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Sept. 3, 2003

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Regents to honor UW System Teaching Excellence Award winners

MADISON—The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will honor the winners of the annual Regents Teaching Excellence Awards on Friday (Sept. 5) during a ceremony at a full board meeting in Madison.

The 2003 Teaching Excellence Award winners are:

  • Carole G. Vopat, professor of English and women’s studies, UW-Parkside;
  • Janna Cowen, professor of economics, UW-River Falls; and
  • Department of Geography and Geology, UW-Stevens Point.

This award recognizes outstanding career achievements by individuals and an exceptional commitment to teaching by academic departments or programs. Nominees underwent a rigorous campus selection process, which included support from students.

Each winner will receive $5,000 for professional development. Regent Danae Davis of Milwaukee chaired the special regents committee that selected the winners.

In notifying the winners, Davis and Regent President Toby Marcovich of Superior thanked them for their impressive dedication and praised their ability to inspire enthusiasm among students. UW System President Katharine C. Lyall said the depth of talent among the nominees posed great challenges for the selection committee.

“These important awards recognize and reward some of the most dedicated and talented faculty, academic staff, departments and programs within the UW System,” Lyall said. “Each of the winners is a true reflection of the UW System’s vigorous commitment to teaching.”

For more information about the achievements of each winner, see their respective profiles: