UWFox Instructor Receives 'Outstanding Contributions to Political Science Education' Award
George Waller, senior lecturer in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, has been named the recipient of the “2011 Instructional Academic Staff [IAS] Award for Outstanding Contributions to Political Science Education in the University of Wisconsin Colleges.” UWFox is one of the 13 campuses that comprise the UW Colleges, and one of the 26 campuses that make up the UW System.
Joseph Foy, Ph.D., UW Colleges chair of the political science department, made the announcement of this year’s award. Foy said, “George was nominated for this award in large part because of his exceptional teaching and his presence as an active member of the department of political science. As his nomination letter to the department reads: ‘I believe [George Waller] exemplifies the numerous criteria listed in the established guidelines. George is not only an award winning educator, he actively engages in departmental and campus service. He is a true citizen (in the classical sense of the term) of the [UW] Colleges community.’”
“The IAS Award for Outstanding Contributions to Political Science Education is a biannual award that takes into account the contributions of IAS in the classroom, in the department, and in their campus and local communities,” Foy explained. “George is the first recipient of this award.”
In receiving the award, Waller said, “I am both humbled and honored to receive this award. I know that there are many excellent educators within the political science department and throughout the UW Colleges and to be recognized as one of them is a great honor. Teaching is what I love to do and I have always considered myself to be very fortunate to have the opportunity to do that within the Colleges.”
Waller has been a member of the teaching staff at UWFox since August 2000. He earned his B.A. from Marquette University, his M.A. from the University of North Dakota, and has completed coursework toward his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His areas of subject expertise include American government, public policy, campaign and election analysis.
“Please join me in congratulating George Waller and thanking all of our hardworking and amazing academic staff throughout the UW Colleges,” Foy said. “We simply could not exist as an institution in furtherance of our important mission without their service and countless contributions.”.
UWFox has approximately 1,700 students presently enrolled and offers a range of academic programs, including an associate degree as well as five bachelor’s degrees, continuing education programs, visual and performing arts programs and a wide variety of extracurricular activities that include students and the Fox Cities community.