At the Opening Day celebrations each academic year, the College of Letters & Science acknowledges the extraordinary work of faculty and staff members in advancing the priorities outlined in our Strategic Plan, to provide students with “individual and community responsibility, developed through real-world challenges and active involvement with diverse communities.”
To underscore the importance of these goals and their centrality to the liberal education we strive to give our students, the COLS Dean’s Office recognizes extraordinary achievements in four critical areas of our mission:
Community Engagement Award
The Community Engagement Award will honor those faculty and academic staff members who embody the “Wisconsin Idea” by being extensively involved in collaborative community relationships. The award recognizes extraordinary public service on behalf of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh to local communities involving assistance, research and outreach to businesses, municipalities and nonprofits. The individual will have made impressive contributions to improving the quality of life and economy in Wisconsin. Likewise, the individual will have engaged students in community collaborative projects as a part of classroom learning, research activities or internship opportunities throughout the community.
Diversity Leadership Award
The Diversity Leadership Award will honor University members who have demonstrated leadership in and promotion of an improved campus climate around diversity in one or more of the following ways:
- By educating students and/or the University community about diverse peoples (we encourage a broad understanding of the term “educating” in this context, acknowledging that teaching happens in all kinds of ways across the University)
- By promoting the recruitment and/or retention of diverse students, faculty and staff
- By affirming the lives, experiences and presence of diverse students, staff and faculty within the University
- By advocating to ensure an environment of safety, equity and respect for people of diverse races, ethnicities, religions, abilities, ages, classes, sexualities, sexes and genders
Excellence in Mentoring Award
The Excellence in Mentoring Award recognizes faculty and academic staff members who demonstrate exceptional leadership and innovation in advising and mentoring students in one or more of the following ways:
- By inspiring innovative research as well as high academic achievement among students
- By providing students with unique opportunities such as internships and collaborative research that increase their potential of transitioning successfully to a career
- By offering outstanding support to students which increases their professional and personal development
- By seeking to increase the retention rate of students and to promote their sense of inclusion
Global Education Award
The Global Education Award recognizes faculty and academic staff members who demonstrate extraordinary innovation and leadership in supporting global learning among our students. We understand global education to encompass learning that helps students explore what it means to be responsible citizens in today’s global context. We seek, therefore, to acknowledge faculty and staff members who have enhanced global learning in one or more of the following ways:
- By situating study abroad as a vehicle for global learning within the broader goals of liberal education
- By infusing global issues and concerns in courses on campus that help students understand the diverse world in which we live
- By helping students become more knowledgeable about the issues and challenges facing our global community, through the promotion of intercultural interaction on campus.
View the PDF version of award descriptions here.
All members of COLS may nominate faculty and instructional academic staff members for any of the awards. (Self-nominations are not accepted.) Nominees must be currently employed as faculty or academic staff members of UW Oshkosh and have a minimum of three years consecutive employment at the university.
A call for nominations will occur in the spring semester. Each award carries a small honorarium and is presented during the Opening Day meeting of the College of Letters & Science in September.
Past COLS Award Recipients
Community Engagement Award
- 2011- Carmen Heider (Communication Studies)
- 2012- Maureen Muldoon (Geology)
- 2013- Emmet Sandberg (Art)
- 2014- Jeffery Behm (Religious Studies and Anthropology)
- 2015- Michael Lueder (USP)
- 2016- Paul Van Auken (Sociology)
- 2017- Nathan Krueger (Music)
Diversity Leadership Award
- 2011- Irma Burgos (Center for Academic Support and Diversity)
- 2011- Liz Cannon (Social Justice/LGBTQ Resource Center)
- 2011- Flora Stapel (Admissions)
- 2012- Alejandro Mendoza (Advising)
- 2012- Patricia VanderLoop (Nursing)
- 2013- Norlisha Crawford (English/African American Studies)
- 2014- Courtney Kurtz (Biology)
- 2015- Jerry Thomas (Political Science)
- 2016- Stephanie May de Montigny (Religious Studies and Anthropology)
- 2017- Susan Rensing (History and Women’s and Gender Studies)
Excellence in Mentoring Award
- 2011- Dana Vaughan (Biology)
- 2012- Crystal Mueller (English)
- 2013- Robert Sipes (Kinesiology)
- 2014- Quin Chrobak (Psychology)
- 2015- Mark Bowen (Geography and Urban Planning)
- 2015- John Strous (Medical Technology)
- 2016- Victoria Beck (Criminal Justice)
- 2017- Jordan Karsten (Anthropology & Religious Studies)
Global Education Award
- 2011- Eric Kuennen (Math)
- 2011- Druscilla Scribner (Political Science)
- 2012- Douglas Haynes (English)
- 2013- Lawrence Carlin (Philosophy)
- 2014- Courtney Bauder (Social Justice)
- 2015- Michael Rutz (History)
- Heike Alberts (Geography and Urban Planning)
- Monika Hohbein-Deegen (Foreign Languages and Literatures)
- 2017- Yoshiro Hanai (Foreign Languages and Literatures)
Service Recognition Award Program
Our lives are often made easier (and sometimes more enjoyable) by dedicated people who go beyond their assigned responsibilities to extend a helping hand. The College’s Service Recognition Award Program is a small by important way to send a message of appreciation to these marvelous colleagues — faculty, staff, or student employees.
