Tucker selected as Wisconsin Teaching Scholar
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – Dr. Amanda Tucker, associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, has been chosen as the 2017-18 Wisconsin Teaching Scholar for the university.
Originally from Irving, Texas, Tucker received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. She received her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida before joining the UW-Platteville in the fall of 2008. Inspired by fellow colleagues and the desire to expand her own knowledge, Tucker applied as a Wisconsin Teaching Scholar in 2016.
“The awesome thing about teaching is that you’re always doing something new,” Tucker said. “I know a couple of people who have been a part of the program before and have spoken really highly of it. I wanted to be able to take things to the next level, do more research-oriented projects and have conversations with people outside of my discipline and institution.”
The Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars Program is a UW System-wide professional development program that offers UW faculty and teaching academic staff a unique opportunity to collaborate with other exceptional teachers from across the UW System and from various disciplines. Each participant completes a year-long scholarship of teaching and learning project with dissemination of results as an essential part of the process.
Although Tucker, who also serves as the English department’s assessment coordinator, will learn more about her project through additional summer conferences and workshops, her intention is to find ways to measure student proficiency in a more quantitative way than before.
“Over the last several years, I’ve been really interested about how to make my students understand the value of my classes,” Tucker said. “I teach predominantly general education classes, which have a reputation of being non-central, so I’ve been interested in researching how reading literary texts can help the development of social cognition.”
The objective of the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars Program is to connect exemplary early-career and mid- to late-career teachers into a mentor program. Scholars must be outstanding tenured faculty or experienced academic instructional staff teaching in an academic program.
“I’m really excited about being accepted into the program,” Tucker said. “It’s nice to get recognition that I really care about teaching, and I know that the program’s framework is going to be very useful.”
Tucker, and all other award winners, will be honored at the UW-Platteville’s fall convocation, held on Aug. 31.
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