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UWFox Announces ‘Kaplan Award’ Winners for 2010

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Three faculty members at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley have been awarded the UW Colleges prestigious Arthur M. Kaplan Award.  The award recipients are Will Curl, Dubear Kroening, and Bill Gillard.

In making the announcement, UW Colleges Chancellor David Wilson cited each of three individuals for the services and innovations that they’ve provided to students as the basis for their respective recognition.

Will Curl

Curl, a lecturer in English, has been on the faculty at UWFox since 2001. The Kimberly resident earned his B.S. from the University of Michigan, with his Master’s Degree and Ph.D. being awarded to him by the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, where he also previously taught.

Wilson recognized Curl’s efforts in the development and delivery of a new course, “Literary Magazines,” for UWFox students. In addition, Wilson praised Curl for adding students to the editing process of the campus’ “Fox Cry Review,” the regional and national student literary magazine produced by the campus for the past 35 years.

In receiving the Kaplan Award, Curl said, “It’s an honor, and in my case, a very unexpected one. Recognizing the efforts of non-tenured faculty like this is something that really sets UWFox apart and makes it a fantastic place to teach.”

Assistant Professor of English Gillard, an Appleton resident, joined the UWFox faculty in 2006. He earned his B.A. from St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY), his M.A. from Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ), and his M.F.A. from Fairleigh-Dickinson University (Madison, NJ). Bill Gillard  He previously taught at Fairleigh-Dickenson, The Delbarton School (NJ), and Montclair State.

Wilson cited Gillard for his efforts in developing and offering a course that linked “Creative Writing” to other campus courses. Further, Gillard was recognized for being the person responsible for developing a completely student-run journal, “The Cyclones’ Muse.” In addition, he was praised for taking the initiative to plan and take students to an English conference in Louisville, KY, during the Spring Semester 2008.

Gillard expressed his appreciation for the award by saying, “Thanks very much to [UW Colleges] Provost and Vice Chancellor Emeritus Arthur M. Kaplan, who established the award 17 years ago. I’ll use it to improve my teaching so I can better serve the students here at UWFox.”

Kroening, a resident of Hortonville, is an associate professor of Biological Sciences at UWFox. He began teaching at the campus in 2000. He received his B.S. from Northern Michigan University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota/Twin Cities. Dubear Kroening Prior to UWFox, he taught at Lawrence University and Marian University.

Wilson recognized Kroening for being one of the first faculty members on campus to use “course-casting” in his classes, i.e., “posting your lectures for everyone to be able to hear and review outside of class.” In addition, Kroening was recognized for being “an extremely active member of the UW-Fox Valley Foundation Board [of Directors], which raises a large amount of money for student scholarships.”  Kroening was also cited for developing and posting “extra websites with tutorials and animations” in his Accelerated Learning Program course that “provides students the means to increase learning in biology.”

“I’m very happy that I’ve won this award,” Kroening said. “It’s an honor to be recognized for my teaching contributions. I feel that the atmosphere at UWFox is conducive to bringing out the best in not only the people that work here, but the students and even many community members. UWFox is a great place to be!”

The Kaplan Award program was established to recognize the outstanding contributions made to education by UW Colleges faculty and academic staff.  It recognizes the very positive spirit that Kaplan contributed to the enhancement of education in the UW Colleges.

Each of the 13 individual campuses around the state that collectively make up the UW Colleges claims its own Kaplan Award winner(s).  The award, begun in 1993, is a grant provided to an individual and the campus. It’s to be used for professional development or necessary supplies and equipment. In some cases, individual campus foundations match institutional funds. 

For more information about the UWFox Kaplan Award and the 2010 recipients, contact Dave Hager, director of University Relations, 920-832-2611 or email david.hager@uwc.edu.


Posted on 02/26/2010