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Three Professors Nominated
For U.S. Professor of the Year

MAILED: June 11, 2001

         EAU CLAIRE - Three University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire professors are representing the university this year as nominees for the 2001 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 instructors for their commitment and dedication to undergraduate teaching and to acknowledge the role of faculty in encouraging students to remain connected with their alma maters after graduation.
         Academic institutions make the nominations. UW-Eau Claire Provost Ronald Satz recently nominated Scott Hartsel, professor of chemistry, Charles Tomkovick, professor of management and marketing, and CeCelia Zorn, professor of nursing.
         “If the role of a professor is to motivate students to learn and to reflect deeply on their subject, then I believe these three members of our faculty are very deserving of the Professor of the Year award,” Satz said. “They exemplify the outstanding teaching that occurs across our campus.”
         Hartsel has been a member of UW-Eau Claire’s chemistry faculty since 1988 and is an extraordinary classroom teacher, a creative and supportive mentor and productive scholar, chemistry professor and department chairman Jack Pladziewicz said.
         “He is energetic, knowledgeable, skillful and persuasive in both written and oral communication, and his work has had a profound impact on the students with whom he has worked,” Pladziewicz said.
         Hartsel has been exceptionally active in faculty/student research. He has worked with more than 30 undergraduate research collaborators and published several papers co-authored by students. He was one of the first UW-Eau Claire faculty members to be awarded a National Science Foundation travel grant, which provided funding for him and an undergraduate to conduct research in Paris.
         Tomkovick, who received top teaching awards at both the departmental and college level during his first two years of teaching, has a teaching record that reflects UW-Eau Claire’s motto of excellence. He won UW-Eau Claire’s most prestigious teaching award the first year he was eligible to receive it. The students he’s had in class consider him a very effective teacher and say he displays great enthusiasm in the classroom.
         “Given that Chuck is known as a tough grader with high standards, these undergraduate student assessments of his teaching are simply remarkable,” Satz said.
         In addition, Tomkovick has served as the official adviser to nearly 500 marketing and business administration majors. His student-faculty research collaboration is another example of how he contributes to the educational environment of the College of Business. His most recent collaborative effort resulted in his mentored student winning the top student research award in the College of Business, publishing four articles with him and parlaying this into a marketing position with Xcel Energy in Minneapolis.
         “Chuck is a teacher who takes his students in, holds on to them for awhile, and lets them go as better people,” said Chris Dahl from the class of 2000. “These lucky students are better educated and, more importantly, better prepared to succeed in life at both a professional and personal level.”
         Zorn has been a member of the nursing faculty at UW-Eau Claire since 1980. She is known as an exemplary classroom teacher who actively engages students in the learning process. To keep up her clinical skills, she continues to work part time in the critical care/neuroscience unit at a local hospital. She has received teaching awards at both the school and university level, including the university’s most prestigious excellence in teaching award.
         Her recent sabbatical focused on using the humanities to help students learn nursing. Her papers and presentations give a glimpse of other methodologies she has used, including using art and storytelling in nursing education. As a scholar she gathers data about the effectiveness of the teaching strategies she uses.
         “Dr. Zorn is truly an outstanding educator,” Satz said. “She is a caring person who is serving her second term as chair of the nursing faculty organization, a tribute to the high esteem in which she is held by nursing faculty colleagues.”
         “Integrity First is a Core Value that is the foundation of Dr. Zorn’s dedication toward others,” writes former student Theresa A. Dachel, now a captain in the U.S. Air Force. “Her unconditional personal and professional characteristics have eased the students’ worries, tensions and fears about nursing school, college and life. It is with her integrity that students trust her, listen to her, learn from her, respect her and remember her words of wisdom.”
         In addition to the U.S. Professor of the Year award, CASE also names a Professor of the Year from each state. As nominees for the national award, Hartsel, Tomkovick and Zorn have automatically been nominated for the Wisconsin award.
         Pladziewicz was named Wisconsin’s Professor of the Year in 1993, and psychology professor William Frankenberger received the honor in 1995.

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Updated: June 11, 2001