University of Wisconsin–Madison

Congratulations 2020 Inductees


Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Teaching Academy Inductees are recognized below. All inductees who’s ceremony has been disrupted will be asked to join the next Induction Ceremony, usually held in January.


Welcome to the Teaching Academy!

Inductees are listed in alphabetical order.


Katherine Bakhiuzen

Rehab Psychology & Special Education

Ms. Bakhiuzen has successfully taught a wide variety of rehabilitation counseling courses and truly understands pedagogy and the changing field of rehabilitation counselor education. She has experience in teaching traditional classroom instruction and field-based supervision. Ms. Bakhiuzen has been instrumental in assisting faculty to develop coursework and she is very talented in regards to providing state-of-the art instructional media and materials to students.


Leonelo Bautista

Population Health Sciences

During the last 15 years, Dr. Bautista has been responsible for teaching several graduate level courses. These include POP HLTH 798 (Epidemiologic Methods), which is a required course for Population Health Sciences MS and PhD students. The course also attracts Graduate students in Population Health, Veterinary Medicine, Sociology, and the Institute for Clinical Research Program in Clinical Investigation. POP HLTH 798 mainly focuses on the design and interpretation of epidemiologic studies, and includes hands-on experience in the evaluation of epidemiologic evidence, the analysis of epidemiologic data, and the discussion of strategies aimed to improve study validity and efficiency.


Paul Block

Civil & Departmental Engineering

Dr. Block has proven to be an exceptional teacher and is valued in our department for his outstanding contributions to undergraduate and graduate teaching. Dr. Block has taught each semester since beginning at UW-Madison, at both the graduate and undergraduate level. In his time here, he has developed or overhauled two required undergraduate courses, and developed and taught two graduate level courses. For the classes already at UW Madison, he modernized the content, overhauled the lab materials, added an online homework and evaluation system in response to student evaluations, and significantly upgraded lab facilities, modules, and the number of experiments available.


Jerome Camal


Jerome has a three-year (2013-2016) average teaching score of 40.02, and he ranks number 2 in the department. At our October 16 faculty meeting, the Executive Committee unanimously and enthusiastically voted to endorse Jerome’s nomination for this prestigious award.



Jill Casid

Art History

Casid holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Art History and Gender and Women’s Studies. Professor Casid is recognized as an international authority on landscape and visual media and a leader in developing global, ecological, and intersectional approaches to the visual culture. She is equally talented as a teacher and is widely regarded as an exceptional mentor. In 2015, she was won the university-wide UW–Madison Chancellor’s Distinguished Excellence in Teaching Award. She is in high demand as a PhD supervisor, having served as primarily advisor or co-advisor on 20 PhD Committees; she serves on 40 other PhD committees and a large number of MA and MFA committees.


Christian Castro

Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence

Although Chris began as the primary facilitator of our cohorts of new assistant professors, he quickly and seamlessly moved into being the heart and mind of the work. Now he directs curriculum development, program facilitation, and serves as a mentor to instructors and facilitators across campus. From the time of his hire, his deep expertise in facilitation, his rich knowledge of the literature on teaching and learning at the undergraduate level, and his dedication and enthusiasm for working to improve teaching and learning on this campus has made him an invaluable member of our team and of great value to the teaching and learning community at UW-Madison


Shobhina Chheda

Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Chheda is a leader in medical education with an established national and international reputation as a clinican-education of the highest caliber. She has also distinguished herself as a leader in national organizations and at the UW, and as a dedicated teacher, mentor, and role model. As such, she is an outstanding candidate for Fellowship into the UW Teaching Academy and has my strongest endorsement.


Michael Childers

School for Workers | Department of Labor Education

Michael has taught the Business School’s Managing and Human Resources 612 Labor-Management Relations class for the past eight years. He has a demonstrated track record of excellent instructional evaluations. As a graduate of the UW System Wisconsin Teaching Fellow and Scholar program, Michael is familiar with the scholarship of teaching and learning and attended and served as a presenter at the 2019 UW OPID Spring Conference: The Joys of Teaching & Learning.


