James N. Murray Award
Dr. Becky Gonzalez is an assistant professor in the department of Spanish and Portuguese in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In her four semesters at the University of Iowa she has established herself as an educator who engages her students both inside and outside the classroom. While she is not a native Spanish speaker, she has used her knowledge of the language to develop further understanding of hispanic linguists and syntax. Dr. Gonzalez is involved in the Hawkeye First Generation Initiative where she is an official advocate for first-generation students. She is also a full member of the DeLTA Center, a community dedicated to exploring the processes of learning and development through interdisciplinary research and community engagement. With her involvement in various areas within the university she hopes to connect multiple departments to advance research.