Outstanding Teaching Award
Each year since 2008, the University Honors Student Association (UHSA) in conjunction with the Honors College recognizes one Honors faculty member for teaching excellence.
Every spring semester, a UHSA subcommittee distributes a list of eligible professors (those who taught in the Honors College the previous spring and fall) along with their respective Honors course(s). Honors students are then invited to nominate the instructor they feel is most deserving of the award; each endorsement must be accompanied by a personal statement describing who is being nominated and why the student is supporting that particular professor. The subcommittee meets to count all the entries and to determine the top three candidates. The voting process then begins in April, and the winner is presented with a certificate at the Honors Graduation Ceremony in May.
Congratulations to Sarinda Taengnoi Siemers, our most recent recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award. Dr. Siemers taught Economics 208: Honors Intro to Microeconomics and HNRS 175: Honors Seminar in Education, which she c0-taught with her husband, Dave Siemers from the Political Science Department.
Also nominated were Don Dingledine from the Department of English and Misty McPhee from the Department of Biology and Environmental Studies.
Rachel Christopherson, Biology and Chemistry major (pictured left), and Autumn Dunsmore, Economics and Finance major (right), co-Presidents of the University Honors Student Association, presented Professor Siemers with the Outstanding Teaching Award at the Spring 2018 Honors Graduation Ceremony on May 9:
(Photo courtesy of Limelite Studios.)
Previous Winners of the Outstanding Teaching Award:
2016 - Courtney Bauder
Courtney Bauder (Social Justice Program) was recognized for HNRS 475: Honors Senior Seminar in Global Studies, a Senior Capstone course he has taught since 2014.
Former UHSA Executive Board member Ryan Taylor presented the award at the Spring 2017 Honors Graduation Ceremony, which was held at the Alumni Welcome & Conference Center on May 8, 2017.
Also nominated this year were Laura Jean Baker and Cary Henson, both from the Department of English.
2015 - Dr. Pascale Manning
Dr. Pascale Manning (Department of English) was recognized for excellence in teaching English 310: Honors Advanced Composition, the same course for which she was nominated for this honor in 2014.
UHSA Executive Board Treasurer Natalya Mudry read endorsements and presented the award at the Spring 2016 Honors Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday, May 11, at the Alumni Welcome & Conference Center. Also nominated were Dr. Julia Chybowski (Department of Music) and Dr. Paul Klemp (Department of English).
2014 - Dr. Robert Feldman
Dr. Robert Feldman (Department of English) was nominated for ENGLISH 228: Modern American Literature, an Honors course he has taught since 1999.
Dana Giannelli, University Honors Student Association Board member and Elementary Education major, presented the award at the Spring 2015 Honors Graduation Ceremony on May 11, 2015, at the Alumni Welcome & Conference Center.
Also nominated this year were Dr. Shelly Michalski (Department of Biology) for BIOLOGY 108 and Dr. Pascale Manning (Department of English) for ENGLISH 310.
2013 - Dr. Don Dingledine
Dr. Don Dingledine (Department of English) was the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Teaching Award. We extend congratulations to Dr. Dingledine and to his fellow nominees, Dr. Robert Feldman (English 228: Honors Modern American Literature) and Dr. Paul Klemp (HNRS 175: Seminar). All are members of the Department of English.
Dingledine was nominated for ENGLISH 229: Honors African American Literature and for HNRS 275: Culture Connection.
The announcement was made by UHSA Executive Board members Shane Conner (double major in Economics and English) and Melanie Debish (Nursing), pictured here presenting the award at the Spring 2014 Honors Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday, May 13.
2012 - Dr. Don Dingledine
Dr. Dingledine, who has been teaching in the Department of English at UW Oshkosh since 2000, joined the Honors faculty in 2006. He also serves on the Honors Council. His courses include English 110: Honors Composition, English 229: Honors African American Literature, Honors 175; Honors Seminar, and HNRS 475: Honors Senior Seminar. He was nominated for HRS 275: Culture Connection.
Congratulations to Dr. Dingledine’s fellow nominees, Mr. Cary Henson and Dr. Paul Klemp, also from the Department of English.
This is the second time Dr. Dingledine has been honored with this award.
2011 - Dr. Susan McFadden
The 2011 winner of the Honors Outstanding Teaching Award was Dr. Susan McFadden of the Psychology Department.
Dr. McFadden taught a wide range of Honors courses over the years, including Honors 175, Honors 271 and 272, Honors 475, and Psychology 104: Honors Introduction to Psychology. She has also assisted with numerous Honors Thesis projects.
Two members of the UHSA, Alyssa Brunner and Shane Conner, presented the award during the Spring 2012 Honors Graduation Ceremony. Because she was at a conference and unable to attend that event, Dr. McFadden was presented with the award later that week at the African American Studies Minor Ceremony.
Also on the ballot this year were Dr. Michael Baltutis (Religious Studies) and Dr. Jennifer Considine (Communication).
Dr. McFadden retired from UW Oshkosh in Spring 2012 and is greatly missed.
2010 - Dr. Don Dingledine
The winner of the 2010 Honors Outstanding Teaching Award was Dr. Don Dingledine of the Department of English.
Dingledine’s Honors courses include English 110: Honors Composition, English 229: African American Literature, HNRS 175: Honors Seminar, HNRS 275: Culture Connection, and HNRS 475: Honors Senior Seminar. He has also served on the Honors Council since 2007.
Also nominated this year were Dr. Susan McFadden (Psychology) and Dr. Caryn Murphy (Communication).
Two members of the University Honors Student Association Teaching Award Committee, Nursing major Patience Krahn (right) and Biology major Ashley Stocker (left), read endorsements from Honors students and presented the award to Dr. Dingledine at the Spring 2011 Honors Graduation Ceremony on May 9.
2009 - Dr. Laurence Carlin
Dr. Laurence Carlin of the Philosophy Department won the Honors Outstanding Teaching Award for 2009.
At the time he won this award, Dr. Carlin’s Honors courses include the HNRS 175: Honors Seminar, Philosophy 110: Intro to Philosophy, and Culture Connection. A longtime Honors Council member, Carlin has also served as an Honors Thesis advisor and as an instructor at Honors recruitment events. In 2012, he joined Honors as a permanent staff member.
Chancellor Richard Wells presented Dr. Carlin with the award at the Spring 2010 Honors Graduation Ceremony on May 10.
2008 - Dr. Bill Mode
Dr. Bill Mode of the Geology Department won the first-ever Outstanding Teaching Award in 2008. Dr. Mode was nominated for his Geology 110: Honors Geology course, which he continues to teach with exceptional expertise every spring!
Dr. Mode, with fellow nominees Dr. Larry Carlin (Philosophy) and Dr. Steve Szydlik (Mathematics), accepted the award at the UHP Faculty Workshop on June 2, 2009.