From Campus to Classroom: UW Teaching Academy Honors Faculty and Facilitates Discussion on Teaching Challenges
By Vanessa Eisch
More than 250 UW faculty, staff and graduate students packed into a banquet room at the Pyle Center for a lively discussion during the UW Teaching Academy's first annual luncheon at the Teaching and Learning Symposium on May 25th.
The Academy honored two faculty members for their contributions to teaching and learning. Teri Balser, UW Department of Soil Science assistant professor and U.S. Professor of the Year, was recognized for her innovative teaching. Balser has been a member of the Teaching Academy since 2007 and just accepted a position as the Dean of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida.
Jeff Henriques, UW psychology senior lecturer and former co-chair of the Teaching Academy, was honored with an "Academy Award" for his contributions to teaching and learning and work with the Academy. Henriques has been a Teaching Academy member since 2002.
Following the awards, attendees discussed current teaching challenges and questions from the symposium keynote addresses by UW Chancellor Biddy Martin and Dean of Letters and Science Gary Sandefur.
DoIT Academic Technology and the UW Teaching Academy partner on events throughout the year to address teaching challenges, including the Top 5 Teaching Challenges.