Liberal Arts and Sciences Named Faculty

Angela B. Pavitt Professorship in English

Carol Chapelle

Chapelle, Distinguished Professor of English and applied linguistics, is a leading authority in validity in second language assessment and a major researcher in the fields of computer-assisted language learning and language testing. She teaches courses on second language acquisition and assessment. She is the editor of the 10-volume Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). She was recently named the 2015 recipient of the Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award, the highest honor presented by the American Association for Applied Linguistics. She also received the 2012 Cambridge/International Language Testing Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

Barbara J. Janson Professorship in Mathematics

Steve Butler

Steve Butler specializes in spectral graph theory, enumerative combinatorics, and discrete geometry. He is an accomplished scholar, publishing research in the top mathematical journals. In 2015, he earned the sought-after Erdos number of 1. His enthusiasm for mathematics is contagious among undergraduate math majors at Iowa State and has helped transform the department’s undergraduate community. He continuously provides students with intriguing mathematics opportunities, whether it is teaching a special course on the mathematics of juggling, assisting with the department’s many outreach activities, or encouraging students to get involved in undergraduate research experiences.

Barbara Janson of Dedham, Mass., a 1965 Iowa State mathematics graduate, established the professorship to reward a research mathematician who also has a commitment to undergraduate teaching, including encouraging students to major in mathematics.

Carlyle G. Caldwell Endowed Chair in Chemistry

Davit Potoyan

Davit Potoyan’s research interests are in the areas of information processing and regulation in complex biological networks, self-assembly of bio-molecular and active matter and meso-scale stochastic dynamics of biochemical reactions in structurally heterogeneous environments.

Charles T. and Ivadelle Cobb Cownie Professor of Music

Tin-Shi Tam

Tam is a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America and a fellow of the Trinity College of Music (London). A celebrated artist on carillon and organ, she has performed recitals in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, and the United States. She has given master classes, lectures and education programs extensively. Her recent invited lectures include bells and bell music in China, music for carillon and orchestra, and organ: the king of the instrument. Her carillon compact disk “The Bells of Iowa State” was released in 2004.

Dio Lewis Holl Chair in Applied Mathematics

Leslie Hogben

Hogben has long-standing commitments to teacher education and mathematical research, and was instrumental in redesigning the current core courses in the undergraduate program for future teachers. She also has acted as adviser or co-adviser to six teachers in the Master of School Mathematics program. Hogben is the editor of the “Handbook of Linear Algebra,” which was recognized as the 2008 Outstanding Academic Title by “Choice” magazine, published by the Association of College and Research Libraries. Since 2007 she has been associate director for diversity of the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM), an NSF-funded national institute.

Frances M. Craig Chair

Mark Gordon

Gordon’s research areas include theoretical and computational chemistry. He is a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Director of Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences division of Ames Laboratory. In the field of computational chemistry, Gordon and his colleagues develop mathematical models that allow them to predict chemical behaviors. They translate this into a computer program so others can use it, and they apply it to chemistry problems. Gordon also leads the group that develops GAMESS (The General Atomic and Molecular Electronic Structure System), a program at the forefront of writing highly parallel codes. GAMESS is developed in Ames and has approximately 150,000 users in 100 countries, including universities and government entities.

Frances M. Craig Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Costas Soukoulis

Soukoulis’ research interests include the development of theoretical understanding of the properties of disordered systems, with emphasis on electron and photon localization, photonic crystals, random lasers, metamaterials, left-handed materials, random magnetic systems, nonlinear systems, and amorphous semiconductors. The theoretical models developed are often quite sophisticated to accurately reflect the complexity of real materials.

Gregory L. Geoffroy and Kathleen C. Geoffroy Faculty Fellowship

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Geetu Tuteja

Assistant professor Tuteja’s research relates broadly to transcriptional regulation, which is directed in part by the binding of sequence-specific transcription factors (TFs) to enhancer regions. Identifying cell-type specific enhancers is crucial for understanding the genetic architecture underlying development and disease.

