UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
The 2015 Chancellor's Award for Excellence for Academic Staff was awarded to Mike Martin. Mike is the College of Education and Professional Studies adviser, as well as the college's official Certification Officer, making him liaison to the Department of Public Instruction and proxy for the Dean. However, as mentioned by Geoff Scheurman in his support letter for Academic Staff Award, Mike is also the college's "data manager, web master, program consultant and evaluator, as well as faculty and campus-wide adviser in every sense of the word. He is the "go-to" person on every question that enters our sphere."
Brenda Wright notes, "[Mike] clearly knows and understands what students need in terms of support for their academic and overall growth in higher education. To make sure students get the time and attention they need, Mike goes the extra mile, every moment of the day."
Mike is also the 2010 recipient of the University's Adviser of the Year Award. He has been recognized at the state level for his talents in advising. Martin received the prestigious Wisconsin Academic Advising Association Advising Excellence Award at their state conference in September.
Mike has also served the campus, outside of his department, in numerous ways: on the Academic Staff Council, as a student org adviser, and through his service on a variety of committees (including the Parking Appeals Committee). Four years ago he initiated a very popular living-learning community called TEACH for incoming freshmen, for which he even teaches an "introduction to teaching" course.