Two UW-Marinette Faculty Members Receive Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

7/18/14
By UW-Marinette

UW-Marinette is proud to announce that Dr. Amy Reddinger, Associate Professor of English and Women’s Studies, and Tonya Meisner, Associate Lecturer of Mathematics, are the recipients of the UW Colleges statewide 2014 Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

“This is, indeed, an honor for our campus,” said Dean Paula Langteau. “Each year, there is only one recipient in each of these award categories from across all 13 UW Colleges’ campuses, statewide. These rewards reflect not only the excellence of these two remarkable teachers but also of the quality of instruction for which our campus has become known. We are exceptionally proud of the caliber of our faculty and instructional academic staff members.”

Reddinger is the recipient of the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for Faculty. She is being recognized for her work with students in the area of metacognition, weaving self-assessment and reflection activities focused on thinking about the learning process into all of her courses. Dr. Reddinger joined the UW-Marinette faculty in the fall of 2007. Previously, she directed a writing program and taught as a graduate assistant in the English Department at the University of Washington in Seattle. She has recently published several articles about a range of topics including teaching women’s studies, James Baldwin’s novel Another Country, and cookbooks from the 1950s and 60s.

At UW-Marinette, Reddinger, known to students as “Dr. A..” teaches a wide range of courses that include writing, literature, and women’s studies. She is also the advisor of the Writer’s Club and the Gay-Straight Alliance.

Reddinger received the Professor of the Year award for 2008-09. In June of 2013, she received promotion to Associate Professor and tenure in the UW Colleges.

"I feel incredibly lucky to have a job that I love; I have benefitted so greatly from the intelligence and dedication of our students and the knowledge and experience of such talented colleagues. I am truly honored to receive this award," Reddinger said.

Meisner is the recipient of the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for Instructional Academic Staff. She is being recognized for her work with the Hawkes program for modularized, master-based teaching of developmental mathematics.

Meisner joined the mathematics faculty in the fall of 2011. She is a UW-Marinette Alumni who grew up in the area. Her teaching experience includes eleven years of teaching math in public schools and teaching online courses. Working with math students of all ages has given her the experience to understand that students learn mathematics differently.  As the Developmental Mathematics Coordinator at UW-Marinette, her goal is for students to have success in mathematics. To achieve this, she implemented a module-based, mastery learning system for a number of math classes to help meet that goal. Meisner was named the Kaplan Fellow Award recipient in December of 2013, and she received the Instructional Academic Staff of the Year award in May.

Meisner commented, "My job in the classroom has become even more rewarding as I personally get the experience to work one-on-one with students, which you do not get in a regular lecture classroom. To have your personal work recognized is an amazing feeling. and I truly am appreciative of the acknowledgement of receiving the Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching Award." 

Both will be recognized at the UW Colleges Fall Convocation in Fond du Lac on August 28, 2014.

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