Nelson recognized for advising for education abroad

August 14, 2015
Dr. Travis Nelson

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Dr. Travis Nelson, associate professor of political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Education, program coordinator for International Studies and chair of the social sciences department at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, has received the 2015 Excellence in Advising for Education Abroad award.

Nelson, originally from Starbuck, Minn., received his bachelor’s in political science from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., before moving on to receive both his master’s and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before coming to UW-Platteville in 2010, Nelson taught political science at the University of Vermont for four years.

“I was thrilled to receive the award because I am such a big proponent of education abroad,” said Nelson. “The highlight of my undergraduate education was spending a semester studying in the Middle East. Not only did this experience open my eyes to the world, but it convinced me to work toward becoming a political science professor so that I can help others grow in similar ways.”

Nelson enjoys working with both his students who have a strong interest in politics and those who don’t. “The best part of my job is working with students,” said Nelson. “I also really enjoy working with international students on campus. I learn as much from them as they do from me.”

Nelson will be recognized at fall convocation, which will be held Thursday, Aug. 27 at 1 p.m. in Velzy Commons in Ullsvik Hall.

Written by: Carly Willman, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, 608-342-1194,


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