Distinguished Teacher

1965 - Leland Wittwer

Leland WittwerLeland Wittwer, professor of animal science retired in 1985 after 27 years of teaching on campus.

Wittwer, whose student-entered career earned him the unqualified respect of his colleagues and students, received a number of teaching awards, at both the local and national levels, including the Distinguished Teacher Award in 1965, the first Alpha Zeta Distinguished Service Award in 1975, and the Teaching Award of Merit from the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture and the UW-River Falls College of Agriculture in 1984. He was named Teaching Fellow by NACTA in 1979.

Wittwer wrote about his commitment to students in a paper on his philosophy of teaching:

"Teaching extends beyond the scheduled class period time," Wittwer states. "Teaching involves recruitment of students, counseling, help sessions to supplement the classroom, club activities, alumni relations and recognition of the individual student as a member of a family and community."

Falcon Features, Spring 1985