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UW-Eau Claire Faculty Member
Receives State Teaching Award
MAILED: Nov. 3, 1999|
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has named Dr. Gregory Conderman, associate professor of special education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, as its top teacher educator of the year.
Conderman received the Wisconsin Teacher Educator of the Year award during the Wisconsin Association of Teacher Educators' annual conference in October in Wisconsin Dells.
"This recognition is an honor as it validates the important and unique contributions teacher educators make in preparing professionals to teach our children and youth," Conderman said, noting that the honor was particularly meaningful because it was his peers who selected him for the award. "This award will serve as an incentive for me to continue to strive for excellence in my teaching."
Award recipients must be involved in teacher education and have demonstrated excellence as: an articulate educator who applies scholarship in a variety of settings; an educational leader; a person who stimulates others to grow and develop; a teacher who maintains and models high expectations and standards; and a person who has earned the respect and admiration of colleagues, students and the professional community.
"Greg Conderman is a consummate professional educator," said Dr. Stephen Kurth, associate dean of the College of Professional Studies. "He is an active professional who considers the welfare of learners his highest priority. He is truly a teacher-educator who has gained the respect of all those who are fortunate to know him, students and peers alike.
"He is a valuable faculty member who serves the university community with distinction as a teacher, scholar, mentor and co-worker."
Conderman, who came to UW-Eau Claire in 1993 from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, was named the UW-Eau Claire Excellence in Teaching Award recipient in 1998. The annual award, which is determined by alumni, recognizes outstanding ability to inspire students to high standards of scholarship.
Conderman's commitment and contributions to students include teaching a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, supervising student teachers, co-directing the summer LEAP clinic, and completing independent studies with students each semester. He has more than 50 advisees of his own and advises in the summer when other advisers are gone. He advises several student groups, including Kappa Delta Pi, which was selected as the 1996 UW-Eau Claire Student Organization of the Year. And he co-advises the Student Council for Exceptional Children, which was chosen as the 1999 Organization of the Year.
Provost Ron Satz describes Conderman as a "true teacher-scholar" because of his involvement with research and publication. He has had more than 50 articles published since he came to UW-Eau Claire, including 17 in peer-reviewed national journals. His current research, which involves undergraduate students, involves investigating student teaching practices in special education.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Nov. 3, 1999