UW System’s 2023-2024 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars announced

Published: July 14, 2023

MADISON, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin System has announced the selection of the 2023–2024 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars.

This year’s program participants come from the System’s 11 comprehensive universities and UW-Milwaukee. Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars must demonstrate excellent teaching skills and have a curiosity about student learning to be nominated by Provosts. The yearlong program begins in mid-June and will culminate with a research presentation at the annual Spring Conference on Teaching and Learning in Madison.

The program provides UW faculty and teaching academic staff a unique opportunity to collaborate with other exceptional teachers from across the UW System and from various disciplines. In addition to discussing influential literature, participants are guided through systematic research focused on improving student learning through a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project, the 23rd year of using this format.

The Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars is one of three signature programs offered by the UW System’s Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID). OPID supports UW System's 13 Centers for Teaching and Learning in fostering a culture of teaching and learning excellence in Wisconsin. Together they offer professional development programs that ensure student learning in face-to-face, online, and blended learning environments. Fay Akindes is OPID Director.

The Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars program is directed by two faculty leaders, Valerie Barske, a history professor at UW-Stevens Point, and Heather Pelzel, a biology professor at UW-Whitewater.

The 2023–2024 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars are:

  • Anna Cook, UW-Eau Claire, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Damar Kovačević, UW-Eau Claire, Political Science
  • Kimberley Reilly, UW-Green Bay, History
  • Cord Brundage, UW-La Crosse, Comparative Animal Physiology
  • Kate Evans, UW-La Crosse, Recreation Management
  • Eugenia Turov, UW-La Crosse, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Megan Orcholski, UW-Milwaukee, Communication
  • Hilary Snow, UW-Milwaukee, Honors College (Art History and Asian Studies)
  • Lisa Shreibersdorf, UW Oshkosh, Literature
  • Maria Franshaw, UW-Parkside, Teacher Education- Mathematics
  • Hilary Rasmussen, UW-Parkside, Communication
  • Ganapathy Natarajan, UW-Platteville, Industrial Engineering
  • Sarah Strange, UW-Platteville, Theatre
  • Chris Holtkamp, UW-River Falls, Plant and Earth Sciences 
  • Erik Kline, UW-River Falls, English
  • Lauren Gantz, UW-Stevens Point, Multiethnic Literature, Postcolonial Literature, and Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Sarah Ross, UW-Stevens Point, Theatre Design and Technology
  • Erica Ringelspaugh, UW-Stevens Point, English
  • Kenneth Mullins, UW-Stout, Business
  • Vivek Singhal, UW-Stout, Engineering
  • Joshua Stangle, UW-Superior, Mathematics
  • Jennifer Vogler, UW-Superior, Educational Administration
  • Rashiqa Kamal, UW-Whitewater, Finance
  • Courtney Wilt, UW-Whitewater, Special Education

The University of Wisconsin System serves approximately 161,000 students. Awarding nearly 37,000 degrees annually, the UW System is Wisconsin’s talent pipeline, putting graduates in position to increase their earning power, contribute to their communities, and make Wisconsin a better place to live. Nearly 90 percent of in-state UW System graduates stay in Wisconsin five years after earning a degree – with a median salary of more than $66,000. The UW System provides a 23:1 return on state investment. UW System universities also contribute to the richness of Wisconsin’s culture and economy with groundbreaking research, new companies and patents, and boundless creative intellectual energy. The UW System and its employees are purpose-driven, people-focused, and committed to stewardship.


Mark Pitsch
UW System

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