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2021 Academic Staff Excellence Award Winners Announced

by Lesley Fisher

Nine academic staff members have been recognized with this year’s UW-Madison Academic Staff Excellence Awards. They have been honored for their achievements in areas such as teaching, research, and service. The winners are listed below. To find out more about them, go to https://news.wisc.edu/2021-academic-staff-excellence-awards/.

Chancellor’s Hilldale Award for Excellence in Teaching – Janet McCray Batzli, Interim Director, Distinguished Faculty Associate, Biology Core Curriculum Program (Biocore)

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Service to the University – Alberto M. Vargas, Associate Director, Faculty Associate, Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies program

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research: Independent Investigator – Pelin Cengiz, Associate Professor (CHS), Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research: Critical Research Support – Steven T. Cook, Researcher, Institute for Research on Poverty

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Leadership: Individual Unit Level – Kim Marie Beld, Director, Business Services, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Leadership: College, School, or Larger University Community Level – Manuela Romero, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs, College of Engineering

Robert and Carroll Heideman Award for Excellence in Public Service and Outreach – Tom Zinnen, Biotechnology Policy and Outreach Specialist, UW Biotechnology Center

Martha Casey Award for Dedication to Excellence – Jason Scholz, IT Manager, Science Hall

Ann Wallace Career Achievement Award – Kevin J. Niemi, Director of Outreach Programs, Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement (WISCIENCE)

Two Academic Staff Members Honored with Outstanding Women of Color Award

by Lesley Fisher

Leslie Petty, Wisconsin School of Business, a member of the Academic Staff Executive Committee, was honored with the Outstanding Women of Color Award for the 2020-21 academic year. Academic staff member Shenikqua Bouges, School of Medicine and Public Health, was also a recipient of the prestigious award this year. The Secretary of the Academic Staff Office extends our deepest congratulations to all six of the award winners. For more information, visit: https://diversity.wisc.edu/2020/11/2020-2021-outstanding-women-of-color-honorees-announced/

New Deputy Secretary Appointed

by Lesley Fisher

Lesley Fisher has been hired as the deputy secretary of the academic staff. Fisher replaces Jake Smith, who started his new role as secretary of the academic staff in May.

For the past several years, Lesley has worked in nonprofit operations management roles. She’s looking forward to working in a university environment and supporting the important work of academic staff governance. Lesley attended UW-Madison as an undergraduate and is excited to return to campus!

Fall 2020 Academic Staff Professional Development Applications Open

by Lesley Fisher

The Fall 2020 competition for Academic Staff Professional Development Grants is now live. Applications must be submitted electronically by October 23. For more information on deadlines, eligibility requirements, and other helpful information, please go to https://acstaff.wisc.edu/professional-development/grants/academic-staff-professional-development-grants.

Jay C. Botsford receives Dr. P.B. Poorman Award

by Godwill Oke

The Dr. P.B. Poorman Award for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of LGBTQ+ People, is an annual honor given to LGBTQ+ people or their allies who have helped to create a safer and more inclusive climate for LGBTQ+ people. This year there were 13 recipients of the award, one of whom is Jay C. Botsford, Program Coordinator for Transgender Youth Resource Network and Wisconsin Transgender Health Coalition, School of Medicine and Public Health at UW-Madison. Congratulations to Jay zir award!

2019-20 Academic Staff Chats Announced

by Jacob Smith

The annual program for Academic Staff Chats has been scheduled for the 2019-20 academic year. Topics range from performance evaluation to stress management to innovation in the classroom. For a full list of topics and dates, go to https://acstaff.wisc.edu/professional-development/academic-staff-chats.

Executive Education Grant Winners Announced

by Jacob Smith

The winners of the 2019 Executive Education Grant program have been announced. Thanks to the Center for Professional and Executive Development and the Professional Development and Recognition Committee for providing and reviewing the grants, and congratulations to the winners!

Allison Espeseth, Senior Outreach Specialist, School of Human Ecology

Edward Portillo, Assistant Professor (CHS), School of Pharmacy

Laura Schmidli, Information Processing Consultant, College of Letters and Science

Darilis Suarez-Gonzalez, Lecturer, College of Engineering

Ryan Woods, Assistant Professor (CHS), School of Medicine and Public Health

2019 DCS Course Grant Results

by Jacob Smith

This year’s Academic Staff DCS Course Grant competition has concluded. Thanks to the Professional Development and Recognition Committee for their work in reviewing the applications. This year, there were 51 recipients of the course grants, which allow the recipients to take one of a selection of courses from the Division of Continuing Studies for free. Congratulations to all of the recipients!

Spring 2019 Academic Staff Professional Development Applications Open

by Heather Daniels

The Spring 2019 competition for Academic Staff Professional Development Grants is now live. Applications must be submitted electronically by March 8. For more information on deadlines, eligibility requirements, and other helpful information, please go to https://acstaff.wisc.edu/professional-development/grants/academic-staff-professional-development-grants.

Distinguished Prefix Deadline Extended to Tuesday, February 5

by Heather Daniels

The deadline for receipt of Distinguished Prefix applications by the Secretary of the Academic Staff office has been extended to Tuesday, February 5 due to the partial campus closure from 5 pm Tues, Jan 29 through noon, Jan 31.