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

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 abpve 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.


November 3, 2014 Deadline for 2015-16 WTFS Applications to CETL

Every October, CETL recruits faculty and instructional academic staff for the upcoming year's Teaching Fellow and Scholar.  

The UW System Office of Academic and Student Services and the Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID) and the UW-Superior Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) announce the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars (WTFS) Program annually.

Interested faculty and academic staff members should contact Maria Cuzzo, Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at mcuzzo@uwsuper.edu or x8482.  Self-nominations to be UW-Superior's Teaching Fellow or Scholar will be accepted until the November 3rd deadline, by completing the two forms below and submitting them to Maria Cuzzo.

Wisconsin Teaching Fellow and Scholar Application Form 2015-2016

Wisconsin Teaching Fellow and Scholar Budget Sheet Form 2015-2016

Additional information is provided in the WTFS Press Release and the WTFS Program Description for 2015-2016.

All submissions will be reviewed by a sub-committee from the CETL Advisory Committee, followed by Final Recommendations for the Fellow and Scholar to the Provost.  OPID System deadline for selections is November 15, 2014.


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