Nine faculty, instructional staff honored with teaching awards

Outstanding Teacher, Graduate Faculty awards for 2021-22 presented to help kick off new academic year
Brian Teague, winner of an Outstanding Teacher award for 2021-22, records a video lecture at UW-Stout using the Learning Glass studio. / UW-Stout
​Jerry Poling | September 20, 2022

Nine members of University of Wisconsin-Stout’s faculty and instructional staff have been honored for their work and efforts during the 2021-22 academic year.

Eight received the Outstanding Teacher award and one received the Outstanding Graduate Faculty award recently at a university event that kicked off the 2022-23 academic year.

“The start of a new academic year provides a wonderful opportunity to reflect and celebrate the accomplishments of our faculty and instructional academic staff,” said Glendali Rodriguez, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Heather Terhorst-Miller, winning of an Outstanding Teacher award, teaches in the psychology department.
Heather Terhorst-Miller, winner of an Outstanding Teacher award, teaches in the psychology department. / Contributed photo

The Outstanding Teacher award recognizes a commitment to excellence and the university community. Recipients and their departments are:

  • Glenn Bushendorf, engineering and technology
  • Erik Evensen, design
  • Kimberly Martinez, teaching, learning and leadership
  • Brian Teague, biology
  • Heather Terhorst-Miller, psychology
  • Darren Tesar, art and art history
  • Laura Schmidt, mathematics, statistics and computer science
  • Molly Welch, psychology

The two university colleges coordinate the selection of their honorees via an internal process. The colleges are College of Arts and Human Sciences; and the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Management.

“I most enjoy engaging in interactive classroom experiences and discussions with students,” said Terhorst-Miller, an assistant professor who has taught at UW-Stout for five years.

The Outstanding Graduate Faculty award recognizes outstanding commitment, enthusiasm and assistance to the graduate student community. The recipient is:

  • Urs Haltinner, teaching, learning and leadership

The Graduate School award is based on student feedback.

The recipients received a commemorative award and a congratulatory memo from Rodriguez.

In fall 2021, UW-Stout had 234 faculty and 193 instructional academic staff.

Classes for the new academic year began Sept. 7.

In 2021, UW-Stout implemented its FOCUS2030 strategic plan built around five key goals. One of the goals is employee success, with a focus on fostering an equitable environment that invests in, supports, encourages and values diverse faculty and staff development opportunities.

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