Colleges, Graduate School announce annual teaching awards

Ten members of faculty, academic staff recognized for efforts in 2020-21
​Jerry Poling | August 31, 2021

The work of 10 classroom instructors during the 2020-21 academic year has been recognized by University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Three professors were honored in each of the academic colleges, along with one outstanding faculty member from the Graduate School.

The colleges coordinate the selection of honorees via an internal process while the Graduate School award is based on graduate student feedback.

Instructors across campus faced special challenges during the academic year because of COVID-19. “Our faculty and instructional academic staff worked tirelessly to help students persist and navigate an extremely dynamic year. It is an honor and pleasure to celebrate these awardees as we kick off another academic year,” said interim provost Glendali Rodriguez.

An instructor and students socially distance during a fall 2020 class at UW-Stout. Ten instructors have been honored with teaching awards for the 2020-21 academic year.
An instructor and students socially distance during a fall 2020 class at UW-Stout. Ten instructors have been honored with teaching awards for the 2020-21 academic year. / UW-Stout

The recipients, their titles and departments are:

College of Arts, Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences:

  • Tenured: Cynthia Bland, professor, art and art history
  • Tenure-track: Justin Nicholes, assistant professor, English and philosophy
  • Instructional academic staff: Kari Tarr, senior lecturer, art and art history

College of Education, Hospitality, Health and Human Sciences:

  • Tenured: Eun Joo Lee, professor, kinesiology, health, food and nutritional sciences
  • Tenure-track: Sharon Becker, assistant professor, teaching, learning and leadership
  • Instructional academic staff: Sue Halama, associate lecturer, teaching, learning and leadership

College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Management:

  • Tenured: Laura McCullough, professor, chemistry and physics
  • Tenure-track: Mary Spaeth, assistant professor, business
  • Instructional academic staff: Shing Lee, senior lecturer, mathematics, statistics and computer science.

Graduate School:

  • Outstanding faculty: Dana Wanzer, assistant professor, psychology, CEHHHS.

The instructors receive a congratulatory memo from Rodriguez, a commemorative award and are recognized at their fall college kick-off meeting.

In fall 2020, UW-Stout had 258 faculty and 186 instructional academic staff.

Classes for the 2021-22 academic year begin Wednesday, Sept. 8.

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