Teaching Awards

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

Oct. 18, 1996

Arts & Sciences Teaching Awards Announced

Three faculty members in the UW-River Falls College of Arts & Sciences have been selected for the annual Outstanding Faculty Award.

Kermit Paulson of the physics department, Terry Brown of the English department, and Brad Caskey of Psychology were presented their awards at the opening fall faculty meeting.

The awards were presented through polling of recent graduates. UW-RF surveyed graduates from two and four years ago who were asked to vote for two outstanding instructors in humanities, social science, and science & mathematics.

According to Dean Neal Prochnow, Paulson "is a caring, highly organized instructor who has the ability to meet the needs of students, ranging from entry level to returning teachers working toward certification."

Prochnow noted that students always comment positively about Paulson's approach to laboratory activities.

Paulson has published numerous journal articles and has presented widely on the subject of radiation, nuclear energy and energy conservation. He is also involved in providing inservice training opportunities for middle and high school teachers in the areas of nuclear power and radiation.

Additionally, he is active in health physics, serving as present of the North Central Chapter of the Health Physics Society. He also is a member of the Upper Midwest Section of the American Nucelar Society and serves on its public information committee.

Paulson holds a masters in experimental nuclear physics from UW-Madison and post-masters training at the Oak Ridge Associated Universities in the areas of radiation, nuclear medicine and environmental monitoring.

Prochnow noted that Terry Brown's dedication to her students did not go unnoticed in the former students' evaluations.

One student commented, "She is a fine example of a caring educator who is driven to enable each student to reach out for excellence."

Brown has presented regionally, nationally and internationally on such varied topics as screen image of Jodie Foster, Madoona as a cultural icon, the teaching of women's studies, sexist language, Thailand and the sex industry, pornography, and a number of other subjects. Brown spent a semester on sabbatical in Thailand in Fall 1995 to gather research for an upcoming book analyzing Western travel literature and Siam. She is writing an essay-length memoir recalling her childhood experiences in Thailand.

Brown holds bachelor's and master's in English from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D, from the University of Florida in Gainesville. She teaches introductory literature and composition courses, as well as American literature, women in literature and film, sexuality in culture, advanced composition and computer-assisted writing.

Prochnow noted that Caskey's warmth and teaching style was appreciated by many of his former students. "Students view Brad as a caring, interesting instructor with a great sense of humor."

One of the student comments was, "He made the class enjoyable as well as taught [psychology] in a way that made it applicable to our lives."

Casey is an alumnus of UW-RF who received a bachelor's in psychology and secondary education in 1980. Casey went on to receive his master's and Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.

He teaches introductory psychology as well as child and adolescent development, adulthood and aging, human learning and graduate level coursework. He is published in the areas of life span development psychology and child development, and has presented regionally and nationally in his field. He works as a consultant and volunteer for the River Falls School District as well as conducting a number of independent research projects in a number of issues affecting humans throughout their life span.

Casey co-authored a $25,000 lab modernization grant to improve the psychology department laboratories and serves as the advisor to the student psychology society.

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