Honors and awards for the Fall 2016 Learning Connections


Seven from across School receive prestigious Vilas awards

Extraordinary members of the UW-Madison faculty were honored in May with awards supported by the estate of professor, Senator and Regent William F. Vilas (1840-1908).

Twenty professors were named to Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorships, an award recognizing distinguished scholarship as well as standout efforts in teaching and service.

And four faculty members with the School of Education are among those receiving this honor:

• Geoffrey Borman, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

Dorothy Farrar-Edwards, Department of Kinesiology

David Williamson Shaffer, Department of Educational Psychology

Jin-Wen Yu, Dance Department

The professorship provides flexible funding over five years — two-thirds of which is provided by the Office of the Provost through the generosity of the Vilas trustees, and one-third provided by the school or college whose dean nominated the winner.

Meanwhile, the School of Education’s Jim Escalante is among four professors from campus chosen for Vilas Research Investigator Awards, given to faculty members who serve as outstanding mentors for graduate students working as research assistants or project assistants. The award provides funding for a research or project assistant for one year. Escalante is an associate dean with the School of Education and a professor with the School’s Art Department.

Another 27 professors received Vilas Faculty Mid-Career Investigator Awards, recognizing research and teaching excellence. The award provides flexible research funding for one year, and the School of Education’s Lesley Bartlett, with the Department of Educational Policy Studies, was among those being granted this award.

Finally, 12 professors received Vilas Faculty Early Career Investigator Awards, recognizing research and teaching excellence in faculty who are relatively early in their careers. The award provides flexible research funding for one year. Li-Ching Ho, with the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, received this honor.

To learn more about all of this year’s Vilas award winners from across campus, check out this University Communications report.

 2016 Vilas Award Winners

Popkewitz named to Laureate Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi

Thomas Popkewitz in October was selected as a new member of the Laureate Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education.

Tom Popkewitz
Popkewitz is a professor with the No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. His work centers on the knowledge or systems of reason that govern educational policy and research related to pedagogy and teacher education.

Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, recognizes excellence in education, and its 40,000 members come from 32 countries and 623 chapters at universities and colleges. The Laureate Chapter specifically recognizes men and women who have made distinguished contributions to education and is limited to 60 living persons.

Of the 60 people in KDP’s Laureate Chapter, four are from UW– Madison’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction: Michael Apple, Carl Grant, Gloria Ladson-Billings and now Popkewitz.

More recognition…

William Hoyt in October was notified that he will be one of 10 recipients of the 2016 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award. The Beckham Award is given to mentors who have inspired a former student to make a significant contribution to society. Hoyt chairs the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology. The former student Hoyt mentored is Kimberly Lakes, who earned her Ph.D. from UW–Madison’s Department of Counseling Psychology in 2004.

Diamond and bookA book co-authored by John Diamond in July was named the winner of the 2016 Eduardo Bonilla-Silva Outstanding Book Award by the Racial and Ethnic Minorities Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. “Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools,” is co-authored by Amanda Lewis. Diamond is the Hoefs-Bascom Associate Professor of Education and is a faculty member with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

Stephanie Graham was selected as an Outstanding Early Career Professional– Trainer/Supervisor by a division of the American Psychological Association (APA). Graham is a clinical associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology and the director of the Counseling Psychology Training Clinic. Graham is being honored by the Section on Supervision and Training, which is part of APA’s Division 17, the Society of Counseling Psychology.

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