Kate Corby

Division of the Arts 

In addition to Professor Corby’s ability to teach through the dance technique and physical exercises, she demonstrates a strong ability to synthesize theoretical discussion into the physical application leading her students through writing exercises and discussions when the material warrants and then applying them to body work. This fluid movement between theory and practice is not often easy but it appears Professor Corby has mastered it with great aplomb.


Yoshiko Herrera

Political Science

Professor Herrera has focused in particular on the teaching of writing in her undergraduate courses, working with the writing center to design excellent and innovative writing experiences for her students. At the graduate level, Professor Herrera is an excellent mentor, carefully guiding the intellectual and professional development of her students. Professor Herrera’s outstanding teaching combines an unyielding focus on student learning with a commitment to rigorous engagement with building skills in written and oral communication and a readiness to adapt teaching methods as student needs change.


Andrea Hicks


Dr. Hicks joined the CEE department in 2015 and since that time has been an outstanding and innovative researcher and educator. She contributes both to the core CEE curriculum and in her specific area of sustainability and environmental impacts of emerging technologies. We are exceptionally pleased to have this promising faculty member in our department. Dr. Hicks created the course CIV ENGR 421 “Environmental Sustainability Engineering” during her first semester on campus.


Franklin Hobbs

Materials Science & Engineering

Mr. Hobbs is an incredibly dedicated instructor who is devoted to the success of his students. He makes himself available and creates a trusted learning environment. He hosted two optional discussion sections for MSE 350 each week, and I attended every session on Tuesdays. During these sessions he covered the difficult topics and encouraged students to interrupt, ask questions, and ensure they understood. The patience Mr. Hobbs possessed during these sessions created a positive classroom environment where students felt
comfortable asking questions.


Kelly Jensen

Communication Arts

Her prior experience and her perspective on classroom education and graduate study gave Kelly a perspective that appealed greatly to other graduate students in the department. Right
away, they looked to Kelly for leadership and sound judgment. In this respect, Kelly has mentored other students on pedagogy and professionalization. Kelly has also addressed more delicate issues, like handling disagreements with advisors and articulating student concerns in a productive manner.


Grace Lee


Dr. Lee is well-loved by her students and her compassion and charisma are beyond her years. She never fails to step in with an encouraging word and a smile whenever any of her students or staff is having a difficult time. I remember last semester, I was feeling overwhelmed with school and upcoming deadlines. Dr. Lee shared her experiences of when she was in my situation and encouraged me to stick with it and not give up. I truly appreciate her kind words during that challenging time. It is not often that I find a professor that I feel comfortable confiding in.


Keisha Lindsay

Gender & Women’s Studies | Political Science

Professor Lindsay has taught in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies since 2010 and was tenured in 2018. She is not only an accomplished scholar but she is also a gifted instructor and a superb mentor. She has won numerous teaching awards, including the Chancellor’s Inclusive Excellence Teaching Award (2016), the Mentoring Undergraduates in Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities Award (2018), and an Honored Instructor Award (2013). Lindsay has served as a Hilldale Undergraduate faculty mentor. She has mentored many women of color, international students and first-generation college students among others. She is an invaluable member of our teaching community and deserves recognition for these contributions.


Eric Luckey

Educational Policy Studies

“You can tell that Eric is really interested in what people have to say and genuinely wants each student to learn. He is also very passionate about this area which makes coming to class more
enjoyable.” “This course went extremely deep into both education and general philosophy. I really enjoyed the debates and discussions.” “I thought Eric did great. He was so open to communication and working with us individually. I think he led the class really well and he definitely made one of the best classes I’ve taken.”


Andrew McWard

Political Science

“Andrew was by far one of my favorite TAs. He was very responsive to student questions and reiterated material and complex concepts so that each student could understand. He seemed to push
other things aside in order to grade our rough drafts so that we would have enough time to revise them before they were due which is also an excellent aspect of Andrew’s teaching. He is also very personable, which I feel made students more inclined to visit his office hours and participate in discussion.”


Bri Meyer


We have had the privilege of working with Bri as a teaching/project assistant for the Department of Anthropology, as part of the department’s partnership with the REACH Program to transform Anthropology 104 to an active learning format. Anthropology 104 is among the largest courses on campus, and Bri has been central to this partnership: her role connects the team of teaching assistants with the faculty. As part of the redesign team, she supports whole teaching team by assisting in the creation and curation of materials, with a specific focus on supporting TAs to feel more confident and effective in their teaching.


