Reed named Wisconsin Teaching Scholar

August 5, 2013

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B.J. Reed

PLATTEVILLE, Wis.­­­ — The University of Wisconsin System has announced that University of Wisconsin-Platteville professor of media studies B.J. Reed has been named a Wisconsin Teaching Scholar.

“My job is to help the faculty in teaching academic staff how to not only teach well, but also how to improve learning in their classes,” said Reed, who also works in the Teaching and Learning Center on campus, providing professional development for faculty and academic staff.

The UW-Platteville Teaching and Learning Center offers workshops, online programs and webinars focusing on how to develop a syllabus, effective student learning outcomes and useful assessment instruments.

“I am honored to be chosen for this research opportunity with Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars,” said Reed.

According to the Office of Professional and Instructional Development, the Wisconsin Teaching Scholar program is designed for 15 mid-to-late career faculty and academic staff (one from each UW System institution) who have had experience in examining teaching and learning issues.

Nominees for this opportunity must have knowledge of and interest in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, demonstrated success in implementing and disseminating teaching and learning innovations and a record of campus leadership on issues of teaching and learning. Each scholar in the program will take on a scholarly teaching project aimed at advancing UW-Platteville’s understanding of what works to improve student learning and how Scholarship of Teaching and Learning work can be done most effectively. Wisconsin Teaching Scholars are expected to present their results in a publication, conference presentation, campus workshop and other appropriate forums.

“In the Teaching and Learning Center here at UW-Platteville, we have very little data that establishes why we as faculty and academic staff do what we do,” said Reed. “My project is simply focused on our syllabi. This could establish our training content in the Center. I will look at syllabi from across the various disciplines on our campus to see what is on the syllabus and what we are attempting to do in our classrooms.”

Each UW System institution can name one Wisconsin Teaching Scholar, as they will receive $4,000 from their institution and a $500 grant from OPID.

Reed will be honored with the other UW-Platteville award winners Thursday, Aug. 29 at the annual all-campus convocation in Williams Fieldhouse.

Written by: Eileen McGuine, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,

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