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UWFox Chemistry Professor Honored As 'Teaching Fellow'

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Dr. Rudd

Martin Rudd, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, has been selected as “The University of Wisconsin Colleges Teaching Fellow for 2005-2006,” according to Greg Lampe, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for the UW Colleges. This is a significant honor for Rudd, who was singularly chosen from among the hundreds of faculty members that teach at the thirteen UW Colleges campuses located around the state.

“It is a tremendous honor to be selected as the UW Colleges Teaching Fellow. I am delighted that my application was received so well and that my department and campus supported me with such enthusiasm,” Rudd said upon being notified of his selection. “I am very excited to have won this award. I am passionate about what I teach and the way in which I teach. This type of recognition always helps fuel my desire to improve and innovate my methods and delivery in the classroom.”

Rudd earned his Bachelor of Science degree (B. Sc.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) at the University of Warwick in England. In 1994-1995, he was a Royal Society European Science Exchange Program Fellow at the University of Bergen in Norway. In 1996-1997, Rudd was a Robert A. Welch Post Doctoral Fellow at Baylor University in Texas.

Rudd was an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern State University of Louisiana from 1997 – 2002, where he taught advanced classes in inorganic and synthetic chemistry, general chemistry and undergraduate thesis as well as an elective in organometallic chemistry. While there, he also ran a sizable undergraduate research group funded by his in and out-of-state grants. During his tenure at NSUL, he won the university’s research award.

Rudd joined the UW Colleges faculty in the fall of 2002 when he taught general chemistry laboratories, introduction to organic and biochemistry, and organic chemistry at UW – Marathon County (Wausau) in the fall of 2002.

Rudd came to UWFox in the fall of 2003. His areas of expertise are inorganic chemistry, platinum group metals, organometallic chemistry, and chemistry education. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and a Chartered Chemist of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

As the Teaching Fellow, Rudd is expected to attend the 2005 UW System Faculty College schedule for May, the 2005 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows Summer Institute in June, and the Office of Professional and Instructional Development’s annual Spring Conference in 2006. He is also expected to undertake his scholarly project, the introduction of a “structures first” approach to teaching organic chemistry. Ultimately, Rudd is expected to present or develop a “culminating product,” according to Lampe, “such as a workshop, article, open classroom or set of classroom materials.”

“I am going to use this opportunity to investigate how I can improve my students’ experience in the two semester organic chemistry class I teach,” Rudd said. “But I’m going into the project with an open mind about how I’m going to approach it. For instance, I will have a great deal of interaction with other UW System faculty during this upcoming year, and I know that the methods and ideas that we share will ultimately shape how I go about my innovative improvements. I hope that it will make me not only a better ‘teaching’ teacher, but a better ‘thinking’ teacher as well.”

Posted on 1/12/2005