Faculty members earn excellence in advising awards

August 31, 2016

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Assistant Professor of German Dr. Madelon Köhler-Busch and Assistant Program Coordinator of the Master of Science in English Education Program Dr. Daniel Leitch have each received excellence in advising awards to help further international experiences at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Köhler-Busch earned the Advising Excellence Award in Education Abroad, while Leitch was honored with the Advising Excellence Award for International Students.

Any full-time faculty or academic staff member is eligible to receive these awards, and the recipients will be recognized, awarded $500 and given a personal plaque at convocation on Thursday, Sept. 1. 

Köhler-Busch has been recognized for her efforts in advising all German majors and minors, developing a short-term study abroad course for her own students as well as for some engineering students, presenting foreign language learning tips to first-year students as well as teaching in Wuhan, China. 

“It is my goal to guide my students toward an analytical, synthetic, reflective and creative interaction with German and other languages and literatures from different cultures and from different historical periods,” said Köhler-Busch. “It is my hope that through engagement with profound and everyday thoughts of others, my students can recognize common human concerns and experiences and become more richly involved in their own lives.”

Leitch has been recognized for his international involvement that surpasses his duties as the MSEE China program coordinator. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Ukraine and served as a mentor and host for scholars from Ukraine and China.

Through being a Fulbright Scholar, he has motivated other faculty to pursue additional research opportunities, and has been able to increase the number of international scholars who are sponsored and able to attend the university.

“As a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison many years ago, I took a course in college teaching,” Leitch said. “For a course project, I surveyed international students to discover how an instructor might effectively teach them. The results suggested that the students desired two primary supports. For one, they desired that their instructor reach out to them through email or other means and offer assistance with academics. For another, they wanted to know more about the everyday lives of their American classmates and professors. That course and SoTL project became the basis of my long-term interest in advising international students.”

For more information about these awards, contact the UW-Platteville International Programs Office at 608-342-1726.

Written by: Emalydia Flenory, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, 608-342-1194, flenorye@uwplatt.edu


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