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UW-Eau Claire Faculty Member Nominated|
For National Teaching Award
MAILED: June 24, 1999|
Harry Jol, assistant professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, is among the nominees for the 1999 U.S. Professor of the Year award.
Each year the Council for Advancement and Support of Education names a U.S. National Professor of the Year, an award that recognizes undergraduate instructors for their commitment to teaching and to acknowledge the role of faculty in encouraging students to remain connected with their alma maters after graduation.
Academic institutions do the nominating and this year UW-Eau Claire Provost Ron Satz nominated Jol for the award.
"It is clear to me that Dr. Jol is not only an excellent teacher but also a faculty member seeking to engage students in a way that lets them experience scholarship," Satz said of Jol.
Jol, a native of Canada, joined the UW-Eau Claire geography faculty three years ago and quickly made a name for himself. Jol convinced the university to purchase ground penetrating radar equipment, obtained laptop computing equipment for use in the field where it's coupled with satellite positioning equipment, and involved students in research projects from the West to East coasts, said David Lund, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
In three years, Jol has secured funding and collaborative support through 15 internal and external grants, enabling students to participate in research involving geological problems from Oregon to the Apostle Islands to the coastal dunes of North Carolina. He has been active in UW-Eau Claire's effort to create a strong student-faculty collaborative research program.
"I attempt to provide an experience that allows each student to challenge, explore and push her or his own limits," Jol said. "I enjoy teaching students through a variety of educational formats both in the classroom and through a strong field-based research program."
As a nominee for the U.S. National Professor of the Year award, Jol automatically is named a nominee for the State of Wisconsin Professor of the Year award. In addition to the national award, CASE names a Professor of the Year from each state.
UW-Eau Claire chemistry professor Jack Pladziewicz was named Wisconsin's Professor of the Year in 1993 and psychology professor William Frankenberger received the honor in 1995.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: June 24, 1999