2020 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars

Community of Practice (CoP)

Summer Interim Program

June typically finds the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars (WTFS) in Madison, spending an intensive week discussing and practicing new pedagogies and developing a concrete project to better understand student learning in their own classrooms. This community-focused work has been delayed a year because of COVID-19, and instead you’ll find WTFSers in a digitally based Community of Practice (CoP), centered on the experience of teaching and learning in pandemic conditions. The goals of this CoP are to critically reflect both on our experiences from emergency distance learning in the Spring and plan concretely for the Fall, through an intentional naming of our values and commitments and examination of how our policies, syllabi, and pedagogy live up to them. Participants can engage through multiple modalities, including large and small group synchronous conversations, reflective self-work, and asynchronous discussion boards.  The CoP is based in Canvas giving instructors a sense of what navigating our courses is like for students, while also testing our various video conferencing platforms people might be considering. To guide our work, we’re reading Stephen Brookfield’s Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher and Kevin Gannon’s Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto, as well as emergent themes such as racial justice, inequality and the digital classroom, and engaging students online.  By the end of the summer, participants will have reimagined an aspect of their Fall teaching, and built connections across the UW System.

UW-Eau Claire

Bryan Brown Fellow
Communication Sciences and Disorders

Matt Evans Scholar
Physics & Astronomy

UW-Green Bay

Jessica Van Slooten Scholar
English, Writing Foundations, Women’s & Gender Studies

Dinesh Yadav Fellow

UW-La Crosse

Rebekah Fowler Scholar

Hongying Xu Fellow
Second Language Acquisition and Foreign Language Pedagogy


Ali Gattoni Fellow

Sarah Riforgiate Scholar


Ashay Desai Scholar

Don Hones Scholar
ESL / Multicultural Education


Ekundayo Akinlade Fellow
Management and Human Resources


Andrey Ivanov Fellow

Chelsea Lancelle Fellow

Tyler Ostergaard Fellow
Art History

Bidhan Roy Scholar
Mechanical Engineering

UW-River Falls

Greg Kerkvliet Fellow
Rhetoric and Composition

Desiree Wiesen-Martin Fellow

UW-Stevens Point

Steven Johnson Fellow
Physical Therapy


Keith Gilland Fellow
Ecology/Environmental Science

Leni Marshall Scholar
Composition, Literature, and Intercultural Agility


Praopan Pratoomchat Fellow

Nicholle Schuelke Fellow


Ken Brosky Fellow

Nadine Kriska Scholar

UW Extended Campus

Amy Lane Fellow
Instructional Design

Printable Roster

CoP Summer 2020 Roster pdf

Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars Co-Directors

Heather Pelzel, UW-Whitewater
Biological Sciences | pelzelh@uww.edu

Alison Staudinger, UW-Green Bay
Democracy and Justice Studies, Women’s & Gender Studies, and Political Science | staudina@uwgb.edu

Office of Academic Programs and Faculty Advancement

Fay Akindes, Director, Systemwide Professional & Instructional Development
fakindes@uwsa.edu | 608-263-2684

Catherine King, Program Associate 
apfa@uwsa.edu | 608-262-8778

Diane Waters, Program Associate
apfa@uwsa.edu | 608-262-8778