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UNI names winner of Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teaching Award <br>

July 21, 2002
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Deborah Gallagher, associate professor of special education, (319) 273-3380
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa awarded Deborah Gallagher, associate professor of special education, the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teaching Award for the 2001-2002 academic year.

Gallagher was nominated for the award by Sandra Alper, head of special education. Alper wrote, 'the most impressive quality of Dr. Gallagher's teaching is that she serves her students by being an exemplary role model.' Alper also noted that Gallagher was instrumental in redesigning the master's program in special education and has 'consistently put forth considerable effort required to win highly competitive federal financial support for graduate students.'

Gallagher received her B.A. degree in English literature from Virginia Tech in 1979, her M.Ed. in learning disabilities from Lynchburg College in 1985 and her Ph.D. in special education from the University of Virginia in 1992. She has been a member of the UNI faculty since 1991.

She also has served in leadership positions for U.S. Department of Education projects, authored and co-authored numerous books and chapters for books as well as articles, served on editorial boards and been an invited reviewer internationally.

Nominees must be full-time tenured or tenure-track regular graduate faculty members and have worked a minimum of two years for the university.