UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Paul B. and Robert Dykstra Faculty Excellence Award

Faculty and Academic Staff Development

Supporting faculty excellence, the Paul B. and Robert Dykstra Faculty Excellence Award endowment supports one faculty award per academic year. The award is designed to support faculty research, creative and scholarly activity. It is intended to be awarded to a tenured or tenure-track faculty member who is either currently involved in a project or has proposed a research, creative or scholarly project. 

Robert Dykstra was named the 1998 University of Wisconsin-River Falls Distinguished Alumnus. A 1957 elementary education and guidance graduate, Robert earned both masters and doctorate degrees in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota. Robert’s prolific work, spanning three decades from the mid-60’s to the early 90’s includes research that continues to be recognized as among the most important ever conducted in his field. In 1967, Robert and colleague Guy Bond published the groundbreaking study, “The Cooperative Research Program in First Grade Reading Instruction,” commonly known as “The First Grade Studies.” This national investigation remains the largest and most thorough study ever completed of beginning reading. 

Robert was elected to the International Reading Association Hall of Fame in 1996 and was granted the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013. Along with assuming various leadership positions at the local, national, and international levels, Robert continues to remember his ties to UW-River Falls, where he served many years on its Foundation Board. 

Paul B. Dykstra is an independent board member and recent past Chairman, President and CEO of Viad, a $1.1B NYSE company with domestic and international operations in Marketing and Event Services, Travel and Recreation Services and formerly Payment Services.
  
Paul began his career with Viad (then known as the Greyhound Corporation) in 1984 when he joined Travelers Express Company, Inc., a subsidiary in the payment processing and money transfer business. In 2000, Paul was named president and chief executive officer of GES, another Viad subsidiary. Over the course of the next six years, he transformed the company by streamlining operations, focusing resources on developing new technology for the exhibition and events industry, and instilling a values-based winning culture. In 2006, Paul was appointed president and chief executive officer and elected to Viad’s board of directors. He was appointed chairman of the board in 2008. Paul oversaw the consolidation of businesses and growth through acquisition and international expansion. 

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.  He has served on the UWRF Foundation Board since 2017 and previously from 1998-2003. 

Read the donor's story: Robert and Paul Dykstra

 

Application Process
 

As of March 2, 2020, the application for this award has been moved from paper format to online submissions. 


A Brief Overview of How to Proceed:
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  • An application (click below), including the following:
  • An up-to-date C.V uploaded into the system.
  • Department chair's electronic signature. You will identify your chair, and once the application is submitted, this person will receive an email asking to provide an electronic signature.
  • One support narrative from a colleague (UWRF preferred), who can address how you contributed significantly to research, creative, or scholarly activity at UWRF. You will identify this person in your application, and once the application is submitted, this person will receive an email asking to provide the narrative.

 

Application

Important:

If you haven't received a final email that tells you that your application was sent to the committee, please check on the progress. The application is considered NOT complete until all parts have been submitted by 4:30 p.m. on the due date.

Award

  • The financial award is typically in $1,000 to $2,000 range depending on the number of applications submitted. 
  • One or two tenured or tenure-track faculty member(s) will be awarded.
  • The award will be announced at the fall opening meeting each academic year.
  • The award amount will be deposited in a university account for submission of expenses.

Paul B. and Robert Dyskstra Award Committee

The committee must include at least one faculty member from each College. If previous recipients are unavailable from a particular College, the Faculty Senate will appoint additional members to ensure that the committee includes representation from all four Colleges.

Member
Term
Voting
Status
Confirming Body
Status

Beth
Rausch

CAFES Faculty

2019-2022

Voting

Faculty Senate, if not a recipient from the previous three years

Award Recipient from previous three years (if willing), or appointed by Faculty Senate

Jamie
Schneider

CAS Faculty

2018-2021

Voting

Faculty Senate, if not a recipient from the previous three years

Award Recipient from previous three years (if willing), or appointed by Faculty Senate

Desiree 
Wiesen-Martin

CAS Faculty

2019-2022

Voting

Faculty Senate, if not a recipient from the previous three years

Award Recipient from previous three years (if willing), or appointed by Faculty Senate

Melanie
Ayres

CAS Faculty

2019-2022

Voting

Faculty Senate, if not a recipient from the previous three years

Award Recipient from previous three years (if willing), or appointed by Faculty Senate

Matt
Vonk

CAS Faculty

2019-2022

Voting

Faculty Senate, if not a recipient from the previous three years

Award Recipient from previous three years (if willing), or appointed by Faculty Senate

Stacy Furness  CEPS Faculty 

2019-2022

Voting

Faculty Senate, if not a recipient from the previous three years

Award Recipient from previous three years (if willing), or appointed by Faculty Senate

Charlie Corcoran
CBE Faculty

2019-2022

Voting

Faculty Senate, if not a recipient from the previous three years

Award Recipient from previous three years (if willing), or appointed by Faculty Senate

Wes
Chapin, Chair

Associate
Provost

Indefinite

Voting

Provost

Provost or designee

Contact Us

Faculty and Academic Development Board
fasdb@uwrf.edu