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November 15, 2006

Call for teaching awards nominees

Faculty members, student organizations and university departments are invited to nominate faculty members to be recognized for exceptional teaching. The faculty distinguished teaching awards include six Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Awards, the Class of 1955 Teaching Excellence Award, the William H. Kiekhofer Teaching Award, the Emil Steiger Teaching Award and the Van Hise Outreach Teaching Award.

Teachers can be nominated for a specific award, including a UW System award, or the awards in general, which should be indicated in the chair’s letter. The Teaching Awards Committee will notify the nominating department if a nominee is being considered for a UW System award and whether any additional information is needed.

All nominations for faculty teaching awards, including a UW System award, have a submission deadline of Monday, Jan. 22, and should be delivered to the Committee on Distinguished Teaching Awards, Office of the Secretary of the Faculty, 130 Bascom Hall. For more information, contact committee chair Richard Moss at 262-1939 or committee coordinator Paula Gray at 262-3958. For more information, visit

Teaching and Learning Symposium call for proposals

The Ninth Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium is a two-day event for faculty, staff, postdoctoral and graduate students aimed at improving the quality of teaching and learning.

The sponsors seek proposals for sessions that explore ways teachers can offer all students an enriched learning experience. Examples of topics include, but are not limited to:

  • using the world outside the campus as a classroom
  • successful models of enriched, experiential teaching and learning as a part of undergraduate, graduate and professional education
  • models of enriched learning in particular disciplinary/interdisciplinary contexts
  • inclusive teaching practices to engage diverse students in enriched, experiential learning
  • models for expanding the content of courses to include broader aspects of diversity
  • using technology to enhance learning
  • assessment of learning and the ways it can be used to enrich students’ learning experiences

Sessions will be 60 minutes and can be presentations with discussions, panels or roundtable discussions. To submit a proposal, visit http:// and complete the form. For questions, contact Laurie Mayberry at 262-5246 or Deadline for submissions is Jan. 16.

Practicing Jews: Art, Identity and Culture

The George L. Mosse/Laurence A. Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies and the Conney Project on Jewish Arts announce a call for papers and proposals for this conference, to take place at UW–Madison April 23–27.

The conference will address issues of Jewish identity in the visual arts, music, performance and literature through both theory and practice.

Visit for more information.

2007 Career Enhancement Fellowships for junior faculty

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation invites junior faculty to apply for the 2007 Career Enhancement Fellowships. The purpose of the program is to increase the presence of minority junior faculty (African Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, Native Americans and Native Alaskans) and other junior faculty members committed to eradicating racial disparities in core fields in the arts and sciences. Candidates should be in the third year of the tenure-tracking teaching appointment at the time of application, teach in one of the 17 eligible academic fields, be able to accept the award for the 2007–08 academic year and be a U.S. citizen. Twenty fellowships will be awarded.

The objective of the Career Enhancement Fellowships is to aid the scholarly research and intellectual growth of junior faculty, thereby enhancing their chances for success as tenured university scholars. The award provides a maximum $30,000 stipend, a $1,500 research, travel or publication stipend, and participation in a two-and-a-half-day fall retreat in October. Funding begins in June.

To obtain a fellowship brochure and an application and instruction sheet, contact Sylvia Sheridan at, or at 609-452-7007. The 2007 Career Enhancement Fellowships are funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Applications are due Nov. 30.

2006–07 Academic Staff Excellence Awards

Chancellor John D. Wiley announces the 16th Academic Staff Excellence Awards. This year’s awards honor nine extraordinary people of achievement on campus in seven categories.

Recipients for the campus Excellence Awards will be named in March and honored both in April at the Academic Staff Assembly and at a reception hosted by the chancellor on May 15.

Wiley urges everyone to participate by forwarding nominations for those academic staff who exemplify the sustained excellence, outstanding achievement and creative initiative that characterizes the university.

Nomination packets for all awards (including System and Regents awards) should be sent to the Office of the Secretary of the Academic Staff, 270 Bascom Hall, 500 Lincoln Drive. Deadlines as shown below are firm. Follow the submission instructions for each separate award carefully. Detailed information is at awards. Anyone with questions regarding the awards should contact Colleen McCabe at 263-2985,

Deadline for all awards is Jan. 26.

UW–Madison Academic Staff Excellence Awards

  • Chancellor’s Hilldale Award for Excellence in Teaching $5,000
  • Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Research (two awards): $2,500
  • Robert Heideman Award for Excellence in Public Service: $2,500
  • Wisconsin Alumni Association Awards for Excellence in Leadership (two awards): $2,500
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Service to the University: $2,500
  • Ann Wallace Career Achievement Award: $2,500
  • Martha Casey Award for Dedicated Service to the University: $2,500

UW System Awards

(submissions only in electronic form)

  • 2007 Academic Staff Regents Award for Excellence: $5,000
  • Alliant Energy Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award: $5,000

Notice of public meeting, availability of draft environmental impact assessment for public comment, west campus utility improvements

UW–Madison proposes a project that will construct primary steam, chilled water and electrical/signal improvements on the west campus. Domestic water and sanitary and storm sewer system improvements will also be made. In addition, a roundabout will be installed at the intersection of Walnut Street and Observatory Drive, and Observatory Drive will be extended to Highland Avenue, along the same route as the installation of the new utilities.

The project includes the construction of a storm water seepage bed/detention system at the recreation fields, north of the Waisman Center. Roadway and walkway improvements will be completed along Highland Avenue and Observatory Drive including sidewalks, bike lanes, landscaping and lighting. The project also includes replacement of the Willow Creek vehicular bridge on Observatory Drive.

The university has made a preliminary determination that an environmental impact statement will not be required for this action.

Copies of the university’s environmental impact assessment that led to this preliminary determination can be obtained from Terri Reda, 780 Regent St., Suite 210, Madison, WI 53708-8010,, 263-4410. Copies are also available at the Madison Public Library (central location) at 201 W. Mifflin St. and the Wisconsin Historical Society Library, 816 State St., second floor. It can also be viewed online.

Public comments on the proposed project are welcome and should be received no later than Tuesday, Nov. 28, by the project consultant, Connie White, HNTB Corp., 10 W. Mifflin St., Suite 300, Madison, WI 53703,, 294-5006. Comments can take the form of either verbal or written communication.

A public meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28, in Room 132 of the WARF building. Free visitor parking is available after 5 p.m. in the WARF parking lot.