UW System News

Return to News | News Archive


September 7, 2004

Contact: Doug Bradley
(608) 262-5061; 262-0766

Regents to honor 2004 UW System Teaching Excellence Award winners

MADISON—A professor whose students say possesses an "obvious love for teaching and wildlife," a teacher respected for her "talent for connecting classroom lessons to real world examples," and a department recognized for "revitalizing" undergraduate physics. What do those individuals and program have to do with the Wisconsin Idea? Everything!

These exemplary educators will all be honored by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents with the 13th annual Regents Teaching Excellence Awards during a ceremony on Friday (Sept. 10) at a full board meeting in Madison.

The 2004 Regents Teaching Excellence Award winners include:

  • Eric M. Anderson, professor of wildlife, UW-Stevens Point;
  • Denise Scheberle, professor of public and environmental affairs, UW-Green Bay; and
  • Department of Physics, UW-La Crosse.

The awards recognize outstanding career achievements by individuals and an exceptional commitment to teaching by academic departments or programs. Nominees undergo a rigorous campus selection process, which includes support from students.

Each winner will receive $5,000 for professional development. Regent Danae D. Davis of Milwaukee chaired the special regents committee that selected the winners. Other members included Regents Charles Pruitt of Shorewood, Beth Richlen of Madison and Jesus Salas of Milwaukee.

"As always, the committee was challenged to select a handful of winners from among all the outstanding entries," Davis said. "This year's winners stood out for their exemplary service to students, innovative teaching methods, and remarkable contributions in their fields."

Davis and Regent President Toby E. Marcovich of Superior both agreed that the awards also show the Regents' appreciation of the winners' efforts to improve undergraduate education throughout the UW System.

UW System President Kevin P. Reilly added that the teaching excellence awards are an important way for the university to recognize, and reward, the system's most dedicated and gifted faculty and staff.

"These winners have proven their commitment to teaching excellence, and are a model for teaching across the UW System," Reilly said. "Our students are fortunate to have faculty and staff of this caliber, and it's our job to retain these and other talented educators in order to maintain quality in the UW System."

For more information about the achievements of each winner, see their respective profiles: