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October 18, 2002

Phinney Named UW-RF Outstanding Faculty Member

The College of Education and Professional Studies named UW-River Falls Professor of Education Margaret Yatsevitch Phinney 2001-02 Outstanding Faculty Member. She was selected from a number of highly qualified candidates for her contributions in teaching, service and scholarship.

Though Phinney has only been at the University since August 1999, the nominating committee determined that she excelled in all three areas.

The colleague who nominated her wrote, "I nominated Margaret Phinney for this award in recognition of her dedication and enthusiasm for her work, her vision in reorganizing the undergraduate and graduate reading programs at UW-RF, her ability to work as a leader as well as a team player with her colleagues, and the evidence of her respect and support for her students."

With regard to her teaching, the committee said that faculty and students commented on her authentic enthusiasm for both the subject and her students. "She is extremely knowledgeable, prepared and concise, and models the kind of teaching she expects of pre-service teachers," they said. "Her reflective statement on teaching is truly inspiring."

She demonstrated excellent service by redesigning the reading program, making major administrative changes, and serving on various committees such as the graduate council with tenacity and expertise. The committee also said Phinney's scholarship was original intellectual work, as shown by her portfolio.

The award is selected by inviting faculty from the College to nominate a colleague. It then examines the nominee portfolios, which include student evaluations, and selects the recipient. The College has been selecting an outstanding faculty member annually since 1984.

Said Interim Dean Connie Foster of the College of Education and Professional Studies, "Dr. Phinney is highly deserving of this recognition. She is committed to her students and extremely hard working in the areas of curriculum change and program reorganization. Her numerous presentations and publications demonstrate her continual involvement in scholarly activity. Please join me in congratulating Margaret on her many excellent accomplishments as a faculty member in our college."

Phinney joined the University in August 1999 as a professor and director for the master's program in reading in the department of teacher education. She has published a number of professional books and children's stories; the most recent of which are "City Visit," to be published this spring by Mondo Publishing, and "Loose Tooth," published in 2000 by Lee and Low Publishers.

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