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UW-Stevens Point faculty selected as Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars

July 24, 2023

Three University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point faculty members are among the 2023-24 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars.

Lauren Gantz
Lauren Gantz

UW System recently announced that Associate Professor Lauren Gantz, English and Women’s and Gender Studies; Assistant Professor Sarah Ross, Theatre Design and Technology; and Assistant Professor Erica Ringelspaugh, English, will participate in the program.

Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars must demonstrate excellent teaching skills and have a curiosity about student learning to be nominated by provosts. The yearlong program begins in mid-June and will culminate with a research presentation at the annual Spring Conference on Teaching and Learning in Madison.

Erica Ringelspaugh
Erica Ringelspaugh

The program provides UW faculty and teaching academic staff a unique opportunity to collaborate with other exceptional teachers from across the UW System and from various disciplines. In addition to discussing influential literature, participants are guided through systematic research focused on improving student learning through a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project, the 23rd year of using this format.

“I’m proud that three of our excellent faculty members have committed their time to the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars program,” said La Vonne Cornell-Swanson, provost and vice chancellor of Academic Affairs. “The effective teaching and learning modeled by this program supports UW-Stevens Point’s educational mission and supports our approach to preparing students for career success.”

Sarah Ross
Sarah Ross

The Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars is one of three signature programs offered by the UW System’s Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID). OPID supports UW System’s 13 Centers for Teaching and Learning in fostering a culture of teaching and learning excellence in Wisconsin. Together they offer professional development programs that ensure student learning in face-to-face, online, and blended learning environments. Fay Akindes is OPID director.

The Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars program is directed by two faculty leaders, Valerie Barske, a history professor at UW-Stevens Point, and Heather Pelzel, a biology professor at UW-Whitewater.

The 2023–2024 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars also inlcude:

  • Anna Cook, UW-Eau Claire, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Damir Kovačević, UW-Eau Claire, Political Science
  • Kimberley Reilly, UW-Green Bay, History
  • Cord Brundage, UW-La Crosse, Comparative Animal Physiology
  • Kate Evans, UW-La Crosse, Recreation Management
  • Eugenia Turov, UW-La Crosse, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Megan Orcholski, UW-Milwaukee, Communication
  • Hilary Snow, UW-Milwaukee, Honors College (Art History and Asian Studies)
  • Lisa Shreibersdorf, UW Oshkosh, Literature
  • Maria Franshaw, UW-Parkside, Teacher Education – Mathematics
  • Hilary Rasmussen, UW-Parkside, Communication
  • Ganapathy Natarajan, UW-Platteville, Industrial Engineering
  • Sarah Strange, UW-Platteville, Theatre
  • Chris Holtkamp, UW-River Falls, Plant and Earth Sciences
  • Erik Kline, UW-River Falls, English
  • Kenneth Mullins, UW-Stout, Business
  • Vivek Singhal, UW-Stout, Engineering
  • Joshua Stangle, UW-Superior, Mathematics
  • Jennifer Vogler, UW-Superior, Educational Administration
  • Rashiqa Kamal, UW-Whitewater, Finance
  • Courtney Wilt, UW-Whitewater, Special Education