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Three faculty fellows named at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Feb. 2, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — Three University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty members have been appointed to faculty fellow positions as part of the university's federal Title III — Transforming our Future grant, according to Laurel Kieffer, who is coordinating activities related to the implementation of the grant.

"These faculty fellow positions will support UW-Eau Claire's liberal education reform in the areas of global learning, multicultural learning and integrative learning," Kieffer said. "The faculty fellows will help guide the university's efforts to meet our ambitious goals related to creating a new approach to liberal education."

The faculty fellow appointments are:

  • Dr. Kristin Schaupp, assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies, faculty fellow for integrative learning. Schaupp will work with faculty involved in liberal education reform pilot projects to define and implement integrative learning strategies within courses. She will work with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning to support and mentor faculty and staff course redesign or development that uses integrative learning methods. The bundled courses provide opportunities to design learning experiences for students that integrate content across one or more classes. Assignments can be designed to demonstrate students' learning of course content and an ability to think from more than one discipline.

  • Dr. David Shih, associate professor of English, faculty fellow for multicultural learning. Shih has served as interim multicultural faculty fellow since September 2010. In his fellowship role, Shih will work with liberal education reform pilot projects to integrate multicultural competencies into courses and assist faculty in designing student assessment.

  • Dr. Rama Yelkur, professor of marketing, faculty fellow for global learning. As the global learning fellow, Yelkur will begin work with campus leaders and faculty and staff to identify and define global competencies for the UW-Eau Claire campus. As draft competencies are developed, Yelkur will assist faculty in developing components of course curriculum that integrate the competencies. Efforts initially will focus on bundled courses and developing a global living and learning community.

"All three of these highly accomplished faculty members have the knowledge and experience we were looking for in our faculty fellows," Kieffer said, noting that the fellowship positions will continue through the summer. "They share a passion for enhancing student learning, a commitment to liberal education and a proven ability to work collaboratively with faculty and staff across the campus."

UW-Eau Claire was awarded the five-year nearly $1.73 million Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2009. The grant predominantly funds faculty and staff professional development and related supports.

For more information, contact Laurel Kieffer at 715-836-3789 or kieffelb@uwec.edu.

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