Deis earns UW System teaching award

August 14, 2014

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Dr. Tim Deis

PLATTEVILLE­­­, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Dr. Tim Deis, a professor in the department of mathematics, is the 2014 recipient of the UW System Underkofler Award for Teaching Excellence.

The Underkofler Award, given since 1991, awards $2,500 to four winners in the UW System schools in the Alliant Energy coverage area. These institutions include UW-Madison, UW-Platteville and the UW College campuses at Baraboo, Fond du Lac, Richland Center, Rock County and Sheboygan. Winning nominees must display an uncommon commitment to teaching, employ especially effective teaching techniques and enable particularly notable achievements by former students.

Deis (pronounced “dice”) will be honored at the annual UW-Platteville convocation Aug. 28 in Velzy Commons, Ullsvik Hall.

“My first reaction was surprise,” said Deis of his award. “There are so many dedicated and innovative instructors in our department. I am really embarrassed that I was singled out.”

Deis, who joined the UW-Platteville faculty in 1999, earned his Bachelor of Science at Minnesota State University-Mankato and his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Besides teaching a variety of mathematics classes, Deis also helps prepare future math teachers. He also serves as one of two faculty athletic representatives for the campus.

“I really enjoy working with the students, getting to know them and helping those who are dedicated to learning. I am fortunate that I work with both the math department and the School of Education,” he said. “I love that part, having students in the math method class and again as a student teacher. That is a lot of fun.”

When asked what his students would say about him, Deis replied, “I would hope they would say that he tries hard and that he cares. I hope they would say I’m passionate and enjoy what I do.”

“I cannot think of anybody more deserving this award than Dr. Deis,” said Dr. Mesut Muslu, interim dean of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science. “He has been an outstanding educator and mentor to many students in the math department over many years. In addition to teaching in the math department, Dr. Deis gives yearly presentations on teaching to the Wisconsin Math Council conference, and he closely supervises the Mathematics student teachers each semester. I know that many of his students state that ‘he is the best math teacher I ever had’ in the evaluation of his teaching effectiveness. Another frequent comment from his students is ‘he is not the easiest, but he is fair and he makes sure you learn the material.’ Dr. Deis has been an outstanding teacher over the years and I am delighted to see him receive this well-deserved award.”  

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