Jennifer Flatt, associate professor of English and world languages and Associate Campus Dean at UW-Marinette, received the 2010 Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award for faculty at a convocation meeting for all UW Colleges faculty and staff held at UW-Fond du Lac August 26.
She was recognized by Marv Van Kekerix, interim chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges. In presenting the award, Van Kekerix noted that members of the Senate Teaching Award Committee were impressed by the variety of techniques that Flatt employs to engage students, including podcast assignments and reading journals.
“Jennifer has a great array of assignments that are creative and force students to reflect on their personal experiences. Her classroom techniques and assignments are based on sound pedagogical research. The student letters in her portfolio provide excellent evidence that her techniques are well received and lead to significant increases in student learning,” said Van Kekerix.
The committee also praised Flatt’s willingness to participate in interdisciplinary courses and learning communities which have clear benefits for the students. The committee also noted her creative use of technology, the incorporation of service learning into classes and the development of interest-based independent study courses for students.
“Professor Flatt is most deserving of this honor,” said Paula Langteau, campus dean. “We are extremely proud of the teaching at UW-Marinette and the Chancellor’s award is testimony to its quality. Our faculty are consistently engaged with our students and they develop creative and innovative approaches to teaching that contribute significantly to student success.”
Van Kekerix credited the excellence of teaching and the individual attention students get at a UW Colleges campus for the remarkable success of UW Colleges students. “UW Colleges students who transfer to other UW schools are more likely to stay in school and graduate than students from any other institution,” he told the group.
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