Harr Bailey selected as Wisconsin Teaching Fellow

June 7, 2018
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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – Dr. Marcia Harr Bailey, assistant professor of business and entrepreneurship at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, has been chosen to represent UW-Platteville as the 2018-19 Wisconsin Teaching Fellow. This position is part of the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars Program, a UW System-wide professional development program that offers UW faculty and teaching academic staff a unique opportunity to collaborate with other exceptional teachers from across the UW System and from various disciplines.

Harr Bailey recently completed her fifth year of teaching in the UW-Platteville School of Business. Prior to her time at UW-Platteville, she earned degrees in business, management, and educational leadership, administration and policy. She began teaching in Bangkok, Thailand, where she taught business courses for two years at an international university.

“I had been working in the business field before teaching in Thailand, and I wanted a change,” Harr Bailey said. “After being in Thailand, I knew that I loved teaching so I pursued a doctorate at Fordham University in New York.”

Harr Bailey has been interested in applying for the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars Program since she began at UW-Platteville, and now she wants to utilize the program by learning how to make her classes more engaging and how to give students the most valuable skills to take away for the future.

Harr Bailey recognizes that entrepreneurship doesn’t work in 16-week increments so she uses her connection to the Platteville Sunflower Oil Company to have students engage with a working business. Through her research, she would like to learn more about how to develop valuable experiences for her students. She hopes to learn more about how to engage students and be an outlet for other professors to discuss educational strategies. The program provides an environment that highlights what is working well for educators across the UW System, and she believes that she can translate these strategies into her interests and business courses.

“I am interested in entrepreneurship, which includes small business development and helping students develop innovation startups,” Harr Bailey said. “I am looking forward to connecting students at UW-Platteville with students that I work with in Laos through the nonprofit project I founded, Poom Loom. We are creating a study abroad opportunity for students to go to Laos in the summer of 2019. I want our students to engage with different business structures, including ecotourism and what fair trade looks like. Students can learn a lot by looking at these different business models.”

Along with providing an international experience, she wants to point out the essential traits that entrepreneurs need to know. “I want to help students by giving them the skills that entrepreneur’s really need,” Harr Bailey said. “One of these skills includes the willingness for students to step out of their comfort zones. I use my entrepreneur-mindset activities as short activities to help students develop themselves both professionally and personally.”

Harr Bailey attended the 2018 Faculty College at UW-Richland from May 29 through June 1. This event is designed to help faculty members throughout the UW System explore teaching, learning and curricular issues. She will continue to develop her research at the summer institute in Madison, Wisconsin, from June 11-15.


Written by: Dalton Miles, Student Writer, Communications, milesda@uwplatt.edu

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