Dr. Noha Shawki and undergraduate student Eduard (Eddie) Winner were recognized at the 2022 Dean’s Spring Address and Awards Ceremony. Dr. Shawki is the recipient of the Kenneth A. and Mary Ann Shaw Teaching Fellowship and Winner was recognized with the Grabill-Homan Peace Prize.

A strong proponent of experiential learning, Dr. Shawki has been teaching Model United since she joined our Department, investing much time and effort in making the program an excellent experience for students. She has also established a number of study abroad programs, including the World Water Week in Sweden, the Fair Trade program in Costa Rica, and the Slow Food Movement in Turin (Torino), Italy. 

These programs provide students with active and immersive learning opportunities with a global focus. In addition to offering the full range of the Department’s courses in international relations, Dr. Shawki has done a significant amount of teaching-related service including being the co-director of the Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies program and the co-director of the Center for a Sustainable Water Future.

Winner is a political science major and a peace and conflict resolution studies minor. He has been involved in various peacemaking activities. He is currently an active participant in the International Dispute Resolution Committee of the American Bar Association. In this committee, which includes international lawyers and mediators from all over the world, he is involved in discussions of mediation techniques to bring two sides to a mutual understanding and agreement. Through his participation in this committee, he has opportunities to learn from invited speakers who are actively involved in peacebuilding or conflict resolution. He works with an international lawyer from Lebanon on recruiting new members and with an international lawyer from Japan on new committee initiatives. 

In addition, Winner completed an internship with the Organization for International Cooperation last year. During this internship, he was responsible for reaching out to different key stakeholders to make firmer connections between them and the organization, with the goal of promoting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Winner was also on the Men’s Track and Field team at ISU for two years and is the pole vault champion of the Missouri Valley Conference.