Thompson honored with UW System award

August 18, 2014

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Keith Thompson

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Dr. Keith Thompson, an associate professor in civil and environmental engineering and a STEM Scholars team member at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, was selected for the UW System Wisconsin Teaching Scholar Award.

Thompson has been at UW-Platteville for 10 years. Prior, he was a lecturer at Penn State University and Auburn University. He teaches primarily structural engineering classes, including Introduction to Structural Engineering, Intermediate Structural Engineering and Reinforced Concrete Structures.

He began his studies in physics, but later transitioned to civil engineering. “I picked civil engineering because I had visited some construction sites and I thought that was interesting,” he said. “What’s nice about structural engineering is that you get to see what you designed.”

Thompson also likes the idea that engineering is used for the betterment of society. “I like the entire idea of civil engineering in that you are building in consideration of the environment to help people and are working on infrastructure issues,” he said.

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.

Each participant will receive $4,000 in financial support from their institution and a $500 grant from OPID for supplies and expenses.

Thompson will also be honored at the UW-Platteville Faculty and Staff Convocation on Aug. 28.

Contact: Dr. Keith Thompson, associate professor, civil and environmental engineering, (608) 342-1479, thompsmi@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Dan Wackershauser, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, wackersd@uwplatt.edu

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