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May 11, 2010
Three Long-Time Members of UD Faculty to Retire

With the close of the 2010 academic year, three long-time members of the University of Dubuque faculty will end the formal teaching portion of their academic careers.

Dr. Daniel Call, professor of environmental science; Dr. Jacqueline Wilcox, chair of the teacher education department; and Dr. John R. Stewart, vice president and dean of academic affairs will retire from service to the University.

Daniel Call earned his bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry at St. Olaf College; his master of arts in zoology from the University of South Dakota; and his doctorate in biology from the University of South Dakota.

Call began his teaching career at Oklahoma Panhandle State College, and served for 23 years as a research specialist at the Lake Superior Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Superior where he performed and directed studies in several areas of environmental toxicology In 1999 he joined the University of Dubuque, and during his service has taught courses in the environmental science and biology programs, conducted research in the area of environmental science, supervised undergraduate research projects, and coordinated the Mississippi River educational program.

Call's research and writing has been published in numerous journals. Over the years, his projects have earned more than $6 million in funding from organizations such as the Great Lakes Environmental Center, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Iowa College Foundation. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Society of the Sigma Xi, and the Iowa Academy of Science.

John R. Stewart earned his associate degree at Centralia College, Centralia, Washington; his bachelor's degree (magna cum laude) at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington; his master's degree at Northwestern University, and his doctorate at the University of Southern California.

Stewart began his teaching career at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and the University of Southern California. Prior to his appointment at the University of Dubuque, he had been a member of the faculty at the University of Washington for 32 years. While at the University of Washington, he was recognized for excellence in teaching when he was awarded the Special Merit Recognition for Exceptional Teaching in the College of Arts (1990) and Professor of the Quarter (1996). In 1999, the Western States Communication Association presented him with the coveted Master Teacher Award.

John Stewart's list of publications - books, journal articles, professional presentations, and distinguished lectureships - is extensive. Stewart's book, Bridges Not Walls: A Book About Interpersonal Communication , is in its 10th edition, and is widely adopted as the introductory text in interpersonal communication at colleges and universities around the nation.

Jacqueline Wilcox earned her bachelor of science in elementary education from Minot State University; her master of arts in multicultural education from St. Cloud State University; and her doctorate in teaching and learning from the University of North Dakota.

Wilcox's seasoned teaching career began in North Dakota, where she taught at the elementary level. She spent eleven years teaching children on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation (Solen, ND), followed by an appointment at the University of North Dakota. She came to the University of Dubuque in 1999 as assistant professor of teacher education; in 2001 she was appointed chair of the department.

Wilcox has been published in a number of educational journals, and has given presentations at numerous conventions including the Phi Delta Kappa International summit on Public Education (Washington, D.C.), the National Science Teachers Association Convention (Milwaukee, WI), the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (Oak, Brook, IL), and the North Dakota Bilingual/Bicultural Conference (Bismarck, ND). She has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Elementary Science, the Milken National Educator Award, and was awarded the William L. Lomax Award for teaching and advising at the University of Dubuque.