Academic Affairs

W.P. Roseman Excellence in 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 at either of UW-Whitewater's campuses for at least 6 to 8 years.  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 libraries at both campuses for one year,
  • Carry the ceremonial mace at the Spring commencement ceremony at both campuses,
  • Receive recognition at the Chancellor's next State of University address.

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 including evidence of impact on students, student learning, and/or student success (1250 word maximum).
  3. A table summary of student evaluations for courses taught during the past three years including department averages, if available.  For context, a copy of the course evaluation form and a short paragraph to explain any special circumstances can be included.
  4. At most, two different examples (up to two pages 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.
  5. An annotated 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.
  6. 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.
  7. A maximum of three letters of recommendation from current students for the Roseman Teaching Award (one may be a letter from an alumnus/a).
  8. Two letters from among the following: campus colleagues, department chairperson, and/or dean addressing the nominee's qualifications as an outstanding teacher.
  9. A completed Faculty and Academic Staff Awards Nominee Submission Form by March 1 that includes a one-paragraph biography of the nominee for inclusion in the award program (150 word maximum).

College selection committees should submit one copy of the nomination materials to Dr. Kristin Plessel, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, 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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