Honors and awards from across UW-Madison's School of Education


International Society of Learning Sciences recognizes Nathan, Puntambekar

Mitch Nathan and Sadhana PuntambekarUW–Madison’s Mitchell Nathan and Sadhana Puntambekar each were elected as a Fellow of the International Society of Learning Sciences (ISLS) in May.

Both are faculty members with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. This honor recognizes their “substantial contributions to the learning sciences.”

Nathan, who is director of the Center on Education and Work within the School of Education, was one of the four founding officers of ISLS in 2002. His research and teaching focus on basic learning theory and research methods for understanding and improving instruction and student reasoning in mathematics, engineering and STEM more broadly. He currently serves on the editorial board for the flagship journal of the society, The Journal of the Learning Sciences.

Puntambekar is the Sears-Bascom Professor of Educational Psychology. Her research centers on the design and implementation of innovative, technology-rich learning environments to foster deep and engaging science and engineering knowledge for middle school students. She served as the executive officer of ISLS from 2010-16 and was conference chair of the 10th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning held at UW–Madison in 2013.

The ISLS Fellows program has three main goals: to honor those who have made major research accomplishments in advancing the field of the learning sciences; to identify people who continue to take leadership roles in ISLS and serve as role models for others in the field; and to build a respected cohort of leaders who sustain the ISLS community, strengthen the organization, and advance its broader value and visibility.

Mathieu, Jones receive faculty fellowships

In March, 33 people from across campus received 2018 faculty fellowships, including the School of Education’s Robert Mathieu and Tom Jones.

Mathieu, who directs the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) within the School of Education, received a WARF Named Professorship, which comes with a $100,000 research award to honor faculty members who have made major contributions to the advancement of knowledge. Mathieu also is the Albert E. Whitford Professor with the Department of Astronomy.

Jones, a professor of photography with the School of Education’s Art Department, received a Romnes Faculty Fellowship. He studies American Indian identity, experience and perception. The Romnes award comes with $60,000 that may be spent over five years.

Walker earns Vilas Associate appointment

Chris Walker, an associate professor with the School of Education’s Dance Department, was appointed a Vilas Associate earlier this year.

The Vilas Associate appointment is awarded to UW–Madison faculty members with new, ongoing, significant and high-quality research. The Divisional Research Committees of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education chooses the competitive recipients based on a detailed proposal. The appointment provides summer salary for two summers and $12,500 in flexible research funding for two fiscal years.

This past fall, Walker also received the 2017 Black Excellence Award in Choreography for his work, “Manifest,” from the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago. Walker’s ”Manifest” is a conversation between contemporary expressions and traditional practices of African movement, practices that inform the physical relationship to space and time in the present and the imagined future.

Gonzalez, Lee named Outstanding Women of Color

Gonzalez, Hess and LeeIn a campus tradition dating back a decade, UW–Madison’s annual class of Outstanding Women of Color awardees was recognized at a reception on Feb. 22.

Among those being honored were two faculty members with the School of Education, Taucia Gonzalez and Helen Lee.

Gonzalez is an assistant professor of special education with the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education. She is a tireless advocate for individuals from marginalized groups on the UW–Madison campus and beyond.

Lee is an assistant professor of glass with the Art Department. Since her arrival on campus in 2013, she has worked hard to both create and exhibit her own artwork as well as to build an inclusive community in the Art Department and its Glass Laboratory.

Around the School...

• School of Education Dean Diana Hess learned in May that she was receiving the 2018 Distinguished Graduate Award from the University of Washington’s College of Education. This honor is voted on by the faculty of Washington’s College of Education and is being bestowed to recognize Hess’ accomplishments, leadership and service. Hess, who holds the Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair of Education, received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington-Seattle in 1998.

Andrew Winterstein on April 13 was inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame, which is the highest honor awarded by WATA. Winterstein is a distinguished clinical professor with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, where he directs the university’s highly regarded Athletic Training program.

David Kaplan, the Patricia Busk Professor of Quantitative Methods with the Department of Educational Psychology, received the 2018 Samuel J. Messick Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from Division 5 of the American Psychological Association.

• UW–Madison’s Carolyn Kelley and Alexandra Pavlakis of Southern Methodist University co-authored a paper that received the 2017 Journal of Research on Leadership Education’s Best Article Award. The award-winning research article is titled, “Accreditation in the Professions: Implications for Educational Leadership Preparation Programs.” Kelley is the School of Education’s senior associate dean for academic programs and is a professor with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

• A recently released book from UW–Madison’s Matthew Hora earned the 2018 Frederic W. Ness Book Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Hora authored, “Beyond the Skills Gap: Preparing College Students for Life and Work.” Hora is an assistant professor of adult and higher education and is an affiliate with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. He is also a research scientist with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), and the director of UW–Madison’s Center for College-Workforce Transitions (CCWT). Hora wrote the book with Ross J. Benbow, an associate researcher with WCER, and Amanda K. Oleson, an education scholar focused on workforce pathways.

• UW–Madison’s Arts Institute announced the winners of its 2018 Awards in the Creative Arts, and three people with ties to the School of Education were recognized. Andrea Harris, an associate professor with the Dance Department, received an Emily Mead Baldwin Award, while J Myszka Lewis, a curator with the Art Department’s Tandem Press, earned the Edna Wiechers Arts in Wisconsin Award. In addition, master of fine arts candidates and collaborators Maria Wood of the Design Studies Department and Leigh Garcia of the Art Department took home a Sinaiko Frank Graduate Fellowship for a Woman in the Arts.

Marlene Skog, an assistant professor with the Dance Department, is receiving the 2018 Wisconsin Dance Council Distinction Award. She will be honored at the 2018 Dance Council Conference, Award Reception and Ceremony on Aug. 18 in Neenah.

Across the globe ...

Francois Tochon was awarded an honorary professorship this spring from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, a public university located in Guangzhou, China. Such an award is even more highly regarded than an honorary doctorate and is Tochon’s second honorary professorship, joining his four honorary doctorates. Tochon is a professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, where he leads the World Language Education program.
Francois Tochon honorary degree
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