UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Excellence in teaching is valued above all endeavors at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. To recognize this essential mission, the university initiated the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1965. It is the most prestigious honor bestowed on campus. Chosen by current students and alumni (within the last 5 years), our distinguished teaching recipients represent talented and caring educators–teachers who make a difference. The recognition wall honors that select group of individuals who have demonstrated excellence in their profession.
The purpose of the UWRF Distinguished Teacher Award is to recognize excellence in the teaching of undergraduate and/or graduate students. Eligible for the award are all tenured and tenure-track faculty and instructional Academic Staff each of who has a minimum of three years of teaching experience at UWRF.
A Distinguished Teacher is defined as one who is supportive, impactful in positive ways, effective at helping students learn and who provides an inclusive environment.
"The award originated as a grant to the State University System from the Johnson Foundation. Formerly given every other year, an additional grant from the Murphy Foundation has made it possible for each of the nine state universities to make the award annually," according to the fall 1970 WSU-RF Falcon Features.
The teacher selected for the award will be honored at the Chancellor's Award Reception and the recipient will speak at Fall Commencement. The recipient will receive a stipend from the Chancellor's Office. A teacher may receive the award only once.
Funding is provided by the UW-River Falls Foundation.
Nominations due by March 17, 2023
Previous honorees are not eligible.