We encourage you to nominate people whose actions merit special recognition.
The intent in creating this award was to not only recognize the people who are always willing to take the extra step to help others, but to make all of us more aware of how wonderfully we are served by them. We think it is important to note that these daily gifts are not necessarily big, dramatic gestures. The “extras” we get arise from generosity of spirit; they can change our day without aiming to change the world.
Past Service Recognition Award Recipients
- Emmet Sandberg, Art
- Justine Stokes, Communication
- Paul Van Auken, Sociology
- Stephanie Spehar, Religious Studies & Anthropology
- Students Elizabeth Weir, Lauren Hahn, Jeff Farvour, & Kevin Pontius, Science Outreach
- Student Courtney Hawkins, Student Support Services
- Sandy Brucks, English
- Ashley Jackowski, English
- Mary Bleser, Psychology
- Kathy Lutzke, Psychology
- Jennifer Considine, Communication
- Rebecca Habeck, Foreign Languages and Literatures
- Debbie Gray Patton, University Studies Program (USP)
- Ann Trabbold, Mathematics
Endowed professorships are awarded to faculty members who demonstrate outstanding research and engagement in community service. Funded by local sponsors, the awards support research projects and professorial development for a four-year term.
John McNaughton Rosebush Professorship
The John McNaughton Rosebush Professorship was created by Chancellor Edward M. Penson in 1980 as an award for excellence in teaching and professional achievement by members of the UW Oshkosh teaching faculty. Up to four may be awarded each year with faculty, staff and students nominating for this prestigious honor. The award serves to reinforce the connection between teaching, scholarship, research, public service and creative pursuits, and the University’s total commitment to academic excellence. Created as the highest award for teaching and professional excellence at UW Oshkosh, the award is named after the man who was director of development and the UW Oshkosh Foundation in the 1970s. Click here for more information.
|Frederick Schapsmeier, History||1979||Zillur Khan, Political Science||1992|
|William Sloey, Biology||1979||Kuang-Ming Wu, Philosophy||1992|
|Farouk Sankari, Political Science||1981||Norris Jones, Geology||1995|
|William Urbrock, Religious Studies||1981||James Paulson, Chemistry||1995|
|Kenneth Grieb, International Studies||1982||Susan McFadden, Psychology||1997|
|John Burr, Philosophy||1983||James Chaudoir, Music||1998|
|Paul Donhauser, Art||1983||Lane Earns, History||1999|
|Charles Fetter, Geology||1983||Estella Lauter, English||2000|
|David Chang, Political Science||1984||Paul Klemp, English||2002|
|Watson Parker, History||1984||Lee McCann, Psychology||2003|
|Baron Perlman, Psychology||1984||Andrea Gullickson, Music||2004|
|Neil Harriman, Biology||1985||John Koker, Mathematics||2004|
|Robert Snyder, Radio/TV/Film||1985||Greg Adler, Biology/Microbiology||2005|
|Robert Berner, English||1986||Kathleen Corley, Religious Studies and Anthropology||2005|
|Brian McKnight, Geology||1986||Marguerite Helmers, English||2006|
|Dorothy Parker, Biology||1986||Simon Sibelman, Foreign Languages & Literatures||2006|
|John Lucas, Mathematics||1988||Richard Kallinoski, Theatre||2007|
|John Karl, Physics||1989||David Siemers, Political Science||2010|
|Gene LaBerge, Geology||1989||Pamela Gemin, Englsih||2012|
|Edward Linenthal, Religious Studies||1989||Jennifer Szydlik, Mathematics||2012|
|Wener Braatz, History||1990||William Mode, Geology||2013|
|Vincent Almazan, Foreign Languages & Literatures||1991||Brant Kedrowski, Chemistry||2014|
|Ibrahim Mahmoud, Biology||1991||Timothy Paulsen, Geology||2014|
|Eric Hiatt, Geology||2015|
Edward M. Penson Distinguished Teaching Award
|Robert Feldman, English||1992||Donna Altepeter, Social Work||2005|
|Charles Thomas, Foreign Languages & Literatures||1992||Joyce Andrews, Music||2005|
|Don Burdick, Communication||Richard Kallinoski, Theatre||2005|
|Susan McFadden, Psychology||1993||Kay Neal, Communication||2005|
|Tim Crimmins, Chemistry||1994||Barbara Rosenthal, Art||2005|
|Jack Kile, Communication||1995||Gregory Adler, Biology/Microbiology||2006|
|Simon Sibelman, Foreign Languages & Literatures||1995||Margaret Hostetler, English||2006|
|Paul Klemp, English||1996||Kimberly Rivers, History||2006|
