UW-Superior Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars

UW-Superior Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars

About the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars (WTFS) Program

This program is the signature program of OPID, and it supports the professional development of faculty and instructional staff. UW-Superior has a wonderful history of Fellows and Scholars with participation dating back to 1985, offering UW faculty and teaching academic staff in completing a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project. 

Congratulations to the 2016-17 Wisconsin Teaching Fellow and Scholar

Each year, UW – Superior has the opportunity to submit recommendations for the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholar Program. This is an exceptional professional development program organized by the UW – System Office of Professional and Instructional Development. We are pleased to announce the selections for this year.

Ms. Kristin Riesgraf, Wisconsin Fellow, is Math Specialist & Director of the Math Lab within Student Support Services. In this role, she teaches students in Foundations of Math, and supervisees the Math Lab tutors. Her work as an instructor helps provide students with the foundation to move into college-level math courses and achieve their academic goals.  She graduated with her Master of Science degree from University of Minnesota – Duluth in Applied and Computational Mathematics.

In her role, Kristin has found that students often have “horror” stories of trying to learn math in the past and being unsuccessful and frustrated. She is interested in designing a course using Inquiry Based Learning and Active Learning to meet students’ learning needs but also to relieve anxiety. She is excited about her opportunity to further her own skills and learn from colleagues.

Dr. Mei Cao, Wisconsin Scholar, is Co-Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Business and Economics. Mei teaches courses in a variety of areas, including Business and Transportation & Logistics. She graduated with her PhD in Manufacturing Management & Engineering from the College of Business at the University of Toledo.

Mei is interested in utilizing introductory and advanced simulations to determine an effective strategy for teaching supply chain management topics (such as collaborative forecasting systems, vendor-managed inventory, and strategic partnering). She is looking forward to WTFS to develop a stronger research and teaching program through discussions and collaborations with fellow educators.

For more information on the 2015-16 Fellows, Dr. Brent Opall and Dr. Sarah LaChance Adams, please go to https://www.uwsuper.edu/cetl/teachingfellows/index.cfm.

2015-2016 UW-Superior's Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars

On December 17, 2014, Maria Cuzzo announced the approval of the 2015-2016 UW-Superior nominations for Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars. Please link on their highlighted names to learn more about the nominees and their passions for teaching, learning, and research.

Dr. Sarah LaChance Adams, Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Social Inquiry

Sarah began her employment with UW-Superior in Fall 2011. As a Fellow with the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars (WTFS) Program, she plans to focus on the research question: What is creative and critical thinking? What do these abilities look like across a variety of perspectives (crossing both cultural and disciplinary lines)? Through literature review, interviews with faculty and employers, and classroom observation, she will develop more explicit, expansive, and integrated notions of creative and critical thinking for campus faculty and students.

Dr. Brent Opall, Assistant Professor of Management in the Department of Business and Economics

Brent started his employment at the University of Wisconsin-Superior in Fall 2013. As a Fellow in the WTFS program, he will continue his current research on The Intersection of Technology, Management Instruction, and Active Learning. Through his project, Brent plans to determine how management instructors utilize technology to engage students in active learning; his findings will be used to inform course design, assessment, and use of technology in teaching.

2015-2016 Alternate Wisconsin Teaching Fellow

Dr. Lorena Rios Mendoza, Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the Natural Sciences Department

In the event that either of the above appointed Fellows are not able to fulfill their WTFS program duties and responsibilities, Dr. Lorena Rios Mendoza will join the program. Lorena started her employment at the University of Wisconsin-Superior in Fall 2010. Through her WTFS project, she proposed to determine better teaching methods by engaging students in real life chemistry problems or issues in order to motivate their interest in learning chemistry concepts.

In September 2014, the UW System Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID) announced the call for participants for the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars (WTFS)Program for 2015-2016. The above UW-Superior appointments were based on a review of applications received by CETL, and focused on evidence of excellent teaching, knowledge of and interest in SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning), demonstrated success in disseminating teaching/learning innovation, interest and experience on collaborative faculty development work, and record of campus leadership on teaching and learning issues.

Past participants of the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars from UW-Superior are identified at the poster links below.

Each University of Wisconsin Institution may select two participants annually for the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars (WTFS) Program. The WTFS program is administered by UW System's Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID) and co-directed by Cyndi Kernahan (UW-River Falls) and David Voelker (UW-Green Bay).  

Currently, each Fellow and Scholar receives $4,000 in financial support from their institution, a $500 S&E grant from OPID, and additional funding to cover reasonable travel and lodging costs. Program details are provided below and additional information is available at the OPID website or at  http://www.uwsa.edu/opid/wtfs/details.htm

In August 2013 David Voelker and Ryan Martin completed an Assessment Project that studied the long term impact of the WTF&S program on the careers of its participants as well as considering the impact on their students, institutions and fields. 

UW-Superior's Scholars and Fellows are identified at the following links: 

Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars 2011-2015

Wisconsin Teaching Scholars 2001-2011

Wisconsin Teaching Fellows 2000-2011

Wisconsin Teaching Fellows 1985-2000

OPID's WTFS Program was awarded the prestigious 2005 TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Certificate of Excellence, receiving recognition for the system-wide approach and impact, the diversity of discipllines and institutions represented, and the development of communities of teacher-scholars within and across institutions.  

The Wisconsin Teaching Fellows group will include outstanding early-career, untenured faculty and teaching academic staff.  The Wisconsin Teaching Scholars group will include outstanding tenured faculty and experienced academic staff.  Candidates must be exceptional teachers who publicly share their expertise and demonstrate leadership.  Participants in the WTFS Program should be familiar with Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) research.  Each participant undertakes a significant SoTL project, records the project's progress on an electronic poster, and disseminates the results in public forums.  Teaching Fellows and Scholars are expected to serve as leaders and mentors in campus and UW System SoTL work.

The WTFS Program also requires attendance at several OPID-sponsored events throughout the year, beginning with Faculty Collegein May at UW-Richland, followed by a one-week Summer Institute in June at UW-Madison, a fall seminar, and culminating with OPID's annual Spring Conference.