Currently Tuteja and her research team are studying the molecular mechanisms underlying trophoblast invasion, a process that occurs in early placental development and establishes adequate blood flow between mother and fetus. Defects in trophoblast invasion can lead to a number of disorders, such as preeclampsia, intrauterine growth restriction, and placenta creta.

Jean Bacon Louis Faculty Fellowship in Instrumental and Keyboard Music

George Work

George Work, professor of music, has performed throughout the United States and Canada as well as in Russia, Austria, South Africa, France, Taiwan, and Cuba as a cellist with the Amara (formerly Ames) Piano Quartet. He is also a member of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra and the Belin String Quartet. He has travelled to Europe, the Far East and throughout America as a soloist with the orchestra and recitalist, and has recorded 16 commercially released CDs. He has been honored with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2013, the State of Iowa “Arts Build Communities” Award in 2002, and the Iowa State University Award for Excellence in Artistic Achievement in 1999.

John D. Corbett Professorship in Chemistry

Kirill Kovnir

In July 2017 Kirill was named as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Kirill’s research interests are in the broad field of solid state and materials chemistry. Research in his group is focused on synthesis of novel thermoelectric, superconducting, magnetic, catalytic, and low-dimensional materials and exploring their crystal structure, chemical bonding, and physical properties. Understanding the structure-property relationship is a key to the rational design of such materials.

Kent and Kristen Lucken Faculty Fellowship

Jonathan Hassid

Hassid is a China specialist, with research interests mainly around the politics of the Chinese news media and ways to measure symbolic power around the world. He has published articles in Comparative Political Studies, China Quarterly, the Journal of Communication, Journalism, and elsewhere.

The Lucken Faculty Fellowship was established by Kent A. Lucken to support a faculty member who is advancing students’ understanding and appreciation for China and its expanding role in shaping international affairs and the global economy.

Kent and Kristen Lucken Professorship

Steffen Schmidt

Schmidt has researched comparative politics and women in politics with special emphasis on Latin America and developing countries. He teaches Introduction to American Government and Politics, Latin American Politics, and other courses. He has served on the University Lectures Committee since its founding as well as chairing the International Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He has also served the State of Iowa as Chair of the Governor’s Spanish Speaking Commission.

The Lucken Professorship in Political Science was established by Kent A. Lucken to reward faculty in the Department of Political Science who demonstrate excellence in teaching, research and service.

Kingland Systems Data Analytics Faculty Fellow

Stephen Vardeman

Vardeman’s research interests span many areas in statistics. For the last decade he has been particularly interested in data analytics and statistical machine learning. These methods are used to find and quantify patterns or relationships in datasets large enough to require computer implementation. As “big data” grows, these methods are important in many applications such as identifying potential efficiency improvements in manufacturing plants, assessing the likelihood of an individual developing a medical condition based on patient records, applications in voter and marketing analytics, and more.

The Kingland Systems Data Analytics Faculty Fellowship is part of a $1.5 million donation to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, and the College of Engineering by Kingland, a global leader in data quality control, development and risk management, and from a personal donation by its owners, David and Deb Kingland, to support several areas in data science.

Kingland Systems Professor of Data Analytics

Hridesh Rajan

Rajan is the director of the Laboratory for Software Design in the Department of Computer Science at Iowa State. Through invention and refinement of shared cyberinfrastructures for data-driven sciences, Rajan’s research on the Boa project, a software language and infrastructure that makes data mining easier, is decreasing the barrier to entry in data-driven science. He founded the Midwest Big Data Summer School to deliver broadly accessible data science curricula and serves as a Steering Committee member of the Midwest Big Data Hub (MBDH).

The Kingland Systems Data Analytics Professorship is part of a $1.5 million donation to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, and the College of Engineering by Kingland, a global leader in data quality control, development and risk management, and from a personal donation by its owners, David and Deb Kingland, to support several areas in data science.

