Academic Affairs

W.P. Roseman Teaching Award

The W. P. Roseman Excellence in Teaching Award is presented annually to honor a faculty member in recognition of outstanding teaching.  The award was established in memory of W. P. Roseman, who directed the campus elementary school from 1919 to 1942.  The award recognizes a faculty member who has a record of sustained teaching excellence.  The recipient is chosen by an all-university committee of faculty members and students.

 All nominees will be honored at a reception sponsored by the Chancellor and the Provost and receive a framed certificate.  The recipient of the award will:

  • Receive a monetary award,
  • Have his/her name and photograph displayed in the Andersen Library for one year,
  • Carry the ceremonial mace at the Spring commencement ceremony,
  • Receive recognition at the Chancellor's welcoming speech for the Fall semester.

Submission of Nomination Materials

Each college submits one nominee for the award.  College nominees are chosen according to criteria established by the respective colleges.

A candidate's nomination materials should consist of the following (to be submitted by March 1):

  1. A current curriculum vita.
  2. A one to two page statement of teaching philosophy.
  3. A one to two page statement/evidence of impact on students, student learning, and/or student success.
  4. A letter of nomination from the department or college selection committee.  
    This letter should address how the faculty member has a love of learning and has exhibited teaching expertise.
  5. A maximum of three letters of recommendation from students (one may be a letter from an alumnus/a).
  6. Two letters from among the following: campus colleagues, department chairperson, and/or dean addressing the nominee's qualifications as an outstanding teacher.
  7. A summary of student evaluations for each course taught during the past three years and a copy of the course evaluation form that may clarify the evaluations.
  8. A list of courses taught by the nominee at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater during the past three years and two different examples (maximum of one page per example) that illustrate classroom activities, assignments, or pedagogy. Examples may include, but are not limited to, an assignment description, a rubric for assessing an assignment, use of media in teaching a concept, or evidence of innovation in teaching.
  9. A list of non-credit academic activities involving students (for example, conducting student research or seminars, advising organizations) or any other evidence of outstanding teaching ability.
  10. A completed Faculty and Academic Staff Nominee Submission Form by March 1 that includes:
    • Information about the nominee and the award under consideration,
    • A one-paragraph narrative describing the merits of the nominee for this award (max. 200 words).

College selection committees should submit one copy of the nomination materials to the Vice Provost's Office by March 1.

Selection Process

The recipient of this award is selected by a committee composed of one faculty representative and one student representative from each academic college, with a designee from the Provost's office chairing the committee.


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800 West Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190
Phone: 262-472-1672  
Fax: 262-472-1670

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