UWP's Tom Lo Guidice to serve on OPID committee

June 20, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE - Just because you're a teacher, doesn't mean you quit learning, as is evident through University of Wisconsin-Platteville director of the Teaching Excellence Center (TEC) Tom Lo Guidice. Lo Guidice was recently elected to serve a two-year term on the executive committee for the University of Wisconsin System Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID). OPID serves as a state-wide resource promoting faculty development on 26 campuses in the UW System, an area of interest for Lo Guidice.

"I'm interested in serving on the committee to support the continuation of faculty development for system professors and staff," Lo Guidice said. "I've served as an OPID faculty representative for the past three years. I believe there is a world of opportunity for faculty development. The OPID position is another avenue for learning and to influence new pathways for our faculty and staff."

Established in 1977 as the Undergraduate Teaching Improvement Council with a focus primarily on teaching improvement, OPID has expanded over the years to provide a network of leaders in faculty development and support for programs that encourage improvement of teaching and learning. Topics such as student learning, the scholarship of teaching and learning, career stages and faculty roles and rewards are some of the highlights of OPID programs. OPID also provides a variety of grants for campus activities.

"UWP was recently awarded a $17,000 grant to promote teaching of service learning in courses across campus," Lo Guidice said. "Provost Carol Sue Butts and the Improvement of Learning Committee used curriculum improvement funds to match the OPID grant with $12,000 and the Community University Partnership and the Pioneer Involvement Center are also cooperating with TEC in this effort."

A member of several professional and social organizations including the American Association for Higher Education and the Southwest Wisconsin Peace Fellowship, Lo Guidice came to UWP in 1990 as an associate professor and chair of the department of teaching. Prior to joining the staff at UWP, he served as chair of teacher education and director of faculty development at Kenosha's Carthage College. In 2000, he was appointed director of TEC. Lo Guidice also served as the interim chair of the School of Education for the 2002-03 academic year.

Lo Guidice is an alumnus of Florida State University, having received his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in social studies education. He also has a Ph. D in human affairs from Florida State University.

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