Friday Features - Sept. 8, 2017

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Friday Features
September 8, 2017

Professor recognized as standout engineering educator in Wisconsin
Philip ParkerDr. Philip Parker, instructor and program coordinator for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s engineering program, was recognized as a standout educator and researcher in the Online Engineering Professors in Wisconsin ranking from Online Engineering Programs.

Online Engineering Programs creates state-specific guides that explore online engineering programs, including the expected coursework, costs, and three exceptional professors. Parker was selected as an exceptional educator for the state of Wisconsin based on his experience in online education, his contributions to the field of engineering through extensive research, and his active involvement in professional organizations.

“Parker is an extremely knowledgeable individual and an outstanding educator,” said Dawn Drake, executive director of UW-Platteville’s Alternative Delivery Systems. “This recognition fully supports the great pride we take in the high caliber instructors found throughout our degree programs delivered in the online format.”

Parker’s main research interest is in the area of agricultural runoff and he’s the co-author of the sole introductory infrastructure engineering textbook Introduction to Infrastructure. Parker is one of the founding members of the Center for Infrastructure Transformation and Education. He is a registered Professional Engineer and a member of National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Society of Engineering Education, the American Waterworks Association, and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Hollingsworth and Weier co-author chapters in literacy textbook
Lindsay HollingsworthDr. Lindsay Hollingsworth, assistant professor in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, authored two chapters in the recently-published literacy textbook “Absolutely Not Another Reading Test Study Guide: Cultivating Knowledge of Responsive Literacy Practices to Get Ready to Teach and Pass the FoRT” by Cindy Cate, Lynda Fernholz and Jeannette Armstrong.

Published by CreateSpace, an independent publishing platform, the book is designed to help reading methods instructors, pre-service and practicing teachers develop a deeper understanding of effective literacy practices so that they are fully prepared to pass the required foundational reading tests and student teacher performance assessments.

Jan WeierHollingsworth’s chapter “Transitional to Fluent Readers and Writers” offers teachers practical suggestions to develop students’ independent reading habits. The second chapter, “Weeding Words,” was written in collaboration with Jan Weier, a lecturer in the School of Education at UW-Platteville, a retired Belmont, Wisconsin teacher and Hollingsworth’s mother. The chapter focuses on essential skills and strategies for supporting word study.

“The textbook is a collaborative effort by Wisconsin reading professors to ensure that the state continues to have an incredible cadre of professional educators,” said Hollingsworth. “I enjoy sharing my love for literacy instruction at UW-Platteville and I am excited to now share my knowledge with a wider audience.”

For more information about “Absolutely Not Another Reading Test Study Guide,” go to

Pictured top to bottom: Dr. Lindsay Hollingsworth, assistant professor in the School of Education, and Jan Weier, lecturer in the School of Education.


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