At UW-Green Bay’s fall convocation on August 25, 2021, a number of faculty and staff were recognized with the Founders Awards, the highest honor bestowed by their peers. In addition, the Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, John Katers, presented Professor and President of the Richard School of Engineering, Patricia Terry, the first Wisconsin Civil Service Chair in Engineering. .
Receive the founders’ awards:
- Amy Ibuaka, Academic Staff Excellence Award
- Kate Farley, Academic Support for Excellence
- Kevin Kain, Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship
- Brian Merkel, Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence
- Joy Ruzak, University Award for Excellence in Community Outreach
- Lisa Poupart University Award for Excellence in Institutional Development
- Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, University Award for Collaborative Excellence
Here are the quotes read for each individual:
The Academic Support Excellence Award recipient is known for being creative, thoughtful and positive when it comes to solving both big and small problems. Her proponents noted that she “is excellent at collaborating”, working regularly with faculty and staff from many different departments in the university, and wrote that “if you were to review the courses with the most creative digital assignments on our campus, you would see her name associated with a lot of them. ”Since being hired as a recent graduate of UW-Green Bay, she has advanced many new initiatives, including Phoenix Studios (the network of UW-Green Bay podcasts), adoption of ePortfolios, “Domain of One’s Own”, the Virtual Psychology Museum, the 2017-2018 UW-Green Bay initiative “Becoming a University Ready for Students” and our current strategic initiative of open educational resources. This year’s recipient of the The Academic Support Award for Excellence is Kate Farley.
Our Academic Staff Excellence Award recipient’s nomination letter began by saying that “it was a fortuitous day for everyone in college” when this nominee joined the College of Science, Engineering and Engineering. technology. His colleagues enthusiastically described his work ethic, patience, thoughtfulness and ability to communicate. She has a great deal of institutional knowledge and is the go-to person for questions on a wide range of topics. She has a great ability to anticipate problems that might arise and find solutions for them. Its proponents noted that these qualities were especially valuable when the CSET onboarded many new faculty members from Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan, established the Resch School of Engineering, and opened the STEM Innovation Center. They think her efforts show that she incredibly deserves this award. This year’s recipient of The Academic Staff Award of Excellence is Amy Ibuaka.
The recipient of the Faculty’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship has gained national and international recognition as the best researcher in his field of study. He has written more than 20 articles and book chapters during his two-decade career, which his nominator wanted to emphasize are “not just brief 2-3 page notes on a subject, but rather notes. papers of 30, 40 or 50 pages. , in-depth explorations of their subject matter which advance original arguments amply supported by primary documents, and which examine and engage in depth with existing research. He demonstrated his passion for his field by doing this while serving as a lecturer with a teaching load of 27 credits. He recently edited a two-volume series on the early modern patriarchs in the Eastern Orthodox Church and is starting a $ 1.45 million multi-year grant project with an international research team, funded by the European Research Council, where he will conduct research on religious reforms and on the conception of the “New Jerusalem” in 17th century Russia, “a subject you may recognize is not always easy to study in Green Bay, Wisconsin. This year’s recipient of Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship is Kevin Kain.
The recipient of the Faculty’s Award for Teaching Excellence is recognized for outstanding teaching from high school students in summer programs at UW-Green Bay, through general education courses, level courses higher in major, internship and undergraduate research. supervisor, up to graduate courses. Students especially noted his enthusiasm for the subjects he teaches and his ability to draw students into what can be difficult material. Students also greatly appreciate his mentoring abilities, as one alumnus said: “[This professor] has proven that student mentoring doesn’t stop at the end of class or upon graduation, as it continues to actively work with students to help them succeed in their careers. In fact, I can say that this person also taught me, and many people in this room or watching online today, with his COVID-19 video series: Why it matters to you. This year’s recipient of The faculty’s award for teaching excellence is Brian Merkel.
The recipient of the University Award for Excellence in Community Outreach has led countless projects that expand the educational reach of our university in our 16 counties and beyond. Its proponents underscored its commitment to education for all and its ability to partner and collaborate. His leadership has resulted in the launch of many new initiatives and, as one letter of support stated, “his humility in showing everyone what community collaboration really means.” She led the development of the Wisconsin Caregiver Academy for professionals in the assisted living industry, the Rising Phoenix Early College High School program, now expanded from one site to three, the GEAR UP program for low-income students , Grades 6 to 12. across the state, the expansion of the Lifelong Learning Institute model to Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Marinette, the recently launched Institute for Women’s Leadership, and many more. This year’s recipient of The University Award for Excellence in Community Outreach is Joy Ruzek.
The proponents wrote that the recipient of the University Award for Excellence in Institutional Development “would be the first to recognize that she did not accomplish these things on her own and that she always shared the credit with her peers.” They were clear, however, that she deserved the recognition of this award because, “none of these things would have happened without her skillful, tireless and culturally grounded leadership.” They continue, “His leadership has provided us as teachers with a safe space to grow. Her support for us and our work has gone beyond encouragement and empowerment, allowing us to co-create and extend this space to our students. She has demonstrated a great ability to collaborate and navigate complex planning processes both in the world of higher education and in working with the wider community. His leadership led to the development of UW-Green Bay’s very first PhD, the Ed.D in First Nations Education. This year’s recipient of University Prize for Excellence in Institutional Development is Lisa Poupart.
The recipient of the University Collaborative Excellence Award is a team that demonstrates collaborative excellence both within the team and by working with many departments on campus. They are a key element in advancing our university’s mission of “deep commitment to diversity, inclusion, social justice, civic engagement and educational opportunities at all levels”. They have been described as helpful, approachable, patient, cheerful, effective, calming, and “a powerhouse of talent and creative endeavor”. [them]. “They produce numerous workshops, focus groups, and online resources, as well as the annual Institute for Educational Development. When the university transitioned to distance learning in March 2020, it entered what a person called “superhero mode,” supporting the enormous task of pivoting an entire university towards online education in the space of a week, without leaving the hard core, however, principles of healthy curriculum design . This year’s recipient of University Award for Excellence in Collaborative Achievement is the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning.