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August 26, 2014

Pratt receives university's prestigious teaching award

Jean A. PrattDr. Jean Pratt, associate professor of information systems in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Department of Information Systems, was the recipient of the 2014 UW-Eau Claire Excellence in Teaching Award. Chancellor James Schmidt presented her with a university medallion and $1,500 during the university's academic year opening meeting Aug. 26.

Selection for the honor is based on a survey of recent UW-Eau Claire alumni.

Pratt, who joined the UW-Eau Claire information systems faculty in 2006, teaches courses in systems analysis and design, and database management. She is known for continually revising her curricula based on research and input from the Information Systems Industry Advisory Committee and for incorporating hands-on, real-world learning experiences into her courses.

"My focus is on preparing the best information systems talent in the region," Pratt said of her teaching philosophy. "The Excellence in Teaching Award means the most to me because that's a significant way that alumni say, 'You made a difference in my life.' What greater honor is there than positively influencing another's life?"

Pratt has been involved in campus wide initiatives related to student learning. She is chair of the University Senate Academic Policies Committee, which was actively involved in the development of the UW-Eau Claire's new liberal education framework. She also has contributed to the chancellor's rapid action task force on economic development and helped lead university initiatives to promote the use of high-impact practices in teaching and domestic interculturalimmersion experiences for students. Pratt also has led two study-abroad student groups to China.

In October Pratt will receive the 2014 International Association for Computer Information Systems Ben Bauman Award for Excellence. She also received UW-Eau Claire's Excellence in Advising Award in 2012 and a UW-Eau Claire Excellence in Service-Learning as a Faculty/Academic Staff Member award in 2011. At the time she had served as a faculty mentor on 19 service-learning projects.

Pratt leads the information systems department in terms of scholarly research published in higher-quality journals as well as cross-disciplinary research. She is a member of the Decision Sciences Institute and past president of the International Association for Computer Information Systems. Her public service activities include the design, development and maintenance of websites for several nonprofit organizations.

The UW-Eau Claire Excellence in Teaching Award is funded by Markquart Motors and Markquart Toyota of Eau Claire.

Source: UW-Eau Claire News Bureau

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