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Four University of Northern Iowa faculty members receive Regents Faculty Excellence Awards

October 23, 2002

James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Four faculty members from the University of Northern Iowa recently received Faculty Excellence Awards from the Board of Regents, state of Iowa. They were among 14 regents institution faculty so honored.

The recipients are: Cynthia Goatley, associate professor of theatre; Richard Allen Hays, professor of public policy; Karen Mitchell, associate professor in communication studies; and Clare Struck, elementary guidance counselor at Malcolm Price Laboratory School.

A UNI faculty member since 1991, Goatley received her undergraduate and master's degrees in speech and drama at the University of Arkansas. She received her doctorate in speech communication from Bowling Green State University. She attended a Holocaust conference in Krakow Poland in 2001, received a grant from the Iowa Humanities Board to produce 'Sir Patient Fancy,' and is a twice-awarded Fulbright Program scholar.

Hays has been with UNI since 1979. He received his bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins University, and his master's and doctorate degrees from the University of North Carolina. He is the UNI representative to the Waterloo Housing Partnership Advisory Board. He is a member of the American Political Science Association, the National Low Income Housing Coalition, and Iowa Coalition for Housing and the Homeless.

Mitchell received her bachelors and master's degrees from Southern Illinois University, and her doctorate from Louisiana State University, before coming to UNI in 1991. She directed 'Extra-Curricular: A Novel of Rape on Campus,' and the 'Vagina Monologues'. She participates in the U.S. Department of Justice grant program to combat violent crimes against women on campus and in the HIV education program sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Struck has been with UNI's Price Laboratory School since 1983. She received both her bachelor's and master's degrees from UNI. She received a certification for advanced training in conflict resolution in education from the National Association for Mediation in Education (NAME), and a certificate for conflict management training from the Iowa Peace Institute.