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Apple among distinguished faculty to receive a Hilldale Award from UW-Madison

March 10, 2016

For nearly 30 years, remarkable faculty at UW-Madison have been singled out by their peers for their distinguished contributions to teaching, research and service.

Since 1987, these scholars — one from each of the four faculty divisions (Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Studies) — have been honored with the prestigious Hilldale Award.

And the School of Education’s Michael Apple is among those receiving this top honor in 2016.  Apple is the John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies.

Michael Apple
Michael Apple represents the best of critical scholarship in education,” says Elizabeth Graue, Sorenson Professor and chair of the No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, who authored Apple’s nomination letter. “Focused on equity and relevance, Apple has built a career that speaks to faculty and teachers, here and abroad. His reach extends beyond UW through his many books, former graduate students, and speaking engagements across the globe.”

Indeed, Apple — who has taught at UW–Madison since 1970 — has advised 110 graduate students, published more than 50 books and has served as a visiting professor, distinguished professor or world scholar at 14 universities across nine nations. His critical curriculum theory courses at the UW are often over-enrolled.

According to his nomination letter, Apple has also been called one of the 50 most influential education writers in the 20th century. Research centers in Argentina and China bear his name, he frequently draws students to UW–Madison from around the world, and through his scholarship, Apple has reshaped the field of curriculum studies.

Apple received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Educational Research Association and is best known around the world for refocusing the core curriculum question from what knowledge should be taught to whose knowledge should be taught, examining how race, class, gender and ideology influence knowledge.

This year’s other Hilldale Award winners are: Laura Kiessling, the Laurens Anderson Professor of Biochemistry, H. Emil Fischer Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Steenbock Professor of Chemistry; Steve Stern, the Alberto Flores Galindo and Hilldale Professor of History; and Paul Ahlquist, the Paul J. Kaesberg Professor of Molecular Virology, Oncology and Plant Pathology; Lead Scientist for Virology, Morgridge Institute for Research; Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator.

The four recipients will be recognized at a meeting of the Faculty Senate on April 4 and will receive a cash prize of $7,500.

To learn about all of this year’s Hilldale Award winners, check out this University Communications story.
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