|Andrew O'Shaughnessey, History||1996||Susana Winterfeld, Foreign Languages & Literatures||2006|
|Tom Laudon, Geology||1997||Andrezej Dziedzic, Foreign Languages & Literature||2007|
|James Benson, Communication||1998||Roy Hoglund, Theatre||2007|
|Maguerite Helmers, English||1998||Walter Messner, Music||2007|
|Douglas Heil, Communication||1999||William Mode, Geology||2007|
|Michael Briley, Physics & Astronomy||1999||Stephen Kercher, History||2008|
|Robert Moore, Chemistry||2000||Thomas Rowland, History||2008|
|Fumiko Fukata, Foreign Languages & LIteratures||2001||Ann Vogel, Communication||2008|
|Kathleen Stetter, Psychology||2001||Todd Sandrin, Biology/Microbiology||2008|
|John Koker, Mathematics||2002||Brant Kedrowski, Chemistry||2009|
|Baron Perlman, Psychology||2002||Robert Wise, Biology/Microbiology||2010|
|Sandra Neuendorf, Chemistry||2002||Laurence Carlin, Philosophy||2011|
|Jane Wypiszynski, Communication||2002||Douglas Roubidoux, Communication||2011|
|Gary Coll, Journalism||2003||Stephen Szydlik, Mathematics||2011|
|Frances Rauscher, Psychology||2003||Heike Alberts, Geography & Urban Planning||2012|
|Teri Shors, Biology/Microbiology||2003||Eric Hiat, Geology||2012|
|Cary Henson, English||2003||Tracy Slagter, Political Scieince||2012|
|Ben Jarman, Communication||2003||David Jones, Criminal Justice||2013|
|Franca Barricelli, History||2004||Timothy Paulsen, Geology||2013|
|Karl Boehler, English||2004|
|Gregory Olson, Communication||2004|
|Jennifer Szydlik, Mathematics||2004|
|William Wacholtz, Chemistry||2004|
Sniffen Faculty Governance Service Award
The purpose of the Barbara G. Sniffen Faculty Governance Service Award is to emphasize the critical role of faculty service activities in the functioning of the University, and to recognize individuals who have compiled truly exceptional service records over the course of their careers at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Click here for more information.
Outstanding Service Award
UW Oshkosh has many nonteaching faculty and academic staff members whose contributions enhance the University’s overall academic environment and support our educational goals. The Outstanding Service Award recognizes excellence of service that touches each member of the University community. Click here for more information.
Outstanding Performance Award
The University’s Outstanding Performance Award recognizes exemplary members of the University staff whose activities, accomplishments, and service are most deserving of acknowledgment.
Inclusive Excellence Award
The purpose of the Inclusive Excellence Award is to emphasize the critical role that inclusivity plays on this campus. This award recognizes faculty or staff members who promote equity, inclusion, and diversity on campus.
Edward M. Penson Faculty Award
The Edward M. Penson Faculty Award recognizes faculty members who have made significant contributions to their colleges and the University.
LGBTQ+ Ally Award
The UW Oshkosh LGBTQ+ Ally Award is dedicated to creating a stronger and more affirming campus environment for teaching, learning, serving and growing. The purpose of the award is to recognize a UW Oshkosh employee who is neither a member of nor an out member of the LGBTQ+ community for their excellence in leadership, advocacy, and support of the LGBTQ+ community.
Queer Faculty/Staff Award
The UW Oshkosh Queer Faculty/Staff Award recognizes a queer staff or faculty member at UW Oshkosh for their excellence in advocacy, teaching, service, leadership and/or research on behalf of people of LGBTQ+ identities. The impact of such work includes, as well as exceeds, the critical role of validating the lives of queer students, faculty, staff and community members.
Regents Teaching Excellence Award
The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents honors two faculty members and one department from the UW System for career achievement in teaching with this $7,500 award.
Regents Academic Staff Award of Excellence
The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents honors two non-instructional academic staff members from the UW System for exceptional service to their universities with this $5,000 award.
Regents Diversity Award
The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents honors individuals and programs from the UW System that foster access and success in university life for historically underrepresented populations.