Teaching Awards

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

September 5, 1997

UW-RF Announces Colleges Teaching Awards

Six faculty members have been recognized for outstanding teaching and assistance to students and colleagues by their respective colleges at UW-River Falls.

Recognized within the College of Education & Graduate Studies was Betsy Barrett in health & human performance. Receiving honors within the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences was Lewis May in agricultural economics. Selected for recognition within the College of Arts & Sciences were: John Shepherd in physics, Imtiaz Moosa in philosophy, Nicholas Karolides in English, and Rik Seefeldt in psychology.

Barrett received the Outstanding Faculty Award for her work as an assistant professor with the department of health & human performance. Dean Kathleen Daly said Barrett's colleagues cited numerous contributions in nominating her for the award. "Betsy is an outstnading teacher and has also contributed in significant ways to her department, the College of Education & Graduate Studies, the University, and beyond," Daly said.

"The College of Education and Graduate Studies is very proud of the outstanding contributions that she has made to the campus community. As this year's Outstanding Faculty Member, Ms. Betsy Barrett exemplifies excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, and university service."

Cited were her consistently high evaluations from students; use of information technologies in teaching coupled with various assessment techniques to measure their effectiveness; her University service in coordinating a Life Fitness program for faculty and staff; service on many department and institution committees; grant writing activities; and scholarly presentations.

May's understanding of students' needs led to his recognition through the CAFES Outstanding Faculty-Teaching Award. The College's award also carries recognition through an Outstanding Teacher Award of NACTA, the national organization for agriculture higher education.

Dean Gary Rohde noted, "In all of his dealing with students, his desire to teach and help produce a mature, professional and educated citizen is clearly apparent. For Lewi, every moment with a student is a 'teachable moment.' Lewi seems to be tireless in his quest to help students better themselves."

May was cited for his use of new technologies in his agricultural economics classes; coordinating the department's internship program; adviser to the Agricultural Economics Club; led the founding of the campus chapter of the National Agricultural Marketing Association, which has twice been selected as best chapter in the nation; and has been recognized nationally for his assistance the campus chapter of Alpha Zeta.

Recognized during a faculty gathering at the start of the academic year were the Outstanding Faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences. The awards were presented through polling of rescent graduates.

In his address to the college, Dean Neal Prochnow noted of each of the faculty members:
"John Shepherd is one of the most knowledgeable and creative experimental physicists that I have ever known. This is reflected in his design of the Junior lab sequence and the Swensen Sundial. Students note that 'he is very good at making difficult concepts interesting and understandable.' "

"Imtiaz Moosa takes great pride in preparing for his classes and initiating thought-provoking discussions. His students both recognize and appreciate this as is evident from their comments. 'Very interesting to listen to and he led very stimulating discussions.' 'Imtiaz really makes you think of all the ideas of all the viewpoints.' "

"I have worked with Nick Karolides for 12 years. His work with students as Associate Dean is always professional, caring and sensitive. It is no surprise that this is the most frequent comment made by students about his teaching. It is also no surprise that he was recognized as an outstanding teacher in the college. He won the UW-RF Distinguished Teahcing Award in 1971 and the Regents Teaching Excellence Award in 1994."

"Rik Seefeldt is an example of what teaching is all about at UW-River Falls. The students commented not only about his classroom teaching, but also about the time that he devoted to advising them about their academic programs, their careers, and their futures."

Karolides teaches Native Americans in Literature, Composition Theory, Methods of Teaching English, Adolescent Literature, Issues in Children's Literature, and Reader Response. He has published numerous books on censorship, fitness, physical impairments, and reading techniques. He holds his master's and doctorate from New York University.

Seefeldt is a licensed psychologist who, along with his duties as psychology department chair, teaches undergraduate courses in General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Introduction to Counseling, Introduction to Clinical Psychology and a graduate course in Psychopathology. He is also the coordinator for the department's field internships.

Seefeldt also has pursued research on adult children of alcoholics, as well as the impact of anti-drug use programs. He serves on the Faculty Senate. Shepherd teaches Advanced Laboratory, Fortran, Data Analysis, and Engineering Statistics, as well as general astronomy. He advises pre-engineering majors in the department. He is editor of the Wisconsin Physics newsletter for high school science teachers, and he also has been involved in such research topics as light scattering in dust clouds around stars.

He holds his doctorate from the Imperial College, London University.

Moosa has been a member of the philosophy department since 1989, where he specializes in aesthetics and Oriental and Islamis religious philosophy. He teaches such couses as the Philosophy of Art, the Philosophy of Law, and Oriental and Islamic Religious Philosophy. He also serves on numerous University committees.

His bachelor's master's and doctorate from the University of Toronto.

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