Laurence H. Baker Chair in Biological Statistics

Daniel Nettleton

A national leader in statistical genomics, Nettleton has developed statistical methodologies for gene expression research used by plant and animal science researchers. He strives to understand the relevant scientific problems and then seeks to develop appropriate statistical methods before using those methods to solve problems. Through collaborative research, Nettleton has had a direct impact on the success of many plant and animal researchers at Iowa State.

Louise Moen Chair in Music

James Rodde

Rodde conducts the Iowa State Singers, the 140-voice Iowa Statesmen, and teaches choral conducting and literature. Choirs under his direction have toured internationally and have been honored with performances at several distinguished music conferences, including the 1993, 1997, 2005, and 2009 ACDA National Conventions and the 2008 NCCO National Convention. Upon his arrival at Iowa State in 2000, Rodde instituted the ISU Honor Choir, a highly select ensemble of high school students, chosen annually through live auditions across the state.

Meredith Professional in Residence

Deb Gibson

Deb Gibson, a senior lecturer in journalism, directs the Meredith Apprentice Program. The program, created in 2004, allows students from both the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication and the College of Design to work as entry-level professionals for Meredith Corporation brands in Des Moines. In the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Gibson teaches classes on reporting and writing techniques. She also serves on the school’s curriculum committee and on the ISU Performing Arts Council. In 2016, she received the ISU Alumni Association’s Faculty-Staff Inspiration Award.

Monsignor James A. Supple Chair of Catholic Studies

Anne Clifford

Clifford’s research interests include Christianity and Science, Ecology and Theology, and Feminist Theology. She is a former consultant for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Environmental Justice Program and has written on the topic of Catholicism and environmental stewardship.

Robert Allen Wright Professorship

Paul Canfield

Canfield, Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of physics, has spent a career in condensed matter physics, earning an international reputation for developing new metals or improving existing ones. Canfield is specifically interested in the properties of conducting and magnetic materials.Once a material has been designed or discovered, his experimental group measures its ability to carry electricity or be magnetized under different extremes in temperature or magnetic field.

Roy J. Carver Chair of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

Amy Andreotti

Andreotti is a world-renowned structural biologist and molecular immunologist, and her approach is a blend of investigations that include structure determination, biochemistry, and molecular and cell biology.

The Roy J. Carver Chair of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology was established to support research by outstanding scholars in the area of biomolecular structure and function.

Roy J. Carver Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

Kristen Johansen

Johansen has been an Iowa State faculty member since 1992; she served 11 years in the previous Department of Zoology and Genetics, and as a member of the BBMB faculty since 2003. Her research focuses on the regulation of nuclear organization and function, which involves identifying molecules and the signal transduction pathways that regulate chromatin structure and gene expression. Her work has garnered significant funding from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and many other organizations.

The Roy J. Carver Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology was established to support research by outstanding scholars in the area of biomolecular structure and function.

Smith Family Foundation Departmental Chair in Geology

Sven Morgan

Morgan’s research focuses on understanding the magma plumbing system beneath extinct volcanoes. He studies emplacement of magma into the crust, magma and wall-rock (solid-state) flow, and fluid controlled deformation in wall rocks.

Walter E. and Helen Parke Loomis Professorship of Plant Physiology

Diane Bassham

Bassham has received international recognition for her research in the field of plant cell biology. Her research focuses mainly on how autophagy (self-digestion by a cell) is activated when plants encounter environmental stress conditions so that, in the long term, the plant’s tolerance can be increased. Improving plant tolerance is a major agricultural goal.

Wendy and Mark Stavish Chair in Social Sciences

Gary Wells

Distinguished Professor Wells’ research on the reliability of eyewitness identification has led to improvements in the accuracy of eyewitness testimony. His findings have been incorporated into standard textbooks in psychology and law. In addition, his research-based proposals on lineup procedures are being increasingly accepted in law enforcement practices across the United States.