cryptography course that is central to the center's program. The center involves five academic departments. Bergman also has helped other institutions start information assurance programs.

Gallus has redesigned three meteorology courses to use real-world applications. He has modified weather forecasting courses to meet the expectations of the National Weather Service. Gallus also has resurrected Iowa State's participation in the National Collegiate Weather Forecasting Contest and created several classroom-forecasting contests. Gallus and an Iowa State team have developed a virtual storm that enables students to experience what severe-weather researchers experience in the field. He also has guided students on a real storm chase to safely monitor a fast-moving tornado.

In 1998, Mendelson received Iowa State's Louis B. Thompson award for distinguished undergraduate teaching. He has been nominated by student groups for teaching recognition six of the past 10 years. Mendelson had a leadership role in the development of the university's learning communities and with the ISUComm program initiatives. (ISUComm is new concept to improve student communication skills). As coordinator of the English department's learning community, Mendelson worked to boost participation of 20 sections linked to nine academic departments to 64 class sections linked to 21 departments.

Despite heavy teaching loads as the only biological anthropologist at Iowa State, Pruetz has developed two new courses since coming to Iowa State in 2001. "Primate Evolutionary Ecology and Behavior" and "Biological Anthropology Field School" are extensions of her research into primate ecology in Senegal and Costa Rica.

A professor of German who has been at Iowa State for 20 years, Rectanus has provided leadership in connected learning for the department of foreign languages and literatures. As the director of the Languages and Cultures for Professions program, he has created a secondary major in foreign languages with the colleges of Engineering and Agriculture. Rectanus also has been instrumental in expanding the department's study abroad and internship opportunities. He has created second- and third-year courses in business German and on contemporary issues in German culture, media and politics.

This is the sixth year for the program that recognizes teachers who use unique methods to enhance learning. This year's award recognizes individual success in inspiring and encouraging students to explore other disciplines or courses, engage in civic or community activities and research real-world issues.

Past Master Teacher awards have focused on multi-cultural teaching, technology use in the classroom, large lecture classroom instruction, undergraduate research and off-campus learning opportunities.

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Five faculty members in Iowa State University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have been named 2004-05 Master Teachers. The Master Teachers are Clifford Bergman, professor of mathematics and computer science; William Gallus, associate professor of geological and atmospheric sciences; Michael Mendelson, professor of English; Jill Pruetz, assistant professor of anthropology; and Mark Rectanus, professor of foreign languages and literatures.