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Sept. 10, 2004


UW-RF College Announces Faculty/Staff Awards

The UW-River Falls College of Education and Professional Studies presented the award for outstanding faculty member to Florence Monsour at its fall faculty meeting Aug. 23 in the Wyman Education Building. At a spring College Awards Event last April the college also presented the award for Outstanding Adviser to Gary Cottrell and the Dean's Special Recognition Award to Michael Martin.

The COEPS personnel committee selected from those nominated for the outstanding faculty member award based on their contributions in teaching, service to the college, community service, and professional and scholarly contributions. Students nominated an adviser for the Outstanding Advisor Award. The Dean's Special Recognition Award was for outstanding work performance in 2003-04.

Monsour is a professor and co-chair of the Teacher Education Department. She is a coordinator in the Principal Licensure Program, which is designed to develop the skills necessary to become a principal. Monsour has also served as co-director of the Wisconsin Partners in Service Learning and the director of Wisconsin Principals' Assessment Center.

After graduating with a B.A. in K-12 art education from Hamline University, Monsour continued her education and received a M.A. in special education from the University of St. Thomas, a M.S. in school psychology from the UW -River Falls, and an Ed.D. in educational administration from the University of Minnesota. Monsour has more than a decade of experience with learning disabled and emotional and/or behavioral disabled elementary and secondary programs.

She also worked as a tutor, work coordinator, remedial teacher, extended-care liaison, special education teacher, and elementary counselor with public and private schools. In addition to serving on several University committees, Monsour is an author and co-author of several books and journal articles. She has written many successful grant requests; the largest grant was for National Youth Service Learning totaling more than $700,000.

An individual who nominated Monsour wrote, "What stands out most about Florence is her ability to encourage exceptional teaching and scholarship in a caring and professional manner. She is supportive and kind, yet upholds the standards needed by educators at all levels."

The recipient of the College's Outstanding Advisor Award, associate Professor Gary Cottrell graduated with a B.A. in speech pathology and audiology from Michigan State University. He received aa M.A. from Central Michigan University and a Ph.D. from Kent State University, both in audiology. Cottrell has academic experience as an audiology coordinator and instructor and clinical supervisor.

In addition he has worked as a clinical audiologist and consulting audiologist. Cottrell currently serves on several University committees including the C.H.I.L.D. Center Advisory Council and the Education Technology Committee. In addition, he is a member of several audiology associations.

He has co-authored two journal articles, directed theses, and worked on thesis committees. He is the recipient of both UW-RF Foundation and professional development grants. The outstanding adviser award is a student-nominated award.

Dean Connie Foster said the students who nominated Cottrell did so because "he was always there for them, he was consistent, and knew the academic program."

Martin, the recipient of the Dean's Special Recognition Award, has been an academic advisor, data manager and certification officer at UW-River Falls since 1997. He is also an adviser to the Theta Chi Fraternity and has received awards that recognize his professional work in Greek affairs.

After graduating from UW-Whitewater with a B.S. in psychology and sociology, Martin continued his education at UW-Whitewater and received a M.S.E. in guidance and counseling with a higher education emphasis. Martin is involved with several professional organizations such as the Wisconsin Academic Advising Association and the National Academic Advising Association.

Foster said she wanted to recognize his years of service and dedication to the students in the college." I really wanted to recognize Mike's wonderful advising because students always speak so highly of him," said Foster. "Whenever we get nominations for adviser of the year at a university level or college level, his name is always there."

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