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UW-Fox Valley Professor Garners National Teaching Award

James Brey, Ph.D., Professor of Geography and Geology at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, has been selected by the National Council for Geographic Education to receive the prestigious "Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award" for outstanding teaching in his field.

Brey is in a very exclusive group. "Awards were given to [only] thirty-nine K-12 teachers and ten university / college professors from the United States and Canada," according to Ruth Shirey, spokesperson at the NCGE's headquarters in Pennsylvania. "The Distinguished Teaching Awards recognized outstanding contributions to geographic education. Colleagues submit nominations for the awards, and the awardees were chosen by panels of judges at the elementary, middle / junior high, senior high or post-secondary levels."

Robert S. Bednarz (Texas A & M University), NCGE President, is presenting the awards at a banquet being held during the organization's annual meeting in Vancouver, BC, Canada, August 1-4, 2001. Awardees receive a plaque to commemorate their recognition and a free one-year membership in the NCGE.

"The NGCE was chartered in 1915 to promote the geographic education at all levels of instruction. The organization currently has 4,200 members worldwide," Shirey explains.

Brey has been a faculty member at UWFox since 1990. He received the Associate of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan. He then earned his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science, and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Brey was a Ford Foundation Fellow from 1972-1974. He received the Rotary Cutting Edge Teaching Award in 1995, and was voted UWFox's "Teacher of the Year" in 1997. He has had numerous professional articles published, presented dozens of professional papers, and served on various university and community committees.

Posted on 7/30/2001