WHY I TEACH is a series about the dedicated faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater who make every day a teachable moment — and every place a learning place — by their expertise and example.
Faculty choose to work at the Whitewater and Rock County campuses for many reasons, but one stands out among them: they all share a passion for hands-on teaching in classrooms, laboratories and studios, ensuring student success. They talk less about teaching the subject and more about teaching the individual. And because of our small class sizes, they are able to do just that.
Spring 2020 graduate Emily Barrett, from Janesville, had this to say about Assistant Professor Brian Huels: "I've had him for multiple accounting courses. He is the most kind and caring professor I had during my time at UW-Whitewater. He goes above and beyond for his students.”
Aubrey Strohbusch, from Watertown, said this about Professor of English Marilyn Annucci: "I'd like to recognize Marilyn Annucci for her unwavering dedication to her students, and also for helping me see the deeper depths of creative writing. Thank you, Marilyn, for all of your guidance and support!"
Both Huels and Annucci are among the faculty members who shared their stories with us about why they chose this profession or what inspires them most. Pick any story below to learn more about these vital members of the Warhawk family.
In WHY I TEACH, Tony Gulig, an associate professor of history at UW-Whitewater, says his students remind him of himself, 40 years ago. “In all of the courses I teach, I hope to get students to understand the world from the perspectives of others. If they can see how others view the world, it’s my hope that they can grow in empathy and understanding for others."
In WHY I TEACH, Glenn Hayes, a professor of music at UW-Whitewater who is also Director of Bands, talks about what makes teaching rewarding — from the classroom to Lambeau Field to Carnegie Hall.
In WHY I TEACH, S.A. Welch, a professor of communication at UW-Whitewater for 18 years, talks about coming to campus looking for a life, not just a job. Welch already had interviewed at other schools when she arrived and asked to observe a class here. What she sensed from that class and from the campus was a commitment by faculty to the success of students in life, not just college. Almost two decades later, teaching in a pandemic has put a new twist on things.