Four faculty chosen for Faculty College program

April 5, 2017
Dr. Julie Hill
Dr. Tyler Ostergaard, assistant professor of art history
Dr. Lucie Kadjo, assistant professor of agribusiness
Dr. Yan Wu, associate professor of engineering physics

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – Four University of Wisconsin-Platteville faculty members recently were chosen to participate in the UW System 2017 Faculty College, to be held at UW-Richland in Richland Center, Wisconsin, May 30-June 2.

Dr. Julie Hill, assistant professor of psychology; Dr. Tyler Ostergaard, assistant professor of art history; Dr. Lucie Kadjo, assistant professor of agribusiness; and Dr. Yan Wu, associate professor of engineering physics, will participate in the UW System’s premier faculty development event. Each year, Faculty College hosts approximately 100 faculty and instructional academic staff from across the UW System for four days of intensive exploration of teaching, learning and curricular issues and a unique opportunity to collaborate with other exceptional teachers from across the UW System.

“Speaking from my own experience, it’s a terrific professional development opportunity, especially for early career faculty, and a very inspiring environment for those who wish to improve their teaching and student learning,” said Dr. Sharon Klavins, faculty associate at the Teaching and Technology Center at UW-Platteville.

“Faculty College is an especially important event for new and early career faculty and instructors,” said Dr. Regina Nelson, senior development consultant at the Teaching and Technology Center. “Over three days of collegiality, those teaching across the UW System get a chance to learn from seasoned instructors and each other.”

This year’s attendees are looking forward to engaging in the Faculty College program experience.

“Throughout this school year I have been working on my first Scholarship of Teaching and Learning project, so I am particularly excited to learn more about the SoTL field generally, as well as gain insights and tips for improving my future SoTL work,” said Hill. Hill’s areas of interest include sexuality and health risk behaviors during adolescence and emerging adulthood. She began teaching at UW-Platteville in fall 2015. To read more about Hill, see her Pioneer Spotlight.

“I look forward to meeting peers from other disciplines and institutions in the UW System, hearing what they are doing in their classes and learning from their experiences,” said Ostergaard. He works on depictions of industrialization in 19th century French art and culture. Other scholarly interests include critical reception of the French Impressionists, Romantic landscape painting, early print culture, the cultural memory of the Franco-Prussian War and the development of the art market. He began teaching at UW-Platteville in 2014.

“I hope to learn how to better engage students and make lectures fun,” said Kadjo. She teaches agribusiness courses such as introduction to agribusiness, agricultural marketing and consumer and producer cooperatives. Kadjo’s areas of interest include marketing of agricultural products, economic development and demand and price analysis. Kadjo joined UW-Platteville in spring 2016.

“Attending the Faculty College will give me a wonderful opportunity to build up knowledge and skills in assessing student learning, to learn new teaching approaches and hopefully set me on the right path to a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning project in future,” said Wu. One of Wu’s professional interests is scanning probe microscopy based characterization of nanoscale materials.

For more information about Faculty College, go to:

This year’s Wisconsin Teaching Fellow, Dr. Holly Attenborough, assistant professor of mathematics at UW-Platteville, and Wisconsin Teaching Scholar, Dr. Amanda Tucker, associate professor of English at UW-Platteville, also will attend Faculty College as part of the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars Program, for which they were selected.

Written by: Laurie A. Hamer, Communications Specialist, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,


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