September 3, 2004
College of Arts and Sciences Presents Outstanding Teaching Awards
The UW-River Falls College of Arts and Sciences presented outstanding teaching awards to three faculty at its fall meeting Aug. 23 in Abbott Concert Hall. Recognized were Terrence Mannetter, associate professor of Modern Languages, in the division of Arts & Humanities; Clarke Garry, professor of biology, in the division of sciences and mathematics, and Edward Peterson, professor of history, in the social sciences division.
The awards were and recipients were selected from ballots sent to College of Arts and Sciences graduates of 2001 and 2003. "It is important to recognize and celebrate outstanding teaching, as that is the heart of our mission and one of the primary motivations for the faculty who have chosen to make their careers at UW-River Falls," says CAS Dean Gorden Hedahl. "These awards are especially significant, as they are chosen by students who have graduated and have entered the work force. They are able to reflect on their entire University experience and recognize those who have made lasting impacts on their lives and careers."
CAS established the awards in 1985 to honor those individuals who had demonstrated teaching excellence based on the nominations and recognition from their former students. It gives three awards annually, one in each division of the college: arts & humanities; sciences and mathematics, and social sciences. Recipients of the award received a $250 check from the UW-RF Foundation and a certificate of appreciation. Faculty are eligible to receive the award once in a 10-year period.
Terrance Mannetter is an associate professor of Spanish at the Modern Language Department. He teaches courses in undergraduate Spanish language, literature, and phonetics, and serves as coordinator of a new first-year Spanish language program that utilizes the Natural Approach to second language learning. He also serves as director of the Winter Interim in Mexico program.
A Wisconsin native, he graduated from high school in Phoenix, Ariz. He holds a B.A. in philosophy and Spanish from UW-Stevens Point and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish from UW-Madison. His fields of specialization are Hispanic Philology, Medieval and Golden Age Spanish Literature, Peninsular Dialectology, Modern Spanish Linguistics, and Portuguese Literature and Linguistics.
After working as a research assistantship in the UW-Madison Seminary of Medieval Spanish Studies at UW-Madison, he was appointed chief editor of a new dictionary project developed in conjunction with the Seminary, the Dictionary of the Complete Works of Juan Manuel.
Biology Professor Clarke Garry is a previous recipient of the CAS Outstanding Teaching Award in 1993. He received his A.B. and M.S. from the University of Missouri and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His courses include Introduction to Biology, General Biology, General Zoology, Field Experiences in Biology, and Entomology.
His research is presently focused on a comprehensive inventory of macroinvertebrates of the Kinnickinnic River watershed and insect-based biotic indexing.
He previously worked on on paleoentomology and paleoecology of sub-Arctic and Arctic insects and has authored many refereed papers and abstracts related to paleoecology.
Edward Peterson was also recognized in the past year by the university as the distinguished teacher. Peterson, who served as chairman of the social science and history departments from 1963 to 1991, teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate courses with a particular emphasis on 20th Century European history. Peterson earned his bachelor's, master's and doctorate at UW-Madison.
A committed researcher of German archives, Peterson wrote the first of his seven histories on the limitations of Hitler's totalitarian powers. His additional histories have explored such topics as Germany under American occupation, East Germany and German resistance under Soviet occupation, and an analytical history of World War II. During his distinguished career, Peterson has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Social Science Research Council and presented at many conferences.
He is a three-time recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Award presented by a German foundation for furthering scholarship in the culture. With more than 50 years teaching and the senior faculty member, the honor falls to Peterson to carry the University's ceremonial mace at formal events, such as commencement.
"It is interesting to note that the three individuals arrived at very different points in the history of UW-RF, but all are like-minded in their dedication to the education of our students," said Hedahl. "It must also be noted that these individuals serve as models, but they are also representatives for the large number of positive and committed faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences who work so well as effective educators and mentors for our students."
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