UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Faculty and Academic Staff Development

Paul B. and Robert Dykstra Faculty Excellence Award

 

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. 

Paul B. and Robert Dykstra


Robert Dykstra was named the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Distinguished Alumnus of 1998. A 1957 elementary education and guidance graduate, Dykstra earned both masters and doctorate degrees in educational psychology and education from the University of Minnesota. Dykstra’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, Dykstra 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.

Recent honors for Dykstra include being elected to the International Reading Hall of Fame in 1996. Along with assuming various leadership positions at the local and national and international levels, Dykstra continues to remember his ties to UW-River Falls.

Paul B. Dykstra is the highly successful son of Robert Dykstra serving as the chief operating officer of Viad Corporation and he serves as a member of the Board of Directors. Viad Corporation is an S&P SmallCap 600 company. Major subsidiaries include GES Exposition Services at Las Vegas, Exhibit group/Giltspur of Chicago, Brewster Transport Company Limited of Banff, Alberta, Canada, and Glacier Park, Inc of Phoenix. 

Nomination Procedure

  • A colleague must nominate the faculty member.
  • To nominate a faculty member, the nomination form and supporting letters must be submitted to fasdb@uwrf.edu.
  • Please put the award name, last name, and first name in the subject line.  ie: Dyskstra - Smith - Will
  • Nominations that are not submitted following these directions will not be considered.
  • Nominations will be due no later than 4:30 p.m. March 20 of each academic year.
    • The materials will include a nomination form from you (the nominator)
    • An up-to-date C.V. from the nominee
    • Two support letters (limit 2 pages each) from colleagues addressing the following:
      •  How the nominee contribute significantly to research, creative, or scholarly activity at UWRF.

NOMINATION FORM

 

Award


One tenured or tenure-track faculty member will be awarded each year.
The award will be announced at the fall opening meeting each academic year.
The award amount will be deposited in an university account to use. 

Paul B. and Robert Dyskstra Award Committee

Past Recipients

2019
Matthew Vonk
(Physics)

2018
Jamie Schneider
(Chemistry and Biotechnology)

2017
Paige Miller 
(Sociology and Criminology)

2016
Cyndi Kernahan 
(Psychology)

2015
Mark Bergland 
(Biology)

2014
Sylvia Kehoe
(Animal and Food Science)

2013
Travis Tubre 
(Psychology)

2012 
Brian Smith  
(Plant and Earth Science)

2011
David Rusterholz 
(Chemistry)  

For more information:

Wes Chapin
Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
104 North Hall
wes.chapin@uwrf.edu
715-425-0629

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

Paige
Miller

CAS Faculty

2017-2020

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

Earl
Blodgett

CAS Faculty

2017-2020

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

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

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

TBD-
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 Staff Development
fasdb@uwrf.edu
715-425-0629
M-F, 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
104 North Hall