Marshall Padilla


“Marshall continues to challenge and validate us as students with every discussion session. Specifically, he
works to create an inclusive classroom environment by being authentic. He’s easy to talk to when I have
questions, and never makes me feel inferior or unintelligent. I can tell that he likes being a TA, which is honestly pretty rare and is really refreshing especially while taking a course that’s 2x the speed of a typical semester. I would definitely recommend Marshall as a TA and would be happy to have him again in future chemistry classes.”


Adam Pergament

English | ESL

Adam has regularly been entrusted to teach some of the program’s most delicate and challenging courses… He provided counselling, mentoring, cultural knowledge, and personalized support to students who were often struggling to integrate academically and socially, while putting in extra effort to keep up with a normal credit load.



Angeline Petersen

African Cultural Studies

Angeline joined the department of African Cultural Studies (ACS) in 2016 and began teaching Arabic in Fall 2018. Her academic performance since then has been stellar, having maintained an impressive 4.0 GPA every single semester. Her record as a language teacher has been equally remarkable. Angeline has proved to be an exceptionally quick study. In a relatively short period, she has succeeded in establishing herself as one of our department’s most valued and effective Teaching Assistants.


Tonya Roberts


Dr. Roberts has a strong commitment to the teaching mission at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and strives to deepen and strengthen learning for all of her students. As her teaching philosophy illustrates, she is deeply committed to preparing students for experiences beyond the classroom.


Katherine Rotzenberg

School of Pharmacy

Dr. Katherine Rotzenberg exceeds the expectations of a professor at the University of Wisconsin – School of Pharmacy. She has the ability to engage students in the classroom and make difficult material easy to understand. Covering both federal and state law material is a monumental task, especially deciphering which overarching themes are most important to extract and teach in order to better prepare us for our future law exams.


Benjamin Schnapp

School of Medicine and Public Health

“I thought this was a very enjoyable learning experience. The person teaching me was fun and approachable and answered all of my questions very well. I hope more students can get this opportunity in the future.”



Sissel Schroeder


“The presentation of the material was enjoyable and Dr. Schroeder’s passion for the topic made it even  more interesting. The paper assignments were very useful for applying the course material to our own  lives.”  “I am very satisfied with Dr. Schroeder’s appreciation and respect for indigenous peoples. She has the  exact qualities that one would like to see for an instructor of a course dealing with the histories of  disenfranchised peoples.” 


Maura Snyder

Communication Arts

Maura is very enthusiastic toward teaching. She cares about students’ wellbeing as well as their learning. As my TA, she was responsible for teaching 4 sections with 20 students in each. When we had our first meeting of a semester, it was very clear that she came prepared. She had studied my syllabus and the learning outcomes and requirements stipulated there. Came prepared was also the case in each of our weekly meeting during the semester. At such a meeting, she would detail her lesson plan for that week, share her observations of individual students’ particular challenges or achievements, present her implementation of grading rubric of an assignment, explain to me how she would address particularly difficult parts of the assigned readings, etc.


Kathleen Walsh

School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Walsh’s teaching evaluations are simply outstanding. They included comments such as “Dr. Walsh is a phenomenal instructor. She is energetic and holds the class attention throughout”. Another student wrote, “She was absolutely wonderful! She presented the material in such an easy and straightforward manner. I honestly cannot wait to have another lecture with her”. Her recent evaluation from the 2019 ACEP Scientific Assembly Annual Meeting showed that 97.6% of the audience either “strongly agreed” or “agreed” that she demonstrated subject matter expertise, excellent teaching skills and that her presentation achieved the stated learning objectives.


Maria Widmer

School of Education

Maria began working at MERIT as our first-ever instructional designer. She has had a radical and positive impact on the engagement of School of Education faculty in instructional design. Carolyn Kelley, our School’s Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs, and I often discuss how critical Maria has been to the success of our online courses in the School of Education. We recently shuddered at the thought of surviving the emergency remote transition of COVID-19 without Maria. It is unimaginable.