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, Hephzibah Kumpaty, a professor of chemistry at UW-Whitewater for 24 years, shown here with chemistry major Katherine Ceschi, left, in the lab, talks about her track record of training and mentoring students in organic chemistry research, resulting in several presentations at national and international meetings, including an invited talk at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa in July 2017.
In WHY I TEACH, Eylem Ersal-Kiziler, an associate professor of economics, talks about the human element of undergraduate- and graduate-level economics courses in the College of Business and Economics.
In WHY I TEACH, Professor of Theatre/Dance Barb Grubel talks about teaching her favorite class — improvisation — virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the stunning, unexpected results.