Lisa Nielson earns a Carl F. Wittke Award for Undergraduate Teaching

NielsonWhen first given the opportunity to teach at the university level eight years ago, Lisa Nielson stopped to consider what kind of instructor she wanted to be.

She’d sat through countless hours of lectures on the path to a PhD. Her parents are university professors, so she had plenty of perspective from which to draw.

“I thought about, what did I expect as a student, and what did I not get?” Nielson said. “More than anything, it was to be treated like an adult and not ‘just a student.’”

That respectful approach—and a sincere commitment to her students—earned Nielson a 2014 Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

“I’m still kind of processing it,” she said. “I feel like I’m a good teacher, but there are lots of great teachers [here]. To be singled out like this is incredibly humbling.”

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